Now available at area premium wine and spirits shops: a wine made from Asian pears grown in, of all places, Eastern Pennsylvania.
You can buy Subarashii Kudamono Asian Pear Wine at the stores, and order from the state Liquor Control Board its dessert wine and eau de vie. If you just want the gourmet pears, get those online from wonderfulfruit.com (or call 1-610-282-7588); shipping is free if you enter the code "eastship." Subarashii kudamono is "wonderful fruit" in Japanese.
Marketing director Holly Harter says the company (based in Coopersburg, Lehigh County) believes it is the nation's third largest grower of Asian pears, and that several of its varieties are patented so "the only place in the world one can experience them is direct from our orchards." They also sell a selection of dried pears.
You can taste the wine (riesling-like and sweet, with 4 percent residual sugar), "peared" with slices of the fruit, at the two first tasting events in this end of the state this weekend: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sewickley store and 2 to 4 p.m. at the Waterworks.
For more on the wine, visit winesofsubarashii.com.
First Published January 7, 2010 5:00 AM