We are excited to be serving Allegro wine again this year during our 2011 Farm to Table Dinner. Each course of our six-course dinner will be paired with delicious Allegro wine! The winery is based out of Brogue, PA and open Sunday-Friday from 1pm-5pm and Saturday from 10am-5pm.
A little bit about their history
“Wine and music are one,” wrote Emerson. It’s not a perfect metaphor, but for the founders of Allegro Vineyards in Brogue, Pennsylvania, it certainly rang true that a person captivated by one might be at once captivated by the other, and in similar ways. Bachelor brothers John and Tim Crouch took a two-decade interlude from their musical lives to grow and make wine here. John, an oboist but most devotedly a composer, had a year and a half after selling the winery to return to his compositions before his death at 55 in 2003; Tim, a violinist, died in 2000 at the age of sixty.
Allegro: The winery, established in 1980, was musically named. The primary meaning of the word is “lively,” and I like the word’s versatility: it can be a noun, adverb, or adjective; it’s a way of doing something, or being something, with some spirit. A great term for John’s winemaking (or “wine-sitting,” as he occasionally called it), which was never heavy-handed and was always respectful of the spirit of the grape. Read more at allegrowines.com
Carl Helrich, head winemaker, and his wife Kris now own Allegro and have continued this tradition of melding music and wine. Carl writes a blog that details his life as a winemaker. He keeps his readers up-to-date on the latest happenings at the winery as well as his musings about grapes, wine and life. Spending time on Carl’s blog will truly allow you to feel like part of the process.
Come to the Farm to Table Dinner on September 10th to meet the faces behind Allegro Vineyards & Winery and, of course, celebrate in the fruit of their labor!