Seven Springs Wine Festival is Back!
The resort you know and love with all the locally made wine that your palate desires. And we’re giving you the inside scoop on what there is to do and what you must go do while you’re there.
by Coraliz Leilani Jacobs
August 24, 2021
Seven Springs is back for their annual wine festival. Long before wine festivals were in fashion, Seven Springs has been showcasing and introducing its guests to locally grown and small independent wine makers. In fact, this event has grown and metamorphosed over the years so much, that it’s not just about the wine — making it truly the best weekend getaway for your whole group. It’s a weekend jam packed with live music, wine tastings and informational wine seminars, chef pairings by Seven Springs Executive Chef Steve Rechtorik and expertly crafted food stations throughout a stunning garden atmosphere.
One of my personal missions as a member of the Green Voice team is to not only to bring you the tastiest cocktail recipes and an inside scoop on what is happening in the bar scene of the ‘Burgh, but to also introduce you to all the added bonuses that come along when you support local. Seven Springs has essentially done all the hard work here. They have so consciously chosen to highlight some of the very best winemakers in our region, invited us in to their stunning resort and provided us an opportunity to taste and discover all the ‘juice’of Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania wines do not have the same notoriety that some New York, California, Oregon or Washington wines can offer but they do not lack in taste. There is truly a Pennsylvania wine for every palate, from the textbook Cabernet Sauvignon drinker to the fruit wine enthusiast, all you have to do is come ready to sample and keep an open mind. You may think you know all there is to know about PA wines, but I can guarantee you will leave knowing more than you came with. Take for instance Glades Pike, a staple of the Seven Springs Wine Festival, you may know and love their wines. But take a moment to stop by newcomer, Bella Terra Vineyards founded in 2015, they are making diverse wine blends that you absolutely must try!*
Another often overlooked component of drinking local wine is how eco-friendly it is. Notable wine labels from around the world and country have captivated our tastebuds and wine cellars, but think of the miles upon miles they travel to get to you. Reducing your environmental impact goes beyond how you travel and what you eat, but also how you drink. Swap out some of your classics for the wines you will taste at Seven Springs Wine Festival. The environment, small independent wine makers and local communities will thank you. After all the people who benefit from a thriving economic system are the residents who inhabit it, like you and I. Do it alongside friends and family, surrounded by live music and incredible food at the greatest end of summer festival and now you’re building memories that will last a lifetime.
Taking the stage Friday is Chris Higbee. A singer-songwriter who has played on stage with some of your favorite artists. He’ll be performing some original songs! Saturday you will hear the likes of Radio Tokyo, an epic local cover band. They bring an infectious sound and big energy. Finishing out the weekend is No Bad JuJu and Jukebox on Sunday. No Bad JuJu blends top hits with a little bit of rock and roll, soul and R&B. Jukebox has an extensive song list, so you are sure to know a song or two.
Finish out your weekend, with dinner on site at Helen’s — reservations highly encouraged. Uncork a bottle of your latest local find and listen to the piano musings of resident pianist Harry. I highly suggest you order the Cheese and Charcuterie board and the Rack of Lamb. No dinner at Helen’s is complete without finishing a divine meal with Lemon Lava Cake. Continuing the green thread of locally sourced and sustainable consumption, you can rest easy knowing the gardens of Seven Springs and local farmers supply the kitchen with all of their ingredients.
Get your tickets and hurry before they sell out! Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at event. Wine Festival is for guests 21 and over. No pets or animals allowed inside festival grounds. See you there!
*Local Wineries To Attend: Glades Pike Winery (Somerset), Black Dog Wine Company (Oakdale), Deer Creek Winery (Shippenville), Allegheny Cellars Winery (Sheffeild), Bella Terra Vineyards (Westmoreland), Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars (New Tripoli), Heritage Wine Cellars (North East), Juniata Valley Winery (Mifflin), Moon Dancer Winery & Cider House (Wrightsville), Sand Castle Winery (Erwinna), Silver Mark Cellars (Canonsburg), University Wine Company (State College), Woody Lodge Winery (Ashville), Antler Ridge (Ulster), Bee Kind Winery (Clearfield), Christian W Klay Winery (Chalk Hill), Hungry Run Wine + Spirits (Lewistown), King View Mead (Pittsburgh), La Vigneta Winery (Butler), ReKlaimed Vines Winery (Huntingdon), Seven Mountains Wine Cellars (Spring Mills), Starr Hill Vineyard (Curwensville), Wine O’Clock Somewhere (Jefferson Hills)
Coraliz Leilani Jacobs also known as Co Lé on her social channels, is a Pittsburgh-based mixologist and the fashion blogger behind The Co Lé Journal. A fashion and lifestyle blog where she shares her favorite fashion trends, travel adventures, small business's, food and cocktail recipes and more. Ready for another cocktail recipe? Visit her every Friday for happy hour on Instagram, @thecolejournal, where she hosts a weekly IGTV series called Cocktail With Co Lé.