Pittsburgh Wine Festival

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Pittsburgh Wine Festival
Pittsburgh Wine Festival logo.png
Frequency Annual[1]
Inaugurated 2003[2]
Organised by Pittsburgh Wine Festival LLC
Website
www.pittsburghwinefestival.com

The Pittsburgh Wine Festival is an annual festival celebrating wine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[3] The festival is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board,[4] which maintains an on-site wine shop.[5] The Pittsburgh festival follows a similar one in Philadelphia.[2]

The first event was held in 2003,[6] amid some questioning whether a "beer city" like Pittsburgh could sustain a wine festival.[7] It is now well established, however, and the festival receives generally positive review from wine critics.[5][8][9] In fact, tickets usually sell out.[10] It was named to the Top 10 list of wine events in the United States by the Quarterly Review of Wines.[11] Its success inspired the Pittsburgh Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival.[12]

Proceeds from the festival benefit charity.[13] By the fourth year, in 2007, the festival had raised over $400,000 for charity.[14] By 2009, that figure had grown to $6 million, with large portions going to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fischione Donovan, Sandra (April 28, 2009). "Festival toasts 200 wineries, winemakers". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "PLCB: First Pittsburgh Wine Festival Attracts World's Leading Winemakers to Pennsylvania; Ceremony to Kick Off Festival to be Held at Waterworks Wine & Spirits Store". PR Newswire (Press release). PLCB. April 22, 2003. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Pittsburgh Wine Festival". Archived from the original on December 10, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Pittsburgh Wine Festival Launches 2013 Ticket Sales With Two Exclusive Offers" (Press release). Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. December 4, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Downer, Elizabeth (May 15, 2008). "Tastings: Wine festival is a hit". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ Oliver, Jeff (March 27, 2003). "1st Pittsburgh Wine Festival planned". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ Loeffler, William (April 27, 2012). "Wine fest uncorks big tastes, new tech". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ May, Bruce (May 8, 2003). "Wine Festival was Wildly Popular". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ May, Bruce (June 3, 2004). "Wine Festival a Huge Hit at Heinz Field". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  10. ^ Guerriero, Kate (May 8, 2011). "Pittsburgh Wine Festival held at Heinz Field". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Fruit of the Vine". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 6, 2006. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Pittsburgh Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival Hits The Jackpot With Over 350 Liquors From Around The World" (Press release). Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Oct 5, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  13. ^ Guerriero, Kate (May 9, 2010). "Pittsburgh Wine Festival supports UPMC". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 
  14. ^ Downer, Elizabeth (April 18, 2007). "Pittsburgh Wine Festival returns next week". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  15. ^ Downer, Elizabeth (April 23, 2009). "Pittsburgh Wine Festival is next week". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 

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