Area winer­ies de­liver with world- class of­fer­ings

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Be­cause of their lim­ited avail­abil­ity, lo­cal wines don’t of­ten ap­pear in this space. How­ever, I’ve al­ways been sup­porter of lo­cal winer­ies, and some make world- class wines.

A re­cent visit to three of the pi­o­neer­ing lo­cal winer­ies of­fered a chance to check in.

Ev­ery­one who knows Sal Maio­latesi knows he prefers dry wines. But he puts the same care in mak­ing sweet and fruit wines as he does dry ones. He needs sweeter wines on his tast­ing sheet to ac­com­mo­date tast­ing room vis­i­tors, tourists and at­ten­dees of events at the seem­ingly ever- ex­pand­ing Scott Town­ship fa­cil­ity. Us­ing an oth­er­wise for­get­table wine grape, chan­cel­lor, and blend­ing it with fruit re­sults in fresh, au­then­ti­cally tast­ing wine that avoids the pit­fall of cloy­ing sweet­ness. Try Maio­latesi Blue­berry Chan­cel­lor. $ 14.    

Nim­ble Hill Vine­yard & Win­ery 2017 Toczko Vine­yards Ries­ling takes a step in an el­e­gant, re­fined di­rec­tion. Made from the old­est block of Nim­ble’s own es­tate vines in Me­hoopany, now more than 10 years old, the wine smells of white flower and tastes of del­i­cate lime and pear with min­er­al­ity, balanced with a sat­is­fy­ing acid­ity that be­lies the posted 3 per­cent resid­ual sugar. An ac­cu­rate ap­prox­i­ma­tion of an Al­sa­tian ries­ling, this wine last month was named “Best of Show” in the 2018 Penn­syl­va­nia Som­me­lier Judg­ment. $ 17.     ½

For a fruit salad in a glass, try Grovedale Winey North Branch White made from a hearty hy­brid grape called la cres­cent that bursts with cit­rus and pineap­ple. While it cer­tainly is sweet, the wine has solid acids that keep it from hav­ing a heavy fin­ish. The re­sult is an ideal sip­ping wine that just earned the “Best Hy­brid Wine” honor in the Amer­i­can Wine So­ci­ety Com­mer­cial Wine Com­pe­ti­tion. $ 15.     ½

( Falchek is ex­ec­u­tive ( di­rec­tor of the Amer­i­can

Wine So­ci­ety)

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