Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Vynecrest to launch Blueberry Wine


The weekend of November 6 & 7, Vynecrest Winery in Breinigsville will release a brand new wine. It’s a Blueberry wine made from 100% blueberries and has a sweet finish. 

It pairs nicely with cake, vanilla ice cream or cream cheese. The winery will be pairing it with lemon, poppyseed pound cake made by Hereford Country Store, a fellow vendor with Vynecrest at the Macungie Farm Market, a Buy Fresh Buy Local market.

So stop by the winery next weekend and try a sample of their new blueberry wine. 

For more information, vynecrest.com or 610-398-7525.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Nouveau Weekend is less than a month away!

The next Lehigh Valley Wine Trail event weekend, and the last one for this year, is coming up in November.
Nouveau Weekend takes place at all nine Lehigh Valley wineries on Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21.

This event is your first chance to taste the young vintages from the most recent harvest. It's also a great time to pick up wines to have with your holiday meals or to give as gifts to family and friends.

Our wineries will be planning a range of activities and specials, ranging from food and wine pairings to live music performances. Highlights include:
  • Vynecrest will be pairing their 2010 Vintage Nouveau Beaujolais made from the Gamay grape with pulled roast turkey barbecue sliders. In the Vyneskeller wine bar, Arianne Rox will be playing on Saturday, and Rob & Marty on Sunday, from 1-4:30 p.m. Free admission.
  • Franklin Hill Vineyards will be pairing with the best part of Thanksgiving dinner - DESSERT! They'll be releasing Nouvelle Seyval Blanc and pairing it with pumpkin bread, apple crisp and chocolate.
  • Pinnacle Ridge Winery will be featuring neighbor Dietrich's Meats' Bratwurst (veal, pork and parsley), Knockwurst (garlic wurst) and German Weiners ( all beef and seasonings.) Home made cabbage and noodles (vegetarian) will be the perfect side. Sample these German classics with their Traminette or Vidal Blanc. For red lovers, they'll be pouring a 2007 Veritas.
Nouveau Weekend is also your first chance to pick up the 2011 March Madness passport since they go on sale that weekend. Watch for complete event details to be announced in mid-November.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Galen Glen Winemaker's Dinner - November 6

Galen Glen Winery

 Sarah and Galen from Galen Glen Winery in Andreas have just announced their next winemaker's dinner. Below are the details on it. If you're interested in being a part of it, we suggest you register soon. These dinners are known to fill up quickly!

Winemaker's Dinner: Saturday November 6 at 7 p.m. at Galen Glen Winery, Andreas
Featuring the culinary creations of Tonimarie and her restaurant Macaluso's at The Lantern

Ammocete:
Compliments of the Winery. A casual way to start the Evening,
Let the Conversation begin.......
Wine - Mulled & Spicy Claret

First Course:
Cream of Cauliflower with fresh Jalapeno and Cheddar Cheese
Wine - Stone Cellar Gew├╝rztraminer

Second Course:
Sweet Potato Ravioli served in a Brown Butter and Sage Sauce
Wine - Stone Cellar Riesling

Third Course:
Mediterranean Blend of Garbanzo Beans, Fava Beans, Craisins and Red Onions over Mixed Greens with a splash of Tonimarie's Vinaigrette
Wine - Traminette

Fourth Course:
Pork loin stuffed with Veal Sausage and Fennel accompanied by pan seared Brussel Sprouts
Wine - Stone Cellar Chambourcin

Fifth Course:
Mascarpone Cheesecake with Ginger Snap Crust
Wine - Stone Cellar Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
*Menu and wines subject to change at Chef's discretion.

Cost: $70 per person (please add 6% PA Sales Tax) Gratuity included

Reservations: Only by calling the winery at 570-386-3682. A credit card is required for all reservations. Cancellations after November 3 will be charged the full cost of the dinner.

Seating: We make every effort to accommodate seating requests.In order to use our space efficiently, we may need to combine parties. Also, our largest table can seat 8 guests.

For more information about Tonimarie: www.macalusosdining.com

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cherry Valley Vineyards plans Grand Opening at new Easton location

Join the team from Cherry Valley Vineyards for the grand opening of their new downtown Easton store the weekend of October 30 & 31. Hours are Saturday from 10 am - 8 pm and Sunday from noon - 7 pm.

They will be offering free samples of their hot mulled wine all weekend and giving away free personalized labels for the holidays. There will also be a raffle for a case giveaway as well as fantastic wine specials.

Stop in for a wine tasting and buy a few bottles to take to your Halloween party.

Friday, October 15, 2010

PA WINERY ASSOCIATION TO PRESENT DONATION TO LEHIGH VALLEY CHILDREN’S FUND

The Pennsylvania Winery Association (PWA) President Sam Landis will present a donation of $8,000 to the Fund to Benefit Children & Youth, an Allentown, Pa.-based charity dedicated to helping children in need throughout the Lehigh Valley on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Vynecrest Vineyards & Winery in Breinigsville.

The money being donated was raised during the Great Pennsylvania Wine Toast, a one-day event held at more than 60 Pennsylvania wineries in August. The Fund to Benefit Children & Youth is the charity of choice of racing legend and wine enthusiast Mario Andretti, who served as the celebrity toastmaster during the PWA event.

The Fund to Benefit Children & Youth has helped more than 20,000 children since 1991. Last year, The Fund provided more than $200,000 to help abused, neglected and at-risk children and their families in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. One hundred percent of all donations made to The Fund go toward helping children in need.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Celebrate the Official Wine Grape of the Lehigh Valley during Chambourcin Weekend

Chambourcin grapes fresh from the harvest at Franklin Hill Vineyards

The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will once again celebrate the region’s official wine grape during Chambourcin Weekend on Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17.  The Chambourcin is the only wine grape grown by all nine area wineries.

Wineries will feature wine tastings, live entertainment, food and wine pairings, and other activities. Event hours at all of the wineries are Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m.

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. All of the member wineries have won numerous awards at state, national and international levels.


CHAMBOURCIN WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS

Amor├ę Vineyards & Winery, Nazareth - will feature five styles of Chambourcin paired with Chambourcin Bar-B-Q and Bourbon Chicken and country love songs all day.

Big Creek Vineyard and Winery, Kresgeville - will be spinning heads with "Milli's Chili".

Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli - Lisa from Tastefully Simple will sample the new fall 2010 products including Wahoo Chili paired with their 2005 Chambourcin/Shiraz blend. For dessert, enjoy Victoria ’s Passion with a fudge brownie truffle. There’s acoustic music on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. by Rob & Marty. On Sunday, bring some snacks and come hear Leechboy perform for the Blue Mountain Fall Foliage Wine Tasting ($5 admission; please call for reservations).

Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery, Breinigsville - Chef Nathan Grube will do cooking demonstrations paired with their 2009 Chambourcin and Turtle Rock Red. Cooking demonstrations will take place hourly from 1- 4 p.m. both days.

Franklin Hill Vineyards, Bangor - will be featuring their delicious homemade beef stew paired with Chambourcin. This wine has a bouquet of black current, cherries and coffee, and a smooth, wonderful finish. They will have Kachline Farms fresh apples and apple cider along with Klein's Farms Dairy & Creamery's gourmet handmade cheeses.

Galen Glen Vineyard & Winery, Andreas - will feature Gold Medal 2008 Stone Cellar Chambourcin (Finger Lakes International Wine Competition) tasted with hearty French Onion Soup, produced using local onions. Also on Sunday, Beatrice’s Inferno will offer authentic wood fired pizzas to purchase and enjoy with Galen Glen wines.

Pinnacle Ridge, Kutztown - It's the Great Chili Cook-off!  Winemaker Brad and his wife, Christy, have challenged each other to see who makes the best chili. One chili will be chock full of meat while the other will be some of the best vegetarian chili you'll ever taste. Their 2008 Chambourcin will be paired with the two chilis. For visitors who like a slightly sweet red, they’ll also be pouring Quaff.

Sorrenti Cherry Valley Vineyards, Saylorsburg - will have their Gold Medal winning Chambourcin wine paired with seasonal mushrooms marinated in a garlic-balsamic Chambourcin reduction. There will be live music at the winery from 1-5 p.m. both days and they we will be featuring a harvest spice Sangria.

Vynecrest Winery, Breinigsville - will be pairing their tried and true Vynecrest Red Meatballs (recipe in the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail Cookbook) with Vynecrest Red wine. Vynecrest Red is the semi-sweet version of the winery’s estate-grown Chambourcin wine. They will have live music in the Vyneskeller Wine Bar featuring Billy Bauer from 1-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, and Arianne Rox from 1-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Free admission.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Clover Hill nears end of Harvest Season

The October e-newsletter from Clover Hill Winery in Breinigsville is hot off the presses. If you didn't receive it in your inbox, check it out online here. Otherwise read below for highlights:

Winemaker John Skrip is smiling again. Do you know why? The end of grape harvest is near and he is happy for several reasons. First, the 2010 harvest has been nothing short of stellar. The fruit is the finest we have ever harvested.

Second, nearly all of the grapes have been picked. Only a few varieties remain in the vineyard, but they will be picked any day now. That means the pressure of what the weather is going to do eases up a bit! Third (and most importantly), he is thrilled because as soon as harvest is complete, he will have a couple days off! Hang in there John, the end is in sight!

I know you have been hearing how excited we are for this vintage. Now you are just going to have to wait a little while for the wines, but we promise the 2010 wines will be worth the wait!

We do have two new releases that we are excited to share with you. If you get a chance to taste these wines – share with us your comments on Facebook. We would love to hear your wine reviews!

2009 Chambourcin – bright, almost purplish color which is classic for Chambourcin. Very fruit forward showcasing berry, cherry and cotton candy aromas. Slightly lighter bodied than previous vintages, but ripe cherry and toast flavors are prevalent. This wine will pair nicely with roasted squash, mushroom soups and is hearty enough to try with venison.

Strawberry Pear – a limited release fruit wine – get it while you can! This fun-filled dessert style wines is made from local Bartlett pears and accented with a touch of strawberries. Based on last year this wine is sure to sell out quickly.

Join us for two great events happening in October. The Berks County Wine & Cheese weekend will take place at our Robesonia location on October 9 & 10, 2010. Tickets are required to participate. Also, the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will be celebrating Chambourcin Weekend at our Breinigsville location.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Blue Mountain Vineyards announces fall events

Blue Mountain Winery in New Tripoli is gearing up for two big fall events and you're invited to attend! Here are the details:

Annual HalloWine Tasting
Saturday, October 30 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Live music by Red Light Runners (the music of Led Zepplin, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Janis Joplin and more). Prizes for costumes (costumes optional). Chili, nachos, cheeses and fresh baked bread available for purchase or bring your own snacks.
Admission is $7.50 and includes souvenir glass
Reservations preferred - call 610-298-3068



Annual German Night
Saturday November 20 from 5 - 9 p.m.
Join us in the celebration of German heritage. Includes authentic German food, music, dancing and a souvenir glass. Featuring homemade kielbasa by Castle Grill.
Admission is $19.50 per person.
Call for reservations - 610-298-3068


Blue Mountain Vineyards
7627 Grape Vine Drive
New Tripoli, PA 18066
Phone:     (610) 298-3068