The farm-to-table movement has led Philadelphians to embrace local cheeses and beers with gusto, and now local wines are finally earning a similarly warm reception. Pennsylvania wines have been slow to earn credibility among Philly foodies because many of the wine grapes grown locally are “hybrid” varieties with low name recognition among wine drinkers, like white Traminette and red Chambourcin. These vines are bred to combine the genes of pedigreed European varieties with native North American ones in order to make them easier to grow in this climate. Though wines from hybrids may not have quite the age-worthiness or complexity of vinifera, they are cheerful, delicious, and usually affordable, like this fragrant, lip-smacking Traminette from the Lehigh Valley’s Pinnacle Ridge winery, packed with juicy flavors of Asian pears and orange blossoms. Over the next eight days, Philly Wine Week will provide an opportunity for skeptics to sample the array of delightful wines made close to home and judge for themselves. 2018’s lineup boasts many collaborations with local wineries, ranging in commitment level from a sit-down dinner pairing Pennsylvania wines with the world-class cuisine at High Street on Market to wine flights and draft wine features at places like Pinot Boutique in Old City, London Grill in Fairmount, and Martha in Kensington.
Pinnacle Ridge Traminette, Lehigh Valley, $11.99. PLCB Item #8011