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Pittsburgh Wine Festival not so bottled up anymore |

Pittsburgh Wine Festival not so bottled up anymore

Kate Benz
| Sunday, May 12, 2013 9:00 p.m
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Rainey Shields and Brian Jones during the Pittsburgh Wine Festival at the Easat Lounge of Heinz Field.
John Altdorfer
Debbie and Jerry Santucci during the Pittsburgh Wine Festival at the Easat Lounge of Heinz Field.
John Altdorfer
Larry Hutcherson and Julian Powell during the Pittsburgh Wine Festival at the Easat Lounge of Heinz Field.
John Altdorfer
Ashley Adams and Frank Bova during the Pittsburgh Wine Festival at the Easat Lounge of Heinz Field.

“Pittsburgh is a lot more sophisticated than it was. … We used to be a beer and shot town. Now we’re a pinot noir and cabernet town,” Ken McCrory said as he watched the masses descend upon Heinz Field.

The Pittsburgh Wine Festival set into motion an extended weekend that officially began on May 9 for a crowd of 2,700 that saw Laura Gutnick and Dan Bogesdorfer, Kevin Reynolds, Ken Louis, Debbie andJerry Santucci, Julian Powell, and Ashley Adams and Frank Bova making the rounds to pinpoint their favorite pour from an offering of 500 wines from all over the world.

“Looking for a good cabernet … always looking for a good cabernet,” said Larry Hutcherson.

Things were decidedly more casual than in years past, perhaps an indication that the PWF had let its hair down for an evening that used to command chic updos and cocktail attire.

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at or 412-380-8515.

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