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Snooth User: Dobie54

Looking for something to do this weekend!

Posted by Dobie54, Aug 8, 2011.

Hello all!

I'm new to this, and I have this weekend off, and would like some input as to where we could go for some good winetasting, and entertainment. 

I live in Central Pa (Harrisburg area), and don't know alot about the wineries, so any input that anyone has, would be appreciated!

Happy tasting!



Reply by outthere, Aug 9, 2011.

I'd love to be able to help you Debbie but I'm stuck out west in Sonoma County and short of you flying out here I can't provide much in the way of good advice.

The ignorant bas**rd in me asks: "Are there wineries in PA?" (shrug)

Welcome to Snooth. I hope you find the info you are looking for before the weekend hits!

Reply by EMark, Aug 9, 2011.


Like Outthere, I am also on the Left Coast and do not have much personal knowledge about wineries outside the Pacific Time Zone.  However, there are bonded wineries in all of the "lower 48" states.  (I don't know about Alaska, but I think Hawaii has some.)  If there are any Snoothers who live close to you, there is a good chance that they will respond and help you out.

In the meantime I would suggest that you Google (or use the search of your choice) "Pennsylvania Wineries."  That will get you started.

You may or may not be able to get unbiased website opinions about these wineries, but please go ahead and check out anything you can find in your area.  While it is nice to have a recommendation from somebody, it is also exciting to explore on your own and find "little gems."  Then report your findings back here.  Just about everybody on Snooth wants to learn.

Reply by charlottegudm, Aug 9, 2011.

Hi Debbie, 

the Pennsylvania Winery Association has a very informative website with an extensive listing of wineries in Pennsylvania. Here's a map of wineries in the area:

Hope that it's a good start for you!



Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 9, 2011.

Well, it's kind of a drive, but you can also go directly to the Finger Lakes region and taste some of their Riesling, which is rumored to be pretty good.  About 4 hours and not unattractive. It's straight north, but I think the wineries are along the sides of the lakes and tasting rooms perhaps in Elmira.    (Haven't been in a while--I went to college there and last traveled in your neck of PA for business quite a while ago, although I did call Pittsburgh home for a short time as a child.) 

For my money, I'd save on the gas and drive to a good wine shop and buy two wines, one Old World and one New World of similar cost and variety, then have a good dinner and compare them.  Then I'd keep saving the money and go to Sonoma for a week.  Not that there aren't wineries in your neck of the world, but just not a critical mass.


Reply by madmanny, Aug 10, 2011.

I'd head to the Lancaster area.  There are quite a few wineries in PA Dutch country.  The wines won't be great but the area is fun. 

Reply by ScottLauraH, Aug 12, 2011.

I would drive down to Virginia and explore the wines in the Blue Ridge Mountains or the Monticello wine trail around Charlottesville.  Short of that, I would research wine bars in your area.  In many wine bars, you can purchase "flights" of wine for a set price and try three to six wines in one spot from all over the world.  One wine bar near my sister's house in Dallas offered not only wine flights, but cheese and chocolate flights as well. 

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