Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Vino in the Valley 2017 passport program introduces wine lovers to local wineries during weekends in March

The annual Vino in the Valley passport program introduces wine lovers to locally produced wine by encouraging them to explore all nine wineries that belong to the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail during the four weekends in March 2017.

An event that has become an annual tradition for many, it takes features wine and food pairings for passport holders at each of the wine trail’s member wineries. Passports are stamped at each winery, and after visiting at least eight wineries and collecting their stamps, the passport is turned in and entered into a raffle.

New for 2017 passport holders will be entered to win one of 10 Lehigh Valley Getaway Packages at a local inn or bed and breakfast that includes accommodations for two, dining, and other amenities.

How the Vino in the Valley Passport Program works:
1.     Wine lovers purchase a passport for $35, either at one of the wine trail’s nine member wineries, or online. (Passport program participants must be age 21 or older.)
2.     During the four weekends of March (Saturdays and Sundays), participants visit the member wineries to enjoy a food and wine pairing (tasting-sized) and have their passport stamped in the corresponding winery box on the front.
3.     Once stamps are obtained from at least eight of the nine wineries, they fill out their contact information on the bottom front side of the passport before tearing it off and turning it in at the last winery they visit in order to be entered to win one of 10 Lehigh Valley Getaway Packages in the Grand Prize Drawing.

Passports are now on sale for $35 each at all nine member wineries (cash or check only), as well as online via EventBrite.com (credit card only) - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vino-in-the-valley-2017-along-the-lehigh-valley-wine-trail-tickets-29267831873. Online orders for holiday gift giving must be placed by Friday, December 16 to ensure enough time for delivery of the printed passports via First Class USPS. Only 1,800 passports are printed, so wine lovers are encouraged to purchase them early since they may sell out in advance of the event.

Visit the wine trail’s web site to review group guidelines, tips for traveling the trail, passport program rules, and other event details: www.VinointheValleyLVWT.com (Note: each winery sets its own house rules, policies and procedures.)

Lehigh Valley Wine Trail member wineries are:
  • AmorĂ© Vineyards & Winery, Nazareth
  • Big Creek Vineyard, Kresgeville
  • Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli
  • Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery, Breinigsville
  • Franklin Hill Vineyards, Bangor
  • Galen Glen Vineyard & Winery, Andreas
  • Pinnacle Ridge, Kutztown
  • Tolino Vineyards, Bangor
  • Vynecrest Winery, Breinigsville

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. For more information, visit www.LehighValleyWineTrail.com.

Thursday, December 1, 2016


The following Lehigh Valley Wine Trail wineries have sparkling wines for sale this holiday season. Supplies are limited, so pick yours up soon!
– Amore Vineyards, Nazareth: Strawberry Mist – $14.99
– Blue Mountain Vineyards:
Sparkling Peach – made with 100% Pennsylvania peaches and embodies the juicy fresh sweetness of a peach. $24.50
2010 Brut Reserve – made in the traditional champagne method. It is composed of Chardonnay grapes, for elegance and delicacy, and Pinot Noir grapes, for roundness and structures. Warm gold in color, abundance of delicate bubbles. Floral aromas of fruit with subtle hints of white fruits: pear, almonds, apple, and hazelnuts. Fresh opening, smooth, pleasant, creamy, and balanced. $34.50
– Clover Hill:
Sparkling Chambourcin – This bubbly embraces the beauty of Chambourcin, showcasing fruity and berry characteristics with elegant bubbles. Produced using the traditional methode champenoise, this sparkling wine is finished with just a touch of sweetness. Serve well chilled in a tall champagne flute to enhance the tiny streams of bubbles. $16.99
Sparkling Vidal Blanc – A beautiful bubbly made using methode champenoise, which indicates this wine underwent a secondary fermentation in the bottle. Sparkling Vidal has crisp flavors of lemon and grapefruit with soft, yeasty undertones. $16.99
Sparkling Cayuga White – The bubbles are a perfect complement to the fruitiness of this sparkling wine. Cayuga is full of fresh grape characteristics and a soft, smooth finish. This sparkling wine is made as a demi-sec (semi-sweet) and is a real crowd pleaser. $16.99
(Due to the limited supply, there is a $3 tasting fee per each sparkling wine.)
– Franklin Hill Vineyards:
Midnight Rush – $6 a can or $20 for a 4-pack of cans.
– Galen Glen:
Quartz, Stone Cellar 2014 $17.99 – Brut made from Vidal blanc grapes.
Gruner Veltliner, Stone Cellar 2014 – $19.99 – brut natural made from Gruner Veltliner. Both are methode champenoise. The Quartz is brut (or dry) and the GV is brut natural (or brut zero/ bone dry).
– Pinnacle Ridge:
Cuvee Chardonnay – $19.99
Brut Rose – $17.99
Blanc de Blanc – $15.99