Smell the Rose

     Well it is Memorial Day weekend, the official start of summer with all of its festivities.  It is also the unofficial start of Rosé season, conditions are perfect for this wine to really shine in all of its styles. Rosé is made in many styles from very dry to sweet along with a wide range of sparkling wines.  There is no need to over think your Rosé purchase  I recommend just reading the tasting notes and picking

A glass being full of rosé wine

A glass being full of rosé wine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 one that sounds good.  Mas de Guiot Rosé 2010 sounded good to me because it is made in the traditional dry crisp style of a Southern French Rosé.  This wine has a deeper Rosé color than do most Rosés along with a dry finish.  This can be attributed to the blend of grapes that is mainly Grenache with some Syrah and a little Mourverde.  I think the winery notes say it best “Fresh with bright red licorice and ripe cherry notes backed by a stony hint.  Very tasty.”  This is a P.A.L.C.B. store online exclusive with the product code 20370 and a WA rating of 88.  It is also has an unbeatable price of $7.99 on sale from $12.99

Wine Tasting

     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.


Party Time!!!

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting (Photo credit: gibsonsgolfer)

     The Friends of the Monongahela Area Library will be hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, May 19th from 5:30 P.M. until ?.  The event will be held at the Ripepi Winery and Vineyards located at 93 Van Voorhis Lane Monongahela, PA.  The evening will feature wine tastings and vineyard tours along with other activities.  This is an excellent opportunity to get a close look at the Ripepi Winery and Vineyards plus the added benefit of helping out an organization that provides essential services to the community.  Tickets cost $25 and are available at the Monongahela Library 813 W. Main St Monongahela Pa. 724-258-5409.  Hope to see you there. 

Time to pull the cork!

     Welcome to the wpawinepirate blog and thank you for stopping by. We will have an ongoing conversation about wine in general but more importantly wine and food in Western Pennsylvania. The enjoyment of wine, food, family and friends dates back to ancient times so I will do my best (with your help) to keep the tradition going. This blog is for everyone because there are no good or bad wines only wines that you enjoy or do not enjoy. Do you remember the baseball great Reggie Jackson’s famous saying that opinions are like noses because everyone has one. I feel wine drinking is like that, if you don’t like a wine try others because the search is the real fun. Now that you know how I look at things let’s go in search of good wine. 

     The Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown Pa has what they call the First Friday Wine Tasting at their restaurant The Green Gables.This Friday March 2 will focus on the Piedmont region of Italy.The Piedmont is in the northwest corner of Italy and is the second largest of the country’s 20 wine-producing regions. This region is best known for making great Barolo and Barbaresco. You can find more information at their website about this and future tastings.Go to then click wine and dining events then dates for reservations or call Tresa at 814-629-9201 ext300