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Jun 14, 2014
Terri Judson

Food and wine events beckon festival-goers in the summer

The sun shines brightly, and temperatures climb toward triple digits, during the summer months. But that doesn’t stop food and wine lovers from taking in many of the great outdoor festivals that take place in Hampton Roads. Last week we gave you family festivals. This week, it’s adults only with a few selected wine fests to put on your list.

Summer Celebration Wine Festival, June 14

Held on the grounds of Lee Hall Mansion in northern Newport News, this annual festival features Virginia’s wineries, food, arts and crafters, and music this year by the Rhythm Kings and Joe’s Day Off.

Wineries pouring that day include Bright Meadows Farm, Byrd Cellars, Fincastle Vineyard Winery, Horton Vineyards, Huntington Creek Vineyards, Lake Anna Winery, Lazy Days Winery, Mattaponi Winery, Naked Mountain Winery, Notaviva Vineyard, Sans Soucy Vineyards, Saude Creek Vineyards, Tomahawk Mill Winery and Montdomaine.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, $10 for non-tasting tickets, and they’re available at many area wine and cheese shops. This is a no-pets event.

Lee Hall Mansion. 163 Yorktown Road, Newport News. 757-888-3371. leehall.org.

Bayou Boogaloo Cajun Food Festival, June 19-22

Town Point Park along the Norfolk riverfront turns into Cajun country at this annual tribute to the food and music of Louisiana. Two stages feature national recording artists from New Orleans, and the Arts Market of New Orleans brings 21 artists picked by The Arts Council of New Orleans and Norfolk Festevents.

Cajun foods to be enjoyed include crawfish, jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee, alligator, muffuletta, andouille, and beignets. Wash it down with several non-alcoholic beverages plus beers from New Orleans’ Abita Brewing Co. and Southern Comfort Hurricanes.

Hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Activities Thursday and noon to 4 p.m. Friday are free; the rest of the weekend is a ticketed event.

Tickets are $20 for three days, $10 daily admission. 757-441-2345. festevents.org.

PFAC BBQ Art Auction, June 21

This one’s a little pricey but for a good cause. The Peninsula Fine Arts Center hosts its fifth annual barbecue and art auction with part of the proceeds supporting the Healing Arts program, a collaboration of the center and Eastern Virginia Medical School that provides art therapy for armed services veterans.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m., with a live auction at 7 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing. Guests will chow down on barbecue from Smoke BBQ Restaurant Bar, spiked Firefly Southern Sweet Tea and the music of Mixed Company.

Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door, $60 VIP tickets.

Peninsula Fine Arts Center. 101 Museum Drive, Newport News. 757-596-8175. Pfac-va.org.

Summer Brewfest, July 11

Relax at the TowneBank Fountain Park in Norfolk’s Town Point Park and sample a variety of summer beers from local, regional, national and international breweries. Admission is free, but beer sampling tickets will be available for purchase.

Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Town Point Park. Downtown Norfolk. 757-441-2345. Festevents.org.

David Nicholson can be reached at 757-247-4794.

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Jun 13, 2014
Terri Judson

Downtown hotel gets a sugar rush

Tim and Ronnie Wyatt. Photo by Michael Thompson.

Tim and Ronnie Wyatt

For the second location of their sweets shop, a husband-and-wife team is heading north from Stony Point.

Ronnie and Tim Wyatt plan to open a new Pecan Jacks in the Omni Hotel at 100 S. 12th St. next month.

The Wyatts signed a five-year lease for the 891-square-foot Omni space next to Starbucks. The new location will be accessible through the Omni lobby or through the storefront on East Cary Street.

Matthew Mullet of the Shockoe Company helped the Wyatts find the location.

Pecan Jacks sells pralines, pecan brittle, chocolates and other sweets, much of it made in the store.

Pecan Jack's Stony Point location opened in Photo by Michael Thompson.

Pecan Jacks offers pralines flavored with rum, bourbon and spices. Photo by Michael Thompson.

The Wyatts started in 2010 selling pralines mixed with spirits at food and wine festivals. At the time, they were struggling to keep their decades-old printing business alive, which had taken hit with the economic downturn.

“We wanted to try something different,” Ronnie Wyatt said. “We’d always sell (candy) to family and friends, and it took off from there.”

In 2011, they opened a 1,700-square-foot shop and production facility at Stony Point Fashion Park. The Wyatts sold their printing company the next year, and now make between 400 and 500 pralines daily inside their store. Tim Wyatt said mixing in various sorts of liquor with pralines doesn’t just make them taste good. Spirits also act as a preservative, keeping the praline fresh for weeks.

Despite some recent store closings at the Southside mall, the Wyatts are pleased with their experience.

“From our perspective, it’s really good,” Ronnie Wyatt said of Stony Point. “We feel the foot traffic is good.”

The move downtown is Pecan Jacks second attempt at expansion. It opened a store in Norfolk in 2012, but closed it a year later.

“It just wasn’t good fit for us,” Ronnie Wyatt said.

The company has three employees – two of them are family – and is hiring two more. Ronnie Wyatt would not say how much the company is spending to get the Omni storefront up and running.

Ronnie Wyatt said the company did $380,000 in online, mobile and retail sales last year.

Photo by Michael Thompson

Pecan Jacks also sells their sweets online. A box of six pralines goes for $15. Photo by Michael Thompson.

The downtown shop will be smaller than the Stony Point store, but the Wyatts see the new location as a chance to fine tune their operations.

“We decided to open a smaller store to hone our skills on scaling the business so that we can decide if we want to open more locations and franchise,” Ronnie Wyatt said.

Wyatt said eventually she and her husband would like to take their brand of sweets into other historic cities along the East Coast like Savannah, Ga. and Charleston, S.C. She said historic districts are where most of Pecan Jacks competitors operate.

Ronnie Wyatt said the company is launching a more sophisticated website in the fall and may be expanding in Stony Point.

“Next year we will look at moving to a larger space at Stony Point to create a large candy kitchen,” she said.

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Jun 13, 2014
Terri Judson

The Town of Epic Party’s Is Holding a Wine Festival

Nax Vegas is holding its first ever Wine Festival at Club Samba Kitoko courtesy of Hero Radio.

Since past centuries wine festivals are usually annual celebrations which occurs after grapes are harvested. But in Nakuru, everything goes and for this reason and the fact that we are a partying lot, Hero Radio have put this event together for you and I dear Kenyans.

If you have partied in Nakuru before, you know the rave events are usually epic. If you’ve never partied there before, don’t sweat, you’ll fit in just right.

So this Friday, grab your booty shorts and comfy shoes and get ready to usher in the weekend on a high note. With Dj Lean. Dj Sam DjSpykx on the decks, this night will be off the hook!

Entry is free for ladies before 9pm a special offer of a bottle of wine at 1000/=

Club Samba Kitoko is located in Nakuru, Kenyatta Avenue St. Cr10023

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Jun 12, 2014
Terri Judson

Save The Date! Nax Vegas Wine Festival Said To Be Epic

Nax Vegas is holding its first ever Wine Festival at Club Samba Kitoko courtesy of Hero Radio.

Since past centuries wine festivals are usually annual celebrations which occurs after grapes are harvested. But in Nakuru, everything goes and for this reason and the fact that we are a partying lot, Hero Radio have put this event together for you and I dear Kenyans.

If you have partied in Nakuru before, you know the rave events are usually epic. If you’ve never partied there before, don’t sweat, you’ll fit in just right.

So this Friday, grab your booty shorts and comfy shoes and get ready to usher in the weekend on a high note. With Dj Lean. Dj Sam DjSpykx on the decks, this night will be off the hook!

Entry is free for ladies before 9pm a special offer of a bottle of wine at 1000/=

Club Samba Kitoko is located in Nakuru, Kenyatta Avenue St. Cr10023

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Jun 12, 2014
Terri Judson

This Weekend’s Nashville Wine and Food Festival Is Gonna Be a Winner

Nashville-Food-and-Wine_Main_title.pngWhile this fall’s Music City Food + Wine festival seems to be getting a lot of buzz and should prove to be a rockin’ good time, local food and wine enthusiasts should definitely not miss out on the opportunities offered by this weekend’s Nashville Wine and Food Festival sponsored by Midtown Wine and Spirits.

The event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday, June 14 at Riverfront Park, and I don’t think most folks realize the scale of what’s being set up down there. There will be 34 different tents featuring multiple wines from each presenter. A nice option that isn’t available at most wine tasting festivals is this handy dandy guidebook which will allow you to take notes on each wine you try and then actually order bottles for pickup at Midtown later. I can’t count the number of times I’ve tried to remember exactly which wines out of multiple tastings that I promised myself that I would buy the next time I was in a wine shop. Yeah, that never works out …

There will be plenty of food as well, with The Farm House and Olive and Sinclair feeding those attendees who ante up for the VIP tent. For the rest of us, there’s no reason to leave hungry, since food will be provided to the masses by Holland House, Rumours East, Watermark, Antica, Two Bits, The Vinegaroon, Music City Tippler, the Corner Pub, Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, The Nashville Jam Company and The International Culinary School.

The festival also features a beer garden and a mixology tent, just in case all those wines aren’t your thing. Probably most exciting is the series of educational seminars taking place in the demo tent. The Porter Road Butcher boys will demo whole-hog butchery at 12:15, so if you’re squeamish you might want to spend that half-hour in the wine tents. Laurie Foster will present her comic take on wine snobbery at 1:30, and Chef Andrew Little from Josephine will give his advice on how to shop your way around a farmers market at 2:30. Mixologist Doug Monroe from Patterson House will share the skinny on bitters at 2:30 in the mixology tent, and the seminars wrap up with Lisa Mays teaching the art of paella-making at 3:30.

Tickets for the Nashville Wine and Food Festival, which benefits Team Hunt and Hospital Hospitality House of Nashville, are (surprisingly) still available at the event website. At $75 for general admission and fifty bucks more for VIP status, the day of eating and drinking costs about the same as a nice dinner out plus wine, except you’ll have a lot more choices of food and wine at Riverfront Park than at your normal restaurant menu.

Jump on those remaining tickets, people!

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Jun 12, 2014
Terri Judson

Pennsylvania Wine & Food Festival returns to Monroeville – Tribune

Ken Starr, owner of Starr Hill Vineyard Winery, is a third-generation winemaker who participates in more than 50 wine festivals each year.

With that experience to give him knowledge of what makes a successful festival, he teamed up with Kelly Simon of Kelly Simon Event Management to create the first, and now second, Pennsylvania Wine Food Festival at the Monroeville Convention Center.

This year’s event is Saturday.

“I think what the Pittsburgh area really needs is a real big wine festival, and that’s our goal,â€� said Starr, 50, of Pike Township, Clearfield County, where his winery is based. “As far as ticket sales and wine sales go for us, it was a successful event last year, and that merited another one to promote wines throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania.â€�

Simon, 52, of Greensburg said that more than 600 people attended last year’s event and that their goal is attracting 1,000 wine lovers this year.

While the event’s main attraction might be the wine, the festival also will feature more vendors of food and other items than last year’s.

The organizers have made a few changes they hope will attract more people, and they think a key adjustment is moving up the time of the festival. Last year’s inaugural Pennsylvania Wine Food Festival was held in September, but they moved up this year’s event to June.

“We wanted to do it in June last year, but we couldn’t get dates at the convention center,â€� Simon said. “When it opened up this June, we took it immediately.â€�

The earlier date occurs just before Father’s Day and close to the Fourth of July and happens at a time when more people might want to buy wine.

“It’s a perfect time,â€� said Cynthia Helinski, the chief financial officer of Greenhouse Winery in Sewickley Township, Westmoreland County. “It’s a very busy month for wine festivals. September is good, but in the early spring, people really want to get out and do something fun.â€�

Simon and Starr also decided to elongate the one-day event instead of having it broken up by separate sessions. While last year’s event lasted a combined five hours between two sessions, this year’s event will go from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

They also increased the number of wineries that will be represented from 12 to 15, all of which are based in Pennsylvania and will provide free wine samples.

The Greenhouse Winery is returning from last year’s festival.

“It was very successful for us last year because they were very well organized,� said Helinski, 50, of Sewickley Township.

She said she is looking forward to the second festival.

“The first one was really good, so when that’s good, you anticipate the second annual one to get better,â€� Helinski said.

Organizers said there will be new food vendors at this year’s festival, too.

Dave Kittey of Kittey’s Pizzelles Cookies, based in Latrobe, will have 15 types of pizzelles, a small variety of biscotti and 15 kinds of other cookies at the festival. He said it’s the first time he’ll be a food vendor at a wine festival.

“We had never considered doing shows like this because I work on the weekends,� said Kittey, 55, of Latrobe. “They reached out to us, and when we learned more, we really wanted to do it. We can really get outside of our area and reach a bigger audience.�

This year, there will be 75 exhibitors, compared to 52 last year, and two bands will be at the event.

The Bricks, a local acoustic band, will play from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. As of June 6, organizers had not chosen a local band to perform during the second half of the festival.

Individual tickets may be purchased for $20 by Friday by calling 800-747-5599, and two tickets may be purchased for $35. Prices for tickets increase to $25 per individual and $45 per a pair if bought at the door. The ticket includes commemorative wine glass and unlimited wine samples. Admission for designated drivers is $10.

Shawn Annarelli is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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Jun 11, 2014
Terri Judson

Winery in Hawkins helps local enthusiasts start their own vineyards – Longview News

HAWKINS — Miguel Orta can look out across the Sabine River Valley countryside and see the fruits of 13 years of labor hanging from more than 6,000 grapevines.


Most visitors to Fairhaven Vineyard probably cannot distinguish one bunch of grapes from another, but Orta can tell from looking at the leaves which of the 23 varieties of grapes planted here is growing where, and how well.

Orta learned all he knows from an acknowledged master in the fields of viticulture (grape growing) and enology (wine), R.L. Winters, who founded Fairhaven in 2003.

Winters was not available to be interviewed for this story, but his employees spoke at length about his knowledge and abilities.

“I didn’t know a thing about wine when I came (about two years ago). Then one month into the job I went with Mr. Winters to a wine festival in Blanco and listen to him talk about the wines over and over,” said Dianna Petrie, tasting room manager. “Now I can do it on my own.”

Now, Petrie attends most of the state’s wine festivals on her own. She also can give intricate information about each of the vineyard’s wines, including which have won awards and how many.

Fairhaven’s signature wine is Lomanto, a semi-dry red wine, made from grapes developed by Thomas Munson in 1899 in Denison. But while the grapes gained attention at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, the fruit and the wine made from them essentially disappeared after Munson died in 1913.

Until, that is, Winters became fascinated by the grape.

“Frankly, when we embarked on the development of the American hybrids, we became something of a laughingstock of the Texas wine business,” Winters has written. “Well, nobody is laughing now.”

The vineyard has gone from laughing to tasting. The Lomanto has scored big in competition, winning a major gold and bronze medal in the Dallas Morning News International Wine Competition. It also has been named one of Texas Monthly’s wines of the month.

Petrie said while Fairhaven has many fans from East Texas, the wine is even more popular in the Dallas area.

“We’ve been told directly that we have a huge following in Dallas,” she said.

That would account for the wine being on the lists of several Metroplex restaurants.

So far, Fairhaven is the only winery that is producing the Lomanto, she said.

Since Winters planted his first vine in 2003, the Texas wine business has boomed. Petrie, however, said she doesn’t see the growing competition as a threat.

“Most of the wineries in our area are boutique wineries, like we are, so we complement each other. We all want to win but, if anything, I feel pride when another East Texas winery wins against one of the Texas bigwigs.

“I say the more the merrier. We have a totally different product than everyone else.”

Petrie isn’t just talking about the Lomanto.

Fairhaven also has a large business in selling grapevines, either individually or as many as the buyer might want. Its workers will even install an entire vineyard on the location of the buyer’s property, as long as there is at least an acre for the planting.

The crew recently installed two such vineyards.

But many more of the vines are sold individually, with prices that range from $4.50 to $6.10 per vine. Of course, if you buy 2,700 vines, as one recent customer from Georgia did, you get a bit of a price break.

Along with the vines, you can buy all the supplies to make your own grapevine trellises and soil mix, which vineyard manager Mary Williams said is important to proper growth.

“Grapes are pretty easy to grow if you have the right soil,” she said. “You really just have to make sure that they don’t have any aphids or other pests and that they don’t get mold.”

But if you don’t have a green thumb, you could spend numerous visits simply tasting the large number of available wines, which includes 13 types of reds.

Led by the Lomanto, other reds include Aliona, Castalian Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Norton, Lenoir, Baco Noir, Chambourcin-Dolce and the holiday-inspired Glühwein.

White wines include Blanc du Bois, Chardonnay and Seyval Blanc.

Fairhaven bottles one blush, Callisto Rose, and one port, Circe.

Tasting room hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Jun 11, 2014
Terri Judson

The Rise of Rosé: How “Pink Wine” Became Serious Business – Reporter

Rosé.


What used to be considered a sickeningly sweet, grocery store wine is now finding its way on to some of the fanciest and most expensive wine lists in the US. From Chef Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry in CA to Chef Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin in NY, “pink wine” is making a serious name for itself in the US.

In fact, according to a January 2014 Nielsen report, in 2013 retail sales of premium imported rosé wines (those priced at $12 or more) increased 39% on volume and 48% on value. This marks nine straight years of double digit growth in the US, proving that the perception of rosé as a low quality wine is a thing of the past.

Why this change? According to French wine entrepreneur Pierrick Bouquet, the primary reason is that there’s been a significant improvement in the quality of rosé. In the past, Pierrick explains, most winemakers set out to make red wine and then later decided to turn a portion of the juice pressed for red wine into rosé. While this is still done by some, more and more winemakers are now choosing to make rosé from the outset and are specifically focusing their viniculture efforts on producing rosé rather than simply using it as an outlet for unused juice. As winemakers have started making rosé with intention, the quality of the wine has naturally improved.

Courtesy Guillaume Gaudet Pierrick Bouquet (Courtesy Guillaume Gaudet)

Affordability is another reason rosé has seen a boost in popularity. Most rosés are priced at $15 or less, which makes them appealing to a broad consumer base. While there are certainly higher-priced rosés on the market ($30+), Pierrick says that this is a direct result of an increase in the wine’s popularity.

In addition to quality and affordability, rosé has also grown in popularity is because it can easily be paired with a variety of foods. As Master Sommelier Kathy Morgan explains, “Structurally, rosé’s bracing acidity, lack of oak aging, and moderate alcohol are all very food-friendly traits. Acidity mirrors the tangy and pungent ingredients of spring and summer while also highlighting their fresh flavors. Moderate alcoholic strength means that it won’t exacerbate spice or salt, and won’t overpower food. Rosé also has that best-of-both-worlds thing going on—it has white wine structure and red wine flavors, so it can be as light or intense as necessary depending on the food it’s being paired with.”

Although more people are drinking rosé now than ever before, Pierrick says that there is still a lack of education surrounding this wine category. So in an effort to better inform people, he has organized La Nuit en Rosé (The Pink Night), the country’s first large-scale wine event dedicated to sparking and still rosé. Taking place aboard the Hornblower Hybrid yacht along the Hudson River, La Nuit en Rosé will bring together 58 wineries from 10 countries around the world to present over 85 different rosé wines. Showcasing wines from France to Africa to Turkey to the US, this event will give people the opportunity to learn how rosé is made worldwide and to compare rosé styles, varietals, and complexity levels from one producer to another. Pierrick’s goal for this event is not to push any specific region or varietal, but to educate people about the category as a whole and show people how diverse rosé wines can be.

Though a yacht is not your typical venue for a large-scale wine tasting event, Pierrick says the choice was about more than just the wine. “We wanted to make this more like a lifestyle event than a formal wine tasting event,” Pierrick explains. “Rosé is a wine that reflects summer and a good mood. So it’s not just the wine we want people to taste; we want people to really enjoy their time while tasting it.”

Courtesy Hornblower The Hornblower Hybrid. (Courtesy Hornblower)

La Nuit en Rosé will take place in New York City over two days and nights on June 13th and 14th. In addition to the 85+ wines available for tasting, the event will include music by live DJs and food from Brooklyn Oyster Party, Vin sur Vingt, Canelé by Céline and The Tispsy Scoop, among others. Tickets are $60 each and are available on the La Nuit en Rosé website.  All the wines presented will be available for sale on board via Zachys.

For those of you unable to attend, stay tuned for our Rosé Wrap Up.  We’ll delve deeper into the process of producing rosé and the different varietals used around the world to make it, and we’ll also provide you with a list of recommendations to satisfy all your summer rosé needs!

 

Pierrick Bouquet is the founder of ABLE, a NY-based creative agency for food and wine, which he runs with fellow countryman Jacques Azoulay.  ABLE orchestrates wine-tasting events in restaurants and venues across the US and works to create contemporary events, innovative digital marketing programs, brand recognition, and established public personas for an extensive list of international clients, including Wines of South Africa and Le Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux. 

Kathy Morgan is a Washington, DC-based Master Sommelier, wine educator and consultant.  She has 15 years of experience as an acclaimed sommelier and wine director, having gained a diverse scope of experience in restaurants such as Michel Richard’s Citronelle, Bryan Voltaggio’s RANGE and Ristorante Tosca.  She’s also an instructor at the Capital Wine School in DC and the International Culinary Center in NYC, and is a member of the DC chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier.  In addition, Kathy has lent her expertise to many local and national publications, and is a frequent wine judge and speaker at food and wine festivals.

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Jun 11, 2014
Terri Judson

Native wines take center stage at Pennsylvania Wine & Food Festival – Tribune

Sure, you can buy wine from all around the world, but the 15 wineries participating in a festival this week want to show folks what’s being made right here in Pennsylvania.

The second annual Pennsylvania Wine Food Festival, set for June 14 at the Monroeville Convention Center, will feature more than 60 exhibitors, including 15 wineries from Western and Central Pennsylvania and other parts of the state.

“We look forward to this event,� says Tina West, co-owner of Allegheny Cellars Winery in Sheffield, Warren County. The winery makes red, white, blush and fruit wines and is bringing eight kinds of wine for visitors to taste.

“I think it educates the people in Pennsylvania about Pennsylvania wines and the different types of grapes that we grow here, as opposed to California,� West says.

At the festival’s entrance, visitors will be given a 2-ounce wine glass, which they can take from booth to booth to get unlimited samples from 150 wines. If they make a purchase, they can pick up the bottle or case on the way out or drink it at the festival along with any food they buy. The food vendors, largely local, offer items including homemade dips, cheeses, meats, cookies and fudge.

“It’s just like being in a restaurant, except they’re going to be able to taste what they’re going to enjoy before they purchase it,â€� says Kelly Simon, owner of Kelly Simon Event Management, which is producing the event.

This festival differs from other wine festivals in that it offers strictly in-state wines and is held for only one day indoors, Simon says.

“It’s a relaxed atmosphere. … It’s very casual. It’s a beautiful convention center. It’s not too hot … and you don’t have to worry about the weather,â€� she says.

The festival features live music by the acoustic band The Bricks. Many vendors will be selling items like wine glasses, jewelry and cigars.

Visitors will have fun and learn, Simon says, and can win door prizes like winery baskets.

“We have been promoting the event as where Pennsylvania wines come together,â€� Simon says. “What we’re doing is trying to educate the public on the wonderful selection of wines that are available right here in Pennsylvania.

“There are some fabulous, delicious, delightful wines coming right out of our own state, and why not support the local economy?� she says. Some of the wineries grow their own grapes.

Participating wineries include Allegheny Cellars, along with Central Theater Wine Shoppe in Herminie, Westmoreland County; Christian W. Klay Winery in Chalkhill, Fayette County; Courtyard Wineries in North East, Erie County; Greenhouse Winery with several Pittsburgh-area locations; Happy Valley Vineyard Winery in State College, Centre County; Juniata Valley Winery in Mifflin, Juniata County; Michael Stephen Kavic Winery in Carnegie; La Vigneta Winery in Brookline; Mt. Nittany Vineyard Winery in Centre Hall, Centre County; Presque Isle Wine Cellars in North East, Erie County; Seven Mountains Wine Cellars in Spring Mills, Centre County; Starr Hill Vineyard Winery in Curwensville, Clearfield County; University Wine Co. in Port Matilda, Centre County; and Wapiti Ridge Wine Cellars in Du Bois, Clearfield County.

Kellie B. Gormly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at kgormly@tribweb.com or 412-320-7824.

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