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The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake’s wine expert enriches guest experience

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake, where Delaware North has provided lodging, food and beverage and retail services since 2004, is now offering upscale wine experiences thanks to its certified wine specialist, Lauren Fiala.laurenfialaheadshot_thumb-9677776

Fiala, who joined The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in spring 2018 as the resort’s certified wine specialist, recently earned the esteemed Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 4 Diploma in Wines. Graduates of the United Kingdom-based academic program are recognized globally as authoritative wine specialists.

“Lauren’s impressive credentials as a wine expert help solidify The Lodge at Geneva-on- the-Lake as a serious wine country destination,” said Donniella Winchell, executive director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association. “Her presence offers guests the opportunity to gain knowledge from an internationally recognized expert, and her knowledge and expertise is helping wineries grow.”

Fiala has initiated a variety of new wine experiences at The Lodge, from wine blending programs to the Signature Immersion Tour, an upscale wine experience.

“The years invested in attaining the WSET diploma helped enrich my knowledge of all things wine, which I am using to create unique programming for The Lodge guests,” Fiala said. “My desire is to share my passion and knowledge of wine to enrich guest visits, ranging from the casual wine drinker interested in a more traditional winery tour, to those desiring a more in-depth experience.

“As Ohio’s wine country resort, we’re continually developing new ways to help take the lodge, and our region, to the next level,” Fiala continued. “Looking ahead, we’re exploring a variety of new wine-related events and getaways, from exclusive meet-the-winemaker happenings to innovative programming that helps showcase our area as one of the nation’s outstanding wine country regions.”

The Lodge’s wine shuttle runs year-round and offers guided introduction to the wealth of local wineries in Northeast Ohio’s wine regions.