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Glades Pike Winery hosts huge wine festival over weekend

April 16, 2018

Wineries from all over western Pennsylvania were in Somerset on the weekend, giving drinkers the opportunity to taste the latest and greatest vintages.

Glades Pike Winery hosted the Spring Thaw Wine & Food Festival on Saturday and Sunday. It was part of the slate of events put on by the Southwest Passage Wine Trail, a collection of eight wineries, all located southeast of Pittsburgh. Glades Pike hosts it annually, and it has for the past six years. They sold 580 tickets to this year’s event, according to Scott Bradford, marketing director for Glades Pike Winery.

“It’s a great way to showcase local Pennsylvania wine,” Bradford said.

Glades Pike is one of the wineries in the trail’s group. B&L Wine Cellars, in Johnstown, Christian W. Klay Winery, in Chalk Hill, Greendance Winery, in Mt. Pleasant, Greenhouse Winery, in North Huntingdon, J&D Cellars Winery, in Eighty Four, Ripepi Winery, in Monongahela, and Thistlethwaite Vineyards, in Jefferson, were also part of the weekend’s festivities.

Brett Whare, of Claysburg, who was named western Pennsylvania’s wine taster of the year by Bee Kind Winery in Tyrone, was one of the luminaries at the event on Sunday.

“It’s the best one I’ve been to,” Whare said. “The variety of wines and selections is something special.”

John Husk, who owns J&D Cellars, said the event went well.

“It’s a really big crowd,” Husk said. “We sold a lot of sweet wines today. And dry ones yesterday.”

Sharon Klay, who owns Christian W. Klay Winery, felt the same way.

“We knew it was going to be good,” she said. “An event like this introduces people to wineries from all over the area.”

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