Thursday, January 12, 2017

Get to know our wineries and their wines during our six annual events in 2017

Each year the wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail hold six special events to bring wine lovers together and to introduce newbies to local wine.

All events take place at our nine wineries except for Wine on the Mountain which takes place at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Hours for all events are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, and noon - 5 p.m. on Sunday, except for Wine on the Mountain which is noon - 5 p.m. both days. We hope to see you on the trail!


Vino in the Valley Passport Program
March 4 and 5, 11 and 12, 18 and 19, 25 and 26, 2017

Purchase a passport for $35 and then visit each of our wineries during the four weekends in March to enjoy food and wine pairings. (See right side column for more details.)

Spring Wine and Cheese Pairing Event
May 20 and 21, 2017

Each winery will select one of its wines to pair with the perfect cheese and will offer complimentary tastings of the pairing to wine lovers.

Wine on the Mountain
July 22 and 23, 2017

Hit the road and head to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe for this wine festival which includes wine samples from local wineries in a commemorative glass, live music, food for purchase, and local crafters and artisans selling wine-related merchandise.

Harvest Weekend
September 9 and 10, 2017

Our wineries welcome you for tastings, vineyard and winery tours, food and wine pairings, and live entertainment. They will also proudly promote the state's Pennsylvania Preferred program by partnering with producers of other Pennsylvania products.

Chambourcin Weekend
October 21 and 22, 2017

Wine lovers will be introduced to the Chambourcin wine grape, the only wine grape that is grown by all nine of our trail's wineries.

Nouveau Weekend
November 18 and 19, 2017

Our wineries debut the first wines from the new vintage, as well as other new wine releases, during the last Wine Trail event of the year.

Vino in the Valley 2017 Getaway Prize Packages

We've made a fun and exciting change to our Vino in the Valley passport event for 2017:
Instead of giving out small, individual gifts to passport holders as was done in past years, this year they will be entered to win one of 10 Lehigh Valley Getaway Packages! We've partnered with some of your favorite local inns, resorts, and bed and breakfasts to create these fabulous overnight packages in the Lehigh Valley.

(All packages/getaways are subject to availability; prize recipient is responsible for booking/scheduling all components of the package they win. Prize recipient may also be responsible for taxes and/or tips.)

HOW IT WORKS:
  1. Purchase a Vino in the Valley passport ($35) in person at one of our 9 wineries (cash or check only) or online via EventBrite.
  2. Visit at least 8 of our 9 wineries during the four weekends in March and have your passport stamped at each one while you enjoy food and wine pairings.
  3. At the last winery you visit fill out the contact information on the bottom of the passport; tear off the stub and turn it into the winery staff in order to be entered to win one of these great Lehigh Valley Getaway Packages!

Here are details on the packages that you could win:

Bear Creek Mountain Resort Getaway
Deluxe King Suite for two nights with Champagne, champagne flutes, and two pairs of slippers; breakfast delivered to your room and rose petal turndown at night
$200 Spa at Bear Creek gift card to be used toward the pampering services of your choice
$100 Grille at Bear Creek gift card for dinner

Crystal Springs Resort Getaway
Create-your-own getaway with a gift card that can be used for your choice of lodging, spa treatments, rounds of golf, and gourmet dining.

Hawk Mountain Bed & Breakfast Getaway
Two-night stay in a Jacuzzi room, plus transportation to the Blue Mountain Vineyards for a winery tour
Massage and manicure for two at Salon & Spa 309
Tickets for two to the Lehigh Valley Zoo
One-hour Allentown hot air balloon ride (shared) with end of ride celebration with champagne fruits and cheese
Dinner for two at Paese Mio
Blue Mountain Vineyards winery tour and cheese pairing for two - includes souvenir glasses

Couples Pampering Package Getaway at Glasbern Inn
Two-night stay for two at Glasbern Inn
Three-course chef-inspired dinner for two in the main dining room
Two 1-hour Swedish massages
Half-dozen chocolate covered strawberries
Chilled champagne in the room
A chef’s table breakfast for two
A breakfast for two in the main dining room
(Valid Sunday through Thursday nights only and based on availability)

Hotel Bethlehem Getaway
Two-night stay at Hotel Bethlehem in downtown Bethlehem
Dinner for two at Social Still in Southside Bethlehem

Sayre Mansion Getaway
Two-night stay at Sayre Mansion - $500 gift certificate
Friday evening dinner at Bolete - $200 gift certificate
Saturday lunch at Bamboo $50 gift certificate
Saturday evening “Picnic on the Green” at DeSales University outside theater with Wegmans $50 gift certificate (to pack picnic supper) and bottle of Galen Glen Riesling
Saturday evening tickets to Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Show at DeSales University $100 gift certificate

Glasbern Inn Getaway
Two-night stay in a deluxe room or junior suite, and dinner for two.

Shawnee Inn Getaway
Two-night stay at Shawnee Inn in the Sanctuary Suite, two breakfasts, one dinner (at River Room or Gem and Keystone), brewery tour, and beer tasting. (Includes all taxes and gratuity for two people.)

Lafayette Inn Getaway
Two-night stay for two people in a Premier Guest Room with whirlpool tub, fireplace and breakfast daily. Romance basket of treats in room.
Couples massage
Gift card for two tickets to a show of your choice at the State Theatre
Dinner for two at Maxim’s 22 restaurant

Kutztown Main Street Inn
Two-night stay at Kutztown Main Street Inn
Dinner with beer tasting and tour at Saucony Creek Brewery
Randall's on the Orchard restaurant gift card
Welcome gift basket filled with assortment of local food and beverages
$150 Uber Gift Card for Transportation

Personal tour and cellar tasting at Vynecrest with the owner

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Vino in the Valley 2017 passport program introduces wine lovers to local wineries during weekends in March

The annual Vino in the Valley passport program introduces wine lovers to locally produced wine by encouraging them to explore all nine wineries that belong to the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail during the four weekends in March 2017.

An event that has become an annual tradition for many, it takes features wine and food pairings for passport holders at each of the wine trail’s member wineries. Passports are stamped at each winery, and after visiting at least eight wineries and collecting their stamps, the passport is turned in and entered into a raffle.

New for 2017 passport holders will be entered to win one of 10 Lehigh Valley Getaway Packages at a local inn or bed and breakfast that includes accommodations for two, dining, and other amenities.

How the Vino in the Valley Passport Program works:
1.     Wine lovers purchase a passport for $35, either at one of the wine trail’s nine member wineries, or online. (Passport program participants must be age 21 or older.)
2.     During the four weekends of March (Saturdays and Sundays), participants visit the member wineries to enjoy a food and wine pairing (tasting-sized) and have their passport stamped in the corresponding winery box on the front.
3.     Once stamps are obtained from at least eight of the nine wineries, they fill out their contact information on the bottom front side of the passport before tearing it off and turning it in at the last winery they visit in order to be entered to win one of 10 Lehigh Valley Getaway Packages in the Grand Prize Drawing.

Passports are now on sale for $35 each at all nine member wineries (cash or check only), as well as online via EventBrite.com (credit card only) - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vino-in-the-valley-2017-along-the-lehigh-valley-wine-trail-tickets-29267831873. Online orders for holiday gift giving must be placed by Friday, December 16 to ensure enough time for delivery of the printed passports via First Class USPS. Only 1,800 passports are printed, so wine lovers are encouraged to purchase them early since they may sell out in advance of the event.

Visit the wine trail’s web site to review group guidelines, tips for traveling the trail, passport program rules, and other event details: www.VinointheValleyLVWT.com (Note: each winery sets its own house rules, policies and procedures.)

Lehigh Valley Wine Trail member wineries are:
  • AmorĂ© Vineyards & Winery, Nazareth
  • Big Creek Vineyard, 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


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. For more information, visit www.LehighValleyWineTrail.com.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

MAKE YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON TWINKLE BRIGHTLY WITH LOCAL SPARKLING WINE

The following Lehigh Valley Wine Trail wineries have sparkling wines for sale this holiday season. Supplies are limited, so pick yours up soon!
– Amore Vineyards, Nazareth: Strawberry Mist – $14.99
– Blue Mountain Vineyards:
Sparkling Peach – made with 100% Pennsylvania peaches and embodies the juicy fresh sweetness of a peach. $24.50
2010 Brut Reserve – made in the traditional champagne method. It is composed of Chardonnay grapes, for elegance and delicacy, and Pinot Noir grapes, for roundness and structures. Warm gold in color, abundance of delicate bubbles. Floral aromas of fruit with subtle hints of white fruits: pear, almonds, apple, and hazelnuts. Fresh opening, smooth, pleasant, creamy, and balanced. $34.50
– Clover Hill:
Sparkling Chambourcin – This bubbly embraces the beauty of Chambourcin, showcasing fruity and berry characteristics with elegant bubbles. Produced using the traditional methode champenoise, this sparkling wine is finished with just a touch of sweetness. Serve well chilled in a tall champagne flute to enhance the tiny streams of bubbles. $16.99
Sparkling Vidal Blanc – A beautiful bubbly made using methode champenoise, which indicates this wine underwent a secondary fermentation in the bottle. Sparkling Vidal has crisp flavors of lemon and grapefruit with soft, yeasty undertones. $16.99
Sparkling Cayuga White – The bubbles are a perfect complement to the fruitiness of this sparkling wine. Cayuga is full of fresh grape characteristics and a soft, smooth finish. This sparkling wine is made as a demi-sec (semi-sweet) and is a real crowd pleaser. $16.99
(Due to the limited supply, there is a $3 tasting fee per each sparkling wine.)
– Franklin Hill Vineyards:
Midnight Rush – $6 a can or $20 for a 4-pack of cans.
– Galen Glen:
Quartz, Stone Cellar 2014 $17.99 – Brut made from Vidal blanc grapes.
Gruner Veltliner, Stone Cellar 2014 – $19.99 – brut natural made from Gruner Veltliner. Both are methode champenoise. The Quartz is brut (or dry) and the GV is brut natural (or brut zero/ bone dry).
– Pinnacle Ridge:
Cuvee Chardonnay – $19.99
Brut Rose – $17.99
Blanc de Blanc – $15.99

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

TASTE THE FIRST WINES OF THE 2016 VINTAGE DURING NOUVEAU WEEKEND

The nine wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will debut their first wines from the 2016 vintage, along with other new wine releases, during Nouveau Weekend on November 19 and 20. It is the final Wine Trail event of the year.
Traditional nouveau wines are bottled very young, with limited barrel aging, and are light, fruity and semi-dry to dry red wines. The wine trail event is based on a tradition started in France and continued each year in which nouveau wines are released the third Thursday of November.
Each winery will feature its own activities including live music, food and wine pairings, vineyard tours, hayrides, food trucks, and more. Event hours at all of the wineries are Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m. Nouveau Weekend is a free event, however some wineries charge for wine tastings. Wine lovers can also take advantage of the event weekend to purchase wine to give as holiday gifts or to complement holiday meals.
Passports for the March 2017 Vino in the Valley event go on sale that weekend at the member wineries (cash or check only) as well as online via EventBrite.com (credit card only). Passports are $35 each. Only 1,800 passports are printed, so wine lovers are encouraged to purchase them early since they may sell out in advance of the event. More information can be found online:www.VinointheValleyLVWT.com
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. For more information on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail, visit www.LehighValleyWineTrail.com.

NOUVEAU WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS
Amore – will have a new wine release called Cabaret Dolce paired with chocolate brownies.
Big Creek – will release Joi, a semi-dry Moscato, for Nouveau Weekend and the holiday season.
Blue Mountain Vineyards is releasing their 2016 Nouveau Beaujolais, produced from Gamay grapes grown in their vineyards. They are pairing their Nouveau with a ham and green bean soup from The Culinary Experience. In addition, they are offering complimentary live entertainment on Saturday with the Angela Evans Duo from 1-5pm. On Sunday, Christine & Company is performing live for Sunday Blues from 2-5pm. $5 admission includes wine tasting. Reservations are preferred and can be made online – www.bluemountainwine.com/sunday_blues
Clover Hill – Each year Clover Hill celebrates Nouveau Weekend with the release of their newest dessert wine. This year it is Strawberry Pinot Grigio, a sweet but light and fruity dessert wine. This wine is a limited release.
Franklin Hill – Their 2016 Seyval Blanc will be released for Nouveau Weekend. Its subtle hint of honey and crisp taste will be paired with butternut squash soup prepared by Social Still. Local vendors will be onsite all weekend. Hayrides through the vineyard will be offered at 1 & 2 pm. Hayrides include a mug of mulled wine for $15 per person. Kids ride free.
Galen Glen – Taste a spoonful of turkey taco soup with one of their aromatic white wines. The soup recipe will be posted to their website.
Pinnacle Ridge – “Growlers of Gruner and Gemutlichkeit!”
Experience the autumnal warmth and good cheer of an Austrian winemaker’s tavern (a “Heuriger”), with help from Kornfeind’s Market. The winery will convert its barn into a rustic Alpine restaurant where Kornfeind’s will supply the platters of Bratwurst and Knackwurst, and the winery will sell 32 oz. growlers of Gruner Veltliner – a citrusy, Austrian-style white wine. This wine, made from the fall harvest, comes straight from the tank. It is young, spritzy, and a good harbinger of what the rest of the vintage will soon bring. Free pairings will be available, as well as full-sized platters for sale.
Tolino – This weekend they will release new vintages of Papa’s Red, Vidal Blanc, and Cabernet Franc. There will be live music by Matt Wheeler on Saturday and Erin McClelland on Sunday. The Aioli Food Truck on Saturday and Blendlife Food Truck on Sunday will be onsite selling food to pair with wine. Walking tours of the vineyard will be offered at 2 and 4 pm.
Vynecrest – Vynecrest Winery will partner with Cibo food truck all weekend and will offer complementary tastings of the 2016 Nouveau Beaujolais, the first wine to be released from the 2016 vintage, with bite-sized slices of homemade white pizza with fresh spinach, ricotta cheese, sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella by Domenico Buonsante.