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Fundraising Wine Festivals

I took the day off to do some spring cleaning. When I finally got to my son’s room I REALLY wanted to take a break but couldn’t because well, his room really needed my attention. While I was wrestling with the mounds of college stuff he had piled in the corner, I came across something that I should probably take credit for. It was a newspaper clipping from 2010 for a wine festival that was a fundraiser for a local fire company. Yep, I put that tiny piece of paper, attached with a paperclip to his fafsa application, in his room amidst the mountains of other assorted things that he can’t live without, yet hasn’t seen in months. It was amazing that I found it at all, so naturally I took it as a sign! I should  take a break and write about fundraising festivals!

As luck would have it, there is a fundraising wine festival coming up at the end of April in Altoona, PA. The festival is called Uncork the Alleghenies and a portion of the proceeds goes to the Blair County Miracle League which is a baseball league for kids with disabilities. The folks behind the Blair County Miracle League have been raising money for years to build a very unique field (which was finished a few years ago). The batters-box is oversized so kids in wheelchairs can get right up there and swing a bat and hit that ball. It’s a VERY heartwarming sight to watch a little boy or girl play baseball, who before this, didn’t have the opportunity. When you have a chance check out their link.

I digress, Uncork the Alleghenies is being held on Saturday, April 30 at the Altoona Railroaders Museum in the heart of Altoona and Railroad country and is being sponsored by our friends at Fox 8. The festival has two opportunities to visit. You can get tickets on the web site to attend from 2- 5 or 6 – 9  and there are 11 wineries representing some of Central Pennsylvania’s finest!

Folks from Allegheny Cellars Winery will be there, they sell Big Foot Wine (one of my favorites), Brookmere Winery and Vineyard Inn from Belleville (my first winery), Deer Creek Winery, Flickerwood Wine Cellars (Sweet Angel Red – heavenly), hometown hero’s Oak Spring Winery, Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery, Raspberry Acres, Seven Mountains Wine Cellars (winners of two Governors awards 2011), Starr Hill Vineyard and Winery (Bailey Road Red), The Winery at Wilcox and Walnut Hill.

As you can see, the wine list looks amazing. My only regret is that I will be in New Jersey when this festival is going on, so I won’t be able to give you any reports from the event.  Therefore, I’m counting on all of you to attend and give us some feedback. Feel free to simply respond to this blog post and let us know what you found and how much you enjoyed it.

Guess I better get back to cleaning – sigh

Wine on the Lake

As the name of this post implies, we attended and had wine on the lake! In reality, Wine on the Lake is a big wine festival held in the Lake Erie Convention Center and produced by Lilly Broadcasting. Shout out to some really nice TV folks!  Hey Erie TV!!!!  Anyway – Wine on the Lake is an annual event held near the end of March. This year the event had 22 wineries from as far away as State College (Mount Nittany Winery) and as close as,  well… Erie! Some of my favorites were in attendance such as Heritage Wine Cellars, Flickerwood (they make Sweet Angel Red), Starr Hill (Bailey Road Red) and the new kids on the block from our area Elk Mountain and yep I was able to secure some Jazzy Red. We think that wine is named after our dog – lol

As I mentioned, this event is always held near the end of March – gang it’s still cold in Erie at the end of March and in some places the lake was still frozen! BURRRRRR. Never the less, we were able to visit some of our old haunts before hitting the festival and even though it was cold we had fun!

There were thousands of people at this event  that was held in two sessions. Beth and Fred and John and I had a wonderful time! Bought lots of wine and shot a ton of video that we put into a short three-minute show that you can click on right here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0W971jMBvA

We are thinking about taking a bus tour back next year – if you’d like to hop on that bus shoot us an e-mail at thewinechasers@gmail.com and we’ll get you hooked up!

If you’ve never done anything like this before I promise you’ll have a really good time! if you decide to drive, and not take the bus make sure you take a designated driver because there is a BUNCH of wine at this event and it’s easy to get yourself in some trouble – PLUS the DD gets in at a cheaper rate – how cool is that!!

So save the date – March 31, 2012 for next year’s edition of Wine on the Lake!

Cheers!