Thursday, August 19, 2010

Summer Wine Fest at Benigna Creek

Last Saturday Adam, his mom and I went to the Summer Fest Wine Festival at Benigna Creek Winery in Klingerstown, PA.

Upon arrival, we each received a wine glass and proceeded into a big white tent where 8 PA wineries were pouring samples of their finest wines.

Here is a view of the Shade Mountain Winery testing table. You can see many people came out to enjoy the afternoon.

The glass we received and the Shade Mountain tasting guide - each winery gave out sheets with their wine names on so you could make notes of what you like and don't like. Just so you know how many to buy of each bottle :)

The wineries were very busy giving out samples but they had plent for everyone to try. Below are the wines of Spyglass Ridge Winery of Sunbury, PA. We especially loved their Spycat, a sweet Catawba, and Tim's Blueberry.

Here is Adam and I with the vineyard in the back and beyond that, the rolling hills of the Mahantongo Valley.

A close up of those grapes!

The vines were filled with them.

Some other favorites of the day:
Alexander Red, a dry, oaky red from Brookmere Winery
Rebel Red, tastes like grape juice from Adams County Winery
The dry Reisling and Merlot from Red Shale Ridge Winery
German Helmet Riesling & Fuzzy Groove Peach from Long Trout Winery
Pinot Grigio from Shade Mountain Winery
And most importantly - Chambourcin & Patriot Red from the host, Benigna Creek Vineyard
We are heading back to Benigna on November 27 for their annual lighting of the vineyard!


  1. You know I have to comment on this post! We're nearly through all of the bottles we purchased along the Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail in April -- we should have gone to the festival to re-stock! I'm going to mark my calendar for November 27, though. I would love to see the lighting of the vineyard. Have you gone in the past?

  2. Yes, we went last year. It was very nice but we were not dressed warm enough so we couldn't stay long because we were freezing! It's best to take along a picnic dinner and buy a bottle there and just enjoy. There is a lot of seating/tables That's our plan this year.

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