Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Veraison comes to Vynecrest

The year is flying by. It is hard to believe we will be picking grapes by the end of the month. We have some great music lined up this month with some of the Vynecrest favorites as well as a couple of new artists.

August Specials

Wine of the Month - Blueberry, additional 10% off
Three Pack of the Month - 3 Autumn Gold for $25
**at winery only; 3 pack can't be combined with other discounts

Upcoming Events
  • August 9 - Macungie Farmer's Market, Memorial Park, 4 -  7pm
  • August 11 - Live music in the Vyneskeller, Jake Kaligis, 1:30-4:30 pm
  • August 16 - Macungie Farmer's Market, Memorial Park, 4 - 7 pm
  • August 18 - Live music in the Vyneskeller, Connie Edinger, 1:30-4:30 pm
  • August 25 - Live music in the Vyneskeller, Valerie Borman, 1:30-4:30 pm
  • August 26
    • Jazz Sunday, Live music in the Vyneskeller, Body & Soul, 12:30-3:30 pm
    • Tour of the vineyard & wine cellar with the winemaker, 1 pm, $5 per person
  • August 30 - Macungie Farmer's Market, Memorial Park, 4 - 7 pm
  • September 1 - Live music in the Vyneskeller, Mallon Hill, 1:30-4:30 pm

In The Vineyard

It's an exciting time in the vineyard. Veraison has started and the grapes are beginning to change color. While this change in color means harvest is getting closer, it is also a signal to the birds that the grapes are ready to eat.

So if you stop by the winery and see someone chasing after the birds on a 4-wheeler and yelling, we aren't crazy (yet), we are just trying to scare the birds away so we have something to pick next month.

Glass Half Empty

By Jan Landis

John and I go to Maine on vacation every year. This year, the sailing camp we go to twisted our arm to do a wine tasting. Usually we don’t mix business and pleasure, but agreed to do it on a small scale by mixing chocolates in to the deal.

As some of you know if you have visited the winery in the past few months, we now have wonderful chocolate bars available from Sweet Indulgence by Christina from Bethlehem. We have developed a flight of five chocolate bars paired with our wines. We took three of these to Maine, including a white chocolate with lemon to pair with our blueberry wine. Maine is known for lobsters and blueberries, so it seemed like a no-brainer to do a wine pairing with blueberry wine in Maine.

Everyone loved the fun idea of pairing the wine and chocolate. People naturally think of red wine paired with red meat and white wine paired with chicken or fish, but the idea of wine and chocolate is more unconventional, but a great treat!

I’m hoping to do a similar type of pairing here at the winery some Friday night this fall. The boys are all very busy in the fall with harvest, but I thought this is something I could do on my own once the weather cools down. So look for an announcement perhaps in the next newsletter about a fun event of a flight of wine and chocolate.

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