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Pittsburgh Wine Festival draws more than 2,000 guests

| Sunday, May 6, 2012, 3:44 p.m.
Jeff Feinberg with Rosie Gonzalez and Jacob Leiser during the Pittsburgh Wine Festival at Heinz Field on Thursday, May 3, 2012. Mike Mancini | For the Tribune Review

"If you love wine, it's the place to be," said Southern Wine & Spirits of Pennsylvania VP Mark Schaffer during the 10th annual Pittsburgh Wine Festival on Thursday. "It's an opportunity to bring people in and taste wine that they ordinarily wouldn't be able to taste."

And bring them in, they did. Two thousand guests, including prez Ed Harrell, GM Dale Markham, PLCB chairman Joseph Brion, Helen Wylie, Adam Bell and Jenna Cain, Chris Plance and Anna Burie and Ziggy Murin were among those enjoying the sold-out VIP reception, while a massive line of eager aficionados formed outside the entrance to the East Club Lounge of Heinz Field half an hour before the general admission gates were open.

Meanwhile, hundreds of wineries were pouring themselves into the good graces of those in attendance that were quick to establish alliances with their bottle of choice.

"I'm a white," confessed Dr. Nancy Davidson with her husband, Tom Kensler, while others were swooning over the Dreyfus Ashby Bordeaux (yours for $899 a pop). "It's unbelievable!" said Gino Chiodo.

Over the past decade, the event has raised more than $7.5 million for discovery and innovation at UPMC.

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