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Wine and cigars make for a memorable Father’s Day

Matt Carney, far right, sits with his family as the Tussey Mountain Moonshiners perform during the Father’s Day barbecue at Seven Mountains Wine Cellars on Sunday.
Matt Carney, far right, sits with his family as the Tussey Mountain Moonshiners perform during the Father’s Day barbecue at Seven Mountains Wine Cellars on Sunday. nthomas@centredaily.com

It was a cigar-and-wine kind of day.

For the fourth year, Seven Mountains Wine Cellars hosted its annual Father’s Day celebration, inviting area dads and anyone who enjoys music, food and some time outdoors to join the party.

“People just like to bring their dads out to have a good time,” said Nate Bubb, son of founder and winemaker Scott Bubb. “We always get a positive crowd when we do events like this.”

Usually, the business offers a “burgers, beer and bluegrass” celebration on Father’s Day, Bubb said. This year, they decided to change things up by offering barbecue from Boulevard BBQ, of Burnham.

As in past years, Otto’s Pub and Brewery, of State College, was on hand to provide beers, he said. The Tussey Mountain Moonshiners provided the bluegrass.

Crowds have responded well to the event in the past, he said, and Sunday showed a good turnout with plenty of customers sampling and purchasing wine.

The wine cellars teamed up with a York-based cigar shop again this year, Bubb said. Hain’s Pipe and Cigar Shop featured a rolling demonstration as well as hand-rolled cigars available at the event.

“All the cigars that we have, all the techniques that we use, are all done in the Cuban tradition,” said shop representative Wayne Burg. The cigar brand, J. Castñon Cigars, is owned by a Cuban couple, he said.

Juan Carlos, of Havana, Cuba, sliced and rolled the leaves into cigars that could be purchased and smoked on the spot, and several customers had already taken advantage of the offer, Burg said. The event allowed the shop to reconnect with previous customers, and reach some new ones as well.

Matt Carney, of Hawley, said his family usually goes out to dinner for Father’s Day, but his daughter had suggested the wine cellar instead.

Enjoying the day with his family, Carney said the change in tradition was nice.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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