We have an exciting evening planned for this Friday night, April 21st, 6-9pm at Taylor’s Wine Shop. Fritters (the Fully Loaded Fritter food truck), Fiction (Local author Keith Hall will be signing and talking about his new book), and of course we’ll have Fine wine, Free to taste and glasses for sale to go with your fritters.

Steelton Novel

STEELTON A NOVEL is a fictional account of a Pennsylvania steel town in the mid 1950’s. ( The book is available in paperback through Amazon and all major on-line channels, and e-book download on Kindle. Paperback copies will be available for sale during the wine tasting.

As he plans his civilian life after his Army hitch, Korean War veteran Harry Burger aspires to escape his family’s row home hard by the imposing steel mill. The obvious choice, returning to his union job, is not for Harry. He wants to join the emerging middle class as a professional.

His younger brother, Tim, enjoys success without seeming to work for it – a mystery to Harry. Hidden behind the ordinary, the routine, an unlikely alliance of partners in crime is providing Tim with plenty of cash: a politically powerful businessman; an enigmatic police chief; a government employee who controls a vast liquor business, and a small-time hoodlum who squeezes a living on the fringes of organized crime.

A sprawling steel mill and the proud town that surrounds it binds the residents together as they make their decisions to get what they want or keep what they have. One neighborhood in that town, the West Side, is a microcosm of Steelton: the strivers, the street-smart, those who have given up, and those who have settled for less. The pace of the everyday, the rise and fall of love affairs, the making of reputations, and the making of steel all take place in Steelton.

As the story unfolds, questions arise: Do their choices matter? How is success defined? What rules are to be followed? In Steelton, it depends…

Wines for the Tasting:

Tikves 2015 Rkaciteli $11.99
Rkaciteli (or Rkasiteli) is an ancient varietal that is widely planted in Macedonia, Georgia and the surrounding countrysides. So ancient that some claim that it is the varietal that Noah first planted after the flood. Today, with $30+ million of new investment in the best viticultural practices and winery equipment, Tikves is producing a delightfully modern style of wine from this ancient grape. If you like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, you’ll probably like Rkaciteli. Aromas of orange blossom, peach, and apples are followed by flavors of apples, pear, lime and bright, minerality. Zingy and refreshing.

Domaine Lefage 2016 Miraflors Rose $17.99
One of our best selling Roses for the last two years, the 2016 vintage should fare just as well, because it is absolutely delicious. Named after an old estate located in the heart of Domaine Lafage, Mas Miraflors, the Miraflors Rosé is sourced from old vines of Grenache Gris, nearing 80 years old, planted near the Mediterranean. Added to this is some Mourvedre that Jean-Marc planted here about 15 years ago. This a direct press rosé with the color coming from the skins of the pink Grenache Gris berries, and naturally, from the much darker Mourvedre. It is fresh and complex with lots of strawberry, floral notes and mineral tones.

Finca Museum 2011 Reserva Cigales Tempranillo $18.99
100% Tempranillo from the Cigales region of Spain. Ruby-red in color with dark garnet hints, the nose has delicate toasted aromas, spicy fragrance, with hints of licorice, red fruit and wild berries, and balsamic and mineral nuances coming through – very complex. The palate is subtle and elegant, full and rich with polished tannins a smooth creaminess and ending with a very long, persistent finish.

Dashe Cellars 2014 Dry Creek Zinfandel $23.99
“The 2014 Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley has the varietal’s peppery, raspberry and black cherry fruit, earth and spice, nice meatiness, and a character that begs for something prepared outside on the grill. This is a lovely, fresh, pure, medium to full-bodied Zinfandel to drink over the next 3-4 years. – 90pts Robert Parker”

Chateau Grand Francais 2010 Bordeaux Superieur $22.99
This Chateau has been certified organic for over 10 years with the 2010 version being a blend of 45% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc from the estate’s best vineyards. A beautiful wine from a beautiful vintage for Bordeaux, the entry is classic “Old World” style, mineral laden, tobacco, tilled earth with mulled raspberry, cherry and cassis. The aromas continue to the palate and are nicely backed by well oaked tannins.