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February 22, 2012

Finds from the vines | Ebensburg Rotary uncorking Wine Time in the Mainline

The Ebensburg Rotary Club is offering people an opportunity to become educated wine drinkers and have a good time doing it.

The fourth annual Wine Time in the Mainline will feature separate wine-tastings from 1 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. March 17 at the Young People’s Community Center, 300 Prave St., Ebensburg.

“We have seven Pennsylvania wineries participating, along with several food and other vendors,” said Becky DeYulis, event coordinator and Rotary member. “We expect each winery to bring about 10 different wines each for people to enjoy.”

In addition to wine tasting, wine will be on sale from each of the wineries.

“This gives enthusiasts the chance to sample a wide range of wines in one location,” DeYulis said.

The event will have the ambience of a party as people mill around and socialize.

“We will be having music and food at each session,” DeYulis said.

Wineries participating are Seven Mountain, near Martinsburg; Eagle Rock, Williams-port, Lycoming County; Elk Mountain, St. Mary’s, Elk County; Walnut Hill Winery, Blairsville; Starr Hill Winery, Curwensville, Clearfield County; Greenhouse Winery, Rillton, Westmoreland County; and Volant Mill Winery, Volant, Lawrence County.

“These are some of the best wineries in the state,” DeYulis said. “For the second year in a row, Seven Mountains has won best of show at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.”

Among the participating vendors are Mid’s Homemade Candy, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Carriage House Creations, Country Sisters, Nutten But Nuts, Kelliegh Farabaugh’s hand-painted glassware, and food from Everyday Gourmet.

Music will be provided by Fremont McKenrick during the afternoon session and LaBella Musica during the evening gathering.

“They promised us a wide variety of music for people’s listening pleasure, including some Irish ballads in honor of St. Patrick’s Day,” DeYulis said.

The entrance fee is $20 per person for each session or $10 for those not sampling the wine.

Patrons also will have an opportunity to attend a wine-education talk either at 2 or 6 p.m. at a cost of $5.

The lectures will be presented by Joe Dautlick of Patton, Pennsylvania regional vice president of the American Wine Society.

 DeYulis said each demonstration is limited to 60 people.

“Learning about wine is a good way to find out what wines should be paired with what foods,” DeYulis said. “Joe will offer wine samplings and there will be a question-and-answer period during his talks where people can ask an expert about what to look for in a wine.”

Attendees must be 21 and older.

Tickets are available at Mid’s, in the Long’s Mini Mall; Everyday Gourmet in Ebensburg; from any Rotarian member; or at the door.

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