'An Evening with an Urban Winemaker'

Written by Dana Cizmas on

We know by now that the Pittsburgh food scene is booming and 2013 is looking bright for our local restaurants. But we also should know that the wine scene in the Steel City is flourishing. Case in point: Pittsburgh Winery. And you don't even have to go to the countryside to visit this little gem; you only have to drive to the Strip District!

In December, I was invited by Melissa and Christine from Treading Art to partake in the 1st Blogger Annual Social, which was held at the Pittsburgh Winery. As a blogger, I immediately jumped on the opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow bloggers, and to discover a new winery in the city. To be honest, I had never encountered a winery in the middle of urban life, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. But this boutique operation totally surpassed my expectations.

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This brand new local winery is in the heart of the historic Strip in the old bank building at 2815 Penn Ave. Once we walked through the door, we entered an all-wood, retro and elegant bar area. The staff was charming and extremely welcoming, and we suddenly found ourselves at the bar. Here, owner Tim Gaber not only offered the bloggers a guided tasting, but also briefed us on the winery's history and philosophy. As it turns out, being an urban winery, they don't own vineyards. Instead, Mr. Gaber brings wine grapes from some of the best vineyards in the world including wineries in South America as well as Sonoma, Napa, Lodi and Suisun Valley in California. His approach to winemaking is traditional and minimalist, allowing the grapes to shine.


After the wine tasting and brief history, he walked us downstairs to the wine cellar where the 1st Blogger Annual Social was in full swing. The walls are lined with wine barrels and the room is substantially bigger than the upstairs. It has a rustic yet modern feel and it is where the winemaking process happens. The result: six different whites and reds including California Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chilean Malbec.

The wine cellar also is the place where the folks at Pittsburgh Winery organize fun social events. And their next one, "An Evening with an Urban Winemaker," will take place from 6 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25.

Pittsburgh Winery is a true urban gem and a great addition to our city; and, as Mr. Gaber points out, "We are really looking to put Pittsburgh on the map as a place where you can not only enjoy world class cuisine, art and music, but you can also find locally produced wines that rival some of the finest wines around the world."

Pittsburgh Winery
2815 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Pittsburgh Winery photos

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