October is Wine Month!

October 7, 2020 - 4:28pm -- Visit Johnstown

Life is fine with a little wine...and we have a lot!

October is Wine Month, and we know there are plenty of wine lovers out there! We did some research, made a few calls, and sampled a few glasses of aged liquid, and we did all of this to provide you with a definitive list of the best wines our local area has to offer! So, let's jump into it shall, we?

B & L Wine Cellars - Cambria City

900 Broad St., Johnstown, PA 15906
Our first location is a local favorite: B & L Winery! B&L is a family-owned winery located in the Cambria City section of Johnstown, PA. Established in 2012 their mission is to bring a variety of Pennsylvania and California grape varietals to the area. They also host wine tastings, local band nights, and seasonal activities such as a Halloween party! Recently they have started featuring a local food truck outside of their Cambria City location along with selling their wine! In addition, B & L has a Bon-Air location where they hold a majority of their larger events. This particular location is not open this year, but look forward to 2021 for more information! Their top three best-selling wines are:
1. Thunder Red - (semi-sweet red blend) 
2. Niagara - (Sweet white wine) 
3. Cambria City Red - (dry red blend) 
Make sure to go sample all three and maybe buy a bottle or two while you're at it!

Germantown Winery

3568 Frankstown Rd., Portage, PA 15946
Our next stop, on this trip of fine wines and the people who make them is Germantown Winery. Nestled in the mountains of Portage, Pennsylvania is a quaint, local winery with German roots…Germantown Winery! Throughout the year they offer numerous activities such as regular music and food trucks, painting parties, comedy nights, trivia nights, and movie nights. They also have a large Oktoberfest every year along with their annual cork n’ cheese, wine tastings, and a Valentine’s Day dinner. They have a long list of wines available, but here's their top three:
1. Cantawba - (Fruit wine)
2. Ruby Red - (Red and white blended wine)
3. Niagra - (White wine)

Woody Lodge Winery

1301 Colonel Drake Hwy., Ashville, PA 16613
Tucked away in the hills of the Allegheny Mountains of Central Pennsylvania, Woody Lodge Winery made their wines public from an amateur wine making location to professional wine making in the fall of 2013. Their "love of fine wines has made our lodge the heart of Ashville, Pa and the surrounding area". They are constantly growing and adding to your experience at their lodge. The winery also has a "Wine Club" membership you can buy into that gives you the following:
-2 Woody Lodge Winery Logo Wine Glasses
-1 Waiters Corkscrew
-6-bottle Logo Wine Tote
-$10 Gift Certificate good towards one glass of wine
-Personalized Membership Card
-10% off retail or wine purchases
They offer a cozy rustic atmosphere with an elevated deck that is perfect for a romantic date, or a fun time with friends.  Entertainment is offered on weekends, with no cover charge and you can always call ahead to reserve a table! Their three best selling wines are:
1. Cranberry Harvest - (Fruit wine)
2. Traminette - (Semi-dry white wine)
3. Cabernet Sauvignon - (Dry red wine)

Asiago's Tuscan Italian

709 Edgehill Dr., Johnstown, PA 15905
You won’t find a drink menu similar to Asiago’s Wine and Martini Bar at any other martini bars in the area. Asiago’s is quickly becoming famous for a wine list with more than 100 selections, custom blended vodka and rum infusers, signature martinis, seasonal sangrias, remarkable craft beers, and specialty mixed drinks. Not only are the wines fantastic, but the view of Johnstown from the dining room of the restaurant is a sight to behold! Asiago’s one-of-a-kind Sunday brunch tempts your sense of adventure with a full Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar. Their top three house wines are:
1. Elmo Pio Moscato
2. Bex Riesling
3. Woodbridge Pinot Grigio

Balance Restaurant

415 Main St., Johnstown, PA 15901

At Balance, during the day, they focus on the traditional side of dining. They offer healthy alternatives for lunch while utilizing fresh produce to create juices, smoothies, acai bowls, salads, wraps, and other specialty items that are made fresh while you wait or prepared ahead for takeout. During the evening, they focus on a creative dining experience. They also offer a variety of fresh delicious dishes, exciting signature cocktails, craft beer, and wine. Also, they are known for their Mission Inn location next door which features local bands! Their top three wines from their wide variety are:

1. Fernlands - (2017 Malborough Sauvignon Blanc)
2. Heavyweight - (Knockout Red Blend)
3. Castle Rock - (2017 Rose of Pinot Noir)
Along with great wines they also have great food to pair with them, make sure to stop in!

Harrigan's Cafe and Wine Deck

250 Market St., Johnstown, PA 15901
Harrigan’s Café & Wine Deck has been in operation serving the Johnstown community for over 30 years. In the new age of globalization, they are committed to bringing some of the world’s best food and wines to their guests. They are currently featuring the wines of Argentina’s Catena Zapata, and a full wine list can be found here!

Fine Wines and Home Brew

1801 Stockholm Ave., Windber, PA 15963
Located in the Windber Agway building on Stockholm Avenue in Windber, Fine Wines and Home Brew is the only local hobby shop for winemakers and home brewers, as well as a retail location for Glades Pike Winery of Somerset. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday, but 24/7/365 online at www.finewinesofwindber.com. From Glades Pike Winery in Somerset, their most popular wines of 2020 so far have been:  
1. Bicentennial Blush - (Semi-Sweet Blend)
2. Black & Blue - (Sweet Blackberry & Blueberry)
3. Sparkling Rosé in 12 oz Cans - (Carbonated Semi-Dry Blend)
From their Home Wine Making Kits, the most popular wines of 2020 so far have been: