Pittsburgh Wine Festival draws more than 2,000 guests
By Kate Benz
Published: Sunday, May 6, 2012, 3:44 p.m.
"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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Disney to lay off 700 from interactive unit
- Penguins’ leads evaporate in loss to Sharks
- Keisel might be at end of Steelers career
- McKeesport middle school student struck by dump truck dies in hospital
- Sharks praise ex-teammate, newest Penguins player Goc
- EF girls know it’s time to step up for PIAA playoffs
- Neighbor in East Liberty sisters’ slayings may be part of murder-for-hire case
- Stock, housing gains boost net worth
- Beef costs reach record amid persisting drought
- New Pirates pitcher Eppley brings special delivery to team’s staff
- Judge to Cook Township drug suspect: Get new friends