There are a lot of things going on during Pennsylvania Wine Month but these events are ones you won’t want to miss!
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, the Department of Agriculture, and the Pennsylvania Winery Association will kick off Pennsylvania Wine Month on Monday, October 2, by hosting meet-the-winemaker events at Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection stores in Clarks Summit, Lackawanna County; Easton, Northampton County; Lewisburg, Union County; and York.
Each event will be held from 4 pm to 6 pm and will feature winemaker-led tastings and an opportunity for attendees to interact with winemakers.
- Meet Franklin Hill Vineyards Head Winemaker Bonnie Pysher – Easton, PA
After being in the wine business as a young mother of twins with no experience in winemaking or viticulture, Bonnie has grown to be one of the area’s top winemakers. She’s heading into her 36th harvest this year and is still every bit as passionate about what she does as she was on day one. Her approach to wine is simple – drink what you like. “I love making wine and teaching the consumer what goes into making their bottle of wine,” says Pysher.
- Meet Fero Vineyards & Winery owner Chuck Zaleski – Lewisburg, PA
Chuck Zaleski and his wife Daneen have been producing wine since 2010 and are always working to make their grapes the best they can be. In return, this allows them to offer interesting, well-balanced, and enjoyable wines. Chuck says, “One day in the near future, Pennsylvania vineyards will be known as the home of premium wine in the eastern U.S. Come visit our wineries and grow with us.”
- Meet Allegro Winery owner Carl Helrich – York, PA
Carl Helrich got his start in the wine industry by landing a job at a local winery and figuring out that he could combine his skills with his desire for new tastes and aromas for the creative outlet he had always sought. “My life’s work is to find and express the true voice of our soils through our wines in this emerging wine region,” Helrich says, “and to help bring Pennsylvania wines to the world of wine and share them with our neighbors.”
- Meet Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery founder John Skrip III – Clarks Summit, PA
John Skrip and his wife Pat began in the early 1970s planting grapes as a hobby at their home in Breinigsville, Lehigh County. In September 1985, the Skrips proudly opened the doors of Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery to the public. “We are very proud that Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery continues to produce premium Pennsylvania products, as it has for the past 32 years,” said John Skrip.
Some local Philadelphia bars & restaurants will be having special Pennsylvania Wine Month happy hours throughout the month as well. Don’t forget to ask your server about pairing suggestions from their menu.
- Pennsylvania Wine Month Happy Hours at Tria
Glasses of PA wines will be available during happy hour (offered Monday-Thursday 4-7 pm) at Tria Rittenhouse. Each Sunday afternoon, Tria Rittenhouse and Tria Washington Square West will also feature a new winery with a guest winemaker present at one of the locations during their weekly Sunday School.
- Pennsylvania Wine Month Happy Hours at Panorama
Panorama will be offering some limited-production PA Wines by the glass, bottle or in a tasting flight of 1.5 oz of each.
- Pennsylvania Wine Month Happy Hours at Jet Wine Bar
Wines by the glass and wine flights from these PA wineries: Galen Glen, Stargazers, and Va La will be available.
- Pennsylvania Wine Month Happy Hours at Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro
Wines from Pennsylvania will be highlighted as their chalkboard features for PA Wine Month. They will have three PA wines, 1 white, 1 rosé, and 1 red. Their daily features will be posted on their Instagram.