Thursday, May 19, 2016

Get to know... Virgil Cardamone from Blue Mountain Vineyards

1. Which winery do you work for and how long have you worked there?

I have had the honor of representing Blue Mountain Vineyards for the last five years. I've been blessed with the opportunity to work alongside Joe, a master of his craft. My passion for this Vineyard has grown beyond a profession and lifestyle - it's become my heart and home.

2. What is your favorite wine that your winery makes, and why? What do you like to pair it with?

Our Petite Syrah and Shiraz are my personal favorites. The characteristic burst of fruit up front and velvety texture make it a perfect pairing with pastas and Italian food.

3. What is the most popular question you get asked by visitors about Lehigh Valley wine or wineries, and how do you answer it?

Whenever I'm in the field, customers are always curious about visiting the tasting room. They are always pleased to hear that they can visit our location in New Tripoli seven days a week. I always advise them to book a table for our weekly Sunday Blues Music and other annual events that are a staple at Blue Mountain.

4. What do you like most about local, Lehigh Valley wine and wineries?

I love the familial appeal of this industry. We are not only representing and promoting the craft of winemaking in the Lehigh Valley, but pushing the importance of our local agriculture. These are home-grown, family-owned vineyards that carry years of labor and love in our acres.

5. What is the one piece of advice you offer to wine lovers traveling along the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail?

I always advise that you take advantage of the variety. The beauty of the wine trial, and wine industry in general, is the vast options and ever changing choices for the palate. With nine beautiful wineries, the Lehigh Valley will certainly be a memorable and enjoyable experience for any wine lover.

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