Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Taste of Pennsylvania

Our tasting, this month, features wines from Pennsylvania, and will be presented by Terry Germanowski.  Terry knows most of the winemakers personally, so we’ll certainly have some insightful commentary.  Our hosts for the evening are Julie and Millard Underwood.

The first documented commercial vineyard in Pennsylvania was the Pennsylvania Vine Company, established in 1793 along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. Over the next century, Pennsylvania vineyards spread first west to York and then north to Erie. However, the 1920s Prohibition movement destroyed most of the wine production in Pennsylvania. People still drank wine, but only for sacramental reasons. During this time, the grapes no longer used by wineries were used instead to produce grape juice. 

In 1968, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania passed the Limited Winery Act, which gave residents the right to produce and sell wine in Pennsylvania. This law allowed for the establishment of small, family-owned wineries in the state. Since then, the state has witnessed growth and expansion of numerous wineries. The number of Pennsylvania wineries has skyrocketed over the past decade, growing from 40 to 130.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

A Competition, and a Conference, just for you – the Hobby Winemaker

The Winemaker Magazine 2014 International Amateur Wine Competition is now accepting entries for the best homemade wines from across North America and around the globe. The deadline for receiving entries is March 7, 2014, but don’t wait to enter. 

The Conference will be held in Leesburg, Virginia from June 5 through June 7, 2014.  Join fellow winemakers from across North America in Northern Virginia’s wine country for three days packed with seminars and special events to help you to get the most out of your wine making.

Attendee space is limited.  For full details and information on how to save $100 on your registration, check the brochure which will be available at the next tasting of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Wine Society on Wednesday February 12, 2014.  Or, you may visit them online at