Pittsburgh’s Urban Winery, R Wine Cellar

R Wine Cellar Urban Winery

R Wine Cellar is a family-owned urban winery with a quaint shop located in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. They focus on creating wines with grapes grown in Pennsylvania, California, and South America. I recently enjoyed a fun afternoon exploring their wines when I stopped into the strip store for a complementary tasting.

 

R Wine Cellar produces a wide variety of wines including three fun specialty wines a peach chardonnay, red spiced wine, and an apple spiced white wine.

Fiona Peach Chardonnay

My favorite R Cellar wine that I tasted was a fresh and fruity wine with hints of peach and apricot. The fruit creates the sweet, and the Chardonnay adds a and crisp finish.

Next time you visit the Strip District, I would encourage you to stop into R Wine Cellar’s charming store. I enjoyed chatting with the owner and tasting their wines. Cheers!

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Summer Visit to Gervasi Vineyard in Canton Ohio

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As I’ve raved many times before (first visit, second visit) Gervasi Vineyard, a winery in Canton Ohio, is simply amazing. The grandeur starts as you pull in the grounds, and doesn’t diminish in any detail throughout the compound. Seriously please just check out these 360 tours on the Gervasi site to see more of the space. The grounds feature plenty of spots to explore including the vineyards, lake, Marketplace gift shop, casual dining spot the Crush House, outdoor patio the Piazza and main Italian Bistro.

I was lucky enough to visit this past weekend for their annual 8th Annual Bellissimo arts & craft festival.

To me, one of the best things about a visiting a winery is the fun of a wine flight! The Brigante, their sweetest red is my favorite wine by Gervasi (besides the moscato of course).  It is is described as having an “assertive structure, complex berry flavors – ‘Bad Boy’ personality. I’m surprised that I like this wine so much because its not just sweet, but has another layer of something, maybe a smokiness, that I didn’t think I’d like so much. It is delicious. I can’t help but take another bottle home with us after each visit.

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I am still fascinated with how gorgeous the Bistro restaurant is. It appears to have been designed with an attention to detail. From the looks of it no cost was spared on the hardware, finishes or decor, really creating a lovely ambiance. I was lucky enough to be treated to another amazing dinner here by my boyfriend 🙂 For dinner I enjoyed the Apple and Brie Salad with mixed greens, dried cranberries, toasted pecans, and a balsamic vinaigrette. My main meal was a delicious and rich pasta dish the Breaded Chicken Campanelle of garlic, shitake mushrooms, spinach, fresh tomato, garlic cream sauce.  My boyfriend had another great meal. The Mela Maiale a bone-In Pork Chop with blue cheese, creamy polenta, topped with brussels sprouts, pancetta caramel apple sauce – a pretty fancy dish for $22!

 

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On this visit we were able to take a free behind the scenes tour of the winery in the Crush House building!

 

 

I love looking around in each building on the compound, the unique lighting really stands out to me! I see myself having a wine bottle chandelier of my own in the future.

 

As lavish as the decor is you’d think the menu would be too right? It is! Full of rich, rustic Italian fare, so many delicious choices. Check out the menu here. The best part of all of this? It is affordable. I’m serious. A trip here is a lot more affordable than the usual upscale Italian in downtown Pittsburgh.

It is hard for me to say if its the wine, the food, the scenery or the ambiance that keep me wanting more of Gervasi. I love it all.  Even the drive home through the fields of Ohio is great scenery. I’d love to stay here someday, everytime I call it is booked </3. I’ll keep waiting to see the inside of those villas. I would encourage anyone to check Gervasi winery out for themselves.

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Gervasi Vineyard, Tuscan Getaway in Canton Ohio

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Driving from Pittsburgh through the fields and farms of northern Ohio, you wouldn’t expect to run into a grand Italian getaway. Gervasi Vineyard is noting short of unexpected, a true destination complete with picturesque lake, winery, fine dining, casual dining, and onsite Tuscan villas. This winery embodies Italian grandeur, and encourages you to indulge in the finer things. I’ve gushed about a previous trip to Gervasi beforehand, and my second trip for my 26th birthday did not disappoint.

On this October weekend the Gervasi property was amplified with the autumn leaves changing colors. I was pleased to find many pumpkin displays as we wandered the grounds.

Gervasi pumpkin patch

Gervasi pumpkin patch

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The gift shop called Marketplace featured festive seasonal items.

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Before our dinner at the bistro we enjoyed drinks and a delicious meat & cheese pairing at the Crush House. My BF tried a milk stout which was very rich with smooth chocolate flavor with a sweet milky balance – tasty! We learned that the GV craft beers are brewed in partnership with Thirsty Dog Brewing Company.

Gervasi Chrush House meat and cheese plate

After our snack we wondered the grounds some more and headed to the main event, dinner at the Bistro. As I’ve raved before, this place is simply amazing. Seriously just check out these 360 tours on the Gervasi site to see more of the space. The grandeur starts with the front door and doesn’t diminish in any detail throughout the Bistro.

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The Brigante, a sweet red described as having an “assertive structure, complex berry flavors – ‘Bad Boy’ personality” was our wine of choice for the night. I’m surprised that I like this wine so much because its not just sweet, but has another layer of smokiness I didn’t think I’d like so much. It is delicious and we couldn’t help but take another bottle home with us.

Gervasi Brigante wine

For dinner we enjoyed a filet special with gorgonzola sauce and a seafood pasta dish. Both were of excellent quality and taste. The staff even treated me to a birthday dessert of vanilla bean gelato!

Delicious filet special from @gervasivineyard with gorgonzola cream sauce 😛 can't wait to share the rest of my trip! Stay tuned…

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It is hard for me to say if its the wine, the food, the scenery or the ambiance that keep me wanting more of Gervasi. I love it all. I cannot wait to return to Gervasi, hopefully I can make it for the holiday decor & maybe even finally stay in the villas! I would encourage anyone to check Gervasi winery out for themselves.

Even the drive home through the fields of Ohio is great scenery.

"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or bring storms, but to add color to my sunset sky."

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A Weekend Adventure to Canton Ohio’s Gervasi Vineyard

One lazy weekend last May we had finished renovation projects and I was craving an adventure. I researched all kinds of weekend trips from the Pittsburgh from DC, Baltimore and Cleveland. It turns out it was going to be a wet and windy weekend in all of the locations, so I switched from outdoor adventures to indoor. I started looking at wineries discovering the most beautiful location in Canton Ohio. Gervasi Vineyard features lush grounds, vineyard, lake, villas, the casual Crush House dining and an Italian Bistro restaurant. And of course WINE!

This place was definitely worth the drive. It is so beautiful, even on a rainy cloudy day.

Gervasi Vineyard Bridge

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I was dumbfounded by how gorgeous the Bistro restaurant is. It seems to have been made with an apparent attention to detail. From the looks of it no cost was spared on the hardware, finishes or decor, really creating a lovely ambiance. Here you know you are experiencing someplace special, it is a true treat.

Gervasi Vineyard Bistro

As lavish as the decor is you’d think the menu would be too right? It is! Full of rich, rustic Italian fare, so many delicious choices. Check out the menu here. The best part of all of this? It is affordable. I’m serious. A trip here is a lot more affordable than the usual upscale Italian in downtown Pittsburgh.

Just look at this Caesar salad presentation.

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To me, one of the best things about a visiting a winery is the fun of a wine flight.

Gervasi Vineyard Wine Flight

Plenty of sweet wines for me to try. The Gervasi moscato even made my top 5 list.

Gervasi Vineyard Wine Selection

For my meal I had a deliciously rich braised lamb in au jus + gnocchi dish with goat cheese & rosemary butter. It was delicious, within the top 10 meal of my lifetime.

Gervasi Vineyard Braised Lamb Dinner

And a decadent tiramisu for dessert.

Gervasi Vineyard Braised Tiramisu

I even loved the gift shop. I found this unique necklace for $7 (originally about $35)! I also got a similar one in gold & black, also for $7!

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Well the reason I’m writing about this now is because my boyfriend is about to take me to Gervasi Vineyard again for my BIRTHDAY in just 2 weeks! Woohoo I am so excited. This place is amazing. I’d love to stay here someday, everytime I call it is booked </3. I’ll keep waiting to see the inside of those villas.

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Deep Water Vineyard & Firefly Distillery

Deep Water Vineyard

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While vacationing in Charleston, SC we took an afternoon trip to the beautiful Deep Water Vineyard & Firefly Distillery on Wadmalaw Island. These are located on the same plantation and were originally started by the same family business. The winery came first when a retired couple ventured in growing grapes.

When we arrived we were greeted by a sign advising us to do the wine tasting before the liquor tasting at the distillery. IMG_4024

We joined the next wine tour and sampled 5 delicious wines while watching a video of how the winery was founded and developed. For $5.00, you can taste all 5 of the wines and receive a complimentary wine glass!

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IMG_4113We took a quick break before moving on to the distillery to wander around the farm and meet the animals. We met the resident cow. We were warned that she would head-butt us and she did.IMG_4061

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But the original reason we were there was to sample the Firefly Distillery concoctions.

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Everything was delicious. We spent a good bit of time talking to our barman whose brother and himself have worked for the company for awhile. He had just got back from working for the summer at the resort in the Bahamas affiliated with the distillery. The tasting was $6 per person and we even got to keep the glass! I purchased the Coconut Cake Liqueur and the Peach Moonshine and can’t wait to enjoy!

I was already feeling pretty good after the wine samples. I am known to be the biggest lush, plus I’ve only drank before 5 pm a handful of times in my life. So I was was really done after tasting the 6 Firefly samples of my choosing. Lets just say I had to nap before dinner! The trip to Wadmalaw Island was great fun & I would suggest anyone visiting Charleston to make the trip as well.

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