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Shade Mountain Vineyards and Winery

Well we finally did it! We finally made it over the Middleburg, PA to visit Shade Mountain Vineyards and Winery. You may recall I posted a short blog on New Year’s Day about Shade Mountain. One of my kids, Tiff who is serving in Iraq right now, visited Shade Mountain on New Year’s Eve during the day. She brought home some wonderful bottles of wine. Recently, John and I  got to go for a visit of our own. We happened to drop by while the Susquehanna Wine Trail March Madness was going on. The winery was offering food and had a live band. Wow it was fun! Not only does Shade Mountain have some fantastic wine but they also have this really neat gift shop. They have t-shirts and paintings, photography, goblets, numerous painted wine glasses, etc. I could go on but suffice it to say that this gift shop was about as complete as they come. If there is something that has to do with wine – they have it!

Now lets move on to the wine. Shade Mountain has 40 different varieties of wine from dry to fruity. Now here is the cool part, all of the wine is made from grapes grown on the 70 acres of the Shade Mountain Vineyard. the Zimmerman family own and operate the vineyard and winery and they really enjoy their jobs. Both mom and dad Zimmerman (Carolyn and Karl)  work the business and all four of their kids are there to lend a hand daily. This really is a family affair.

I forgot we were talking about wines. Shade Mountain sells a Piniot Grigio that does not taste like a dry wine, it pulls a little sweet ( I liked it) and they have a red wine that is called Proprietors Red that I kind of like to refer to as training wheels for dry wine. As I’ve mentioned about a million times, I like sweet wine. But even though the Proprietors Red is a dry wine, it was GREAT! Shade Mountain also sells a wine that I have never seen in any of my numerous winery visits. They sell a mint Wine – yes I said Mint. It comes with a recipe for Mojito’s. Now tell me how good does that sound!! I L O V E mojito’s!!!! Oh and you’ve gotta love this name – Bad Moose Mead! As we all know, Mead is a honey wine, it’s smooth and yummy and   has a picture of a moose on it!!! Funny Stuff!

On to the fruit wines – I fancy myself a bit of a fruit wine fan. Like the grape wines at Shade Mountain, all of the fruit wines are made from fruit grown by local farmers. I really liked their blackberry and blueberry. The strawberry was YUMMY, and they have an elderberry wine that I have only ever had homemade by the neighbors. Honestly, you really need to try the elderberry wine. wow what a beautiful color, a great nose and oh yeah it tastes good too!!

Something else we did at Shade Mountain was our first attempt at the video blog idea. It will be up VERY soon, just a few more finishing touches and it’ll be ready.

You really need to visit this winery. It’s located in Middleburg, PA on Route 104. They are open seven days a week and their web site is: – check this place out you really won’t be sorry. Cheers!!!


Glades Pike Winery

Wow it’s been a long winter. As hard as we’ve tried we haven’t been able to find an available minute to do our favorite past-time…chasing wine! This past Saturday, we changed that trend and hopped in the car and went to Somerset County to visit the Glades Pike Winery right on Route 31 just a few miles outside of Somerset Borough.

This is my second time at this beautiful setting, only a few minutes from Seven Springs Ski Resort, but it was John’s first time (Yep, he was a Glades Pike Virgin!)

I love the wine at this place. One of my favorites was the Black and Blue – guess what this wine is made from? Two of my favorite berries – Black and Blue…get it? Well that wasn’t my only favorite, in fact I had so many favorites it was hard to go out of there with only six bottles, but I did it 🙂 

I also bought a few bottles of Glades PIke Red. Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while knows I’m a red fan! This signature red is full and robust, not too sweet but definitely not dry. It’s my perfect blend!

Oh and I almost forgot the Raspberry! OH YUM! Not much else to say!

Glades Pike also has a really unique wine that you don’t find many places. They sell Honey Mead! Yes it’s made entirely of honey and is a VERY old recipe. Check it out, it’s an extraordinarily different taste. Try it, you’ll like it!

I know I sometimes forget about the dry wine lovers in the group – I’m so sorry. For you, Glades Pike has an amazing wine called Norton that is made from a Norton Grape that has a finish that reminds a drinker of plums and cherries – super interesting.

How about a Cabernet Franc or an interesting wine called a Seyval Blanc that tastes a bit like a pineapple,  melon and grapefruit mixture. Seriously interesting and seriously good!

There is something for every taste at Glades Pike Winery so the next time you make it down to Somerset County, you really need to stop by the Glades Pike Winery you won’t be sorry.