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February 17. 2013 9:38AM

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It's no secret the Wyoming Valley is a sight to behold once the leaves turn. The mountains are dotted with bright orange, red and yellow amid a background of sky blues and harvest golds.

Upstate Wine Country Founder Dan Tompkins appreciates the beauty, too, and points out a perfect spot to enjoy the view.

"We're right up in the mountains, so you get a good look at the trees," he said of the Fall Foliage Festival set for Sno Mountain Ski Resort in Scranton tomorrow. "It's also being held in the lodge, so no matter what the weather may be outside, it'll be beautiful inside."

The festival will include tastings from seven wineries: Antler Ridge, Blue Mountain Vineyards and Cellars, Capra Collina, Ferrone Family Winery, University Wine Company, Vintner's Circle and Winterland Winery.

"All from Pennsylvania," Tompkins said. "We pride ourselves on the fact that we keep the wines local."

A ticket gets an attendee unlimited wine tastings as well as access to much more.

"We've got over 30 vendors," Tompkins said, "and a good assortment of local specialty foods, hand-crafted items, apparel, jewelry, you name it."

Hospitality service is planned.

"Say you want to buy a case of wine or a piece of art but don't want to carry it around with you," Tompkins said. "The vendor will give you a ticket for whatever you buy and hold it. We have staff members going around all day, collecting items and taking them to our hospitality area where, at the end of the day, you can come and present your tickets and pick everything up in one place."

This is the first year for the Fall Foliage festival.

"Our wine fest at Sno Cove celebrates the season opening of the waterpark, and this one will now celebrate the opening of the ski season," Tompkins said.


What: Sno Mountain Fall Foliage Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow

Where: Sno Mountain Ski Resort, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton.

Tickets: $15 advance available until end of day today, $25 day of event, $5 for non-drinkers.

More info: Call Upstate Wine Country at 888-474-8637.

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