Farm to Table Harvest Tasting adds wine, spirits to the menu
By Candy Williams
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Visitors to the fifth annual Farm to Table Harvest Tasting should find a more “spirited” event than in past years.
It seems that one of the latest food trends at the Harvest Tasting that celebrates autumn’s bounty isn’t a food at all, but rather an influx of wineries, distilleries and breweries after recent changes allow distilleries to sell directly to the public.
“The laws in Pennsylvania have changed, allowing more distilleries to flourish throughout the region,” says Erin Hart, executive director of Farm to Table Pittsburgh. “There are so many more spirits and meads available now.”
As a result, Hart says consumers attending the Harvest Tasting will be able to buy directly from vendors such as Wigle Whiskey and Boyd & Blair Vodka, “and we’re excited to introduce KingView Mead at this event — it’s their first Farm to Table event.”
Scott Neeley of Pleasant Hills, head winemaker and owner of the home-based winery KingView Mead, is looking forward to introducing his line of meads at the Harvest Tasting, in flavors such as his just-released cranberry maple, along with blueberry moscato and lavender, where most of the alcohol comes from honey. He was officially licensed to sell this past May and offers his products at 40 area bars and restaurants and on his website.
He says his KingView Key Lime Mead ($12), made with graham crackers, honey and lime, “sold out pretty quickly, with pairing suggestions of whipped cream, chocolate and warm breezes.”
Meadery Profile: KingView Mead