WPSU Wine Festival returns with international focus

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Dozens of wineries, importers and distributors will gather in Happy Valley for the fifth annual WPSU International Wine Festival, giving local wine lovers the opportunity to swirl and sip hundreds of varietals while supporting WPSU. The Wine Festival will take place at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at The Penn State Conference Center Hotel.

Originating in 2009 as a way to raise funds for WPSU-FM, the festival features the Grand Tasting for vendors to showcase their wine portfolios and the seminar, a separate session intended to enhance the educational experience for guests.

While this year’s seminar is sold out, tickets for the Grand Tasting are available online at http://wpsu.org/events/winefestival2013 and at the door for $65. Guests must be 21 or older to attend the festival and are required to show proof of age at check-in.

“There are other wine tasting events in our area, but they are usually limited to a few vendors and feature wines produced within Pennsylvania,” said Nancy Silvis, community volunteer chair. “This international festival brings together wines from the largest wine producing regions in the world — Italy, France and Spain, as well as Australia, South America, California, Washington, Oregon and places in between.” 

While the event serves as a fundraiser for WPSU, Silvis said another goal is to host an event guests want to return to year after year. This has proven to be true, bringing in more guests and more financial support each year.

Much of the event’s appeal comes from its “boutique” atmosphere where guests are not hurried from vendor to vendor. Instead, they are encouraged to enjoy the butlered hors d'oeuvres, to talk with the knowledgeable wine pourers about their craft and to participate in the silent auction to take home premium wines, dining opportunities and themed baskets.

“The festival is a great opportunity for anyone, regardless of their current knowledge of wine, to learn more and enjoy wine,” Silvis said. “The best wine is the one you like, one that tastes good to you, so here is a chance to find one or more that really tickles your fancy.”

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Last Updated September 17, 2013