Today is our sweet Sophia's 18th Birthday! So it is fitting that we celebrate her in our Staff Spotlight!
How long have you been at Penns Woods?
I started working at the tasting room in February of 2019. I found out about working at the winery when Carley and her kids moved into the renovated Vineyard House just down the street from me! I started babysitting for Carley and Andy which then led to me working at the tasting room as well haha.
What are your favorite hobbies/activities?
In my free time I love to explore the woods and go on long hikes with my dog. Although I can’t drink wine, my favorite pairing is the cupcake and wine pairing because they make the kitchen smell delicious and are super tasty.
What’s your favorite thing about Penns Woods?
What I love most about Penns Woods is the welcoming environment that we have. When I started working there everyone was super nice and had good attitudes. The staff here are some of my favorite people and many of our regular customers are delightful which makes my days at work the most enjoyable.
Even with meticulous vine training & management grape vines will produce the odd cluster or two in their canopy. What we don't harvest for wine, we will often go back later & pick the random clusters to make jam! Don’t be afraid to experiment with different infused honey & fruit combinations!
2 cups of crushed fruit (grapes, pitted cherries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.)
¼ c water
4 tsp pectin powder
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp fresh lemon zest
⅓ c local honey
¼ tsp almond extract
If you have not met Matt already, you are missing out! Matt brings such a positive energy to our team every time that he is around. He is always eager to help and learn more about wine, our members, and our business. We are so fortunate to have him a part of our Penns Woods family! See below for more about our awesome coworker!!
Tell us about your wine background.
I got into wine when I lived in Northern Virginia and I had 40 wineries/tasting rooms in the county next to me (Loudoun). I was able to cross off about 20 different wineries while I lived there for 2 years and was able to try so many different wines that I had no idea about. My first experience at a winery, I asked so many questions and loved learning about all the intricacies of the wine-making process!
What else are you into?
Some of my hobbies include running, keeping an eye on the weather, and traveling! I have a goal of running 100 miles a month (1200 a year) and that keeps me quite busy during these COVID days. Not so much travel this year but my goal is to hit all 50 states by 50 years old! I am currently at 32 states so more than halfway there. The weather has always interested me, so much so that I graduated with a degree in meteorology! Need a forecast? I’m your guy!
Any wine or pairing suggestions?
My favorite wine is Sauvignon Blanc & my favorite beer is something we often carry here at the Tasting Room- La Cabra’s Providence Pils. My favorite food and wine pairing overall is Chenin Blanc with smoked salmon!
Traminette is a unique little hybrid with bright fruit & florals which makes for an ideal counterpoint in rich, savory dishes. Our Monte Cristo Sammy with Cherry Merlot Preserves served on the side for dipping is the perfect pairing for our 2019 vintage of Traminette (call to purchase- limited inventory left!). The lychee & peach notes perfectly complement the ham while the touch of sweetness mellows the more funky gruyere. The best part of this recipe is that you can easily transform your Turkey day leftovers (ham or turkey!) into an out-of-this-world treat that just might show up the holiday meal itself!
Red Wine Pot Roast is a classic & comforting fall staple. Our Proprietor Reserve's finely structured tannins & balanced acidity complement the fall-apart meat & tender veggies while the dark fruit & notes of oregano meld beautifully with the delicious rosemary kissed gravy- perfect for soaking up with fresh bread!
Go behind the scenes with the Penns Woods Winery team in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.