I’ve been questioned about the choice I made when choosing our winery’s name. Some people associate the term Pariah with a negative thought. I can understand why; one definition of the term is “any person or animal that is generally despised or avoided.” This doesn’t seem like it would be a good term to associate with a place for people to go and spend time drinking a fine wine or a place to hold a wedding ceremony. I am aware of this. On the other hand, Pariah, to me, means someone who doesn’t follow the social norms. We don’t plan on becoming a run-of-the-mill winery, where the wines that are offered are the same as most other wineries in Pennsylvania or even over the remaining States of the Union. We plan to offer a variety of choices, some will be new to this area, such as Mead. Follow this link to an article from the leading Meadery in the United States for a full description of Mead. While typing this, Microsoft Word doesn’t even recognize “Meadery” as a word, so I can understand why most people have no clue what Mead is. In addition to Mead, though, we would also like to experiment a bit with our wines. One thing I am dying to try is aging a merlot in used oak whiskey barrels. I’ve tasted some great beers that have undergone this process and I was very impressed. I have a lot of ideas I want to experiment with, but want to leave the rest of them to mystery.
So, Pariah Vineyard and Winery is named to reflect our goal of being different than the majority of wineries out there, but at the same time still trying to fit in. Hence why out motto is, “An Uncommon State of Wine.” If all this sounds foreign to you and you think, “I don’t want to try any of that at all”, then don’t worry, we will still be making a long list of other great wines that will fit any occasion. If you have any questions, just ask in the comments below!