Friday, November 21, 2014

Holiday events kick off next weekend at Galen Glen Winery

Complimentary Chocolate & Wine Pairing this weekend

Please join us as we pair Galen's favorite fruit and Sarah's favorite chocolate treat. This pairing is sure to make your palate dance with joy.

Should you desire the experience again at home, we have the wine and chocolates available for purchase.
Saturday, November 22 - 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, November 23 - noon to 5 pm

Black Friday Sale
November 28 - 10 am - 5 pm

Once a year, we put the winery on sale. 15% off case sales only. Custom label orders and shipped orders are not included. All wine must be purchased at the winery day of sale.

Toys for Tots Drive

Help us bring holiday joy to the children of Schuylkill County and help the US Marines Toys for Tots campaign.  The box will be at the winery from now until December 16. You may also make a monetary donation. We have a thank you gift for every household who brings a gift, November 28 through December 14.

Santa Visits
Sunday, November 30
Noon - 5 pm

Bring the family and have your photo taken with Santa. He's ready to hear your Christmas wish.  Bring your camera and our friendly staff will assist you in capturing a holiday memory.

Winemaker's Dinner
Thursday, December 18 at 7 pm
The Broadway Grille & Pub

The next winemaker's dinner is transporting us from the beautiful mountains of Pennsylvania to the markets of Morocco. Zoraida and Sarah have again combined an exotic menu of food and wine that will make your taste buds say "thank you" by the end of the evening. Make this meal a holiday gift to yourself and family.

Give the Gift of Wine with custom labeled wine 
Weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, business accomplishments, holiday gifts, or any commemorative event, Galen Glen can provide a custom labeled wine to make your event memorable.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Taste and buy wine at the Vynecrest booth at Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem starting this weekend

The 2014 harvest is over and it feels good to take a breath before the busy holiday season begins.

Vino in the Valley 2015 passports are now on sale for $35 each. Christkindlmarkt starts Nov. 20 and runs through Dec 21. It is open Thursdays 11 am - 6 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 11 am - 8 pm, and Sundays 11 am - 6 pm (closed Thanksgiving Day).

Our winery's gift area has locally made products that make wonderful gifts for teachers, hostesses, family and friends. Soy candles, crackers, dips, cheese. Remember we have make your own baskets ($5 for basket and wrapping) where you add whatever wine, candles, cheese, crackers, dips, wine gifts you want and we'll make it up for you.

November Specials 
* Wine of the Month - Spiced Winter Red 10% off
* 3 Pack of the Month - Pinot Grigio, 3 for $35

Wine of the month and 3 pack available at winery only; 3 pack can't be combined with other discounts.

Thank you to everyone who purchased our wine of the month during October. One dollar of every bottle purchased during October went towards a donation to the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. We sold over 500 bottles. Thank you.

New Vynecrest Website

Check out our new website, We have updated our website with additional information on our wines, more pictures of the vineyard & winery and have made it easier to order wine online.

To help kick things off we are going to pick randomly select one person who ordered during the month of November to win a Vynecrest gift basket.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 20 - Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem at SteelStacks opens for the holiday season. Visit our booth for wine tastings and sales.

Nov. 30 - Jazz Sunday, Live Jazz music in the Vyneskeller from 1 - 4 pm

Glass Half Empty by John Landis

Harvest! When I mention harvest to people, everyone has their own perception of what that is.

For us harvest is the culmination of eight months of vineyard effort to produce grapes of high quality. For us harvest is the camaraderie of working together to hand pick, crush and press the grapes.
For us harvest is being outside enjoying the cool clear days with spectacular fall colors of gold, orange, brown and red.
For us harvest is relief that no major disaster like hurricanes or tornadoes damaged our vineyard.
For us the 2014 harvest has been exceptional.
Finally, for us harvest is the anticipation and excitement of tasting the wines that will be produced. Harvest - what a wonderful time of year!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Taste first wines from the recent harvest at Nouveau Weekend

The nine wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will debut their first wines from the 2014 vintage next weekend, November 15 and 16, during Nouveau Weekend, the last Wine Trail event of the year.

Wineries will also feature food and wine pairings for visitors to sample. Nouveau wines are bottled very young, without barrel aging, and are light, fruity and semi-dry to dry red wines.

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 2015 Vino in the Valley Program (formerly known as the March Passport Program) go on sale that weekend at the member wineries as well as online. Passports are $35 each. A limited supply of passports is printed, 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


Amore – will pair meatballs in marinara sauce with a new release of Red Rapture.

Big Creek - will release its traditional Nouveau Marquette and slice some of their favorite Nouveau-worthy cheeses.

Blue Mountain - will feature a traditional French dish called Pot au Feu, or "pot on the fire," a hearty stew-like French peasant dish of beef and vegetables paired with their 2014 Nouveau wine.

Clover Hill - Be the first to taste their newest, limited edition, release - Strawberry Niagara. This wine is a blend of fresh, grapey flavors and bright strawberries.

Franklin Hill - will release their 2014 Seyval Blanc, which is crisp and citrusy with hints of honey. They’ll offer complimentary tastings in their wine cellar and baked goods from Buttercup Bakery.

Galen Glen – will pair an exotic Moroccan Turkey Soup with an aromatic, award-winning wine. We will have the recipe available for everyone looking to use those Thanksgiving leftovers in a fun and unique way.

Pinnacle Ridge - will feature an Eggplant Bruschetta "Caviar" paired alongside their limited-release "NuVo."

Tolino - will offer a complimentary food and wine pairing of their Chardonnay with smoked salmon chowder. The winery will also offer warm, spicy mulled wine for purchase by the glass, as well as live music from 1-4 pm both days.

Vynecrest – Vynecrest Winery will feature the release of its 2014 Nouveau Beaujolais, the first wine from the 2014 harvest, made from the traditional Gamay Beaujolais grape, 100% Lehigh Valley grown and produced. The winery will pair it with Festive Dip from Sugar 'n Spice featured on a toasted baguette along with sharp cheddar cheese from September Farms. The Festive Dip Mix is a gourmet dip with pieces of vegetables.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Annual Toys for Tots holiday collection returns at Galen Glen

Give the Gift of Wine this Season 
Celebrate your special occasion with Custom Labeled Wine!

Weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, business accomplishments, holiday gifts, commemorative events... Galen Glen can provide a custom labeled wine to make your event memorable. Note: Currently, we custom label 750mL bottles only. See specifics and availability here.

Complimentary Truffle and Wine Tasting
November 22 and 23

Add cheer to your holidays with this pairing of Sarah's favorite double-dark chocolate truffle with wine made from Galen's favorite fruit, raspberry.

Black Friday Sale
November 28 - Special Hours 10 am - 5 pm
Once a year, we put the winery on sale. Enjoy 15% off all case purchases on-site only. Custom label orders and shipped orders are not included.

Santa Arrives
November 30

Santa will be in the tasting room taking your children's letters and wish lists. Bring the family and your camera, and pose for a photo.

Santa will arrive at the winery on Sunday, November 20 at noon and will be available for photos with your family. Bring a new, unwrapped toy or a monetary donation for Toys for Tots and Santa will add your name to the "nice" list and thank you with a special treat for your holiday tree. With your camera, the friendly staff at Galen Glen will be happy to assist your family in capturing a lasting memory. The Toys For Tots collection box will be at the winery every day from Black Friday through mid-December.

Special Holiday Hours:
Beginning Sunday, November 23, we will offer additional holiday hours through New Year's Eve:
Sunday - Friday - Noon to 5pm
Saturday - 10am to 5pm

  • Black Friday - November 28 - 10 am - 5 pm
  • December 24 - 10 am - 3 pm
  • December 31 - 10 am - 3 pm
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Closed Christmas Day
  • Closed New Years Day

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Buck a Bottle Shipping promotion going on now at Clover Hill

On Friday, October 17 we picked the last Clover Hill grape for this year. Who would have ever thought after this past winter that we could have managed an outstanding grape harvest? In case you forgot, the winter was so bitterly cold and snowed nearly every other day. To be honest, we weren’t even sure we would have grapevines after all the snow melted, let alone grapes. In addition, spring got off to a slow, cool start and we had bud break almost two weeks later than normal.

However, from bud break on, the grape growing conditions were ideal. The summer was full of sun-soaked, warm days without ever having big heat spikes. Humidity was relatively low by Pa. standards and rain seemed to happen at ideal times during the growing season. The end result was grapes rich in flavor and complexity with perfect sugar and acid levels. Now we have to practice patience as we wait for our winemaker, John Skrip III, to work his magic with the 2014 wines.

November Owner’s Selection - Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich and flavorful wine that shows oak flavors of vanilla and spice and fruit flavors of raspberry and cherry. This wine is completely dry with medium tannins and pairs nicely with grilled steaks or winter stews. (Find recipes here). Now only $15.75.

Buck A Bottle Shipping Special
November 6-9

Stock up on Clover Hill wines and have them shipped right to your door. Purchase six or more bottles online and you pay only $1 per bottle shipping (minimum order is six bottles to receive the discount). Purchase 12 or more bottles and you will also receive a 10% case discount along with $1 per bottle shipping charge.

Wine & Food Inspiration
November 8 from 11 am - 4 pm
Allentown Fairgrounds Farmer's Market

Visit the Clover Hill Wine Shop for a special wine and food pairing featuring Vidal Blanc paired with Mr. Bill’s Chicken Croquettes.

Shop Small Saturday 
All Clover Hill Locations
November 29

Thank you for choosing to Shop Small at Clover Hill Vineyards and Winery. Every time you purchase wine from us, you help to keep our family owned and operated business thriving. As a thank you for Shopping Small we would like to offer the below specials on November 29 at any Clover Hill location. Eat, drink and shop local!

10% off 6+ bottles of wine
20% off 12+ bottles of wine
10% off all wine gifts

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Holiday happenings and new wine releases at Blue Mountain Vineyards

Notes From the Wine Cellar

We have some exciting news! Red Horizon will be back in stock. Mountain Frost and Victoria's Passion are already back and selling fast. Shiraz, Vignoles, Vidal Blanc, and a new Pinot Noir will debut in 2015. We are currently getting low on our Mountain Spice and Bri's Blush, so stock up now.

New Releases: 2013 Riesling, 2010 Chardonnay Reserve, Sangria, Mountain Frost, and Victoria's Passion

Annual German Night
November 15 from 6-9pm

Join us as we celebrate the Lehigh Valley's German heritage. Enjoy authentic food, music, dancing and, of course, wine. Tickets are $21.50 in advance and $25 at the door. Includes food and souvenir wine glass. Reservations are encouraged. Call 610-298-3068 for more questions and reservations or order online.

Menu: Bratwursts, sauerkraut, spaetzle, German meatballs, hot German potato salad, Rotkohl (red cabbage), strudel, German apple cake, mulled wine, and more.

Annual Christmas Open House

Blue Mountain Winery wants to put you in the holiday spirit, so we are hosting an Open House on Saturday, December 6 from 5 - 9 pm. Come out and see the decorations, lights, gift ideas, wine and hors d'oeuvres, with music by Adam Motto and much more. Admission is a canned good or cash donation to support our local food banks.

Christmas is less than 60 Days Away! Have you started your shopping yet? Need a gift idea?

We have several unique gifts for that special someone who has everything or a wine lover on your list. Cork cages, wine racks, themed bottle holders, wine themed kitchen accessories, decanters, cheese serving sets, wine glasses, ornaments, t-shirts for men and women, candles, and more.

Blue Mountain Vineyards can also create custom wine gift baskets for friends and family with dozens of wine accessories from which to choose. Plus you can order customized wine bottles and host family or corporate parties in our tasting room or glass enclosed deck. Call the winery at 610-298-3068 or email us at to ask about private parties and custom labels.