WPSU to host fourth annual wine festival fundraiser

Wine connoisseurs with a penchant for identifying flavor profiles and novices who want to learn basic wine-tasting terminology can do so at the 2012 WPSU Wine Festival on Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus.

Denise Gardner, a Penn State Extension oenologist and blogger, will be one of three wine experts hosting complimentary seminars during the upcoming event.

“There’s no right or wrong way to taste wine,” Gardner said. “It’s fine to drink what you like.”

Gardner, who has sensory training to smell wine and identify its flaws, develops educational programs for Pennsylvania wineries. Gardner’s seminar, which will focus on the state’s grapevine growing culture, will be held at 2:45 p.m. and again at 4:15 p.m.

Robert D. Richards, a Penn State communications professor and certified wine specialist will hold a seminar at 1:45 p.m. and again at 3:15 p.m. which will focus on the “Fundamentals of Wine and Wine Tasting.”

Lucy Rogers, event coordinator for Zola Catering of State College, will host a seminar at 2:15 p.m. and again at 3:45 p.m. which will cover “Reading a Restaurant Wine List and Major Wine Regions of the World.”

Some 29 vendors are new to this year’s festival, representing more than 100 new wines available for tasting. Festival attendees will sample Pennsylvania wines, as well as wines from around the world. Wine production is a growing and extensive industry in Pennsylvania. There are more than 150 wineries from Lake Erie to Philadelphia, according to the Pennsylvania Winery Association.

In addition to wine, there will also be a silent auction of items including jewelry, art, wine baskets, other wine-related items, massage services and dining gift certificates.

Admission to the wine festival is $75 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $65 at http://wpsu.org/tv/programs/wine_festival online. The festival runs from 1 to 5 p.m.

The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel is offering a special room rate for Sunday, Sept. 16. The cost is $84 per room. For more information, call 1-800-233-7305.

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Last Updated September 11, 2012