Gary Eberle’s Funky Truck

December 20, 2008 at 8:00 am 4 comments

img00032-eberle-truckMy friend Elaine Keller ’68, who is rapidly becoming my top source of blog fodder, passes along this photo from friends who are currently vacationing in California’s wine country. One of the spots they visited is a respected winery owned by former Penn State football player Gary Eberle ’67. The friends report:

“We are in Paso Robles heading into our third winery—Eberle—and see this funky truck painted blue and white with ‘Penn State Forever’ painted on the front. After a few glasses of wine, Gary Eberle comes out from back and we start asking him about the truck. He played defensive tackle for Papa Joe, and is going to the Rose Bowl. We had to buy a few bottles of vino from him!!!”

As a side note, you may remember that The Penn Stater won the Sibley Award as the best alumni magazine in the country in 2007. It’s customary for the editor of the Sibley-winning magazine to send a bottle of wine to the editor of the following year’s Sibley winner, so when the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine won the 2008 Sibley, I sent editor Sean Plottner a bottle of 2007 Estate Chardonnay from the Eberle winery. Sean reported that it was excellent.

Tina Hay, editor

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  • 1. George Barnhill '64  |  April 15, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    A great story! I’m very much looking forward to meeting Gary this week April 17th at his wine tasting in Ft. Lauderdale,Fl. & probably bring along my friend Fred Lewis ’76. I have no doubt we will also purchase a few bottles. Thanks for the info.

  • 2. Tina Hay  |  April 16, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    George — Please give us a report after you go to the event! –Tina Hay

  • 3. George Barnhill '64  |  April 22, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Tina, I am happy to report that the Eberle wine tasting event was a success. Many Penn Staters showed up to tast & gulp from the many varieties available. The warehouse was packed as we lined up to get our samples from Richard Verity the “Fine Wine Specialist”.The owner of Wine Warehouse of Ft. Lauderdale , Felipe Villaveces, assured us that there are free wine tastings each week! Also present and in good form was our own chapter president Dave West who was spreading the word on upcoming chapter events, particularly our next annual golf tournament in June. The only negative to this event is that Dave Eberle himself was not in attendance. Maybe next time Tina you could join us as we of the Ft. Lauderdale chapter would love to see you. For The Glory, George Barnhill ’64.

  • 4. Taste Good Wines, Help a Good Cause « The Penn Stater  |  October 8, 2009 at 10:59 am

    […] some made by winemakers with Penn State connections. You might remember Gary Eberle ’66 from our previous post about his truck; his Eberle Winery in Paso Robles, Calif., will be represented. So will Tom Coyne […]

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