Tasting held at George Taylor House
The Red, White and George wine tasting opened to guests on a sultry July summer afternoon.
"This year we added crafted beers to the tasting table," said Brenda Wieder. Wieder is the newly appointed program coordinator for the George Taylor House.
"I've conducted many of the tours and look forward to promoting this historical site," she said.
The annual tasting event is a fundraiser for the historic George Taylor House sponsored by the Borough of Catasauqua and the Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association.
"We received a grant for $15,000 to help with the renovations on the property," said borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder. The renovation plan, according to Goldfeder, is to remove portions of the Gunnite that covers the exterior walls and begin the restoration of the original stonework.
The borough's Recreation Committee stages the event.
"We have many local sponsors that make it possible for us to keep the ticket price low," said Councilwoman Jessica Kroope who chairs the committee. This year's sponsors include: Brubaker Funeral Home, Miller's Ace Hardware, Tony's Top Cat, Tommy Burke's Provision Inc., Pie's On Pizza, Egypt Star Bakery, D&D Market, Qi Spa. Several individuals also stepped forward to add to the sponsor's list: Thomas Harp, Debra Mellish and Emily Zacharta.
Tavern Tan entertained the guests who enjoyed tasting wines selected by Mellish.
"We have great examples of the fruitier Rieslings," she said, while introducing a German Dr. Fisher Riesling and the Washington State Chateaux Ste. Michelle. Wines and beer were also available for purchase by the glass.
Anthony Wardale, brewmaster with the Allentown Brew Works, served up samples. The Russian Imperial Stout received good reviews. The lighter beers were popular in the afternoon heat.
In addition to an array of cheeses designed to complement the tasting, Wieder prepared a strawberry-rhubarb tart.
"The rhubarb is from the George Taylor House garden," she said. "We want to add something new to this event each year."