Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mother's Day along the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail

Here is what our wineries have planned for Mother's Day Weekend, May 13 & 14:

Galen Glen
We toast all ladies with a complimentary wine tasting and a Galen Glen tasting glass. Also, Grab a snack from Buy the Farm – Specializing in homemade dips, salsas, hummus and our winemaker’s favorite – homemade pita chips, Aaron and Marisa also bring locally sourced surprises like sandwiches and baked goods.
Saturday — 11am – 5pm
Sunday — Noon – 5pm

Mimosas and Music at Vynecrest
$3 Mimosas both Saturday and Sunday for Mother’s Day and Mike Spangler playing the baby grand piano in the Vyneskeller on Saturday from 1-4 pm.

Blue Mountain
It’s Mother’s Day and what better way to say “Thanks Mom” or “I Love You Mom” than with Mimosas and a cheese and fruit plate. Available at the Vineyard in New Tripoli from 11 am - 6 pm on Mother’s Day. No reservations required. Plus, Sunday Blues from 2 - 5 p.m, $5 per person, includes wine tasting.

Special at Clover Hill
May 14 – noon-4 pm
It’s Mom’s Day and what better way to say “Thanks Mom” or “I Love You Mom” than with a glass of wine and a bottle to take home. Join us at the Winery in Breinigsville for discounted wine by the glass specials from noon to 4 pm.

Cupcake Pairing – Tolino
Celebrate the moms in your life with a a wine tasting and gourmet cupcake pairing. We will be offering pink berry slushies and live music on Saturday and Sunday. Cupcake pairing is $8 for 6 tastes, souvenir glass, and cupcake. No purchase in advance required.

MAMAste YOGA with Jackie at Tolino
10:30 am special yoga flow in the vineyard guided by Jacki Squarcia of Om-azing yoga followed by brunch, a cupcake pairing, wine tasting and souvenir wine glass and live entertainment. Bring your own mat. Call us at 610.588.9463 with questions.

Yoga in the Vineyard – Franklin Hill
As always our Yoga in the Vineyard Series kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 14. We’re honored to welcome back Silver Kim to lead us in an hour of rejuvenating and relaxing poses. Your ticket includes your practice, a glass of sangria and a light buffet style brunch.Full of Crepe’s food truck will also be here offering both sweet and savory crepe options that you’re sure to love. $25 per person

Pinnacle Ridge 2017 Open House Concert Series – Scott Marshall & the Hillbilly Souls
This summer, we’re going to have a ton of fun music in our rustic Bank Barn! We have a stage, tables and chairs, a bar, food trucks, and a crowd that’s always ready to dance it up. No reservations required. Please – no outside alcoholic beverages are allowed. We will have locally produced beer and cocktails made from locally distilled spirits. We will also have non-alcoholic beverages for sale.
FOOD TRUCK: Stuffed to the Grills

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Spring Wine & Cheese Pairing weekend details announced


Taking place mid-spring, the Spring Wine & Cheese Pairing Weekend 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.

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

(While the wine and cheese pairing samples at each winery are complimentary (limit one per person, per winery), most of our member wineries charge a fee for wine tastings. So be sure to ask what the tasting policy is when you arrive at each winery, or consult their respective winery page on this site.)

WINE & CHEESE PAIRINGS

Amore will serve a variety of Italian cheeses paired with wines appropriate to the nature of the cheese and the customer’s palate.

Big Creek will introduce its wine by the glass program and for the epicurious, an augmented cheese plate.

Blue Mountain will feature Strawberry and Goat Cheese Bruschetta paired with their 2015 Riesling (dry) or their 2015 Vignoles (Semi-Sweet). Cheese and wine will be available for purchase.

Clover Hill will feature Riesling paired with a Vermont Maple Sriracha Windsordale cheese, and Turtle Rock Red paired with Drunken Goat cheese.

Franklin Hill – will offer Cheddar, Bacon, and Bourbon Fondue served with pretzel bites prepared by our sister company, Social Still. They’ll pair it with White Jade, which was recently awarded the Best Dry White Wine at the Pennsylvania Wine Association Competition. For sweet drinkers they’ll offer Vidal Blanc as a pairing. Local vendors and specialty cocktails will also be available.

Galen Glen will feature its decadent Cannoli Dip (made with ricotta and cream cheese – recipe available) and a locally smoked cheese paired with their wines.

Pinnacle Ridge will team up with Camillo’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria on Kutztown whose chefs are preparing mini cheese pinwheels made with buffalo mozzarella and Camillo’s very own fresh dough. After baking, the pinwheels are sprinkled with garlic and Parmesan cheese. They will have two wines available for pairing: customers can choose either the smooth, full-bodied, French Oak-aged 2015 Chardonnay, or for a sweeter option, the 2016 Vidal Blanc.

Tolino will pair Mama’s Rose with Pastae, a Tolino family recipe. Pastae is similar to quiche and is made with hard Italian cheeses, eggs and pasta. This rich and decadent dish is a tasty side at any party. The touch of sweetness in the fruity rose is a perfect complement to the savory dish. Live music Saturday (and every Saturday) by Jeff and Karen.

Vynecrest will pair PA Preferred September Farms Mango Fire Cheddar with their seductive, spicy Traminette wine.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Vino in the Valley 2017 raffle prize winners

We are excited to announce the winners of this year's Vino in the Valley Passport Program raffle. We're giving away 10 Lehigh Valley Getaway Packages to passport holders who visited at least 8 of our trail's 9 wineries during our annual March event. Winners will be contacted by email before their prizes are sent out in order to confirm shipping address.

Bear Creek Mountain Resort Getaway
Winner: Randy Scheirer of Bath

Crystal Springs Resort Getaway
Winner: Howard Jacobsen of Bethlehem

Hawk Mountain Bed & Breakfast Getaway
Winner: Ed Hottinger of New Tripoli

Couples Pampering Package Getaway at Glasbern Inn
Winner: Heather Hinkle of Reading

Hotel Bethlehem Getaway
Winner: Linda Fasching of Orefield

Sayre Mansion Getaway
Winner: Robbie Daitzman of Northampton

Glasbern Inn Getaway
Winner: Brooke Muller of Northampton

Shawnee Inn Getaway
Winner: Maureen Sawyer-Brown of Allentown

Lafayette Inn Getaway
Winner Christine Merritt of Bethlehem

Kutztown Main Street Inn
Winner: Keith Huff of Quakertown

Friday, April 14, 2017

Pinnacle Ridge brings home several medals from recent competition

Congratulations to Pinnacle Ridge Winery on its recent medals in the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition & Camp Good Days Wine Auction.

In the past 3 years, Pinnacle Ridge has submitted 45 wines to this competition, and 44 have returned with medals! This includes two recent DOUBLE GOLD wins - one for our 2013 Vidal Blanc (in the 2014 competition), and another for our 2015 Quaff (in the 2017 competition).

2017 WINNERS:

Double Gold
2015 Quaff

Silver
2016 Naked Chardonnay
2016 Gruner Veltliner
2016 Traminette
2014 Veritas
Blanc de Blanc

Other Medal Winners:
2016 Vidal Blanc
2016 Chambourcin Rose'
2013 Chambourcin Reserve
2015 Chambourcin
2015 Pinot Noir
2015 Merlot
2016 Cayuga
Cuvee Chardonnay
Brut Rose'

Most of these wines are available for sampling right now in our Tasting Room (open every day from 10 am - 6 pm). Stop in and find out if you agree with the wine experts.
www.pinridge.com

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Lehigh Valley winemakers recommend wine and food pairings for Easter dinner

The owners of the nine family-owned and operated wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail invite wine lovers to make their Easter holiday meal even more special by pairing dinner and dessert with local wine. They offer the following food and wine pairing suggestions for this year’s dinner:

Amor├ę Vineyards & Winery, Nazareth - Pair Amore Pink Passion with ham, pork and sauerkraut or Rose Amore with baked ham. After dinner, relax with a glass of Rapport or Vidal Blanc dessert wines.

Big Creek Vineyard and Winery, Kresgeville - recommends their Marechal Foch with a traditional roast leg of lamb, a full-bodied red with just enough acidity and tannin to complement a succulent lamb dish.

Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli – Winemaker Joe Greff recommends their 2015 Pinot Noir to compliment a glazed Easter ham. For lamb, they recommend their 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon. If you’re serving a chocolate dessert, go with Victoria’s Passion, or Harvest Moon, a late-harvest Seyval Blanc dessert wine, with apple pie, custards, and carrot cake.

Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery, Breinigsville - Sparkling Cayuga White - semi-sweet sparkling with soft, fruity flavors. Oak Vidal Blanc - a hearty white will that will stand up to any smoked meat. Clover Hill Rose - sweet and mild fruit flavors will be a crowd pleaser. Turtle Rock Red - serve it chilled as a perfect partner for Easter ham.

Franklin Hill Vineyards, Bangor - pour a glass of their Double Gold Award-winning White Jade to pair with a holiday feast. After dinner take your guests’ breath away by serving Franklin Hills’ port-style wine Breathless with a rich and delicious chocolate cake.

Galen Glen Vineyard & Winery, Andreas – Winemaker Sarah Troxell recommends setting the family table with one of their Rieslings alongside a glazed Easter ham or a roasted turkey. For a less traditional meal – like salmon, pork or vegetarian cuisine - Gruner Veltliner is the answer. For dessert, sip a glass of Vidal Blanc, which is naturally sweet and perfectly paired with cheesecake.

Pinnacle Ridge, Kutztown - recommends their Chambourcin Rose or Brut Rose to go with lighter or saltier dishes (ham or turkey). For lamb or beef, winemaker Brad Knapp recommends his 2014 Veritas. For dessert, go with 2014 Late Harvest Vidal Blanc (Gold Medal Winner in the Los Angeles Wine Competition).

Tolino Vineyards, Bangor - For Easter, the Tolino family recommends pairing its 2015 Vidal with ham. The slight sweetness and pineapple aroma complement the wine beautifully.  For dessert, pair chocolate eggs with Chambourcin. This dry, bold red will balance the sweetness of the chocolate, and will leave a slight vanilla flavor on the palate from its barrel aging.

Vynecrest Winery, Breinigsville – Their April Wine of the Month is Traminette a Gew├╝rztraminer hybrid grape grown in their vineyard for over 20 years. It exudes a flowery bouquet and has a seductive spicy finish perfect with a traditional Easter ham with pineapple. Something a little sweeter with dessert is Autumn Gold for pairing with chocolate coconut eggs.

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.


The Lehigh Valley region is an official American Viticultural Area as designated by the Federal Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in April 2008. The Lehigh Valley AVA includes portions of Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Schuylkill, Carbon and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania. In order to receive the designation a least 85% of the grapes used to make local wines must be grown within the region. Wineries in the region are permitted to list “Lehigh Valley” as the growing region on their labels. www.LehighValleyWineTrail.com