It was a sunny January day in Pittsburgh, and since the holidays were over, it was time to get back out and explore! I knew that lots of stops on my list would be closed due to the long holiday weekend (and because this was Sunday,) but I just couldn’t stay in the house one more day. No way. I get stir crazy after a few weeks without a road trip, so today it was off to the south towards Uniontown and Route 40. I’ve been itching to check out the shops at Scenery Hill for a while. So, they look super cute from the outside, but each and every one was closed. Phooey. I drove on towards the next “want to see” on my list, the Christian W. Klay Winery in Chalk Hill. I bought a bottle of their Spiced Apple wine after tasting it (served warm with a cinnamon stick) at Sarnelli’s Wine Cellar in Jones Mill. Yippee, Christian Klay was open . . . both the barn shop and the store further down the road on Rt 40 in Farmington going towards the Nemacolin Resort. The shop at the barn is charming and cozy, with little twinkly lights and a woodsy atmosphere and a stunning view of the vineyards.
In addition to their wine, the shop carries local cheese and maple syrup as well as nice wine-y gifts. At Christian Klay, they have lots of special events such as Wine & Chocolate, Wine & Soup, Mystery Nights, BBQ Picnics. . .their 2011 calendar of events lists something just about every week. Pretty cool. I wasn’t in the mood for a wine tasting, although they certainly have a large selection. I did purchase a few for a later time – the sparkling Summit Mist and the Raspberry Frost. If I can’t have local berries all year round, I might as well taste them in local wine!
On my way out, I spied this artsy decoration made from empty wine bottles. Love it! Happy 2011!!