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Sundog Cellars to host inaugural Columbiana County holiday event

Sundog Cellars Ciderhouse & Winery is partnering with Firestone Farms businesses and The Columbiana Cultural Collective for the first Christmas Artisan Market Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021.
Sundog Cellars Ciderhouse & Winery is partnering with Firestone Farms businesses and The Columbiana Cultural Collective for the first Christmas Artisan Market Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. Photo provided

[EDITOR’S NOTE — “Movers and Makers” features the stories of the movers, launchers, entrepreneurs and makers who contribute to the vitality of the Mahoning Valley. It will be taking a two-week hiatus during the holidays.]

Sundog Cellars Ciderhouse & Winery is partnering with Homestead Kitchen & Cocktails, Wink Eyewear, Bentley Studios and Mexico City Bar and Grill to host Columbiana County’s first Christmas Artisan Market on Saturday.

The event, in collaboration with The Columbiana Cultural Collective, will take place at Firestone Farms, 101 Town Center Ave., from 3-8 p.m. Saturday and feature 20 different local vendors — including Oh Sugar, AGF Woodworks, Artsy E&E and Funky Punky Cotton Candy — as well as meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Heat Miser and Snow Miser from “The Year Without a Santa Claus,” carolers and Angora rabbits Rebel Rescue Ranch.

Nicole Ice, co-owner of Sundog Cellars, told Mahoning Matters that she wants the event to replicate the Christmas festivals in Europe that she grew up knowing as an Army brat living in Germany.

“When I was a kid, we would go to these incredibly beautiful Christmas festivals and there would be someone selling freshly baked rolls, and things like that. I really wanted to have that feeling, and I would love for that feeling to be in Columbiana,” she said.

“I timed it [for Saturday] because there’s always a list of like 13 people where I’m like, ‘Oh god, I didn’t buy them anything [yet]!’ So this is perfect for last-minute shopping too,” she added.

Aside from Sundog Cellars, Ice also has a full-time career as the director of global sales for Presidio Natural Pet Co, an independent pet specialty brand.

Before Sundog Cellars, Ice owned The Pet Hydrant (now called Paws on Main) a pet store and bakery in Columbiana.

Ice said Sundog Cellars is pet-friendly. She said when she owned The Pet Hydrant, she allowed pet owners to drink wine at the store — now, she encourages customers to bring their pets to Sundog Cellars.

“I ended up selling my store in Columbiana and I had a little bit of cash to think about doing something else and so I went to my best friend Justina Channell and [Justina’s father John and stepmother Mary Ann] and was like, ‘Hey let’s open up a winery’ and that’s what we did,” she said.

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Fall 2021 seasonal cider flavors at Sundog Cellars include “Cider Claws,” a peppermint cider; “Make It Rein,” a gingerbread cider; “Let’s Get Basted,” a pear pie cider; and “Cranberry Frost,” cranberry cider with a hint of mint. Seasonal wine includes “Kringleberry.” a cranberry cabernet; and “Snitch,” a cabernet with hints of coffee and bourbon in collaboration with the Prohibition Coffee Co. Photo provided

Sundog Cellars began as a winery in 2018, but has since evolved into a ciderhouse.

“We launched our first cider and it was so successful we’re like, ‘Oh my gosh this is great,’” she said. “We’ve transitioned so much so that now we’re a ciderhouse more so than a winery.”

Current seasonal cider flavors at Sundog Cellars include “Cider Claws,” a peppermint cider; “Make It Rein,” a gingerbread cider; “Let’s Get Basted,” a pear pie cider; and “Cranberry Frost,” cranberry cider with a hint of mint.

Seasonal wine includes “Kringleberry.” a cranberry cabernet; and “Snitch,” a cabernet with hints of coffee and bourbon in collaboration with the Prohibition Coffee Co.

Sundog Cellars also offers a build your own charcuterie board where customers can choose from an assortment of artisan cheeses, meats, olives and more.

Ice said the charcuterie board is keto-friendly and all of their wines and ciders are gluten-free.

Ice said ciders and wine are produced at their production facility in Petersburg, Ohio. All alcohol is gluten-free and their charcuterie boards are keto-friendly.

Overall, Ice said she’s looking forward to collaborating with other local businesses this holiday season and introducing the community to the inaugural market.

“It’s really fun to have that group of merchants right there [at Firestone Farms] because we can do a lot of things together and all of us are friends, too, which makes it even better,” she said. “We love doing [collaborations] with other local businesses and I really feel like the world we’re in right now needs more people coming together.”

For more information on Sundog Cellars visit their Facebook page. For information on the Christmas Artisan Market visit the Facebook event page hosted by Firestone Farms.

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