If you’re hitting the wine trail in northwest PA and don’t want the tasting to stop once you break for a meal, you’re in luck.
Many wonderful restaurants in the region feature local wines. Below is a list of six eateries where you can have a glass grown nearby with your plate.
Cork 1794 (North East, PA) At this farmhouse chic spot, there’s an entire section of the extensive wine list devoted to local vintages, including many by-the-glass. The menu features both upscale gastropub fare — lobster poutine, bison pierogies, mussels with lemon and garlic — and steakhouse favorites such as a wedge salad and several different cuts of beef, a perfect pairing with your bottle of Pennsylvania red.
1201 Kitchen (Erie, PA) This sleek restaurant in downtown Erie pairs its Pennsylvania wines with contemporary Latin/Asian fusion cuisine. Think homemade salsas (mezcal, tomatillo and blistered garlic; smoked cashew and chipotle), burrata with black truffle and wasabi, and a curated list of maki sushi rolls.
Noosa (North East, PA) Come for the view of the lake, stay for the globally-accented seasonal fare and extensive slate of regional wines. Located in the heart of wine country, this waterfront spot is a showcase for the area’s bounty, whether they’re serving up a perfect grilled cheese sandwich (with garlic-tomato bisque) or braised shortribs on white beans and pickled parsnips.
Cloud 9 Wine Bar & Restaurant (Erie, PA) This approachable wine bar is only the third establishment in the state to offer wine on tap, including local vintages via partnerships with 6 Mile Cellars in Harborcreek and Mazza Vineyards. The menu boasts updated comfort food classics such as mac and cheese (lobster is optional), duck wings, burgers with brie and onion marmalade, and a steak frites salad.
Johnny B’s (North East, PA) Want a glass of local Traminette with your breakfast? This timeless eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, slinging omelets in the A.M., a selection of soups, sandwiches and burgers at midday, and classics like meatloaf, lasagna and crab cakes once the sun goes down. Their list of local wines is extensive, featuring multiple varietals from over half-a-dozen regional vineyards.
Freeport Restaurant (North East, PA) This is another all-day spot — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — and it has been serving up all-American classics since 1976. Come for the house-smoked meats, homemade sausages and signature steaks. Pair those hearty dishes with a selection from the restaurant’s long list of local wines by-the-glass (and half-carafe).