The Tasting Table
Friday, July 25th at 4:00:
The Perfect Summer Refresher!
It's hot out there! So this afternoon we're going to offer you a taste of a brand new beer designed to deal with the summertime heat, expertly brewed by...
It's a tale of shared dreams, individual tenacity and an unwavering dedication to standards of quality.
Like many American stories, it starts amid the dreams of countless young immigrants looking for opportunity, and emerges from the strength and will of one family determined to build their legacy in a new country.
The story of America's oldest brewery began when David G. Yuengling arrived from Wuerttemberg, Germany to settle in the sleepy, coal-mining town of Pottsville, PA.
He brought with him a knowledge of beer, and opened the Eagle Brewery on Centre Street in 1829 to quench the thirst of his new neighbors.
Two years later, after a devastating fire completely destroyed the original plant, the current brewery was built around the corner on Mahantongo St.
They survived the Prohibition Era by producing "near beer", and even opened a dairy across from the brewery to help them make ends meet. Their dogged determination and perseverance kept the business afloat.
When Prohibition finally ended in 1933, Frank Yuengling, David's grandson, was sure to send a truckload of their newest product called "Winner Beer" to Franklin Roosevelt in the White House!
Speaking of new products, the fifth generation has just released their newest beer. Dick Yuengling, Jr. is honoring his great-great-granddad's German heritage with the release of...
Yuengling "Summer Wheat" Traditional Weizen Beer - $6.99/6-pack, $24.99/Case: This brand new seasonal from America's oldest brewery is an authentic German Weizen style beer. It is carefully brewed with a combination of wheat and barley malts, noble Hallertau hops and authentic Bavarian-stype top fermenting yeast.
True to the style it features a thick, creamy head topping a slightly hazy golden elixir, whose complex flavors offer a hint of citrus with spicy clove and banana esters from the Hefe-Weisen yeast, and concludes with a smooth, crisp finish. The hopping is light and aromatic, adding to the overall experience.
This is the perfect beer for summer! Thirst quenching and full of character, it's just what you're looking for on a hot day, whether working in the yard, playing with the kids or even when enjoying some backyard grilling!
2014's "Summer Wheat" is the third addition to Yuengling's seasonal offerings, appearing after the Spring Bock beer is all gone, and leading up to the release of Oktoberfest in the fall. So stay tuned for more goodness from Yuengling!
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* Remember, when you purchase any of the featured wines during our tasting events, you will receive a 10% discount or the super-discounted sale price, whichever saves you more!
Famous Name, Fabulous Wines!
First came the wines of Francis Ford Coppola. Then we discovered his wife Eleanor and daughter Sofia through their own wine interpretations. Today, let's find out about Gia!
Francis' granddaughter Gia shares her love for light, unpretentious wines with this new California collection...
A third generation filmmaker, photographer, artist, fashion trend-setter, impromptu (and impressive) mixologist, Gia Coppola is all of these things and much more.
"I was always envious that every family member had a wine and I loved watching the process of how the idea evolves. It's very much like making a movie; there's all these different components you have to check on - the designing, the tasting, the marketing. So I was excited when it finally came my turn. I wanted something that is light and is more directed to younger people trying to understand wine."
- Gia Coppola
We think Gia is really onto something, and her approach to winemaking, while different from the other visions her famous family has shared, is something that most certainly fills a niche that has been ignored too long!
Just like the woman who inspired them, each of the Gia wines is easy going and fun to drink. The fruit is grown in the cooler climates of California where morning fog helps the grapes retain an ideal level of crisp, natural acidity.
These wines are intensely aromatic and perfectly balanced with a vivacious personality. The ripe, fresh fruit flavors are presented in their natural state through stainless steel fermentation and no contact with oak.
Please join us this Friday afternoon as we sample these lovely new California wines from one of the more famous names in the industry!
2012 Gia Pinot Grigio - $14.99: With an alluring perfume of bergamot orange, honeysuckle and plumeria flowers, Gia Pinot Grigio presents vibrant flavors of pineapple, white peaches and the minerality of wet stones.
It delights the palate with bright acidity a touch of sweetness and a lingering finish of fresh fruit. This perky wine has a light body, with a hint of spritz, making it delightfully refreshing and perfect for pairing with seafood, shellfish, spring salads and light appetizers.
2012 Gia "Frizzante" Chardonnay - $14.99: Made from 100% Chardonnay, Gia Frizzante is refreshingly fruity with a bright effervescence and fragrant notes of passion fruit, pears, honey and acacia flowers. It's light and elegant on the palate and should be enjoyed well chilled (~45 degrees).
More than anything, this wine exudes a distinct freshness and buoyancy that pairs beautifully with desserts such as patisseries, exotic fruits, Sabayon, and apple or pear tarts. It is also delicious on its own as an aperitif and works equally well with dishes like Paella and spicy Asian cuisine.
2012 Gia Pinot Noir - $14.99: Gia Pinot Noir offers a silky texture, pretty spice notes and impressions of fresh picked strawberries and raspberries with pomegranate and a hint of peach.
There is a refreshing acidity and harmonious balance to this wine, with a light, juicy quality and gentle sweetness. Lean and smooth, the wine shows good length and an aromatic finish that hints ever so surprisingly at coconut. Perfect for pairing with hors d'oeuvres, roasted chicken, and linguine with pesto sauce.
This Saturday, Starting at 1:00:
Western Maryland Wine
From the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in Washington County, we proudly present the Western Maryland wines of...
Clear Spring, MD
The Seibert family emigrated from Germany over 200 years ago and ultimately settled in the Knob Hall area of the Allegheny's, where they established their family winery.
Knob Hall Winery is a multi-generational endeavor with 43 acres of grapes now planted in Washington County - most of it on Knob Hall in the Cumberland Valley AVA.
An estate winery, producing high quality wines from grapes harvested from their own vineyards, Knob Hall maintains a tradition of sustainable agriculture.
We would like to invite you to join us this Saturday afternoon to enjoy what the caring hands of the Seibert family winemakers have created!
2011 Chardonnay - $20.99: Crisp and dry with delicate apple and pear aromas that carry over to the taste. Good acidity leads to a satisfying finish. Try it with rockfish, Maryland crabcakes, or roasted chicken!
"Make Me Blush" - $10.99: There's a lot going on in this lovely semi-dry blend of some of Knob Hall's white varietals (Vidal Blanc, Pinot Gris and Traminette), and their Rosť (of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Chambourcin). This light body blush is perfect for a summer afternoon picnic with light undertones of strawberries and raspberries.
"Sweet Revenge" - $14.99: A delicious sweet red with character, body and soft tannins. Sweet Revenge is not your typical sweet wine. After years of making award-winning dry wines, Knob Hall made their first sweet red to be as complex as their dry wines, and as sweet as revenge!
"Jealous Mistress" - $20.99: Jealous Mistress is a semi-dry red. It goes well especially with Asian or Mexican food. A great wine to just sit around and enjoy with friends.
2012 Chambourcin Reserve - $24.99: A fruity yet full-bodied red wine, that is ready to drink now or can be put down for several years. Chambourcin has great color and aromas and goes well with pork, lamb, pizza and pastas!