CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Wine lovers across 30 counties in Pennsylvania together lifted their glasses for the Great Pennsylvania Wine Toast on Saturday, attempting to break the Guinness world record for the largest wine tasting ever conducted.
Tuscarora Mountain Winery in Chambersburg was filled with about 120 wine tasters helping Pennsylvania's attempt to beat the world record of 17,540 tasters set by more than 400 pubs in the United Kingdom in 2009.
The event also was a salute to a record-setting year for the state's wine industry, according to the Pennsylvania Winery Association.
Race car driver Mario Andretti, a lifelong Pennsylvanian and wine lover, served as toastmaster, leading all locations in a simultaneous toast via video.
"Cheers" was the cry as participants lifted their complimentary glass of wine to conclude Andretti's toast at precisely 4:15 p.m.
Tina Flohr, who handles public relations for Tuscarora Mountain Winery, which is owned by her family, said the official word on whether the world record was set probably won't be announced until Monday so the winery association can tally the number of toasters at more than 60 participating wineries across the state.