Looking for an unusual outing this weekend?
Reese Winery is celebrating its opening in McDonald with free wine tastings all weekend.
Winemaker Teresa Reese and her husband, Mitchell, moved here last year from North Carolina. He is the district manager for the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain. She already had bought all the equipment needed to start a winery, so they shipped it all to Pittsburgh, and in a 100-year-old home they bought on the edge of Robinson, she set up her winery in the basement. (That's the home on the label.)
With grapes purchased from California, Washington and Argentina, Mrs. Reese is making a number of varieties including Merlot, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer. There are also sweet wines from Moscato grapes and fruits from North Carolina.
Tastings normally cost $5 for seven wines but this weekend a taste of four wines will be free.
The winery will be open 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 9 p.m. and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Reese Winery is located 132 Fourth St., McDonald, PA 15057. The phone is 724-492-1569 and here is the website.
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