Meet Lauren & Andy Rim! Lauren is a teacher, avid reader, and just loves to dance while Andy likes to spend his time playing guitar and writing music. The Rims also have a passion for travel and can't wait to get out and explore once these crazy times are over. One of their favorite adventures together was island hopping last June in the southern carribean! But if you ask them, there's really nothing better than relaxing at the winery with friends and family listening to the lives tunes. “We love the atmosphere at Penns Woods and it's a great go-to anytime there's nice weather.” Aside from the usually winery weekend hangs, their other favorite events include our annual vertical tastings as well as our monthly wine education series, especially the blending class!
As you might have noticed, they love it so much here, most of the photos above are from their engagement shoot in the vineyard and around our property! Lauren and Andy are a super fun and outgoing part of our Wine Club and it's been great to see the community of friends they have within our Club too, hanging out with Matt & Linsey Anderson, Nitasha & Ryan Smith and Julia & Dan Shay! In fact they have together taken their passion for wine on the road, recently popping down to Virginia for a wine tasting tour of the Monticello Wine Trail!
Lauren's favorite wine from Penns Woods is the Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, specifically, the 2009 vintage. For Andy, he also enjoys more full-bodied reds. He is into good Chiantis and Meritage blends, but his go-to at Penns Woods is the Cabernet Franc Reserve 2016! Since current circumstances have kept them from being able to enjoy wine socially, they have started to appreciate pairing wines with the meals they make at home. In fact, these two big, bold red lovers have cultivated a new found appreciation for white wines through their cooking and pairing with various dishes! Although still, our Proprietor Reserve 2014 has been a popular choice for them recently (we've seen the evidence on our Wine Club Facebook group!).
We are so grateful to have members such as the Rims. They not only are one of our early supporters, but they are always actively engaged with the various special events we put together at the winery and their passion for knowledge is why we do what we do in the first place. We love seeing them together and cannot wait to have them back enjoying our live music out on our lawn. Cheers to this incredible couple!
Think Globally, Drink Locally! For nearly 20 years, Abruzzo native Gino Razzi has sought to produce premium wines that express the unique terroir of Pennsylvania. Our winemaking and vineyard management employs Old World technique while incorporating innovative technology and utilizing 100% PA Grown, hand-harvested grapes from our two distinct vineyard sites.
We invite you to become a part of our story, explore and drink in all that Pennsylvania has to offer. A Penns Woods Wine Club membership offers exclusive events, discounts and keeps you up to date on recent releases as well as ensures availability of our limited production wines. Join our exciting community of wine enthusiasts and start using your benefits immediately!
Our club offers three distinctive membership levels, Estate, Premier Cru & Grand Cru. Each quarterly allocation includes detailed notes on the wines, aging potential and pairing suggestions along with the recipes for you to try out at home!
To sign up and for more details on becoming a part of our family winery, follow the link below for extended details on the benefits at each membership level.
"Being a member of the Penns Woods Wine Club sometimes I take the staff for granted. They do everything so well and seamlessly that it’s easy to forget the work that goes into making this the premier wine club anywhere. Since our new reality has begun (during quarantine), Penns Woods has been the best out of all the clubs I belong to in staying connected to its members and the general wine consumers. This is the fourth week of a virtual wine experience for Penns Woods and some of the larger wine clubs that I belong to are just now starting the virtual experience. I want to thank the staff and management of Penns Woods for being innovative and keeping us connected to the winery. I know it’s not always easy, but it is very much appreciated."-John Green (our 1st Wine Club Member)
Tommy has been with our Penns Woods team since January 4th, 2019. For those of you who have seen Tommy in the Tasting Room, you know how passionate he is about the winery, the Penns Woods staff, and his favorite wine, Novi. Check out our Q&A with him below!
Q: Tommy, what hobbies have you picked up while having more time for yourself during quarantine?
A: I've always loved the outdoors. More than ever I have enjoyed running, biking and exploring the trails in my area. I have also been watching a lot of LIVE Instagram tastings from various wineries, of course, Penns Woods being on my weekly watch.
Q: What is your wine of choice these days? And what is your all-time favorite Penns Woods Wine?
A: My favorite wine from Penns Woods is, and will always be, the Novi. The Novi's juicy fruit forward characteristics are so enjoyable to the palette that I cannot seem to put the bottle down. Although I will always enjoy a glass of Novi, I am currently loving our new vintage of Sauvignon Blanc. I have never been into white wine, but the Sauvignon Blanc pairs perfect with the sunny, spring days we have had during this quarantine. I love sitting outside on my lawn, listening to some tunes, and sipping on the Sauvignon Blanc 2019.
Q: What is one of your favorite beers from our partnered breweries?
A: I love all IPAs, but the Unicorn Tarts from Stolen Sun was by far my favorite that I have tried from our partnered breweries. We had it on tap at the Barn Bar this past summer, and I loved raving about it to our customers. We are so lucky to have so many incredible local breweries that we partner with. I look forward to when we have Barn Bar back open for so many reasons, but specifically, I look forward to trying the new beers on tap each week!
Q: What is your favorite way to enjoy wine? With friends, a specific time of year, with food, etc.?
A: After a long week of teaching, there is nothing better than going over to a friends house to pop open a fresh bottle of wine and relax. During this quarantine, I have obviously not had the luxury of being together with friends, but I have participated in many virtual happy hours to make up for it. I also look forward to our Friday virtual Happy Hours with Penns Woods either on WebEx or Instagram/Facebook Live! Being able to be social while social distancing has kept me feeling hopeful during this difficult time.
Q: What is one positive message you want to share with our beloved customers?
A: Although COVID-19 has confined us to our homes, we are starting to really appreciate the little things such as talking with our neighbors more, or spending time at parks admiring nature. In addition, with us staying inside, we are cleaning up the earth a bit more from pollution going down from us all driving a little bit less. Although this has been a major set back, once this is all over, I know we will all look forward to being social again. I know personally, I will never take for granted the simple things such as shaking someones hand, being in a store without masks, and hugging our loved ones. I look forward to brighter days ahead with my friends, family, staff, and our incredible customers at Penns Woods!!
La Cabra Brewing & Bodega by La Cabra
Berwyn - Bryn Mawr
La Cabra Brewing's original location in Berwyn serves up Latin-inspired gastropub fare that keeps your taste buds dancing with delight! Start off snacking on the Duck Fries topped with duck confit, smoked gouda & manchego, shallots & pico de gallo. Then roll into Pulled Pork Tacos (with house-smoked pork, jicama slaw, picked red onion & avocado crema)or the Jerk Chicken Tacos (house-smoked chicken with pickled jalepenos, grilled pineapple & cilantro) Our Penns Woods Sauvignon Blanc with tropical punches of guava & white grapefruit perfectly complements La Cabra's latin cuisine or pour a glass of our off-dry Traminette, the touches of sweet lychee & honey tame spicy notes and gives a refreshing, slightly effervescent finish.
Bodega is La Cabra's newly opened sister location with a focus on mouthwatering, Live-fire BBQ!
Get down on a 1/2 or full rack of Baby Back Ribs, dry rubbed with house-made pit sauce. Our Penns Woods Chambourcin Reserve makes a wonderful dance partner with its juicy fruit flavors, hints of pepper & dried spice.
The Cottage Pies stuffed with house smoked brisket, veggies & mashed potatoes wrapped in a golden, flaky pie crust is the ultimately soul satisfying meal of your dreams. Cozy up with this dish & a bottle of our Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. The round, velvety mouthfeel, overripe fruit, dried herb & warm spice notes weave perfectly in & out of each bite. (family & individual sizes available)
On Saturdays Bodega offers a family size prime rib special with 10-12 oz prime rib & au jus, loaded baked potatoes, mixed greens & apple crumble. This package sells out fast so be sure to jump up on it!
Both locations offer a bevy of tasty & creative brews so don't forget to add a few cans to your cart!
We know foodies everywhere are missing the white linen, clinking glasses & mouthwatering smells wafting from kitchens. Thank goodness Tiramisu Ristorante remains open for pick-up to give us the fine dining experience we need right now. Authenic roman-jewish cuisine from chef Shawn Delbello delights diners with fresh food from the sea & wild game as well as a bevy of homemade soups, pastas, bread & desserts.
Our favorite starter is the Carciofi alla Giudea a simple, yet flavorful dish of roasted artichokes sauteed in olive oil. Artichokes need a wine a wine with a prevalent but not overbearing acidity & our Viognier Reserve perfectly fits the bill! The smooth mouthfeel, stone fruit & floral notes meld with the flavors of this dish without losing the integrity of either the food or the wine.
Where Tiramisu really shine is in its bevy of fresh seafood offerings from grilled jumbo shrimp to calamari with fresh herbs to oven roasted red snapper. There are many different ways to get & enjoy your seafood fix. Try the Linguine alla Vladi with house-made linguine, fresh steamed clams in a white wine sauce. Our dry Rose just loves fresh seafood, this zesty little wine makes the dish come alive! The dewy minerality goes hand in hand with clams & surprisingly smooth mouthfeel glosses over the light cream bathed noodles.
Sly Fox Taphouse at the Grove
Need your pub grub fix? Sly Fox is serving up all the classic sharables, wings, pierogi, pizzas (check out the Smoked Kielbasa pie!) & burgers!
Fresh Jumbo Wings tossed in your choice of house made sauce (hello Srirachi Honey! Hello Sexy BBQ!) Wings of all flavors pair perfectly with our light & smooth Bancroft Cabernet Sauvignon!
A juicy Double Mushroom Swiss Burger on a fresh roll served with crispy fries & coleslaw is just what you need for an afternoon of football re-runs after a long day of working on your small side projects. Pair with our Merlot Reserve- the mature fruit notes & hints of smoke just loves burgers of all kinds!
Don't forget Sly Fox is serving up all their long time & seasonal beers to go as well!
To order from the Malvern location:
Additional locations in Phoenixville, Pittsburgh, Pottstown & Wyomissing - see website for details on availability at each location:
The Goats Beard
Wayne - Manayunk
A rotating limited menu with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients is what the Goats Beard is known for. In order to better serve the community, they have adjusted their menu to include family sized portions as well! Fresh Salads & Sammies are available as well as some amazing house favs. The Steak Mac & Cheese with grass fed sirloin, potato gnocchi in a melty Asiago, Parmesan, Cheddar blend is just what you need to forget all your worries & take a deep dive into an exceptional food experience. Pair with our Cabernet Franc Reserve! The solidly built body holds up to a rich, meaty dish while also carrying the prevalent acidity to take on creamy mac!
Veggie Tikka Masla with coconut curry, basmati rice, seasonal veggies, cashews, raisins & chickpeas pairs beautifully with our semi-sweet Moscato Rose. Smooth round & fruity upfront with a refreshing, palate cleansing finish balances each bite. Add on tasty snacks like cheesesteak egg rolls, baba ganoush, broccoli slaw or tater salad. The Goat's Beard also offers beer wine & cocktails to go!
It was the July of 2014 that Kathy & Kent Lerner stopped in the winery “just for a glass” which quickly turned into many future visits. Kathy & Kent have been loyal customers, members, and friends of our Penns Woods team ever since they stepped foot inside our tasting room. Check out Kathy's story of the vineyard below!
"By chance my husband and I along with my cousin and his wife happened upon Penns Woods Winery while traveling to Winterthur on July 19, 2014. Stopped in for a glass and of course it didn't stop there. It became my “Happy Place”. I can't say enough about the staff and how warm and inviting they make one feel so it's easy to keep going back.
I started enjoying wine while in the state of Washington in 2010 and always chose a Riesling. I still enjoy a good Riesling once in a while but when I did a tasting at Penns Woods of the reds, I was sold. There is not any one varietal I prefer but I enjoy the Proprietors Reserve 2014, the Chambourcin and Dui Amici. I learned the longer the wine “sleeps” the better it becomes. I would not however pass up the Cabernet Franc or Cabernet Sauvignon.
Being outdoors on the patio when the weather cooperates and having wine (Penns Woods) and cheese with music in the background during the evening hours is a favorite for my husband and myself. A summer day at the vineyard watching the grapes grow is another way to relax and a great stress relief from everyday nuances and we visit often.
Events at the Winery are always fun and I try to attend as many as possible. The member happy hours are great date nights and the pairings are always a hit but my all-time favorite is the Harvest Dinner in late August. My husband and I have attended all three and the event gets better every year. So looking forward to it again this year so let me be the first to register!
Floral arranging and gardening is a hobby I have enjoyed for many years but now I garden with pots and I enjoy a good mystery/crime novel on cold rainy days accompanied by a glass of wine. Entertaining friends at various times of the year and trying different recipes paired with Penns Woods wine is another activity I enjoy. Nothing makes me happier than to have guests to our home for good food and drink. Some have come to the winery with my husband and I to experience the ambiance and enjoy some wonderful wine.
Since my family all live outside PA when they do visit a trip to the winery is always on the agenda. My 2 sons have enjoyed my Happy Place and my youngest ran the Mother’s Day 5k last May in the pouring rain. My sister from MA has enjoyed a glass or two on the deck and my nephew from MD bought a case because he thought the wines were that good.
If you see me at the winery come over and say hello! Would enjoy sharing a glass or two."
We are thankful that wine (and cider and beer) brought us all together back in 2014. We value the bond we have created with so many of our members, especially the Lerners. You definitely do not want to pass up an opportunity to join them for a glass of wine...it will turn into a cherished memory and a future friendship! We look forward to more great times and memories made with them. Cheers to Kathy and Kent!
Meet Kathy! Kathy has been a part of the Penns Woods team since October 2015. If you have had the opportunity to have her as your server in the tasting room, you know what a ray of sunshine she is!
During this quarantine, Kathy has been making the most of her time off by taking walks outside to surround herself with nature, watching her husband make bread and pasta from scratch (and then eating it of course!), and relaxing on her porch listening to all genres of music while enjoying the comradery of her neighbors doing the same. Kathy’s favorite wine from Penns Woods is the Chambourcin Reserve, but recently, she has been changing up her wine selection. When enjoying her husband’s homemade pasta, she prefers our Pinot Noir which in her opinión is “a match made in heaven”. While reading, our new vintage of Rose has been her go-to.
Kathy has been looking on the bright side of this quarantine by appreciating the opportunity to catch up on some sleep, and ferociously tackling her Spring cleaning. But do not get her wrong, she is eager to get back to work and be around our Penns Woods family, including our amazing customers. Kathy wants to let everyone know that she hopes everybody stays healthy and safe and this all ends soon! We cannot wait until this pandemic subsides, and we can have Kathy back in the tasting room to fill the room with laughter and smiles.
Pandemic Pairing Guide Vol. 3 - Easter edition
The Gables at Chadds Ford
A 3-Course Easter Brunch OR Supper for Four starting at $100!
Choose your salad, main entree & sides.
We recommend starting with the Gables Salad (candied walnuts, honey-crisp apples & bleu cheese over mixed greens), then if you're going the Brunch route, Bacon & Caramelized Onion Quiche or Vanilla Bean French Toast! If you're looking for dinner, you gotta go with a classic! Roasted Prime Rib of Beef served with Mushroom au jus & Horseradish Cream Sauce. Our recently released Penns Woods Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve '15 pairs beautifully with slow roasted meats. This juicy with with dried herb notes & incredible aromatics has a firm, yet velvety mouthfeel that will have that prime rib melting in your mouth. Choose two sides and add on the Pear & Fig Cheesecake or Bourbon Pecan Pie!
** Orders must be placed by Thursday 4/9 at 3 pm, so don't wait! **
Gourmet Easter Dinner with a wide variety of tasty classics!
Classic seafood & chops & Best of Philly Winner, Brandywine Prime has everything you need for a gourmet & classy Easter meal. Fired Diver Scallop with Shrimp & Crab Risotto (pair with our French-style Penns Woods Chardonnay Reserve with a crisp acidity to cut through this rich dish), Wagyu Short Rib Spring Rolls, Barrel Cut Ribeye Black Angus (our robust & juicy Penns Woods Merlot Reserve '16 is silky with bold smoky tannins- the perfect complement to this beautifully marbled, rich & tender cut), Bacon Fat Sauteed Local Mushrooms. So many salads, sides & sweets to choose from as well as a menu for the kiddos!
** Order by end of day Thursday **
Terrain at Devon
Traditional Four-Course Easter Sunday Supper for Four
Includes custom-made place cards &
a DIY Easter cookie decorating kit!
Starting at $175
Support small farmers with a fresh & locally sourced Easter meal from Terrain! Pick & choose from a variety of classic fare with a modern twist! We recommend selecting the Balsamic & Rosemary Braised Leg of Lamb, pairing with our small batch Penns Woods Pinot Noir Reserve '16. A special holiday calls for a special wine & this Pinot is just the ticket! Incredibly complex on the nose & exceptionally well-balanced, rich warm spice notes, dark cherry with pops of bright strawberry & a delicate underlying earthiness are a perfect complement to this slow cooked, herbed & juicy lamb! The meal also comes with traditional Hot Cross Buns made in-house or add in Terrain's super-cute Flower Pot Bread with seasonal butter!
**Orders must be placed by 2 pm Thursday! **
Three-Course Easter Dinner with Sides for 2,4, 6 or more!
Starting at just $27 per person
Whether your family is small or large, La Porta has got you covered! Enjoy an Easter dinner with an Italian edge. Primi- choose the Casa Salad an addictive salad with radicchio, sliced peppers & Grana Padano. Secondi- we recommend the House-Smoked Brisket paired with our spicy & raspberry preserve noted Penns Woods Cabernet Franc Reserve (any vintage, bust out our "Best in Class" '14 if you are lucky enough to have one!) or switch it up with the Wood-Roasted Salmon. Doci- gotta go with the Traditional Tiramisu but the Flourless Chocolate Torte is a satisfying options for you GF folks! As a one-stop shop, La Porta also offers Wine & Beer for pick-up as well.
** Order by 4 pm Thursday **
To our staff, our customers, our club members, our PenNs Woods family.
These past few weeks have been unlike most have experienced in our lifetime. We’ve watched similar scenarios in movies, read them in books, and even heard stories from our seniors. However, did we ever expect to live it? Experience our world turned upside-down? I know we did not.
You really never know how people, governments, or economies are going to react to a global pandemic like the one in our midsts. While we cannot speak of our government or global economy, but we can about our experience of being a small, family owned business during this very uncertain time.
Breathtaking. The incredible support and downright overwhelming outcry of love and hope we have received from our customers, members and team has be nothing short of breathtaking. Not only have people been ordering wines, increasing their wine club allotments, and purchasing local cheeses, but they have been calling to check in on us, sending heartwarming e-mails, and sewing masks or sending lunches to our team!
We wanted to write this (long-winded) post to say THANK YOU. We appreciate each and every one of YOU. Your social media posts keep our spirits high and smiles on our faces during this very uncertain time. From your excitement about receiving a wine delivery and what you are paring with dinner to your unbridled anticipation for our facility to reopen; we cannot express our infinite gratitude.
Thank you for your support, thank you for your patronage, thank you for staying home and thank you for making us feel like part of your family just as much as we consider your ours.
We love you. We miss you. We can’t wait to live life and enjoy it on the lawn with ALL of you soon.
All of our love and gratitude,
Gino, Carley, Davide, Andrea and the entire Penns Woods Family