There are many ways to discover local wines during Pennsylvania Wine Month including restaurant promotions from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, tastings at select Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores, discounting from SEPTA and Lyft, and winery events statewide.
The Pennsylvania Winery Association announces the statewide celebration of local wines for PA Wine Month this October. Collectively during peak harvest season, Pennsylvania’s bars and restaurants, winemakers, experts, and enthusiasts will toast to local producers and the diversity of wines made using state-grown grapes. From Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, consumers can look for promotional menus and events held at restaurants and wineries, specialty programming at select Fine Wine & Good Spirits, discounts from SEPTA & Lyft to visit Philadelphia’s nearby wine regions and thirty-one days of content from the Pennsylvania Wines social media channels (#PAWineMonth) and at PAWineMonth.com.
“It’s both validating and thrilling to see the level of enthusiasm for local producers grow year-after-year, culminating in a dedicated effort of celebration during PA Wine Month,” remarked Jennifer Eckinger, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Winery Association. “I’m proud of the ambition and success of Pennsylvania’s winemakers and look forward to a month filled with opportunities to discover local wines – no matter where you are in the state.”
Five ways to explore the diversity of Pennsylvania wines during PA Wine Month this October:
1. Visit restaurants and wine bars across the state where sommeliers have created local wine promotional menus and events. Look for expanded by-the-glass offerings, dinners with the winemaker, and specialty flights at participating restaurants and bars in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Lancaster, Harrisburg, and Erie. Highlights include:
- The Love (Philadelphia) will host a “100 Mile Dinner” featuring the wines of Galen Glen Winery on Tuesday, October 22nd. Winemaker Sarah Troxell is slated to attend. The Love will also celebrate PA Wine Month with an expanded menu of PA wines by the glass available all month long.
- Allegheny Wine Mixer (Pittsburgh) will spotlight a Pennsylvania white, red and dessert wine for the month of October
- Kennett Brewing Company (Kennett Square) will host a ticketed dinner with combination beer and wine pairings featuring Penns Woods Winery on October 13. Proceeds benefit The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Many more events with restaurants across the state will be updated regularly on PAWineMonth.com.
2. Spend time in PA Wine Land during harvest season. Wineries celebrate this exciting and bustling time of year with festivals, picnics, special tasting events and more. A calendar of events can be found at PAWineMonth.com.
3. Ride the rails to visit the vines. There are nearly 30 wineries within an hour of Philadelphia and SEPTA and Lyft are making them even easier to get to. Use code VISITtheVINES and get 30% off your Lyft from select Regional Rail stations to one of the participating PA wineries. Details at iSEPTAPhilly.com/VisitTheVines. Offer valid now through October 31, 2019.
4. Taste and learn. Visit the newly opened Taste & Learn centers at Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection locations in Wayne and Cranberry, PA for educational tasting events with local wineries. Statewide all Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection stores will feature Pennsylvania wines at in-store tastings from 4 to 6 PM on Friday, October 4. And wine specialists at Premium Collection stores will add PA wines to other regularly scheduled tastings throughout October.
5. Read and share. Check out PAWineMonth.com, #PAWineMonth, and @PAWines on Instagram and Facebook for wine and food pairings, profiles on local winemakers, introductions to local wine varietals, and more. Use the hashtag #PAWineMonth to share the ways in which you are celebrating Pennsylvania Wine Month.
“Pennsylvania wines have made their way into my wine programs for years. I grew up in Oxford, PA and take pride in being able to introduce my neighbors and Pennsylvania’s winemaking community to the guests at the restaurant,” explained Alexandra Cherniavsky, PA Wines Ambassador and Beverage Director at The Love. “PA Wine Month is an opportunity for us to expand our offering of delicious local wines and underscore the importance of supporting local producers. Join us at The Love during October to taste additional wines by the glass from some of our favorite local wineries and for a special wine dinner with winemaker Sarah Rhodes-Troxell from Galen Glen Winery on October 22.”
Cherniavsky and her industry peers discovered many of the wines that will be featured in their PA Wine Month programs during the PA Sommelier Judgment held in April of this year (press release here). Upwards of 100 locally-produced viniferas were judged by a panel of more than 20 sommeliers and beverage directors during the blind-tasting hosted at Talula’s Garden in Philadelphia; the top wines identified by quantitative scoring can be found here. The Best in State, Best Red, and Best White will be announced at a trade event at the close of PA Wine Month.
With more than 300 licensed wineries in Pennsylvania, there’s at least one within an hour’s drive from anywhere in the state – and during PA Wine Month it will be even easier to discover a new favorite local wine thanks to the statewide programming and partnerships celebrating local producers. As the fifth-largest grower of grapes in the nation with $1.4 billion dollars in economic impact coming from the state’s wine industry, there is a lot to toast to during PA Wine Month. For more information visit PAWineMonth.com and follow @PAWines.
About the Pennsylvania Winery Association
The Pennsylvania Winery Association is a non-profit trade association representing more than 135 member wineries and an advocate on behalf of the state’s growing multibillion-dollar wine industry. With some of the most fertile grape-growing land on the east coast, Pennsylvania ranks fifth nationally in the number of grapes grown, seventh in wine production, and seventh in the number of licensed wineries. To learn more about Pennsylvania wine or to plan a trip, click here.
Jessie Tettemer, Media Relations, SWELL
Jennifer Eckinger, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Winery Association