The Monongahela Area Library Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour Fundraiser was held Saturday evening under a spectacular blue sky at the Ripepi Winery and Vineyard. The guests were treated to a vineyard tour by owner and winemaker Rich Ripepi. Rich kept the crowd entertained with his ability to weave his encyclopedic wine knowledge and storytelling together to create an atmosphere of fun, humor and learning. We returned from the vineyard to find our tables had been set with a variety of cheeses to complement that evenings wines. Rich conducted the tasting with a detailed explanation of each wine while fielding questions. I had a great time at this event and urge any wine lover to take any opportunity to meet and talk to a seasoned winemaker because their abilities are truly impressive. Rich Ripepi has reason to be proud knowing that four of his wines had just won medals at two different wine competitions.
The 36th Annual International Eastern Wine Competition in Santa Rosa, CA: Niagra – Silver Medal De Chaunac – Silver Medal
The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition: Diamond- Silver Medal Vidal Blanc – Bronze Medal
Congratulations to all the members of the Ripepi Winery family.