About Me:

I was born and raised in the Berks County area, but moved away after finishing school. I've spent most my adult years living in New York City, with two brief stints in other parts of the world. (Wellington, New Zealand and Toronto, Ontario, Canada) My passion for wine (and food) started over 25 years ago. In that time I've been fortunate enough to be exposed to and experience wine and food from many different parts of the world. Thanks to living in NYC, I had at my beck and call anything to do with wine and food. Add to that my travels to quite a few wine regions on both U.S. coasts, four separate trips to Italy, as well as my wine experiences while living in New Zealand and Ontario, Canada, it's been a wonderful ride!

I've known for years that the state of PA made wine, with the overwhelming majority (about 90%) being of the "fruit(y)" and "sweet" variety. It wasn't until about four or five years ago I discovered high quality DRY wines were being grown and produced in this great agricultural state. It all started right before I moved out of NYC and back to PA. (to assist with the care of my father due to his health issues.) I was looking for something to do one weekend and was told about a few local vineyards and wineries. Hitting the roads of Berks and Lehigh counties, I stumbled upon three or four wineries and was pleasantly surprised that "dry" wines were being produced here! I'll admit that not all of these were 90+ point wines, but all things considered, it did get my attention.

Leap ahead to 2015. I've spent the past four years traveling the eastern part of the state and have discovered a good number of vineyards and wineries whose wines I have no problem serving to anyone. In fact, I usually blind taste-test my NYC wine friends and they have no idea it's a PA wine! They too have the same reaction I initially had: NO way these wines are produced in PA!

Va La Vineyards   0
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8/13/2015

Tucked away on a little plot of soil in the borough of Avondale, PA sits Va La Vineyards. Driving south on Route 41 in Chester County, you need a sharp eye to spot the winery sign and a quick foot to avoid missing the entrance to this 6.73-acre vineyard. That's right, 6.73-acres of various soil compositions sitting in the "mushroom capitol of the world". Here, owner and winemaker Anthony Vietri grows over 25 grape varieties, primarily Italian with a few French thrown in to make it interesting.

In my humble opinion, Va La could very well ... Read full review



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Waltz Vineyards   0
4.5
5/20/2015

Waltz Vineyards is family-owned and operated by Jan and Kim Waltz. They have been in business since 1997, and in 2000 produced their first vintage inside their exterior garage. Jan is the winemaker and is renowned for being one of the top wine grape growers in PA. He grows over 100 tons of grapes each year. All of the wines are crafted from his 6th generation family farm's grapes, making these truly "estate" wines! The soft, rolling hills combined with world-class vineyard soil create a first-rate terroir for growing Vitis vinifera grapes. In the years since their first ... Read full review



Red Wine White Wine Service View/Ambiance
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Waltz Vineyards   0
4.5

Waltz Vineyards is family-owned and operated by Jan and Kim Waltz. They have been in business since 1997, and in 2000 produced their first vintage inside their exterior garage. Jan is the winemaker and is renowned for being one of the top wine grape growers in PA. He grows over 100 tons of grapes each year. All of the wines are crafted from his 6th generation family farm's grapes, making these truly "estate" wines! The soft, rolling hills combined with world-class vineyard soil create a first-rate terroir for growing Vitis vinifera grapes. In the years since their first ... Read full review



Red Wine White Wine Service View/Ambiance
4.0
4.5
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Va La Vineyards   0
5.0
5.0

Tucked away on a little plot of soil in the borough of Avondale, PA sits Va La Vineyards. Driving south on Route 41 in Chester County, you need a sharp eye to spot the winery sign and a quick foot to avoid missing the entrance to this 6.73-acre vineyard. That's right, 6.73-acres of various soil compositions sitting in the "mushroom capitol of the world". Here, owner and winemaker Anthony Vietri grows over 25 grape varieties, primarily Italian with a few French thrown in to make it interesting.

In my humble opinion, Va La could very well ... Read full review



Red Wine White Wine Service View/Ambiance
5.0
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5.0
5.0
5.0
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