Friday, June 26, 2015

Two big announcements from Galen Glen Winery

Galen Glen Winery Awarded Double Gold, Chairman's Award, 
and Best in Class in the Riverside International Wine Competition 

Galen Glen Winery was awarded a Double Gold, Chairman's Award (a unanimous gold vote) and Best In Class for the 2014 Stone Cellar Reserve Grüner Veltliner at the Riverside International Wine Competition in California in May. For over 30 years this competition has been providing consumers and the wine industry with important information from blind tastings by professional wine evaluators. In addition to the medals above, the 2013 Stone Cellar Riesling won Silver, and the Stone Cellar Grüner Veltliner won Silver.

The Troxells are known for farming wine. About 90 percent of all grapes used in Galen Glen's wines are farmed on their family's historic farm. This is rare in Pennsylvania. They have been pioneers in the field for planting of Austrian varietals like Zweigelt and they began growing Grüner Veltliner in 2003 obtaining many other national awards, Philadelphia Inquirer reviews and two opportunities (2013 and upcoming 2015) to represent the United States in the by invitation-only Six Nations Wine Competition in Australia.

When asked about winning, Sarah Troxell, Winemaker responded, "Awards from one of the most esteemed competitions in the US are thrilling. Best in Class and Double Gold for our 2014 Stone Cellar Gruner Veltliner, recognizes the talent required to operate a farm winery in cool climate viticulture."

Galen Glen Winery Again Invited to Represent the United States 
in a Prestigious Invitation-Only International Wine Competition

For the second time, Galen Glen has been invited to participate in The Six Nations Wine Challenge. Six Nations is like the Olympics of wine, with only 100 wines representing each of the six nations participating in the competition in Australia. The countries involved are Australia, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, New Zealand and the United States of America. Six Nations was founded as Tri-Nations in 2003. The original countries were Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In 2010 Chile and Argentina were added. 2013 was the first year that the United States of America was included and Galen Glen was invited to represent the US that inaugural year. This is recognized as the only competition in the world where the entrants come from an invitation by the judge of each nation.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Winery news includes painting party, wine specials and awards, live music, and a new wine release

Franklin Hill 

Paint Party in the Vineyard
June 27 at 2 p.m.

Find your artistic side at Franklin Hill Vineyards - we'll bring the supplies, you bring your creativity!  Local artist Claire Lukas has created a one-of-a-kind piece for you to replicate as you take in the breathtaking views of the vineyards and of course, sip a glass of wine. Purchase your tickets here.


The Vyneskeller is now open seven days a week from 1 - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday it is self service, and you can buy everything you need upstairs in the tasting room (wine, cheese, bread, crackers) and take it with you downstairs to the patio or out to the picnic tables. Saturday and Sunday it features our full staff.

Vynecrest June Specials 
* Wine of the Month - Chardonnay, additional 10% off
* 3 Pack of the Month - 3 Niagara for $25.00

*available at winery only; 3 pack cannot be combined with other offers.

June 28 - Vineyard & Winery Tour & Jazz Sunday

Vineyard and winery tour begins at noon. $5 per person. Tour should wrap up just in time to enjoy some live Jazz music in the Vyneskeller from 1 - 4 p.m.

Pinnacle Ridge 

The 2013 Veritas is now available for purchase. It is a bordeaux-style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and, for the first time ever, Petit Verdot.

We are very excited to announce that we have won more awards for the following wines at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition:

Gold Medal
(rated 90points out of 100)

Brut Rosé
Silver Medal

Naked Chard
Bronze Medal

Blue Mountain

Italian Night
July 11 from 5 - 9 p.m.

Our wine may be more French, and our heritage more German, but this event is all about Italia! Join us as we celebrate all things Italy. Featuring food from Giovanni's Gourmet Italian Catering and live music from Lucas Lasagna. Enjoy food, music, dancing, and your favorite wines. Space is limited to 125 guests. Tickets are $24.50 per person, includes wine tasting, dinner, live music, and a souvenir glass to keep (free to Wine Club members).

Friday, June 19, 2015

Summer Slushies, Wine & Food Inspiration, and Summer Flights with Bites at Clover Hill

Reminder - every Monday and Friday - all wines by the glass are $4 each!

Owner’s Selection for June

For the month of June Riesling is discounted 10% at all Clover Hill locations. Receive a 20% discount on Riesling when included in a case purchase.

This semi-sweet Riesling is bursting with aromas and flavors of peach, apricot, and minerals with refreshing acidity. This wine pairs beautifully with spicy Thai food or Mexican food with a kick! Now only $10.35.

Upcoming Events

Wine & Food Inspiration
The Wine Shop at the Boscov’s Fairgrounds Farmer's Market
June 20 - 10 am - 2 pm

Visit the Wine Shop for a special sampling of foods from Krystyna’s Polish Kitchen. We will be offering samples of jerky sticks and a soft Polish cheese both paired with DeChaunac, as well as Chrusciki (a fried dough that's similar to funnel cake) paired with Vignoles.

Summer Slushies at the Vineyard in Robesonia
The Vineyard in Robesonia
June 27 & 28 - noon - 5 pm both days

Join us at the Vineyard in Robesonia for wine slushies. We will be offering free samples of the slushies featuring our Cayuga White and also serving them by the glass.

Summer Flights with Bites
The Winery in Breinigsville
July 18, 19, 20 & 21; noon - 5pm
Tickets required - $10 per flight
Senior Special Tuesday July 21 - $8 per flight

Join us at the Winery in Breinigsville for a flight of wines paired with bites of goodness. Flights will consist of four wines paired with four bites of goodness. The best part is you can pick if you want to experience a Sweet Flight or Dry Flight. Tickets are required and are in limited supply for $10 per flight. Seniors, join us on Tuesday, July 21 for $8 per flight. For tickets, please call 610-395-2468 or visit the winery in Breinigsville.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summertime events keep guests coming back to Tolino Vineyards

Join our Case Club and get 30% off your fourth case. We want to reward our regulars by offering them even more quantity discounts. The next time you are in the winery pick up a case club card and we will stamp it each time you buy a case.  Every fourth case is 30% off!

Saturday Music Series

Mike Pilgermayer June 20th @ 1pm

Wallace Brothers June 27th @ 1pm

Vinyasa in the Vineyard
June 20

Enjoy the peaceful serenity of the vineyard and start your day with 60 minutes of Vinyasa Yoga, wine tasting, snacks and a souvenir glass. Bring your own mat. All skill levels welcome. $35 per person.

Wallace Brothers Band
June 27

If you missed them in May, don't make the same mistake. The psychedelic-country/folk/rock and roll/bluegrass.

Weekend Vineyard Tours 
at 2 and 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Join us for our tours held on the weekends to learn about the wines and vines. Hear our family history and get your wine questions answered.

Fourth of July Celebration
Saturday, July 4th

Live music by Peshi and, of course, our famous red, white and blue sangria. A holiday-themed food pairing will also be offered.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wine & Cheese Pairing this weekend at Galen Glen Winery

Wine & Cheese Pairing With Janet Derkits, Cheesemonger & Sarah Troxell, Winemaker
Sunday, June 14 at 1 pm

Join cheesemonger, Janet Derkits, and winemaker, Sarah Troxell as they lead your palate on an adventure with six wines and six cheeses. Janet, a true cheese enthusiast, had her own catering business on the Main Line near Philadelphia before moving to the Lehigh Valley. Her enthusiasm for cheese will have you booking your tickets to the countries of origin of every cheese you taste during this event.

Learn about protected areas and the animals who produce the milk, all while having fun in a social setting with other wine and cheese enthusiasts. Reservations are required. $10 per person due at time of reservation.

Make your reservations by calling our tasting room Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5pm.

Also this weekend at the winery:

Triple-Treat Repeat (with a twist)
Enjoy three chocolate truffles: Raspberry Champagne, Chambourcin (made with our Chambourcin) and Double Dark, plus 3-oz of wine for only $3 (while supplies last).
Half-pound boxes of the new Chambourcin truffles are available for purchase too.

Every Saturday & Sunday in June
Enjoy Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Santisi Imports and a baguette from Padora's Italian Bakery for $4.

Happening soon:

Sunday, June 21st, noon - 5 pm
"I Love You Man!"

Celebrate the men you love - fathers, brothers, sons, grandfathers, boyfriends...
We will offer complimentary wine tastings to all men and Frank & Tony from The Red Castle in Lehighton will be here selling their famous Polish sandwiches. Don't let it go to his head, but they will also have complimentary samples of two of their beverage menu items.

We are now on Pinterest.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Join Blue Mountain this summer for Sangria Sundays

Sangria Sundays
Every Sunday from 2 - 5 pm

Enjoy live entertainment on our outdoor or glass-enclosed deck with commanding views of the mountains and our vineyards. Gourmet cheeses, fresh baked bread, dips, pretzels/chips, and pitchers of fruit and ice for sangria are available for purchase or bring your own snacks. Reserve a table bring a picnic lunch, do a wine tasting, and enjoy! $5 cover charge. Reservations required. (No outside alcohol permitted.)

7 - Sarah Ayers and James Supra Quartet
14 - Connie Edinger
21 - Mike Dugan and Jenn McCracken (Cheek2Cheek)
28 - Jake Kalegis and Mike Rauscher (Dynamic Duo)

What's Happening in The Vineyard

Bud break was early this year due to unseasonably warmer weather early spring. The vines will start to flower in a couple of weeks. During the stages of flowering, pollination and fertilization takes place, which results in grapes.

Despite the lack of rain in May, the vines are doing well and it hasn't affected us so far. If it continues, though, it could affect the resulting harvest in the fall.

We've also been hard at work putting tubes on the vines which help protect them, train them to trellis, and encourage faster growth. We've replaced all the Merlot, Vidal, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that we lost during the harsh winter of 2013, as well as adding more vines to increase our production. It will take at least five years to have a full, quality harvest from the new vines.

Upcoming Events

June 5-7 - Wine Me Up! Tapas & Wine Festival
Blue Mountain Ski Resort
To buy tickets: 

June 6 - Longwood Gardens Jazz & Wine Festival
Longwood Gardens
More info: 

June 20-21 - The Great Tastes of Pennsylvania Wine & Food Festival
Split Rock Resort
For more info:

June 27-28 - Hamburg Wine & Food Festival
Hamburg, PA
For more info: