Heard it through the Vine….. “Got Wine?”
by Cate Murway
There are few things more American than a holiday dinner with close friends and family.
Holidays are always a time for get-togethers and traditions, and that's really what Buckingham Valley Vineyards wines are all about, complementing good food and good company. So, this year why not put a twist on your holiday meal with sumptuous regional wines for a new family tradition or an exciting alternative to the ordinary.
Wine lovers can trust Jayne McPherson-Young to choose and provide stellar, food-friendly and complex and well structured wine selections worthy of gracing your table.
“Got Wine?” Wines expertly crafted by the family wineries will emphasize the flavor of your chosen fare and make this a holiday meal to remember.
Buckingham Valley Vineyards are located in the heart of Bucks County, founded in 1966 and owned in full by the Forest family since 1970. This is one of Pennsylvania’s first farm wineries as well as one of the Commonwealth’s largest at 40 acres, producing over 40,000 gallons of wine a year.
Wine wasn’t always her main focus. Jayne McPherson-Young originally owned the Bristol Sweet Shoppe in the current location of Café Bombay, the delicious authentic Indian dining experience, and then she relocated across Mill Street to the storefront now occupied by the “thrift, consignment, used book” store, Groovy Used.
She was the proprietor of a proper old-fashioned sweet shop with a full range of sugary goodness but she stocked her Buckingham Valley Vineyards wines in the back room.
After 6 ½ years of success, in 2005, the economy turned and she turned the key for the last time, selling her shoppe.
Her other careers included working for the Liquor Control Board, “a job with good benefits” as a liquor store manager, but she needed to retire after several injuries. Jayne is also an administrative assistant for the maintenance department for a commercial bakery.
Jayne, her late sisters, Donna Maria and Sandra “Sandy” and her brother, Stephen “Steve” were raised in Bristol Township by their late mom, Jane Marie [Miller] and their dad, Local #19 sheet metal worker, Stanley McPherson. At one time, from 1978 to1982, the family owned and ran the McPherson’s tavern in Croydon. Jayne was the designated bartender, with OJT, and she learned to enjoy that.
She and her husband, Andrew Donald “Drew” Young, a former sheet metal worker at Little Sheet Metal, Inc. in Tullytown, reside in the Borough. Their extended family includes, track & field/field hockey athlete, daughter, Alexia Oneill ; Lois McPherson; and Jesse McPherson, who performed in the color guard at Milton Hershey School. They are the proud grandparents of twins, Emma and Madison.
When Jayne’s older brother retired from “Books are Fun” in May, she took the opportunity to begin her new venture.
Her brother, Steve had been providing customers with the most exciting, in-demand product offerings at an incredible value, contributing to literacy programs, supplementing libraries and education, and giving back to the community.
The 400 Market Street location of “Got Wine?” had been his book warehouse since 2003.
It was his urgency that immediately spurred her successful business enterprise.
“So what do you want to name your store?”
“Got Wine?” was her first thought.
Her “Days of Wine and Roses”, as an independent wine merchant, had begun.
She shared, “It’s a quaint wine shop in its infancy, a wine café and we will have WiFi.”
Cabernet is her favorite wine.
Anything that looks like rubies and smells like cherries is bound to be a winner!
Diego Red is named after the vineyards’ owners, Jerry and Kathy Forest’s, first grandson and that selection is already highly in demand.
There is wine by the glass, local Amish Market cheese and crackers and there will be champagne for the holidays.
With 22 wine varieties from which to choose, there is something for everyone!
Jayne will also prepare price-to-order gift baskets that can include local artisans’ “Joshua-Mar Candles”, hand poured by Gloria Melville, and custom personalized glassware, hand painted by Judi Jamieson of “Judi Painted It”.
The small shop has interesting selections; not huge, but well curated, with a regional focus, for even those who had previously been devoid of this great experience.
Jayne’s goal is to “stay as local as possible”. Her green and purple store shirts with her signature logo will be designed by her daughter, Alexia and made by Great I.D.'s by Anne and the JR Sport Center.
Her confidence, energy and ambition and her obvious passion for the wine are not made up of dollar signs. She is truly committed to excellence.
Her favorite music is country and she enjoys seafood and Indian.
“I am passionate about GiGi’s [Café Bombay], especially the Crab GOA and the naan!”
She loves to cook. “I make a mean meatball.”
Jayne was “into art in school”, with crafts and sewing, and hooking rugs.
“I made wreaths and did a lot of reading.” Her favorite author, Dr. Arthur Jenov is an American psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and the creator of primal therapy.
She shares her birthday with George H. W. Bush, the 41st U.S. President.
Her favorite color is green. “I’m green!”
Family and community are extremely important to Jayne.
She has been a member of the Bristol Lioness Club since 1999 and President Jayne McPherson-Young was named "Lioness of the Year 2010-2011" for District 14-A.
The Bristol Lioness Club was organized and chartered in March 1980 and the 25 members’ primary focus is two-fold—Lifeline, a personal response and support service that connects [home-bound with no family in this area] individuals who need assistance, to neighbors, friends, and emergency services at the press of a button. They support the local individuals on the Lifeline service by paying the monthly fee.
Their secondary focus is the Kelly Family Center. Proceeds raised throughout the year benefit local families, especially the children.
"Jayne truly has the entrepreneurial spirit.
She loves owning her own store in the town of Bristol.
She is what I would call a "social" entrepreneur;
she is selfless, and I truly believe she gets her energy
and enthusiasm from helping others."
Michele Herzog, Club Secretary
“Got Wine?” officially opened on October 7, 2011.
Come experience the interesting wines, thoughtful tastings and reasonable prices.
Let’s raise a glass to this innovative, tireless, enthusiastic wine shop curator!
Y’all come. Salud! L'chaim! Cheers.
400 Market Street
Bristol, PA 19007
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Donald J Young
January 23, 1935 - March 03, 2017
Donald J. Young of Bristol passed away peacefully on March 3, 2017 at Lower Bucks Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was 82. Born and raised in Philadelphia he was a graduate of Roman Catholic High School and a United States Marine Corp Veteran. He was employed as a sheet metal worker for Union Local 19 until his retirement in 2000. Donald enjoyed golfing, taking trips to the Atlantic City Casinos with his wife, going to dinners with family and friends, photography, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Andrew and Virginia Young and his daughter Bunny. Donald will be greatly missed by his loving wife Roberta of 33 years, his children Virginia Katsourides and her husband Andy, Dennis Young and his wife Denise, Andrew Young and his wife Jayne, Jacky Foley and her husband Pat, Lorraine Cullen and her husband Steve, Leslie LaRosa and her husband Bill and his 13 grandchildren. He will also be greatly missed by many good friends especially Steve McPherson and his wife Carol. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 10 - 11 am at St Ann Church 357 Dorrance Street, Bristol, PA 19007. Funeral mass will be at 11 am. Interment will be held private.