The Ramans have been enthusiastic supporters of Penns Woods since first visiting us in 2014 and we are so lucky to have them as members in our Grand Cru Wine Club. They are always up for conversation with our staff and bring bright smiles with them upon each visit. They love our Cabernet Sauvignon and particularly enjoy listening to live music on a sunny day and receiving the special recipes we pair with each wine in their quarterly Wine Club allotment. Learn more about Ashok Raman and his family through our Q&A with him!
Q & A With Ashok Raman:
Q: Do you have a favorite varietal? Do you have a favorite vintage of that varietal at Penns Woods?
A: My favorite varietal is the Cabernet Sauvignon. Hands down, it would have to be the 2009 Penns Woods Cabernet Sauvignon. It is perhaps one of the best wines I have ever had.
Q: What is the perfect scene for you to enjoy wine?
A: Summer in the vineyard with live music and family. We've tried to bring that feeling home, too. We built a "wine shrine" in our basement right next to our music room to enjoy the ambiance and the love we have for opening a good bottle of wine.
Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies?
A: Home automation and riding my Moto-Guzzi.
Q: What types of wine do you typically go for and what are you drinking right now?
A: Any full-bodied red. I am currently enjoying some good Barolos.
Q: What is your favorite event at Penns Woods?
A: My favorite event at Penns Woods is Father's Day. It is the only day my kids listen to me ;). Seriously, the weather is usually nice and warm and there is always great music and wonderful vibes at the vineyard.
Q: What are you looking forward to most when our business is back in full effect?
A: With summer coming, I am hoping I can spend weekends at Penns Woods with live music and family.
Q: How did you get into wine?
A: A friend gifted me a 1997 bottle of Kendall Jackson Merlot and I loved it.
Q: Do you enjoy traveling and visiting other wineries?
A: Of course! Some of the best wineries other than Penns Woods are in Temecula Valley in Southern California.
Q: How did you find out about Penns Woods?
A: I stumbled upon a bottle of your wine at White Dog Café in Paoli and really enjoyed it. My first visit to the vineyard was during the holiday season, and it was magical. It's funny, actually. During our first trip in 2014, we saw a lovely couple get engaged and we knew, right off the bat, that this place was something special. Now we celebrate every small victory with a bottle of your wine and a family trip to the vineyard.
Ashok and his beautiful family have been a part of Penns Woods family for many years. Ashok has a tremendous love of wine and has been one of Penns Woods biggest supporters. We look forward to seeing the entire Raman family at Penns Woods again very soon! -Andrea Creato