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Seven Mountains Winery

Hi gang!

Pam, Rose and I took a drive this past weekend and found ourselves at 7 Mountains Winery. I took some video, but had some sound problems.  Anyway, its a great place nestled between State College and Lewistown. You turn right where the four lane ends, US Route 322.

They have been open for business just a year and already have a tremendous following. They are even hosting a Wine Cruise in Feb 2011!  We brought home four new friends. Our favorite of the day was the Strawberry! It reminds you of cotton candy and has the best color resting in your glass.

Put this one on your to do list!



Milheim Wine Shop

What a delightful surprise we had yesterday (Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010). We were on our way to Sunbury to catch a Tournament of Bands show. We were traveling up Route 45 and on our way through Milheim we noticed a lonely little sign on the way through town that simply said “Wine Shop.” We had no intentions of finding a wine shop yesterday because we were going to visit some relatives and then attend the show, but geez there it was beckoning us to stop. So we went to the corner, turned around and parked.

It’s set in this old house. Inside we found nothing all that fancy but they were selling NUMEROUS bottles of vino from two local wineries. Brookmere and Shade Mountain Wineries. Brookmere is located in Belleville in Mifflin County and Shade Mountain is  in Middleburg, just west of Selinsgrove, in Snyder County.

This place is a tasting room for these two extraordinary wineries. Brookmere has some really nice selections from their sangria to their newly labeled “Bear-ies gone wild” that has a picture of a big ole black bear on it. John’s favorite from Brookmere is Frog Hollow which is a blush niagara. YUM! And for the dryer pallete at Brookmere they have a good seller called Tears of the Goose.

Now this was the first time I have ever tasted anything from Shade Mountain. Oddly, on the way to Milheim, my cousin Rose said, “Have you ever had wine from Shade Mountain?” Of course we hadn’t, then this wine shop appeared – weird huh? So naturally we tried the Shade Mountain wine. Guys, they have a mint wine – yeah really I said Mint! They included it with a recipe for Mojito’s. That just screams FUN on a warm summer night or a cold winter’s day by the fire!

Shade Mountain also has two Red wines called Jack’s Mountain Red and Rascal Red – both sweet (yep that made me happy) and both full of taste. Shade Mountain offers a dryer selection called Proprietors Red which was also the 2010 Farm Show Bronze Medal Winner.We all know I’m not a super dry wine fan, but honestly this wine was good. Smooth and robust and would pair very well with red meat or cheese.

Check out both of these wineries on their own, or if you’re looking for a nice drive, head north on Route 45, stop at Penn’s Cave, and then make a point to drop by the Wine Shop in Milheim.

Groundhog Wine Trail

We spent our 10/10/10 exploring Clearfield and Elk Counties and wondered into an old favorite and a brand new favorite winery.

First the old favorite –Starr Hill Winery
located just outside of Curwensville, PA they are home to one of my all-time favorite red wines – Bailey Road Red. I first discovered it during the Ground Hog Trail Wine Festival held the weekend before the Super Bowl at the Clearfield Fair Grounds. I bought it initially because my dog’s name at the time was Bailey : ), but the full rich bodied red really catches my taste buds and makes them happy. In case no-one has figured this out yet, I like sweet wine, not that there’s anything wrong with liking dry wine, I just don’t. So if you’re in the mood for a full- bodied red, try Bailey Road Red. Much to my delight they also have a Bailey Road White. Completely different that the red, but still delicious!!!

Check out the picture from the front door of their shop. Beautiful!!!!

Here’s a video John took!, not me, so its a little shaky…

We then drove on in search of an elk so one of my kids, Tiffer could see one. She had never seen an elk in the wild and was pretty sure they were fake so we went to Benezette. They just opened their new visitors center this weekend so they place as packed, BUT we were successful!!! We saw two elk, big beautiful creatures.

As we left Benezette we took the shortcut up to St. Mary’s. As we rounded the bend on Route 255 just before the Elk County Capitol we found the Elk Mountain Winery!

These guys are brand new, only been in the business a month and already have a following. Their building is beautiful with a back room to sit and drink your favorite wine. And speaking of my favorite wine, I said I found an old favorite and a new favorite. My new Fav is Jazzy Red from Elk Mountain. Sweet and robust. Really a nice texture and the name is FUN!!! The owner, Jen opened her winery so she could spend time with her kids! Way to go Jen!!!

I highly recommend both of these wineries as well as all the other Ground Hog Trail Wineries and don’t forget the Wine Trail Festival on February 5, 2011!!!