Penn State Public Broadcasting to host annual wine-tasting fundraiser

August 25, 2011

The third annual WPSU Wine Festival will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. Participants will be able to sample an unparalleled collection of wines and help support Penn State Public Broadcasting.

The event, which benefits WPSU-FM, will feature nearly 300 wines from around the world and across Pennsylvania. Also, a selection of premium wines, wine accessories and art will be offered in both live and silent auctions throughout the afternoon.

Sommelier and wine author Marnie Old will return this year to host an exclusive, educational tasting tour of Spain’s most famous wine region, Rioja. Wines from this region are often considered some of the best to pair with food. Seating is limited for the "Vibrant Rioja -- Pure Genius for Pairing" seminar. Marnie Old is a Philadelphia-based wine expert and author who has served as director of wine studies for Manhattan’s French Culinary Institute and as education chairwoman for the American Sommelier Association. This 60-minute tasting tour begins at 12:30 p.m. in Deans Hall at the Penn Stater.

Nancy Silvis, wine festival co-chair, says the wine festival is important to the community because of how it enhances the food and wine culture in the area.

“Wine and tourism go hand in hand,” said Silvis. “This event is not only good for the community’s economy but also for the wine industry as a whole.”

Silvis, who also serves on the WPSU board of representatives, says the festival offers education and experimentation with the focus on wine tasting and learning new things about the industry.

Select wines from the tasting will be available for purchase at the on-site PA Wine and Spirits Store.

Tickets are $65 in advance, $75 at the door. Admission to the Grand Tasting and the ‘Vibrant Rioja -- Pure Genius for Pairing’ seminar, featuring Marnie Old, is $100 in advance, $110 at the door if available. Tickets can be purchased in advance at online.

The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel is offering a special room rate for Sunday, Sept. 25. Cost is $84 per room, plus 8.5 percent tax. Call 800-233-7505 and reference the ‘WPSU Wine Festival’ or ‘WPSJ11A’ to make your reservation.

For updated lists of vendors and underwriters, visit online.

“WPSU does a fantastic job offering programs that appeal to the many interests of its viewers. The same holds true with the wines poured at our wine festival -- everyone can find a taste they can enjoy,” said Silvis.

WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. Its public media services produce, acquire and distribute programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of an audience within central Pennsylvania.


Last Updated August 26, 2011