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Wine festival raises a glass to Millvale redevelopment efforts

| Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
The 2017 Millvale Harvest Moon Wine Festival will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7, in Millvale Riverfront Park.
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The 2017 Millvale Harvest Moon Wine Festival will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7, in Millvale Riverfront Park.

Guests will toast the Millvale Community Development Corp. during the seventh annual Harvest Moon Wine Festival.

The corporation and borough will host the event featuring eight Pennsylvania wineries, appetizers from local businesses and live music from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Millvale Riverfront Park.

The following wineries will pour samples into guests' bottomless souvenir tasting glasses: Narcisi Winery, Pittsburgh Winery, Hog Dog Winery, Black Dog Wine Co., Deer Creek Winery, D & O Wine Cellars and Mazzotta Winery.

Patrons will have the opportunity to purchase their favorite varieties by the bottle or case.

Development corporation vice president Jaime Hahn said most wineries will offer four varieties to festival goers.

Ed Baysek, Hog Dog Winery owner, said he will bring a dozen of his company's 40 wines, including blueberry, blackberry, elderberry, banana and pinot grigio.

He said the event allows him to promote his Reserve winery, which opened in 2016.

“I was there last year. I think it's a really nice festival. I know it's for a charitable event for the Millvale redevelopment. We like to get out in the community.”

Deer Creek Winery will pour eight wines, including its Angry Antler Sangria, with cranberry, pear and orange notes; a malt wine, spiced wine and a variety of grape and fruit wines, according to the winery's festival manager Jody Hunsberger. She said the Clarion County-based company is participating due to its strong Pittsburgh presence — Deer Creek has McCandless and Robinson stores and is available in some grocery stores — and to interact with locals.

State College-Pa.-based KingView Mead will join the festival by serving honey wine.

In addition to the appetizers, patrons may sample local delicacies such as chocolates from Yetter's Handmade Chocolates, Jean-Marc Chatellier's French Bakery cake, Tupelo Honey Teas and Apoidea Apiary honey.

Funky Fly Project will entertain guests with funk and jazz along the Allegheny River's shore. The quartet consists of Pittsburghers Winston Bell, Henry Schultz, Eric Dowdell Jr. and Brandon Terry — all under 18.

General admission is $50; designated driver admission, which includes food, is $25.

An $80 very important wine drinker ticket includes early festival admission at 5:30 p.m., a swag bag, special selections of hors' d' oeuvres and wines, as well as upgraded tent seating. Hahn recommends purchasing the latter tickets in advance, as they might sell out.

She expects 250 to 500 overall attendees.

Hahn said proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Millvale Community Development Corporation, which is working to attract new businesses, including a hotel, to the borough.

Funds will assist with repairs to the corporation's Millvale Studios building damaged by a June fire; the nonprofit also continues to negotiate with its insurance company regarding the costs, she said.

Furthermore, the corporation runs the Business Association of Millvale and Gardens of Millvale committees.

“We just want people to relax and have a good time, sit by the river, enjoying the music. Some people prefer to dance. Some people just sit and eat and drink and talk all night,” she said. “It's just a fun event, a good fundraiser for the community.”

Erica Cebzanov is a Tribune-Review contributor.

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