The Ferrone Family Winery recently captured awards for its watermelon and raspberry acai wines.Stephanie Longo photo / For Go Lackawanna
Ferrone Family Winery owner Tim Ferrone holds a bottle of the store’s newly introduced sangria.Stephanie Longo photos / For Go Lackawanna
PECKVILLE - After you’ve had your fill of candy, a glass of wine may be just what the doctor ordered to take the edge off of a busy holiday weekend.
On April 24 from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m., the Ferrone Family Winery, 505 Main St., Peckville, is unveiling its newest wine flavor, sangria. For a $7 cover, the winery’s sangria party will give people the chance not only to taste the new flavor but also to see how it can be used in recipes, including a fruit dip and even London broil.
Sunday’s events are part of a weekend-long celebration to help break up an otherwise quiet season, winery owner Tim Ferrone explained.
“April, as a wine month, is quiet,” he said. “There isn’t much going on because May is the month when everything starts off because it is further into the spring and more people are out and about. From February to May it is pretty quiet; after January 2 no one really thinks about drinking wine for a while.”
The Ferrone Family Winery, which opened in June 2009, is rapidly gaining a reputation locally and nationally for its unique wine flavors. This year, the winery took home a gold medal in the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition for its watermelon wine and a bronze medal for its raspberry ašai wine. Ferrone has even made tomato and garlic flavored wines.
“What I like to do is come up with something unique and creative besides what we already have,” he said. “You don’t go into a state store and buy watermelon flavored wine. Sangria is pretty much everywhere, but I figured we’d give our twist to it and see what happens.”
Another thing that sets the Ferrone Family Winery apart from other, larger wineries is the fact that everything is done in-house.
“We are a small winery. We do everything by hand, even applying the labels to the bottles and carrying the cases back and forth from the truck,” Ferrone said. “It is homemade wine at state store quality. It isn’t the old-fashioned ‘keep-it-cold-and-drink-it-fast’ kind of wine. It is a good quality.”
Besides his best-selling and award-winning watermelon, black currant, and pomegranate wines, Ferrone offers more than 80 different styles of wine from all over the world. He also sells beer- and winemaking essentials in his store and recently started offering wine making classes along with custom labeling.
For wine purists, Ferrone also makes and sells more traditional flavors, including chardonnay and merlot.
“I don’t call the chardonnay, merlot, and pinot grigio standard wines, but that is what they are,” he said. “If you go to a restaurant, you see the chardonnay or the merlot on the menu. You don’t see watermelon on a menu. My concept is that if you start getting them in the restaurants, people will be curious.”
Overall, Ferrone urges people to try a sample of one of his more exotically-flavored wines and even welcomes input from his customers.
“I like different. Different is good,” he said. “I enjoy talking to the customers and hearing their stories. I also want to know what kind of flavors they are looking for or would like to try. New ideas and concepts for wine are always welcome here.”
For more information about the Ferrone Family Winery, call (570) 905-4895 or visit www.ffwine.com. The winery is located at 505 Main St., Peckville, and is open Monday through Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.