Friday, May 30, 2014

Galen Glen offering vineyard and wine cellar walking tours, and Sangria Saturday in June

Steuben, Cayuga and Riesling, oh my!
As you may have read in Clemens' recent blog, the Polar Vortex was not a good friend this winter.  Because we suffered some minor damage, we recently planted an acre of Cayuga and some additional vines throughout the vineyard.  Our staff was busy digging and planting and as one of our Facebook fans put it, "more vines = more wine."

Have you ever wanted to plant your own grapevines? Opportunity may be knocking on your door (or saying, "you've got mail.") We have some vines available for purchase. Currently we have Steuben and Cayuga at $3 each and a limited amount of Riesling at $5 each. If you are interested in purchasing some vines. Please call the winery at 570-386-3682 during normal business hours. If you haven't been reading and want to catch up on our wine lab Clemens' perspective click here for Clemens' Blog.

Walking tours of the vineyard and cellar
Throughout the summer months we offer walking tours of our vineyard and wine cellar on scheduled weekends. These tours are held weather permitting and we strongly urge you to wear sturdy foot gear (sneakers, hiking shoes, etc.) While the vines thoroughly enjoy it, stilettos and flip-flops to not bode well on our rocky soil. The tours usually last about one hour and offer the opportunity to see how our wine develops from the vines in our vineyard to our crush pad and tank room, and finally to the bottles that you take home. While in the cellar you will learn our famous Hollywood connection too.

The tour provides a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more about our history, our wines, our awards and why we are passionate about what we create. Tours are complimentary and no reservations are required. Tours depart the tasting room at noon on the following dates: June 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, and 29. View an aerial view of the vineyard in this video.

Sangria Saturday
On Saturday, June 14 from 10 am to 5 pm we will be serving complimentary samples of our classic Cellar Red Sangria on the wine bar. We will be offering glasses of sangria for purchase for $4 per glass for you to enjoy on our patio while you drink in our spectacular view. We will also have our locally-made cheeses and chocolates, as well as crackers and dipping mustard for sale so you may create the perfect picnic. Can't make it on June 14 but would love to try our sangria? Click here to get the recipe.

Show Dad the Love
Love Hot Dog Co. and Love Food Truck Company

On Sunday, June 15, bring the special man in your life out to the vineyard for a lunch he will never forget. Love Hot Dog Company will be on site on Father's Day from noon to 5 pm selling gourmet sausages and dogs and delicious toppings like the now-famous bacon jam. Ladies love the dogs too so everyone is welcome to purchase a little lunch to enjoy with a glass of wine on one of our patios while drinking in our spectacular views.

On Saturday, June 28 from 10 am to 5 pm, Jason and Bob return with the Love Food Truck. On this truck they serve hot and cold sandwiches and salads, ribs, and many other gourmet menu items that are different from the dog truck. Bob is a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef and he and Jason enjoy putting their own loving spin on every menu item. If you missed their last visit in May, mark your calendar and plan to visit this month.

Sunshine and Riesling

On Saturday, June 21 summer officially begins. After the lingering winter and the slow-to-start spring, summer is a much appreciated guest in the vineyard. Not everyone may know this but if our winemaker, Sarah, had to name her favorite grape or wine, can you guess what she'd say? It would be a resounding Riesling! What are some of Sarah's other favorite things? Organic vegetables, supporting local agriculture and business, and delicious hand-made ice-cream.

So in celebration of the start of summer and Sarah's favorite things, we will be offering a special complimentary Sunshine & Riesling pairing. We are teaming with O Wow Cow who is creating a Galen Glen Riesling Sorbet. If you are not familiar with O Wow Cow, they were recently named one of the Top 10 US Ice Creams by The Huffington Post and they are located in Upper Bucks County and part of New Jersey. They only use locally-sourced organic ingredients to make their ice creams and sorbets. As Kenny Chesney says, "It's a smile, it's a kiss.  It's a sip of wine, it's summertime."

Join us for this complimentary pairing on Saturday, June 21 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, June 22 from noon to 5 pm. Once this sorbet kisses your lips and you sip a little Riesling, you are sure to agree there is nothing like Sunshine & Riesling.

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