Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mark your calendars for Wine in Bloom

March Madness 2011 is now officially over! We hope everyone had a great time visiting our wineries, trying new wines, and sampling our food and wine pairings. We'll do it all again next year.

And just a reminder that passports for the 2012 event will go on sale this fall during our Nouveau Weekend event in November. So mark your calendars and plan to purchase them early since March Madness passports sell out every year!

Our event calendar for 2011 includes a new event in May called Wine in Bloom. It replaces last year's A.V.A. Weekend event in April. We wanted to give you, our customers, and ourselves a little more time to "recover" from March Madness and decided that May would be a better and warmer month for this event.

Held on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, this event takes place mid-spring as bud break occurs on the vines. It celebrates the importance that terroir (soil) plays in the development of the grapes, their flavor and the resulting taste of the wine, and stresses the importance of the A.V.A. designation (American Viticultural Area) in further legitimizing the Lehigh Valley for wine making.

An A.V.A. designation was awarded in April 2008 to the wineries in this region after a five-year application process. In order to receive the designation a least 75% of the grapes used to make the 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.

Our wineries will be hosting vineyard tours, offering food and wine pairings, and some will even have live entertainment. It will be a fun yet educational event.

So we will see you next in May! Or visit our individual wineries any time between now and then!

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