PAWine Land Fes­ti­val of­fers range of vin­tages from 15 state mak­ers

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Sit back and sip the best wines the state has to of­fer.

The fourth an­nual Penn­syl­va­nia Wine Land Fes­ti­val re­turns to the Lodge atMon­tage Moun­tain Re­sorts, Moosic, on Satur­day, with vin­tages from15 winer­ies ready for tast­ing. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion is $ 40.

“We’ve had it there last year, and it was a great suc­cess,” said Ian Lopera, mar­ket­ing and events co­or­di­na­tor for Times- Sham­rock Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, which presents the fes­ti­val with Gertrude Hawk Choco­lates.

All of the wines come from Penn­syl­va­nia, and many from the north­east cor­ner, Lopera said. Guests can sam­ple drinks from Antler RidgeWin­ery, Bee Kind Win­ery, Benigna’s CreekWin­ery, Buddy BoyWin­ery& Vine­yard, Deer CreekWin­ery, Hid­den Creek Vine­yard& Win­ery, Maio­latesi Wine Cel­lars, MoonDancerVine­yards& Win­ery, Oliv­ero’sVine­yard, Sand CastleWin­ery, Seven Moun­tain­sWine Cel­lars, Shade Moun­tainVine­yards, Sor­renti’s Cher­ryVal­leyVine­yards, Stone& Key Cel­lars and Univer­si­tyWine Co.

Or­ga­niz­ers of­fered food- pair­ing passes for the first time last year, and guests can choose that op­tion again this time to try items from var­i­ous lo­cal ven­dors. Alim­ited amount of these passes, which What: Fourth an­nual Penn­syl­va­nia Wine Land Fes­ti­val When: Noon to 5 p. m. Satur­day Where: Lodge at Montage Moun­tain Re­sorts, 1000 Montage Moun­tain Road, Moosic De­tails: Gen­eral ad­mis­sion is $ 40. Tick­ets that in­clude food pair­ings are $ 34.99 in ad­vance and $ 55 at the door; tick­ets are lim­ited.

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wineland in­clude the reg­u­lar ad­mis­sion for wine tast­ings, are avail­able for $ 34.99 in ad­vance and $ 55 at the door.

“That­way you get to sam­ple dif­fer­ent wines from the dif­fer­ent wine ven­dors, but then you also get to sam­ple dif­fer­ent fare that pairs along with the wine,” Lopera said. “Peo­ple en­joyed it.”

Sev­eral lo­cal food trucks also will be on hand, in­clud­ing Pe­cu­liar Culi­nary Co., Sweet Lush Cup­cak­ery, iGourmet, Key­stone Farms Cheese, Wind­sor Inn and Carmella’s Pas­tries. And visi­tors also can pe­ruse the nu­mer­ous ven­dors who’ll have their wares for sale— such as Scentsy, Col­lana deVino, On a Whim jew­elry, Cor­nu­copia, Ce­les­tial Soap Co., Plow& Hearth, Damsel in De­fense, J. Borth­wick LEDs, Ro­dan& Fields and Lu­LaRoe— as they en­joy the var­i­ous vin­tages.

“You can’t go wrong with events based on al­co­hol in Penn­syl­va­nia, es­pe­cially NEPA,” Lopera said. “I think they’re donewell, and I think that’swhat peo­ple re­ally re­spect about it. The peo­ple­who plan the events, they re­ally care about it, and they re­ally want to see them get big­ger and bet­ter. I think peo­ple see that, and they see the at­ten­tion to de­tail. ... It’s a lo­cal thing that peo­ple can ( get) out and en­joy.”

JA­SON FARMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Vir­gil Car­da­mone, Blue Moun­tain Vine­yards, left, serves wine to a large crowd at last year’s PA Wine Land Fes­ti­val at Montage Moun­tain. This year’s fes­ti­val will be held from noon to 5 p. m. Satur­day.

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