Category Archives: Events

Taste of the Allegheny 2013

Grape Thoughts is participating in the Taste of the Allegheny on Tuesday, September 17th, from 5pm to 8pm.

Stop by anytime and try some wine samples paired with gourmet pizza from our mobile pizza oven!

To register ($15) visit this page on the Allegheny Valley Chamber of Commerce page.

To see an article on the event in which Grape Thoughts was mentioned visit this link from the Valley News Dispatch

Beaujolais Nouveau – 2012 Tasting and Dinner

Friday November 16, 2012 – Friday November 16, 2012

401 Biddle Ave, 2nd floor

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Beaujolais Nouveau – 2012 Tasting and Dinner

[Please note this event will fill up. Please sign up early as space is limited and we will not be able to accommodate once the spots are taken]

Please see the full details for this event here:
Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Dinner in Pittsburgh Details


CONTEST: Romantic, Fun and Funky Love…

Inspired by our friends at Seita Diamond Jewelers, and their contest to win a gift certificate by talking about love stories, we are having a contest as well.

Post a love story on our Facebook Wall – – and you can win two tickets to our Valentine’s Day event ($50 each) or two passes to another upcoming event.

Our Non-Traditional Valentine’s Day Dinner is on Feb. 14th – my husband is the chef, and I will talk about wines.  If you haven’t met us yet – we are pretty non-traditional.   Our Unique Wedding Story

In keeping with non-traditions, it can be about love for your spouse, your job (Whippee!), traveling, drinking wine, your favorite pet, whatever you want.

The story with the most LIKES by Feb 12th at 12:01am wins.

(The VDAY dinner always sells out – so sign up if you want to make it – if you win you will have the choice of being refunded or getting passes to the future event)

Valentine's Day Wine Dinner – Pittsburgh 2011

It’s back!

The Grape Thoughts Valentine’s Day dinner – for singles, couples, and groups of friends to celebrate wine and the holiday, yet break away from some of the cheesy traditions and create ones that are more memorable!

This year’s event:
I He(ART) Valentine’s Day
$50, 7pm – 10pm*
Schmutzco Lodge

5405 Broad Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

This Valentine’s Day dinner will include 4 courses paired with fabulous wines,  and some very interesting new traditions wrapped around this He(ART) Theme…

  • A non-stuffy venue with a great atmosphere – filled with art to gaze upon – always something to look at if you run out of things to say
  • Chef Adam & Wine Maven Judy carefully plotting dinner and wine pairings. **
  • Some good beats and fresh tunes
  • In bucking tradition – START WEARING PURPLE. Unless you want to make a traditionalist statement WEAR RED
  • A CMU MFA grad walking us through an intriguing talk on emotional love and an opportunity to participate in a LOVE project
  • A heart shaped fire ring for burning some wishes for the future and letting go of the past

*For those of you concerned with it being a school night, dinner and the wines are served early.
Our hosts just want to give us time to hang out if we want.

**Those with food allergies, vegans/vegetarians – please contact us or make a note when you purchase your ticket so we can accommodate.

Click here or follow the link in the upper Right to get your tickets.

This event is limited and WILL sell out.

Hosts Dave English and Gian Carlos Silva-De Jesús have prepared a unique space for us to wine, dine, mingle, and also to get creative!

Dave English is a founding member and the creative director of The Schmutz Company. He also works as the Studio Program Coordinator at The Andy Warhol Museum. His work includes puppetry, sculpture, performance, arts education and arts organization. Dave is from Pittsburgh, PA, and studied at West Virginia University.”

Gian Carlos Silva-De Jesús is from Santurce, Puerto Rico. He has received a BFA in Puerto Rico and a MFA degree from Carnegie Mellon.  He has participated art performances and has art displayed in Puerto Rico, New York, the Dominican Republic, London and Pittsburgh.  His works confront the everyday situations that involve communication and deep feeling confrontation. Walkmic is part of his last project in which he built a sculpture of a microphone in which people went inside and recorded themselves, talking or singing about different emotions like love, sadness, or thoughts within the Pittsburgh community while listening to a Reggaeton beat.

Happy Beaujolais Nouveau Day – 2010 !

A couple of years ago,  our local wine club in Pittsburgh started celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau Day.

Beaujolais is a region in France which has found marketing gold in offering Beaujolais Nouveau – a wine in which Gamay grapes are picked, pressed, fermented, bottled, in a matter of weeks.

These bottles are rushed around the world to go on sale the third Thursday in November.

This light bodied red finds it’s way to us in the States just in time for Thanksgiving.

This Gamay is made to drink young, with the distinct aromas of….Bananas?!?!!

That sure is a fun aroma to search for when you try this one.

So, set Pandora to a French station, and open a bottle of the 2010.

Even though some say Beaujolais is only good for a year, others have attested to finding Beaujolais that has aged well up to three years or so. What’s nice, if this is true, most shops put their Beaujolais Nouveau on sale to make way for the new releases.

I have been so busy lately, no time for a full French menu in a happening location.

So, this year I am having members of the wine club over. Not enough room for everyone as we are remodeling.

SO, please pop open a bottle and leave a comment here about your experience.

One lucky commenter will win a gift certificate to use for wine gifts for the holidays.

Enjoy! Or should I say…

May 11th – Wine Tasting for a Cure – $20

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 7 PM
Benefit wine tasting for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Minimum Tax-Deductible Donation – $20
– Wine Tasting (a variety of red and whites from around the world)
– Wine Education
– Free Test – Rate Your Sensory Abilities
– Buffet dinner which compliments the wine (meat and vegetarian options)

Joey D’s 2801 Freeport Road Harmarville, PA 15238

Register now! Space is limited.

Proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – and help out Deena Alansky as she raises money to help find a cure. Learn more about Deena and the LLS at:


If you are unable to attend this event, but still want to help, I would appreciate if you could please spread the word to your friends. (You can use the Facebook, or Twitter link below, or send emails).

You can also make a tax-deductible donation online at Deena‘s official home page for the 2010 Man & Woman of the Year Campaign at:
Thank you for helping in the fight against blood cancers.


We are seeking sponsors for this event. Donations and items for the chinese auction are tax-deductible.
Sponsorship levels and benefits of being a sponsor are listed on Deena’s Website

April 25th – ANZAC Day

This is our third year getting together for ANZAC Day.

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, of conflict that occurred during World War I in Turkey.

All three nations now come together to commemorate this date.

We will experience a blending of their cultures as we sample wines from Australia and New Zealand, along with Turkish cuisine.

Sample Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from New Zealand, and some adventurous blends from Oz, as we try different Turkish dishes from Istanbul Grille.

4130 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

3/26/10 These are a Few of My Favorite Greens – BYO Wine Tasting in Pittsburgh

When: March 26th

This is a BYO tasting of wines that are GREEN.

This can be interpreted as:
1. A green label
2. Eco-friendly
3. Green in the name
4. However you are able to interpret the theme

Feel free to bring a green side dish, wear green clothes, wear green make-up…whatever!

Why Green? Well, it is the month of the St. Patty’s Day, and also Poison Prevention Week!

Mark of Panza Gallery is hosting this event in Millvale.
He has a great space and is eager to try some of your wines as well!

I look forward to seeing you there, and to see what creative touch you bring to the event.

Panza Art Gallery
115 Sedgwick Street
Millvale, PA
(412) 821-0959

More details – and RSVP online here: