What’s in a name?

 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!

3 thoughts on “What’s in a name?

  1. I admire your efforts. I’m not to sure about the name because many people may not take the time to understand why you are using it. They will take it at face value. I would never plant vines first. However, I would make sure the land will grow grapes before I buy it by haveing it tested. I would built a winery first and searched for the grapes to fill it. New York vineyards always seemed to have a surplus–perhaps that has changed. The whole point is that it takes a long time to get the vineyard up and running. It takes a year or so to get a winery up and running. So if you can get the winery up first then start building your vineyard, then you will have some cash flow while the vineyard growing.

  2. Sorry I didn’t respond to this sooner. It was sitting in a comment spam folder for some reason.

    I know exactly what you are talking about in the sense of starting the winery first by purchasing grapes, or even pressed grape juice. This is a good way to start, and I could even start with just making mead since I want to specialize in that anyways, but the winery part is the largest capital expense for me. If I plant grapes and for some reason can’t get the winery open for years and years then I can sell the grapes and make money that way. Plus people want to see grape vines when they come to a winery.

    Thanks for the comment, I welcome these type of comments because sometimes I only see things from one angle.

  3. One thing I’ve always found stkinirg. Gay kids put up with far worse abuse than straight kids, but all the school mass murderers are straight boys. Those events are always described as revenge attacks, when in fact the reasons usually turn out to be plain paranoid insanity or an equally insane urge to be famous (as in the case of the Columbine duo).Gay kids mostly turn the violence in on themselves. They hear the message constantly in everything from locker-room jokes to sermons that there’s nothing worse in this world than being gay.I suppose for those of us who survived all that, somewhere along the line, our bullshit detectors suddenly screamed the alarm, and we realized that we weren’t the problem. The problem was the assholes tormenting us, both the kids and adults. We decided that our best option was to leave and shake the dust off our feet.I’ve also noticed over the years that it’s sometimes the gay kids that left years ago who end up being the only sane person in insane families. They bail siblings out of jail and put alcoholic uncles on the wagon while taking care of the parents that everyone else is too messed up to manage.I suppose some messed up straight boys resort to extreme violence out of a kind of threatened masculinity or privilege. The world owes them, so they decide to blow it away when it doesn’t deliver.

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