Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Save the date for Blue Mountain's annual Picking Party and Grape Stomp event

News from the Vineyard

August is a very busy month in the vineyard. We have been hard at work spraying, tying and leaf pulling the vines. Due to the harsh winter and unusually cool spring our vines have suffered. In the spring we planted new vines for future harvests to replace ones that didn't survive the winter. There will definitely be less crop this year, but since there is less crop the quality should be very good.  Hopefully we will have very little crop loss from birds since our vines are netted. Wish us luck!

Save the Date

Seven Springs Wine and Food Festival
August 23 & 24
Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Wine Trail Event

Harvest Weekend
September 13 and 14
The nine wineries will welcome wine lovers for tastings, vineyard and winery tours, food and wine pairings, and live entertainment.

Gettysburg Wine and Music Festival
September 6 and 7
Gettysburg, Pa.

Small Business Seminar and Winery Tour
August 26 -10 am - 3:30 pm

Please join us for an interactive seminar by Constant Contact where key concepts of mobile marketing, email marketing and social media marketing are discussed. Plus enjoy a tour of the winery and vineyards. Call for details - 610-298-3068.

Picking Party and Grape Stomp
Tentative Dates - September 13 and 14

Pick grapes and stomp them like Lucy! We offer a complimentary barbecue lunch, wine tasting, and a lot of fun. Due to our challenges this year our picking dates are tentative.  We are sorry that we can't be more definite. Call the winery for a reservation and more details - 610-298-3068.

Sangria Sundays

24    Adam Motto
31    Connie Edinger and Tommy Marchak

Fall Foliage Sundays

 7    Sarah Ayers
14    Mike Dugan/Cheek2Cheek
21    Billy Patrick
28    Jake Kalegis and Mike Rauscher's Dynamic Duo

Visit us at http://bluemountainwine.com/events

Friday, August 15, 2014

Clover Hill features Cayuga White as August Owner's Selection

Veraison ~ the final step of ripening in the vineyard and the precursor to grape harvest. The berries begin to change colors, skins and seeds soften, and sugars intensify. This marks an exciting change in the vineyards and another Clover Hill harvest is near. This is also a busy time of year preparing for harvest. In the vineyard, we are still summer pruning, pulling leaves, cluster thinning and maintaining the overall health of the vines and fruit. In the winery, we are busy bottling to make room for the incoming harvest. (Photo by Jim Gavenus)

This is a glorious time to visit Clover Hill Vineyards and Winery. Stop in for a tasting, sit on the patio and enjoy a glass of wine. We love having groups visit the winery, but please note that groups of 12 or more are by appointment only so we can best serve all of our visitors. To make an appointment for your group, please contact Tina at 610-395-2468 at least one week prior to your planned visit.

If you are looking for a unique way to experience local wineries we suggest Tastings and Tours - a local, family-owned and operated wine and brew tour business that offers one-of-a-kind, VIP tours in Lehigh and Berks County. They do the driving so you can sit back, relax and take in the scenery while sampling at wineries with no worries. Their special partnerships will provide you with guided, all-inclusive, private VIP tastings, tours and pairings not normally offered to the general public.

We look forward to your next visit to Clover Hill Vineyards and Winery. Thank you for choosing to enjoy our locally produced wines. Cheers!

Please note: If you are traveling to the winery in Breinigsville, Schantz Road will be partially closed until July 2015. For detour directions, go here.

Owner’s Selection - August
Cayuga White Save 10% on your bottle purchase and 20% when included in a case purchase.

A semi-sweet, unoaked, soft white wine with mellow aromas and flavors that will leave your mouth coated with tastes of ripe melon, mango, and ruby grapefruit. Pairs wonderfully with lighter fish dishes or John Jr.’s favorite shrimp and rice dish. 
Now only $9.45.

Wine & Food Inspiration

Allentown Fairgrounds Farmer's Market

Saturday, August 16 from 11 am - 4 pm

Visit the wine shop for a delicious tasting featuring a pesto gouda from S. Clyde Weavers paired with Clover Hill’s Vidal Blanc. (Reminder - The Allentown Farmers Market will be closed next week to prepare for the Great Allentown Fair.)

Wine and Food Pairing
Boscov’s Fairgrounds Farmer's Market, Reading, Pa.

Saturday, August 16
Visit the Wine Shop at the Boscov’s Fairgrounds Farmer's Market for a special sampling of our Cayuga White paired with a shrimp salad from Adelphia Seafoods.

August 21 – 23
Stop in the Clover Hill Wine Shop at the Boscovs’ Fairgrounds Farmer's Market anytime during this week for a sampling of a Pina Colada Wine Cooler made using Cayuga White. Recipes will be available.

Seven Springs Wine Festival
Seven Springs Resort, Seven Springs, Pa.
August 23 and 24 from 11 am - 5 pm

The Seven Springs Wine Festival showcases wineries from all over Pennsylvania offering a tantalizing experience for anyone who loves wine. The festival features complimentary wine sampling from up to 30 wineries, daily seminars, live entertainment, a variety of crafts, and musical entertainment. Show your love for Clover Hill Winery by wearing one of our t-shirts and we will give you a 10% discount on your wine purchase.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Paint with wine at Vynecrest's Kutztown wine shoppe this month

August is a great time of year to come out, taste some wine, and enjoy the view of the vineyard. The grapes are just about ready to go through veraison, where they stop growing and start ripening. The red grapes will turn from green to red and the sugar levels start to rise. This change in color is also a signal for the birds the grapes are about ready to eat.

Just a reminder, the Vyneskeller is open seven days a week. After you are done tasting you can grab a glass of wine and relax downstairs.

August Specials
* Wine of the Month - Blueberry - additional 10% off 

* 3 Pack of the Month - 3 Vynecrest Red for $28.
*available at winery only

Upcoming Events at the Winery

  • August 14 - Macungie Farmer's Market, Memorial Park, 4 - 7 pm
  • August 28 - Macungie Farmer's Market, Memorial Park, 4 - 7 pm
  • August 31 - Jazz Sunday - Live Jazz music in the Vyneskeller, 1 - 4 pm; Vineyard and Winery Tour at noon, $5 per person
  • Sept 2 - Labor Day - open 10 am - 2 pm

Upcoming Events at Vynecrest on Main in Kutztown

Hair the Musical
Aug 8, 9, 10 & Aug, 15, 16, 17

Looking for a unique, comical, and musical theatre production and something to fill your evening with wine? August 8, 9, 10th and August 15, 16, 17th enjoy Vynecrest Wine during all of the showings of the production HAIR at Cedar Crest College’s Auditorium in Alumnae Hall. Tickets and more information on the shows can be found at: www.hairtickets40.com

“Painting with Wine: One more day of summer”
August 22 from 5-8 pm

Join us for one last painting session before the busy fall season starts up… or kids go back to school.
- arrive anytime between 5-8 pm - last painting session is at 7 pm
- $10 a ticket and you pick your summer design from our book
- includes a wine glass to paint, a glass of wine to drink (your choice) and materials.
- feel free to bring your own snacks
- RSVP are a must due to the materials. To RSVP email sheri@vynecrest.com or call 484-641-5149.

Glass Half Empty by Sam Landis

Well we are now Day 6 into my favorite month of the year. 

* Wine cellar decisions from last year's harvest have all been made.....Check 

* Vineyard is maintained and awaiting nothing more that 6 weeks of sun....Check 

* Wine Festival Season is over for the year....Check 

* Bottling is pretty much finished, just emptying out a few more tanks....Check

For me, August is the one and only month that it feels you can take a breath and exhale. The 2013 vintage is put to rest and the 2014 vintage is a month away. August means vacation, fairs, corn on the cob and ice cold beer... and wine!

But its also a great time to step back and look at all that we did right in 2013 and all that we did wrong. Which is what I love most about the wine business. Every year you get a shot to do it all over again and August is a time to sit back reflect and start laying out the plan for September. We have a worthy opponent in Mother Nature... she never runs the same plays twice. 25 days and counting...

Friday, August 8, 2014

Pinnacle Ridge announces Blues in the Barn lineup and two new wine releases

We have recently released new vintages on some of our favorite wines. We are now pouring the crisp and refreshing 2013 Traminette as well as the 2013 Cayuga, always perfect for summertime sipping.

2013 Pinnacle Ridge Traminette:
This Gewürztraminer hybrid is a Silver Medal Winner at the Los Angelas International Wine Competition. This rather large wine begins with a big mouth feel, intense aromas of flowers and tropical fruits. This off-dry wine possesses hints of lychee and al balanced acidity that compliments the 1.3% residual sugar. This food-friendly wine pairs especially well with spicy foods like Indian and Thai cuisines.

2013 Pinnacle Ridge Cayuga:
The always popular summertime sipping wine in the signature blue bottle! This wine displays aromas of apples and honey on the nose that are followed by some wonderful floral flavors. This semi-sweet treat is the perfect compliment to summertime classics like hot dogs and baked beans or pork BBQ.

Open House Concert Series:
This month we will feature two bands here in the Barn for the first time, We are very excited to announce that The Wallace Brothers Band will be here on Saturday, August 9 from 2-5 pm. Chef Adam Gluskin will also provide some carne asada tacos for your enjoyment.

On Saturday, August 23 we will host The Big and Bad Rockabilly Cats from 2-5 pm in the barn. Come out and enjoy a great show and some of Chef Adam Gluskin's always-popular chicken kabobs with a cayenne yogurt sauce.

Blues in the Barn Weekend - will be Saturday and Sunday, September 6 and 7. This year's line-up will feature the James Supra Blues Band on Saturday, from noon - 3 pm. Later that day, Dugan Thomas will continue the show from 4-7 pm. We will also be featuring slow-cooked full pigs, compliments of Windy Acres BBQ from nearby Fleetwood, Pa. On Sunday, we will pick right up where we left off with more award-winning wines, complete with food and music featuring The BC Combo performing from 2-5 pm. Parking will be limited, but there is additional parking available on Jay Lane and alongside Old Rt. 22.

**Please Note: We have changed some of our policies for Blues in the Barn. This year, the Tasting Room will operate its normal hours and with our normal $5 refundable tasting fee. However, for those wishing to stay and enjoy some wine on the property and check out the bands, we will have a $5 fee that will include a souvenir Blues in the Barn glass that will serve as your ticket to the event.

We will be hosting a Rosé event on Sunday, August 31 at 4 pm in the Barn to take a last look at Summer through our "Rosé-Colored Glasses." Come out and take part in a tasting of our award-winning Rosé wines alongside some unique food pairings prepared by our go-to Chef Mr. Adam Gluskin. This event is a complimentary event for Case Club Members. Invite a friend, neighbor or family member to join you. Reservations are required and seating is limited. For more information or to make a reservation, please call us at (610) 756-4481. The menu for this event will be announced soon!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Yoga in the Vineyard, VegFest, a wine festival and more this month at Franklin Hill

Yoga in the Vineyard
August 17 at 10 am

Our last event in our summer series is here. If you haven't had a chance to come enjoy the peace and serenity the vineyard offers while practicing restorative yoga please consider joining us. Silver Kim from Kula Heart Yoga will again lead us in an hour long practice to restore and revive us in body and mind. As always, yoga will be followed by a light brunch complete with cocktails. Our tasting room will be open for complimentary tastings and a tour of our facility will be available at noon.

$20 per person. Please call 610-588-8708 for reservations.
BYOB (bring your own mat)

Bethlehem VegFest
August 23

Southside Bethlehem invites you to Vegfest! This festival offers all things vegan including top vegan chefs and foods as well as seminars on healthy living, and of course wine tastings all complimentary.

Seven Springs Wine Festival 
August 23 and 24
11 am - 5 pm

We're packing our bags and heading west for the weekend. Join us at Seven Springs Mountain Resort for two days of music, fun, food and wine tastings from over 30 Pennsylvania wineries.

Lehigh Valley Air Show
Come see some amazing acts in the air. Several of the vendors attending the show will be pouring Franklin Hill Vineyards wine. Stop by and enjoy the show while enjoying your favorite FHV wine.