Wine

Nittany Lion Inn Receives Prestigious Wine Award

The Dining Room at The Nittany Lion became the first restaurant in the State College area—and only the 18th in the state—to earn a “Best Of” Award of Excellence by the internationally respected Wine Spectator magazine. Wine Spectator’s ranking system is considered to be the industry standard by which restaurants and vineyards mark their progress and exclusivity.

New Eats, Fall Fun and Award-Winning Wines Are Waiting for You at Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery

The road to Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery leads past industrial buildings, then neighborhoods with bicycles and dogs on the sidewalks, then onto a winding road past cornfields and ready-to-be harvested grapevines trailing by the car window. It's a picture of Happy Valley as a whole – the best of both worlds – a place where city and industry lives in camaraderie with country fields and good, fine wine.

 

Let the Good Times Roll Stomp

Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery Bottles Up a Delicious Fall

Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery shares its name with Happy Valley's most iconic landmark, and as the mountain puts on its amazing autumnal show of oranges, reds and yellows, the winery brings us some of the best fun and flavors of the season.

 

Make Happy Valley Your Home for Wine and Brews

We already know that the State College area is your go-to place for great Penn State events, especially during football weekends in the fall. But Central Pennsylvania is becoming well-known as a mecca for local vineyards and breweries. Not only can you stop by for a tour and tasting, you can pack up your car with a few bottles to enjoy back home long after your visit. Here’s our top picks of the best wineries and craft breweries in the area.

Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery

300 Houser Road, Centre Hall, 814-466-6373

Drink Your Decade

“Here's to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

At any establishment in Happy Valley, you’re just as likely to strike up a conversation with a 1972 Penn State grad as you are a 2004 graduate. And while there are a number of commonalities between all Penn State alums, there are usually significant differences in the popular drinks at the time of graduation.

Wine and Tapas… and Jazz at Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery

6-8pm Friday, September 2, 2016

 

Pick up a glass of sangria on the deck and listen to the music of Jay Vonada's Jazz Quartet. Then move to the Vintner's Loft for appetizers paired with Mount Nittany wines. Stroll through the vineyard or hike to the Vineyard's "lookout" picnic table. The cost includes sangria, tapas and another glass of wine. Call for reservations 814-466-6373.

 

Do the Derby at Brookmere Winery!

You can experience the Kentucky Derby in style at Brookmere Winery in Belleville on May 7 from 4-10 p.m. The winery is situated in Amish country on a beautiful estate that includes a B&B built in 1866, a repurposed barn and event pavilion. Watch the derby on the big screens while enjoying derby fare catered by local restaurant JP Edwards and listening to the Pepper Street Band! Don't miss out – there will be a live horse, a derby hat contest and pre-race activities, and pre-race music by John White followed by the race on the big screens and music by the Pepper Street Band. A bourbon experience is available. The cost is $45 per person and includes food, music and a drink ticket. RSVP by April 29 to save your spot! 717-935-5380.

Sample Happy Valley’s Best Brews, Wines and Spirits on the Central PA Tasting Trail

A lot has happened in Happy Valley in the past 15 years. For me, a transplant who relocated here in 2002, I’ve seen a blossoming of our local food movement—markets, food, beer, wine and more recently, spirits. Now that someone’s put it all on a map, there’s one more reason Happy Valley’s become a destination for more than weekend football.

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