Nouveau Weekend is a great opportunity to purchase wine to give as holiday gifts or to complement holiday meals. Event hours at all of the wineries are Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m. Nouveau Weekend is a free event, however some wineries charge for wine tastings.
Passports for the 2013 March Passport Program will go on sale this weekend. Passports are $35 each. A limited supply of passports is printed and often sells out well in advance of the month-long event, so event-goers are encouraged to purchase them early.
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.
For more information on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail, visit www.LehighValleyWineTrail.com, and connect with them on Twitter and their Facebook fan page.
NOUVEAU WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS
Amore - will feature their signature blend of Cabaret Amore paired with meat lasagna.
Big Creek - will introduce two new wines for Nouveau Weekend. The first is Ebon Foch, a big hearty red, and the second is a semi-dry, aromatic white wine called Joi. Quantities will be very limited. They will pair both wines with Millie's Chili - the Santo Variation.
Blue Mountain - Saturday: They'll feature their 2012 Nouveau paired with cranberry stuffing. They'll also sample warmed cranberry-spiced Sangria. Rob will be playing from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: They'll feature the 2012 Nouveau paired with cranberry stuffing, and they'll sample warmed cranberry-spiced Sangria. Sunday Blues entertainment from 2 - 5 p.m. will be by The Wow Brothers. The $5 admission fee for live music includes a wine tasting. Outside food is welcome.
Clover Hill - Nouveau Weekend is a time to celebrate the first release from the current year’s harvest. Not only will Clover Hill be releasing a new wine, but they will be taking an intimate look at the 2012 Grape Harvest. Internationally recognized photographer Jim Gavenus has documented their 2012 Grape Harvest (www.gavenusphoto.com).
Visit the Winery in Breinigsville to sample their new release and view the 2012 Grape Harvest exhibit from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Wine will be available by the glass to sip and artist prints will be available for purchase.
Franklin Hill - will debut their 2012 Seyval Blanc, just in time for the Thanksgiving dinner table. They will also be pairing Seyval with freshly baked lemon bars and pumpkin bread from Back Door Bakeshop in Bethlehem, with plenty of baked goods available for purchase.
On the outdoor deck they will be presenting (weather permitting) Robert Michaels on guitar and vocals. Enjoy a warm glass of Sir Walter's Red, served warmed with mulled spices.
Galen Glen - will pair Riesling and A-Maize-ing Corn Chowder garnished with jalapeno or turkey.
Pinnacle Ridge - will pair their new 2010 Merlot and 2011 Vidal Blanc with a soup made from white beans and cherry wood-smoked pork.
Vynecrest - Vynecrest Winery will be serving their Nouveau Beaujolais 2012, made from the Gamay grape grown in their vineyard. There will be Hereford Country Store Provencal dip with Rip Rap artisan crackers for tasting and purchase - all Buy Fresh Buy Local products. Art's Acoustics Oldies will play live in the Vyneskeller from 1:30-4:30 p.m., open to the public and free of charge.