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Today we meet Ed Baysek of Hog Dog Winery.

This is my third year at the Bellevue Farmers Market.

Hog Dog is named in honor of my favorite canine buddy who is no longer with us. Hog Dog was a dog we rescued, and she was originally named “Tinkerbelle” by my daughter. Considering she was 1/2 Siberian Husky, 1/2 Yellow Lab, and 1/2 German Shepard (yes, I know that’s 3 halves; I’m an accountant) she soon outgrew the name Tinkerbelle. One Black Friday morning we woke up to find that she had consumed 3 packages of buns and didn’t miss a morsel.

She was also pretty bright. At least smarter than me. She had me very well trained. If I would go outside, she would stand at the door and when I came back in she would get a biscuit. For the last 3 or 4 years of her life, I worked out of the house. She followed me everywhere.

My story is much simpler. I’ve been making wine for 40 years. I still make wine in 6-gallon batches. I get juice from California, Chile, and the Lake Erie region. My specialty is Fruit Wine, though I do make traditional grape wine. My 2 favorites are Banana and Tomato wine. They are not available elsewhere in Pittsburgh, to the best of my knowledge.

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