Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wine and Chocolate Lovers Weekend at Galen Glen in February


Galen Glen Winery has partnered with Chocolatier Steve Evans of Lancaster to create two exciting new chocolate truffles made from their award-winning wines.

In February, visitors to the winery will have the opportunity to purchase a pairing featuring these delectable treats. The truffles will be part of what the winery is calling "The Triple Treat." For $3 visitors may purchase a pairing of 3 oz. of wine plus three mouth-watering truffles.

One of the three truffles is a Dark Chocolate Chambourcin, made with wine of the same name.  The next is a Zweigelt Salted Caramel infused with Galen Glen's Zweigelt, an Austrian grape they grow in Andreas. Finally, the third amazing truffle is Winemaker Sarah Troxell's favorite, the Double-Dark. Truffles will also be available in a half-pound box for purchase.


At Galen Glen, we farm wine. Ancient glacial soils atop millions of years old sea fossils form our topography. The land was patiently waiting for us, yielding only scrawny crops for our ancestors. As 6th generation stewards of our farm, we sustainably and respectfully balance nature and science. Our wines reflect a delicate tension of acid and ripeness, punctuated by a powerful sense of location.


Recipes and Pairings - Our Featured Stone Cellar Chambourcin Recipe
Beef & Brisket Chili 
Winner 2015 Galen Glen Chili Cook Off
Chef: Brian Eagers

Monday, February 1, 2016

Clover Hill introduces Ruby Port and plans Love Flights for Valentine's Day Weekend

We are excited to share with you our newest wine release: Ruby. This little gem is our first ever port wine modeled after the Ruby Port style. There are numerous different styles of port, but Ruby Port is one of the more common styles. A Ruby Port is produced as a young style port with more fruit forward and vibrant flavors. It tends to have a bright ruby color. Ruby Ports are only fermented in stainless steel tanks and are never sent to barrels for aging.

Ruby is Clover Hill’s first port ever released. Ruby is crafted from 100% Chambourcin grapes. We selected the Chambourcin grape to use for this wine mainly for its brilliant color and intense berry flavors. The grapes were fermented down to a point where approximately half of the sugar was consumed by the yeast and then we added back the high proof alcohol to stop the fermentation.

Clover Hill’s Ruby is a very fruit forward dessert wine, showing rich, ripe berry and jammy flavors and ends with a sweet, warm and soothing finish. Ruby is a perfect after dinner wine or best sipped on a cold winter’s night. We suggest serving this wine in a smaller cordial style glass at room temperature or with a slight chill. Only 574 bottles of Ruby were produced. Due to the limited availability of this wine there is a tasting fee of $3 per 1 ounce sample.

Wine of the Month - Catawba
For the month of February, Catawba is discounted 10% at all Clover Hill locations. Receive a 20% discount on Catawba when included in a case purchase.

Savor the sweet, grapey, and candied flavors of this wine.  Don't forget to sniff first to best enjoy the sweet grapey aroma. Now only $8.54.

Love Flights
February 13, 14, 15 & 16; noon - 5 pm all days
Tickets required: $10 per person; $8 per flight for seniors

The Winery in Breinigsville will host our annual Love Flights as a Valentine's Day celebration. Each flight will include for wines each paired with a sampling of food. There will be a dry wine flight and a sweet wine flight.

Beginner Wine Tasting Class
The Winery in Breinigsville
Saturday, February 20; 2pm
Tickets required: $25 per person

Join us in a beginner wine tasting class. This 1 ½ hour long class will teach you the basics of wine tasting, give you tips on wine and food pairing, and help to answer any wine questions you may have. This class is limited in seats. You must be 21+ years old to attend. Call 610-395-2468 or visit the winery to reserve your ticket. Classes typically sell out in advance so make your reservation now.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

2016 Vino in the Valley March Passport Event - food and wine pairings

Amore -

Week 1 – Three Cheese Meat Lasagna – Cabaret Amore
Week 2 – Italian Wedding Soup – Vidal Blanc
Week 3 – Grilled Italian Chicken in a Vodka Sauce over cavatelli pasta – Cayuga
Week 4 – Chicken medallions and pasta florentine, roasted red peppers, artichokes, and mushrooms in a lite garlic wine sauce – Chambourcin

Big Creek - will offer “Cuban Sopa de Frijoles Negros” paired with our Dry White Seyval.

Blue Mountain -
Week 1: Italian Pulled Pork made by Giovanni’s Gourmet Italian Catering paired with 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

Week 2: Penne Pasta in White Wine Sauce w/Goat Cheese & Cranberries made by Fenstermacher Catering paired with 2012 Chardonnay

Week 3 – Red Wine Pumpkin Chili paired with 2014 Chambourcin

Week 4 – Mushroom and Blue Cheese Napoleons paired with 2010 Merlot

Clover Hill - Featuring food from the newly renovated K-Town Pub Taphouse & BBQ who specializes in authentic Southern style BBQ.

Weeks 1 & 2
Duo of tacos with a side of homestyle mac & cheese. We will also be serving signature sangria.
Pinot Grigio paired with Brisket Taco ~ Texas-Style smoked beef brisket served on a flour tortilla with shredded lettuce, Pico de Gallo and Cotija cheese.
Chardonnay paired with Pulled Pork Taco ~ Smoked and pulled port shoulder served on a flour tortilla with a mustard-vinegar BBQ sauce and apple slaw.

Weeks 3 & 4     
Duo of sliders with a side of homestyle mac & cheese. We will also be serving signature sangria.
Turtle Rock Red paired with a Turkey Slider ~ Smoked Turkey, sage aioli, cornbread stuffing, cranberry BBQ sauce on a brioche slide.
Oak Vidal Blanc paired with a smoked meatball, red wine BBQ sauce, onion marmalade, asiago, on a brioche slider. 

Franklin Hill -

Week 1 – Gourmet Crab Mac & Cheese paired with Seyval Blanc
Week 2 – Mini Short Rib Cheese Steaks paired with Evanswood
Week 3 – Seafood Chowder with Oyster Crackers paired with White Jade
Week 4 – Cashew Chicken Salad Croissant Sliders paired with Catawba

Galen Glen - will be sharing its enthusiasm for wine, food and conversation with guests.
Inspiration ~ The Dolomites, fusion of German & Italian cultures, where the land has changed hands countless times over the centuries
Suppe/Zuppa ~ Cream of Horseradish & Potato, hearty fare fit for a winter day
Wine ~ Gewurztraminer, born in this region of Northeast Italy circa 1000AD

Pinnacle Ridge - American Classics theme

Week 1 – Louisiana Classic – Jambalaya (vegetables, rice with sausage and other meats) paired with our 2015 Dry Vidal or 2014 Vidal Blanc.

Week 2 – pulled pork slider with our 2013 Chambourcin and 2014 Quaff.

Week 3 – Senate Bean Soup - a soup that has been offered in the Senate dining room daily since the early 1900s - paired with 2014 Chardonnay or 2015 Cayuga.

Week 4 – Mac and Cheese paired with 2014 Merlot or 2014 Quaff

Tolino - will have a taste of some of the best Lehigh Valley Food Trucks.

March 5 and 6 - pairing Papa’s Red with hummus, baba ghanoush or gibna beyda, (marinated eggplant) served with homemade pita chips made by the Taza Truck

March 12 and 13 - pairing Pinot Grigio with mini pierogies with bacon and cheese made by the Aioli Food Truck

March 19 and 20 - pairing white blend, Lilly, paired with Taza’s falafel bites with tahini sauce

March 26 - lemon bars from Trixies Treats Food Truck paired with Sunnyside, a sweet red

Free live music will be available on Saturdays: Robin and Jim on 3/5; Chris Cummings Jazz Trio on 3/12; Chuck Schubert on 3/19; and George Baier on 3/26. Also on Saturday, 3/26 the winery will welcome the Easter Bunny in a helicopter from noon  until 2 p.m. for pictures (weather permitting).

Vynecrest -

Week 1

Vynecrest will be working with the local food truck Stuffed to the Grills who will be featuring their Brie Bites with our 2014 semi-sweet Riesling. The Brie Bites are puff pastry wrapped brie, deep fried and drizzled with a raspberry sauce and powdered sugar which pairs exceptionally with the acid and slight sweetness of our Riesling.  The Stuffed to the Grills food truck will be on site all weekend as well with a full array of menu items for sale for passport holders and non-passport holders alike.

Week 2

Vynecrest will be working with the BOB-B-Q Food Truck who will be featuring their Pulled Pork with our 2014 Lemberger.  Bob's pulled pork is smoked 14 hours and rubbed in his "World famous seasonings" and even promises to have some Vynecrest Lemberger in the recipe.  The BOB-B-Q food truck will be on site all weekend as well with a full array of menu items for sale for passport holders and non-passport holders alike.

Week 3

Vynecrest will be working with the local food truck Stuffed to the Grills who will be featuring their Brie Bites with our 2014 semi-sweet Riesling. The Brie Bites are puff pastry wrapped brie, deep fried and drizzled with a raspberry sauce and powdered sugar which pairs exceptionally with the acid and slight sweetness of our Riesling.  The Stuffed to the Grills food truck will be on site all weekend as well with a full array of menu items for sale for passport holders and non-passport holders alike.

Week 4

Vynecrest will be working with the BOB-B-Q Food Truck who will be featuring their Slow Roasted Chicken with our 2014 Traminette.  Bob's chicken will brined in our Traminette and cooked "slow" and "low".  The BOB-B-Q food truck will be on site all weekend as well with a full array of menu items for sale for passport holders and non-passport holders alike.




Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2016 Annual Lehigh Valley Wine Trail events

The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail has announced the following 2016 schedule of events.
All events are free except for Wine on the Mountain and the Vino in the Valley Passport Program, which require the purchase of a ticket and an event passport, respectively.
Event hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon – 5 p.m.
For more details on each of these annual events visit: http://lehighvalleywinetrail.com/category/event/ 

Vino in the Valley – March 5 and 6, 12 and 13, 19 and 20, 26* (*Please note: Our wineries will be closed on Sunday, March 27 for the Easter holiday.) – Customers purchase a $35 passport for access to wine and tasting-sized food pairings at each winery during the four weekends of March. Passports are stamped during each visit and are entered into a drawing for 30 $25 wine trail gift certificates. Passport holders also receive a wine trail t-shirt as this year’s gift. Passports are currently on sale at member wineries and online via Eventbrite.

Spring Wine and Cheese Event – May 21 and 22– Taking place mid-spring, this event has a “Wine and; Cheese from Around the World” theme. Each winery will select one of its wines to pair with the perfect cheese from a different country and will offer complimentary tastings of the pairing to wine lovers who will explore how the texture, acidity, fat and tannin compliment or contrast each other. Guests will also learn tips to help them skillfully develop their own pairings.

Wine on the Mountain – July 23 and 24 - Held at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, this wine festival includes wine sampling, local artisans displaying their arts and crafts, light fare available for purchase, and live entertainment. Tickets are required for this event and can be purchased in advanced at each winery or online starting in April, as well as at the door the days of the event.

Harvest Weekend: The Butcher, The Baker and The Winemaker – September 10 and 11 –The wineries proudly promote the state’s “Pennsylvania Preferred” program by partnering with manufacturers of other Pennsylvania products to showcase their high level of quality. Wine pairings, vineyard tours, food, music and other special activities are featured.

Chambourcin Weekend – October 15 and 16 - Taking place after the harvest is over, this event celebrates the Lehigh Valley’s beloved wine grape, the Chambourcin. It is the only wine grape grown by all nine of our member wineries. In the greater Lehigh Valley, there are more than 40 acres of Chambourcin, which ferment into 150,000 bottles of wine. Chambourcin is very versatile, and the wineries craft it into several styles of wine including nouveau, rosé, semi-sweet, sweet, dry barrel aged, sparkling and port.

Nouveau Weekend – November 19 and 20 - This is the earliest chance to sample the first wines from the new vintage. It’s also an opportunity to purchase wines for the upcoming holiday season to give as gifts or to drink at dinner. 2017 Vino in the Valley passports go on sale this weekend.

The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is a non-profit organization of wineries whose mission is to promote agri-tourism and to create a premiere wine destination and grape growing region while promoting Pennsylvania wines from the region.

Members include:
Amoré Vineyards & Winery, Nazareth
Big Creek Vineyard and Winery, Kresgeville
Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli
Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery, Breinigsville
Franklin Hill Vineyards, Bangor
Galen Glen Vineyard & Winery, Andreas
Pinnacle Ridge, Kutztown
Tolino Vineyards, Bangor
Vynecrest Winery, Breinigsville

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Join Blue Mountain Vineyards’ all new Connoisseur's Club


The Connoisseurs Club is a fresh take on our popular wine club. Every three months a special selection of our wines (curated by the winemaker Joe Greff, will be selected and shipped directly to you.

Save up to 25% per bottle with discounted shipping. It is the easiest way to keep your cellar stocked or show that special someone how much you care.

Treat your loved ones to a wonderful gift that keeps on giving, and treat yourself while you are at it! Learn more here.




Sunday Blues

Join us every Sunday for music, fun and of course wine! You're welcome to bring snacks. Alcohol, other than Blue Mountain Vineyards wine, is not allowed.

Visit the link below to order tickets and see videos of the performers.

Admission: $5 per person, includes wine tasting (non-refundable).
Payment is due at time of reservation. Purchase tickets online here.

January 24 - Lilli & Winston
January 31 - Jake Kaligis and Mike Rauscher