Woman's Club program chairman Sioux Cole introduced Tina West who, along with partner Alan Chapel, own Allegheny Cellars Winery. Tina presented an entertaining program about the winery as well as wine in general.
The nature-and-wildlife-themed Allegheny Cellars Winery, located directly off Route 6, one mile east of the traffic light in Sheffield, opened its doors in November 2007. The tasting room and gift shop provide a comfortable "woodsy" atmosphere where visitors are encouraged to sample from a wide selection of wines ranging from dry to sweet. The winery produces 4,000 gallons of wine annually from juices purchased from local suppliers. Ms. West expects that volume to increase in the near future to at least 20,000 gallons per year when they complete renovations on their large building across the road from the winery.
When the winery first opened, it produced primarily sweet varieties based on demand. With growth, the winery now offers an ever-expanding selection of dry and semi-dry wines including cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pino grigio, chardonnay and riesling. Ms. West's proudest accomplishment is winning a bronze medal for Bigfoot Shadows in 2011 at the New York International Wine Competition. Made from Concord grapes and tasting like fresh grape juice, this sweet wine is their largest seller, accounting for 40 percent of their total business.
Tina West of Allegheny Cellars Winery
West recommended choosing wines to compliment food, rather than overpower it. She also suggested that when tasting a wine, one might try swishing it around the mouth to determine what flavors are notable, and consider pairing it with foods similar in taste.
In President Judy Champlin's absence, vice president Meredith McIntosh thanked the speaker and her assistant Carolyn McBride for providing wine for the luncheon and for the presentation. She also thanked hostesses Tonya Anderson and Liz Horsley for the cooking-themed decorations, which included vintage cookbooks and cooking utensils, in addition to chef's toques. Many thanks were also given for lunch, prepared and served by Woman's Club members Tana Fegeley, Jane Ayers, Suzie Painter and Marty Casteel. New member Bonnie Conklin was welcomed.
McIntosh reminded members of the need for volunteers and donations for the Woman's Club Usable Discards sale, scheduled for April 18-19. The club will soon begin requesting that local companies and merchants consider contributing excess or no-longer-needed items to this "garage sale." We would be pleased to receive any and all offerings, and can make arrangements to have them picked up. Pricing for sale items will most likely be by donation.
McIntosh also announced the club needs helpers for a cleaning bee scheduled for Tuesday, April 15. At that time club members will tackle the second floor and the open shelves and cupboard fronts in the kitchen.
The Warren Woman's Club welcomes new members. For more information, contact Warren Woman's Club at 723-5910 or visit the website www.warrenwomansclub.org.
The next event will be a lunch on March 17 at noon. Dr. Julie Lindbloom Boozer of Scandia will present a program entitled, "The Great Scandinavian Immigration to Warren County in the late 19th century How and Why They Came." Reservations for this informative program are necessary and must be made by Friday, March 14. Attendees are encouraged to sport their favorite green clothing items or accessories in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.