Friday, February 14, 2014

Vynecrest wines win honors as the winery prepares to celebrate two anniversaries

Last month the 2012 Lemberger won a double gold at the PA Farm Show. This month Lemberger won Wine Excellence XII, an annual competition that's organized and judged by the Pennsylvania Wine Society. This is the second time in three years Vynecrest has taken top wine at this competition, our 2010 Chambourcin won in 2011.

Share some love with a gift from Vynecrest this Valentine's Day. For February we are featuring our 2013 PA Farm Show Bronze Medal winning Cherry DiVyne and Wilbur Buds gift set for $19.99. In addition, we will have our Spiced Winter Red and Rip Rap Cinnamon Crackers gift set for $13.99.
Vynecrest will also be debuting our new Adult Sippy Cups, a perfect gift for the man or woman on the go.

▪ Wine of the Month - Pinot Noir, additional 10% off*
▪ 3 Pack of the Month - 3 Spiced Winter Red for $25.00*

*at winery only, 3 pack cannot be combined with other offers

Upcoming Events

February 15 - Valentine's Day Jazz in the Vyneskeller, 1 - 4 pm. Free.

February 23 - Jazz Sunday in the Vyneskeller, 1 - 4 pm. Free.

March weekends - Lehigh Valley Wine Trail March Passport Program
There are still tickets available for the March Passport Program. The winery will be open for tastings but all food pairings are exclusively for passport holders. Passports can be purchased online or at the winery.

Weeks 1 & 2 Paring: chicken, apple, bacon sliders with gouda cheese on slider rolls paired with Summertime Red Wine.

Weeks 3 & 4 Pairing: chipotle pulled pork sliders with provolone cheese on slider rolls paired with Traminette White Wine.

Glass Half Empty
by Jan Landis

Every once in awhile I work at the register on weekends. Our employees I’m sure must shutter when I do, since I usually spend more time chatting with the customers than I do actually ringing up their purchases. I enjoy it; hearing firsthand what they like, maybe what they’d like to see more of at the winery, that kind of thing. Last weekend, a gentleman at the register said to me: “So what are you going to do to celebrate your 40th anniversary?” As he said it, he pointed to our lovely carved plaque saying Vynecrest est. 1974. Wow, I thought! It hadn’t even occurred to me that it was our 40th year as a vineyard, nor that it was our 25th anniversary as a licensed winery.

Boy did that go quickly! Seems like just yesterday John and I moved out here to what we considered the country (and it was then), planted 50 vines on the crest of the hill and named it Vynecrest. And the changes through the years—we started in an unheated area, where the Vyneskeller is now, with six wines and a small tank or two. But we kept acquiring more land and planting more vines, and John kept making more wines. Then we moved upstairs in 1998, Sam joined us in 2002, Malachi joined us a few years later, and we built onto the existing barn, built another building, and here we are making about 20,000 gallons of wine a year.

And what an adventure it’s been! It's great fun thanks to most of you who come and buy our wine. So what are we going to do to celebrate? Something fun and you’re all invited. Not quite sure what yet, so stay tuned.

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