Thursday, May 26, 2016

Get to know... Becky at Tolino Vineyards


1. Which winery do you work for and how long have you worked there?

I have worked at Tolino Vineyards since 2012. I began working in the vineyard as a summer job and have worked in the tasting room for the past two years.

2. What is your favorite wine that your winery makes and why? What do you like to pair it with?

My favorite wine is the 2014 Lilly, which is a blend of our sweeter Vidal Blanc and drier Pinot Grigio. It is a light and refreshing wine which pairs perfectly with a variety of seafood.

3. What is the most popular question you get asked by visitors about Lehigh Valley wine or wineries, and how do you answer it?

Customers commonly ask whether we grow our own grapes or add anything to our wines. Many customers read the description of the wines and assume that the notes are what we add to our wine. I explain that we grow our own grapes and that the notes describe the natural flavor of the grapes used to make that particular wine, which is weather dependent.

4. What do you like most about local, Lehigh Valley wine and wineries?

The wineries are family oriented, which makes customers feel like family when they visit. Following the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is also a great way to support local agriculture and as consumers, you know where your grapes are being grown to product the wine you are bringing home to share with your loved ones.

5. What is the one piece of advice you offer to wine lovers traveling along the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail?

Each winery offers a unique variety of wines, so it is important to have an open mind when wine tasting since you never know what you might enjoy.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Get to know... Virgil Cardamone from Blue Mountain Vineyards

1. Which winery do you work for and how long have you worked there?

I have had the honor of representing Blue Mountain Vineyards for the last five years. I've been blessed with the opportunity to work alongside Joe, a master of his craft. My passion for this Vineyard has grown beyond a profession and lifestyle - it's become my heart and home.

2. What is your favorite wine that your winery makes, and why? What do you like to pair it with?

Our Petite Syrah and Shiraz are my personal favorites. The characteristic burst of fruit up front and velvety texture make it a perfect pairing with pastas and Italian food.

3. What is the most popular question you get asked by visitors about Lehigh Valley wine or wineries, and how do you answer it?

Whenever I'm in the field, customers are always curious about visiting the tasting room. They are always pleased to hear that they can visit our location in New Tripoli seven days a week. I always advise them to book a table for our weekly Sunday Blues Music and other annual events that are a staple at Blue Mountain.

4. What do you like most about local, Lehigh Valley wine and wineries?

I love the familial appeal of this industry. We are not only representing and promoting the craft of winemaking in the Lehigh Valley, but pushing the importance of our local agriculture. These are home-grown, family-owned vineyards that carry years of labor and love in our acres.

5. What is the one piece of advice you offer to wine lovers traveling along the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail?

I always advise that you take advantage of the variety. The beauty of the wine trial, and wine industry in general, is the vast options and ever changing choices for the palate. With nine beautiful wineries, the Lehigh Valley will certainly be a memorable and enjoyable experience for any wine lover.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pinnacle Ridge kicks off Open House Concert Series this weekend

Late Harvest Vidal Blanc is coming back!
Everyone's been asking for it and soon we will be doing a grand release of our Late Harvest Vidal Blanc. Keep your eye on our Facebook page.

This is a delectable dessert wine with fresh notes of honey and pear. Sip it after dinner, or drizzle it over something sweet!

The New Chambourcin Reserve is back too!
Everyone's favorite Pennsylvania red is back. It's been aging in the barrel for over a year, and recently made its grand appearance. 2013 Chambourcin Reserve is a deep, earthy red with a nice bouquet of spice that it picked up from our Hungarian oak barrels. Pair this wine with a hearty steak dinner.

Open House Concert Series - Brosky and Meyer Trio​
Saturday, May 21 - 2 - 5 pm

This is a group of seasoned veterans of the local music scene, who never fail to bring the roof down with their infectious blend of Americana, folk, and blues sounds.

Open House Concert Series - Dave Fields
Saturday, May 28 - 2-5 pm

Dave Fields is a guitarist who hails from NYC. He specializes in a rip-roaring take on classic blues, with some searing rock n roll thrown into the mix. Together with a three-piece band, he is ready to bring his gritty, soulful sound to Pinnacle Ridge.

Pinnacle Ridge welcomes Stuffed to the Grills food truck

On May 21, Stuffed to the Grills of Allentown will be joining us for a day of rock n roll, wine, and their unique brand of gourmet sandwiches. They offer three styles:

- Plain, with traditional toppings
- Pittsburgh, with French fries, slaw, and tomato
- Cannon's style, topped with potato chips

Come out and sample their savory spin on all-American food.

Pinnacle Ridge Welcomes the Bob-B-Q Food Truck

Get ready for a real Lehigh Valley Treat! The Bob-B-Q food truck specializes in gourmet sliders and are famous for their special smoky sauce, as well as their passion for bringing you a slow-cooked, perfectly-prepared BBQ experience. They will be here on the afternoon of Saturday, May 28 for the Dave Fields concert.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Get to know... Janet Gaston of Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery

1.Which winery do you work for and how long have you worked there?

I have been working for Clover Hill Vineyards and Winery since March of 2008.  I work at the winery in Breinigsville and manage the Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market wine shoppe.

2. What is your favorite wine that your winery makes, and why? What do you like to pair it with?

1. My current favorite at Clover Hill is the 2014 Chardonnay. It has a vibrant green apple fruitiness that is delicious, followed by a buttery oak finish. It pairs nicely with an Oriental chicken slaw, a mild curry dish, or veggie based salads with lots of avocado.
 
3.What is the most popular question you get asked by visitors about Lehigh Valley wine or wineries, and how do you answer it?
         
People often have lots of questions about the area growing season. Even locals are unsure and curious about the timeline. I tell them bud break usually occurs late-April or early-May, followed by flowering and at last fruit. By late-August or early-September our wine maker will keep a close eye on the sugar content of the many grape varietal grown. As each reaches a level he sees fit, they are hand picked. It's usually a six week effort at Clover Hill as there are four vineyards in the Lehigh Valley and two in Berks County.        

4. What do you like most about local, Lehigh Valley wine and wineries?

One of my favorite things about wineries in the Lehigh Valley is the special attention given to the Chambourcin grape. The fact that most wineries are producing a Chambourcin wine is fun. You are able to visit and try everyone’s unique style of wine making.

5. What is the one piece of advice you offer to wine lovers traveling along the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail?

Weekends are a fun time to visit wineries. Lots of people are out enjoying the trail. Keep in mind, many wineries have weekday hours as well so you can enjoy a quieter tasting experience if you prefer.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Vynecrest announces new wine releases, May specials, and springtime events


The buds are out on the vines and another acre is planted, we are ready for the 2016 growing season! We have a little bit of everything this month: live music, food trucks, yoga in the vineyard and more.

We are also excited to announce Vynecrest will be the official winery of the Lehigh Valley Food Truck Festival held at Coca-Cola Park this Saturday, May 14.

New Releases 
#37 - In celebration or our 37th harvest we have produced this wine which reverts back to our roots. Cabernet Franc has been a staple in our vineyard for over 20 years. In 2014 it took the lead and is a perfect demonstration of what a cool climate red wine should taste like. Complimented by Merlot, Chambourcin and Lemberger. $23.99

2014 Chardonnay - aged on french oak for 9 months, comes right after you with intense aromas and notes of butterscotch and vanilla. $14.99

May Specials 
* Wine of the Month - Traminette, 10% off
* 3 Pack of the Month - 3 Autumn Gold for $25

available at winery only, 3 pack cannot be combined with other offers.

Upcoming Events

May 14 - Live Music in the Vyneskeller

Steve Myers on the Baby Grand Piano; 1-4 pm, free admission

May 14 - Lehigh Valley Food Truck Festival

Join us at the stadium. Vynecrest is the official winery for the first annual Food Truck Festival at Coca-Cola Park.

May 15 - Yoga in the Vineyard

Barre 3 Yoga Studio in Allentown will be conducting a yoga class in the vineyard at 10 am (rain date: May 22) for free. Bring your own yoga mat. Come in afterward for a free wine tasting. Contact Barre 3 to sign up: 610-841-8200

May 21 and 22 - Lehigh Valley Wine Trail Wine and Cheese Pairing Event

This event features the pairing of cheeses with local wines at each of our nine member wineries. Each winery will select one of its fine wines to pair with the perfect cheese 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. Cheeses will be offered for sale so that guests can recreate the wine and cheese pairings at home.

Event hours are Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m.

May 28 - Summer Kick-Off Party

The Füd Truck will be here from 11 am-5 pm with a special menu including "The Lemberger". Ryan Peters on guitar in the Vyneskeller from 1-4pm

May 29 - Jazz Sunday and Vineyard Tour

Live Jazz in the Vyneskeller from 1 - 4 pm. Free admission. Winemaker's tour of the vineyard at 1 pm for $5 per person. Reservations suggested: 610-398-7525.


June 4 - 4th Annual Spring Fling Event with Clover Hill Winery

Saturday June 4 noon-5pm. $12 per person. Go to both Vynecrest and Clover Hill wineries (2 miles apart) and receive at both a glass of sangria, a cheese and wine pairing, and a dessert and wine pairing. Plus 10% off your purchases at both wineries that day. Come with friends. It's a great way to spend a lovely spring afternoon.

June 11 - Taste of Kutztown

Saturday from noon-5pm taste wines from 15 wineries, beers from 10+ breweries with live music, food, and more.