One taste and I know I will be cheating on…

If there are “old souls” in the craft of wine making, then there must be the spirit of  an 18th century winemaker from Bordeaux, France embodied in Kevin Romasco of Moon Township. Kevin, co-owner  and co-winemaker with his wife, Josianne Romasco of Four Twelve Winery appears to have mastered the ability to combine a rare grape with the science of fermentation and the discipline of patience to revive a vintage rarely produced today, not even in its native country of France  —  the Carmenere. Carmenere is a medium-bodied red wine that originated in Bordeaux, France and now grows almost exclusively in Chile. Originally, Carmenere was thought to be Merlot when it was first transplanted into Chile.  You won’t find it to be a common vintage at the State Store.  Kevin told me the Carmenere grape is rarely utilized by other wineries and not a lot of companies make it without blending. Kevin and Josianne wanted something different from the Chilean Sirah and Malbec that are more well known. And  that’s when they landed on the Carmenere.  The grapes arrived from Chile in their Moon Township home nearly two years ago. And then, the delicious mystery of science and patience came together.  “We won’t release anything until it’s absolutely ready… won’t rush it and put it out on the market,” Kevin added. Striking aromas of raspberry sauce, sour cherry and green peppercorn awake my senses as I bring the wine glass up to my lips.  I observe the legs, the similarities of body and texture to Merlot, yet I find myself wanting more.  And before the glass is empty, I know that I will soon be cheating on my old love,...
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When less is all the more I need.

Do you ever get a feeling that we live in a culture where the drive for “more” is relentless?  As in more flavors of yogurt or coffee, more games that dominate the screen space on my phone, or more clothes than I actually ever wear? Yet, what engages my attention the most are the details revealed when someone focuses on the opposite.  Like a blacksmith who decides that rather than forging dozens of items, he’s going to focus his forge-time on making only one thing…. a ring. Can it get any simpler than a circle of metal? Or can it get any more complex when one looks closely to see where the circle “begins” and  “ends.”  Or is it continuous, a series of beginnings and endings? I peer deeper into the endless circle of beginnings and endings and realize I’m also looking at the perfect rhythm for life. The friendships, the loves, the family and fellowship that flow in and out, that begin and end continuously. Which brings us back around to an historic, organic 50-acre farm just outside of Pittsburgh. It is here, in the shadows of the city’s renown steel heritage, that a young artisan works with a serenity and brute force to unite dissimilar metals to create Damascus steel.  Swords crafted in this ancient artform last forever.  And that is the intention behind the multiple layers and time put into each uniquely designed ring. We are honored to welcome Craig Cowan, The Barefoot Forge, to Wine Time at the Colony on June 16th.  Just look for the barefoot guy, with a smile, who is ready to honor your friendships, and loves and commitments with the best symbol from nature — the endless rhythm of life.  ...
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MANY DEBUT MOMENTS FOR JUNE 16TH

— A large number of wines will be making their first public appearance as 16 wineries uncork their newest releases at this year’s Wine Time at the Colony event.  Located on the Penn’s Colony grounds just minutes north of Pittsburgh at 365 Saxonburg Blvd., Saxonburg, PA, Wine Time will run from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon from New York winery 21 Brix will make its debut at Wine Time.  Kris Kane, co-owner and winemaker at 21 Brix Winery (Portland, NY), is among the top 100 most influential winemakers in the United States according to IntoWine.com.  His Cabernet Sauvignon (2011) won the Best in Class Bronze at the San Francisco Chronical Wine Competition (2013), which is the largest competition of American wines in the world with nearly 6,000 wines entered annually. “The fact that a Lake-Erie-grown cabernet sauvignon grape placed so highly among California wines is a noteworthy achievement,” said event spokesperson Beth Rush. 21 Brix will join 15 wineries when gates open at 1:00 pm.  Jimmy Sapienza and Five Guys Named Moe will perform.  Food purveyors offer a selection of light menu food and small batch items for sale.  Fine artists and craftsmen offer handmade works in a select juried marketplace.  Admission is $25 and includes a souvenir wine glass. Designated driver admission is $5. All visitors must be over 21 with valid ID.  For tickets and information visit WineTimeAtTheColony.com or call...
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Blog – Wood, Whimsy, Wine

Wine deserves more than ordinary accessories. And this wine bottle holder by Jonas Brothers departs from the ordinary with the whimsy we adore. The Laughing Bear design fits with most décor and is a subtle reminder that the great outdoors is a necessary companion for all that goes into making wine, too. Jonas Brothers will bring an selection of bottle holders, trays, coasters, and signs to Wine Time on June 17th. Wouldn’t that Laughing Bear bottle holder make a nice gift for Dad?  Father’s Day is on June...
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Blog – Dry Wines

Like all good wines, Courtyard Winery is a marriage with a good story, too. Randy Graham was first introduced to grape growing through his great grandparents who packed baskets of fresh-picked grapes and sent them to New York City by railcar from North East, Pennsylvania.   Laura Graham’s grandparents were also fruit farmers who settled in the Bay Area of California. Randy and Laura met in California where they fell in love with the pursuit of good wine, and one another. They moved to the south shore of Lake Erie to pursue their love of growing grapes and fruits.  In 2007 after years of growing and selling grapes and making wine at home, they decided to add a winery to their 125 acre vineyard farming operation. Winemaking is a long process, as great wines truly start with attention to every detail in the vineyard. Courtyard Winery’s first wines were released in July of 2010. Wine Time at the Colony introduced Courtyard Winery in the 2013 Wine Tasting Festival season and (to carry this tired pun a little further)  it’s been another happy relationship between Wine Time customers and Courtyard ever since. A dry wine Courtyard will bring to Wine Time is the Gold-Medal Winning Chardonel.  This is a new grape variety developed by Cornell University.  It is heavily influenced by Chardonnay. The result is a dry, crystal clear white wine that starts with a nose that is fresh and crisp. The un-oaked natural acidity carries the upfront fruit to a mid-palate hint of apricot-infused tangerine that washes the tongue and leaves a clean, smooth finish in the wake.  ...
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