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From the Magazine: Gary Eberle Endures

Gary Eberle’s name had been floating around the Penn Stater office for years before we finally got around to writing about him. We knew that Eberle ’67 was a former Nittany Lion football player who had gone on to become a successful California winemaker, and we’d occasionally talk about whether he might make a good feature for the magazine. But for all sorts of reasons, we never got around to it.

If you’ve seen our March/April issue, you know we finally got around to it. What changed: A little more than three years ago, Eberle was blindsided by what amounted to a hostile takeover of his namesake winery. It took 18 frustrating months before he and his wife, Marcy, finally reclaimed their business—an incredibly difficult experience for them that also made them a much more compelling story for us.

We’re glad to report it has a happy ending: Back under Gary and Marcy’s leadership, Eberle Winery is thriving. You can read about it here.

Ryan Jones, deputy editor


March 13, 2017 at 3:13 pm Leave a comment

Inside Our March/April 2017 Issue

ma17_coverGot a case of the winter blahs? Blue-White weekend can’t get here fast enough? Our latest issue might just have the cure for what ails you: Saquon Barkley coming right off the cover! Our March/April 2017 issue features a look back at an incredible season of Nittany Lion football highlighted by comebacks, big plays, and big players—like Barkley—who took fans on a wild ride to the Big Ten championship and the Rose Bowl. The photo spread begins on p. 26.

The new issue, arriving in mailboxes soon, also features comics, but it’s probably not what you think. In “Truth Between the Lines” (p. 37), we take you into the classroom at Penn State Hershey, where fourth-year med students reflect on the experience of becoming a doctor through an unusual practice—writing and drawing their own graphic narratives. You’ll find some of their work on our pages, too.

And you’ll get a glimpse into the life of Gary Eberle ’67, who turned a passion for wine into his life’s work, only to have his thriving California winery snatched away—before ultimately getting it back. “The Boar Endures” (p. 44) is a story of perseverance and the importance of savoring success.

More from the issue: a profile on Alex Patin, a Penn State junior who has developed a set of headphones that can read brainwaves to create playlists that match your mood; and John Hanrahan ’91, an All-American wrestler during the 1980s who’s still at it today—and recently won a world championship.

What do you think about the new issue? Let us know by commenting below or emailing us at

B.J. Reyes, associate editor

February 21, 2017 at 3:03 pm 2 comments

Gary Eberle Brings His California Wines to Happy Valley

Gary Eberle ’67 and his wine are coming home for homecoming. Eberle is bringing some of his best stuff across the country from his Paso Robles, Calif., winery this week for a winemaker’s dinner at the Nittany Lion Inn. The festivities—which earned a mention in The Wall Street Journal the other day—kick off Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. If you’re on Facebook, you can check out this link for more info.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

October 13, 2009 at 4:30 pm 1 comment

Taste Good Wines, Help a Good Cause

Eberle_logoIf you’re coming to town and need something to do the day after Saturday’s game against Eastern Illinois, look no further than the WPSU Wine Celebration, from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at what I like to think of as the “other” Penn Stater, the conference center. There’s even a special room rate for anyone who wants to stay Sunday night.

Quest_wine_lableYou’ll be able to taste wines from around the world and 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 ’63, who runs the Thomas Coyne Winery in Livermore, Calif. Ted Liberti ’92, one of the event’s coordinators, reminds me that the winemaker we featured in our January/February issue, Doug Moorhead ’56 of Presque Isle Wine Cellars in Erie, Pa., will also have wines to try. There will also be silent and live auctions, the latter from 4-5 p.m., so if you bid right, you could take home a really nice bottle of wine. Or two.

Admission is $55 in advance, $65 at the door, and the proceeds are going to a really good cause: public broadcasting. WPSU’s funding has been cut, and recently it was forced to lay off eight employees. In these economic times, every little bit matters, and it’s definitely a good feeling to have fun while you’re helping a good cause.

Just be careful driving home, of course.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

October 8, 2009 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

Gary Eberle’s Funky Truck

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

December 20, 2008 at 8:00 am 4 comments

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