Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mother's Day along the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail

Here is what our wineries have planned for Mother's Day Weekend, May 13 & 14:

Galen Glen
We toast all ladies with a complimentary wine tasting and a Galen Glen tasting glass. Also, Grab a snack from Buy the Farm – Specializing in homemade dips, salsas, hummus and our winemaker’s favorite – homemade pita chips, Aaron and Marisa also bring locally sourced surprises like sandwiches and baked goods.
Saturday — 11am – 5pm
Sunday — Noon – 5pm

Mimosas and Music at Vynecrest
$3 Mimosas both Saturday and Sunday for Mother’s Day and Mike Spangler playing the baby grand piano in the Vyneskeller on Saturday from 1-4 pm.

Blue Mountain
It’s Mother’s Day and what better way to say “Thanks Mom” or “I Love You Mom” than with Mimosas and a cheese and fruit plate. Available at the Vineyard in New Tripoli from 11 am - 6 pm on Mother’s Day. No reservations required. Plus, Sunday Blues from 2 - 5 p.m, $5 per person, includes wine tasting.

Special at Clover Hill
May 14 – noon-4 pm
It’s Mom’s Day and what better way to say “Thanks Mom” or “I Love You Mom” than with a glass of wine and a bottle to take home. Join us at the Winery in Breinigsville for discounted wine by the glass specials from noon to 4 pm.

Cupcake Pairing – Tolino
Celebrate the moms in your life with a a wine tasting and gourmet cupcake pairing. We will be offering pink berry slushies and live music on Saturday and Sunday. Cupcake pairing is $8 for 6 tastes, souvenir glass, and cupcake. No purchase in advance required.

MAMAste YOGA with Jackie at Tolino
10:30 am special yoga flow in the vineyard guided by Jacki Squarcia of Om-azing yoga followed by brunch, a cupcake pairing, wine tasting and souvenir wine glass and live entertainment. Bring your own mat. Call us at 610.588.9463 with questions.

Yoga in the Vineyard – Franklin Hill
As always our Yoga in the Vineyard Series kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 14. We’re honored to welcome back Silver Kim to lead us in an hour of rejuvenating and relaxing poses. Your ticket includes your practice, a glass of sangria and a light buffet style brunch.Full of Crepe’s food truck will also be here offering both sweet and savory crepe options that you’re sure to love. $25 per person

Pinnacle Ridge 2017 Open House Concert Series – Scott Marshall & the Hillbilly Souls
This summer, we’re going to have a ton of fun music in our rustic Bank Barn! We have a stage, tables and chairs, a bar, food trucks, and a crowd that’s always ready to dance it up. No reservations required. Please – no outside alcoholic beverages are allowed. We will have locally produced beer and cocktails made from locally distilled spirits. We will also have non-alcoholic beverages for sale.
FOOD TRUCK: Stuffed to the Grills

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Spring Wine & Cheese Pairing weekend details announced

Taking place mid-spring, the Spring Wine & Cheese Pairing Weekend features the pairing of cheeses with local wines at each of our nine member wineries. Each winery will select one of its fine wines to pair with the perfect cheese and will offer complimentary tastings of the pairing to wine lovers who will explore how the texture, acidity, fat and tannin compliment or contrast each other. Guests will also learn tips to help them skillfully develop their own pairings.

Event hours are Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m.

(While the wine and cheese pairing samples at each winery are complimentary (limit one per person, per winery), most of our member wineries charge a fee for wine tastings. So be sure to ask what the tasting policy is when you arrive at each winery, or consult their respective winery page on this site.)


Amore will serve a variety of Italian cheeses paired with wines appropriate to the nature of the cheese and the customer’s palate.

Big Creek will introduce its wine by the glass program and for the epicurious, an augmented cheese plate.

Blue Mountain will feature Strawberry and Goat Cheese Bruschetta paired with their 2015 Riesling (dry) or their 2015 Vignoles (Semi-Sweet). Cheese and wine will be available for purchase.

Clover Hill will feature Riesling paired with a Vermont Maple Sriracha Windsordale cheese, and Turtle Rock Red paired with Drunken Goat cheese.

Franklin Hill – will offer Cheddar, Bacon, and Bourbon Fondue served with pretzel bites prepared by our sister company, Social Still. They’ll pair it with White Jade, which was recently awarded the Best Dry White Wine at the Pennsylvania Wine Association Competition. For sweet drinkers they’ll offer Vidal Blanc as a pairing. Local vendors and specialty cocktails will also be available.

Galen Glen will feature its decadent Cannoli Dip (made with ricotta and cream cheese – recipe available) and a locally smoked cheese paired with their wines.

Pinnacle Ridge will team up with Camillo’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria on Kutztown whose chefs are preparing mini cheese pinwheels made with buffalo mozzarella and Camillo’s very own fresh dough. After baking, the pinwheels are sprinkled with garlic and Parmesan cheese. They will have two wines available for pairing: customers can choose either the smooth, full-bodied, French Oak-aged 2015 Chardonnay, or for a sweeter option, the 2016 Vidal Blanc.

Tolino will pair Mama’s Rose with Pastae, a Tolino family recipe. Pastae is similar to quiche and is made with hard Italian cheeses, eggs and pasta. This rich and decadent dish is a tasty side at any party. The touch of sweetness in the fruity rose is a perfect complement to the savory dish. Live music Saturday (and every Saturday) by Jeff and Karen.

Vynecrest will pair PA Preferred September Farms Mango Fire Cheddar with their seductive, spicy Traminette wine.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Vino in the Valley 2017 raffle prize winners

We are excited to announce the winners of this year's Vino in the Valley Passport Program raffle. We're giving away 10 Lehigh Valley Getaway Packages to passport holders who visited at least 8 of our trail's 9 wineries during our annual March event. Winners will be contacted by email before their prizes are sent out in order to confirm shipping address.

Bear Creek Mountain Resort Getaway
Winner: Randy Scheirer of Bath

Crystal Springs Resort Getaway
Winner: Howard Jacobsen of Bethlehem

Hawk Mountain Bed & Breakfast Getaway
Winner: Ed Hottinger of New Tripoli

Couples Pampering Package Getaway at Glasbern Inn
Winner: Heather Hinkle of Reading

Hotel Bethlehem Getaway
Winner: Linda Fasching of Orefield

Sayre Mansion Getaway
Winner: Robbie Daitzman of Northampton

Glasbern Inn Getaway
Winner: Brooke Muller of Northampton

Shawnee Inn Getaway
Winner: Maureen Sawyer-Brown of Allentown

Lafayette Inn Getaway
Winner Christine Merritt of Bethlehem

Kutztown Main Street Inn
Winner: Keith Huff of Quakertown

Friday, April 14, 2017

Pinnacle Ridge brings home several medals from recent competition

Congratulations to Pinnacle Ridge Winery on its recent medals in the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition & Camp Good Days Wine Auction.

In the past 3 years, Pinnacle Ridge has submitted 45 wines to this competition, and 44 have returned with medals! This includes two recent DOUBLE GOLD wins - one for our 2013 Vidal Blanc (in the 2014 competition), and another for our 2015 Quaff (in the 2017 competition).


Double Gold
2015 Quaff

2016 Naked Chardonnay
2016 Gruner Veltliner
2016 Traminette
2014 Veritas
Blanc de Blanc

Other Medal Winners:
2016 Vidal Blanc
2016 Chambourcin Rose'
2013 Chambourcin Reserve
2015 Chambourcin
2015 Pinot Noir
2015 Merlot
2016 Cayuga
Cuvee Chardonnay
Brut Rose'

Most of these wines are available for sampling right now in our Tasting Room (open every day from 10 am - 6 pm). Stop in and find out if you agree with the wine experts.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Lehigh Valley winemakers recommend wine and food pairings for Easter dinner

The owners of the nine family-owned and operated wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail invite wine lovers to make their Easter holiday meal even more special by pairing dinner and dessert with local wine. They offer the following food and wine pairing suggestions for this year’s dinner:

Amoré Vineyards & Winery, Nazareth - Pair Amore Pink Passion with ham, pork and sauerkraut or Rose Amore with baked ham. After dinner, relax with a glass of Rapport or Vidal Blanc dessert wines.

Big Creek Vineyard and Winery, Kresgeville - recommends their Marechal Foch with a traditional roast leg of lamb, a full-bodied red with just enough acidity and tannin to complement a succulent lamb dish.

Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli – Winemaker Joe Greff recommends their 2015 Pinot Noir to compliment a glazed Easter ham. For lamb, they recommend their 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon. If you’re serving a chocolate dessert, go with Victoria’s Passion, or Harvest Moon, a late-harvest Seyval Blanc dessert wine, with apple pie, custards, and carrot cake.

Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery, Breinigsville - Sparkling Cayuga White - semi-sweet sparkling with soft, fruity flavors. Oak Vidal Blanc - a hearty white will that will stand up to any smoked meat. Clover Hill Rose - sweet and mild fruit flavors will be a crowd pleaser. Turtle Rock Red - serve it chilled as a perfect partner for Easter ham.

Franklin Hill Vineyards, Bangor - pour a glass of their Double Gold Award-winning White Jade to pair with a holiday feast. After dinner take your guests’ breath away by serving Franklin Hills’ port-style wine Breathless with a rich and delicious chocolate cake.

Galen Glen Vineyard & Winery, Andreas – Winemaker Sarah Troxell recommends setting the family table with one of their Rieslings alongside a glazed Easter ham or a roasted turkey. For a less traditional meal – like salmon, pork or vegetarian cuisine - Gruner Veltliner is the answer. For dessert, sip a glass of Vidal Blanc, which is naturally sweet and perfectly paired with cheesecake.

Pinnacle Ridge, Kutztown - recommends their Chambourcin Rose or Brut Rose to go with lighter or saltier dishes (ham or turkey). For lamb or beef, winemaker Brad Knapp recommends his 2014 Veritas. For dessert, go with 2014 Late Harvest Vidal Blanc (Gold Medal Winner in the Los Angeles Wine Competition).

Tolino Vineyards, Bangor - For Easter, the Tolino family recommends pairing its 2015 Vidal with ham. The slight sweetness and pineapple aroma complement the wine beautifully.  For dessert, pair chocolate eggs with Chambourcin. This dry, bold red will balance the sweetness of the chocolate, and will leave a slight vanilla flavor on the palate from its barrel aging.

Vynecrest Winery, Breinigsville – Their April Wine of the Month is Traminette a Gewürztraminer hybrid grape grown in their vineyard for over 20 years. It exudes a flowery bouquet and has a seductive spicy finish perfect with a traditional Easter ham with pineapple. Something a little sweeter with dessert is Autumn Gold for pairing with chocolate coconut eggs.

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.

The Lehigh Valley region is an official American Viticultural Area as designated by the Federal Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in April 2008. The Lehigh Valley AVA includes portions of Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Schuylkill, Carbon and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania. In order to receive the designation a least 85% of the grapes used to make local wines must be grown within the region. Wineries in the region are permitted to list “Lehigh Valley” as the growing region on their labels. www.LehighValleyWineTrail.com

Monday, April 10, 2017

Vino in the Valley 2017 prize drawing reminder

Reminder - the Vino in the Valley 2017 raffle prize drawing for 10 Lehigh Valley Getaway Prize Packages is next Monday 4/17.

You have until THIS FRIDAY April 14 to drop off your complete passport stub (located at the bottom of your passport) at one of our wine trail's 9 wineries or mail it to Discover Lehigh Valley (mailing address on back of passport in event overview section).

The list of winners will be posted on our web site, in our Taste of the Trail blog, and on our Facebook page.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Clover Hill spring events

Buck A Bottle Shipping Special
All Clover Hill locations and online at www.cloverhillwinery.com
April 6-9
This is your chance to stock up on Clover Hill wine for the Spring and Summer. Purchase 6 or more bottles and we will ship them for only a 'Buck A Bottle' shipping cost. We will ship your favorite Clover Hill wines right to your door - must order a minimum of 6 bottles. If you order a case, 12 bottles, or more we will also give you our 10% case discount. Shop at www.cloverhillwinery.com or call 610-395-2468 to place your order.

Spring Flights - Pierogie Party
The Winery in Breinigsville
May 6, 7, 8 & 9 from noon - 4 pm each day
Reservations Required (limited availability)
$12 per flight

Who does not love pierogies? Here at Clover Hill we love pierogies so much we are going to offer flights of various types of pierogies. You can decide if you want a sweet flight or a dry flight and we will have wines and pierogies prepared accordingly. Each flight will include 3 different pierogies and will end with a dessert. It doesn't get much better than that! Be sure to make your reservation as soon as possible because these tickets are sure to sell out fast. Give us a call to reserve your tickets and let us know if you want the sweet flight or the dry flight. Please call 610-395-2468 to reserve your flights.

Mother's Day Special
The Winery in Breinigsville
May 14 from noon - 4 pm

It's Mom's Day and what better way to say "Thanks Mom" or "I Love You Mom" than with a glass of wine and a bottle to take home. Join us at the Winery in Breinigsville for discounted wine by the glass specials.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Pinnacle Ridge Winery announces summer lineup of live music

Pinnacle Ridge Winery in Kutztown has finalized the details for its 2017 Summer Concert Series. They have 22 events scheduled from May to September featuring well know musicians including Craig Thatcher, Steve Brosky, Scott Marshall, Jay Stollman, and many more.

They will also debut the brand new Twilight Concerts, a series of shows that run from 5:30-8:30 pm, allowing customers to take in one of the spectacular blazing sunsets, while the band plays and the evening cools down.

Customers can buy wine by the bottle or glass – as well as beer provided by Saucony Creek Brewing Co, and cocktails made with liquor from Eight Oaks Distillers. Seating is available in the rustic 19th Century barn; or on the hillside by the vineyard.

The winery will welcome local food trucks including the Taza Truck, Aioli, Egg Truck, Trè Locally Sourced, and Stuffed to the Grills.

Note: customers are NOT permitted to bring in any outside alcohol. On days that are marked “BYOF,” customers are welcome to bring their own picnics.


May 13 (2-5 pm)

Scott Marshall & the Hillbilly Souls

Food Truck: Stuffed to the Grills

May 20 (5:30-8:30 pm)

James Supra Blues Band

Food Truck: Egg Truck

May 27 (2-5 pm)

Brosky & Meyer Trio

Food Truck: Aioli

June 3 (2-5 pm)

The Mighty Manatees

Food Truck: Taza Truck

June 10 (5:30-8:30 pm)

Dave Fields

Food Truck: Egg Truck

June 17 (5:30-8:30 pm)

Craig Thatcher

Food Truck: Egg Truck

JULY BASH (July 1-2)

July 1

(12-3 pm) Grexin’

(3:30-6:30 pm) Uncle Jake & the 18 Wheel Gang

Food Truck: Stuffed to the Grills

July 2

(12-3 pm) Appalachian Gypsy Tribe

(3:30-6:30 pm) Serene Green

Food Truck: Taza Truck

July 8 (5:30-8:30 pm)

Frog Holler

Food Truck: Stuffed to the Grills

July 15 (2-5 pm)

James Supra Acoustic Trio


July 22 (2-5 pm)

Manatawny Creek Ramblers

Food Truck: Egg Truck

August 19 (2-5 pm)

Oklahoma Dan


August 26 (5:30-8:30 pm)

Trouble City All-Stars

Food Truck: Trè Locally Sourced


Sept 2

(12-3 pm) TBA

(3:30-6:30 pm) Jay Stollman Band

Food Truck: Trè Locally Sourced

Sept 3

(12-3 pm) Dane Becker & the Chameleons

(3:30-6:30 pm) James Supra Blues Band

Food Truck: Stuffed to the Grills

Sept 9 (2-5 pm)

Steve Brosky & the Big Lil’ Band

Food Truck: Egg Truck

Sept 16 (2-5 pm)

The Mighty Manatees

Food Truck: Trè Locally Sourced

Sept 30 (2-5 pm)

Scott Marshall & Marshall’s Highway


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Wine & Cheesecake for a Cure at Galen Glen Winery

Winery Hosts Eighth Annual Event to Benefit The American Cancer Society

On Saturday, April 29 from noon to 4 pm, Dr. Rosalee Rehrig and her Relay for Life Team will partner with the staff at Galen Glen Winery in Andreas for their eighth annual Cheesecake for a Cure event to benefit The American Cancer Society. Guests to the winery can purchase slices of homemade cheese cake to pair with a glass of wine while they drink in the beauty of the vineyard. All proceeds from cheesecake sales are donated.

In addition, the winery is donating one dollar from every bottle sold during the event. Galen Glen's winemaker, Sarah C. Rhodes-Troxell states, "Cancer strikes without discern across all races and creeds. Everyone knows someone who has or had cancer. Galen Glen is proud to partner with The American Cancer Society and support the scientists who search for a cure."

When asked why she started this event, Dr. Rosalee Rehrig stated, "As a doctor, I see patients with cancer every day. I've lost a good friend to cancer and I hope for a future where I never have to say, 'you have cancer.'" She continues highlighting, "our friend Sandy is our inspiration. She was a great friend who passed within months of learning she had a brain tumor. If there were more treatments, maybe she could have been saved." Rhodes-Troxell and Rehrig encourage all to visit the winery during the event.

The event is held rain or shine and no reservations are required. Rehrig adds, "a piece of cheesecake and a glass of wine are the perfect way to enjoy any day." Tasting Room Manager, Kathy Matson, quips, "It's just what the doctor ordered. This year, cancer has impacted several members of our winery family in some way. A member of my family is fighting now. I pray for a cure." When asked why this event has continued for eight years, Rehrig notes, "the success of this event year after year has helped us raise tens of thousands of dollars to help others. We are thankful for the support of the winery and it's guests."

About Galen Glen Winery
Galen Glen Winery is located in the beautiful rolling hills of Andreas Pennsylvania.  The vineyard is on the family's double-century farm and full of history.  The tasting room's knowledgeable and engaging staff always make your visit enjoyable. Currently, the tasting room is open Friday, noon to 5pm; Saturday, 11am to 5pm and Sunday, noon to 5pm.  Beginning April 5th, the tasting room will be open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5pm; Saturday, 11am to 5pm; and Sunday, noon to 5pm. Plan to spend some time enjoying the exceptional views and a glass of award-winning wine with locally-made cheeses or pack some light fare.

For more information about the winery's other award winning wines and other upcoming events, please visit the website www.galenglen.com or "Like" on Facebook at Galen Glen Vineyard & Winery and follow on Twitter #galenglenwine.  The tasting room may be reached via telephone at 570-386-3682.  The staff looks forward to meeting you and your family and helping you create unforgettable memories at Galen Glen.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Franklin Hill Vineyards wins awards for its wines at PA Wine Conference

Congratulations to Franklin Hill Vineyards in Bangor on winning the following awards at the recent 2017 Pennsylvania Wine Conference:
  • Best Dry White Wine - White Jade - a lightly oaked blend of Vidal Blanc and Chardonnay.
  • Gold - Cask 530 - made using Social Still’s first batch of bourbon barrels that were filled with Chambourcin the day they were emptied and left to age almost a year. 
  • Silver - Potion X - seasonal pumpkin spice wine great when used in cocktails or served warm
  • Bronze - Midnight Rush - sparkling plum wine in a can
  • Bronze - Fire Cider - original hard cider infused with cinnamon and is quickly becoming our most popular cider

Try them at the winery or any of their wine shoppe locations on your next visit.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Lehigh Valley Wine Trail - Valentine's Day/Weekend events


Weekend of 2/11 & 12 - We will be pairing dark chocolate with Rapport, Blackberry bliss, and Cabaret Dolce. (pairing included in the regular $5 wine tasting fee.)

Blue Mountain

February is the month of love. Love makes the world go round, but chocolate and wine makes the trip worthwhile. Every Saturday and Sunday in February, savor a delicious cupcake from local baker, The Buttered Crumb, or indulge in three decadent handmade chocolate truffles from local chocolatier, Sweet Finesse. Enjoy them with your favorite wine in their glass-enclosed room with cozy fireplaces overlooking the vineyard.

Wondering what to do for Valentine's Day? Try something a little different! Impress your significant other with a romantic candlelit dinner catered by The Culinary Experience. Enjoy soulful music provided by Jean Therapy Combo, and a souvenir glass to take home to remember this magical night. Tickets must be purcahsed by 2/3/17. Limited tickets. Ages 21 and older only

When: February 10 (snow date February 25)

Time: 6-9 pm; Dinner is served at 6 pm

Where: Blue Mountain Vineyards

Cost: $110/couple (+tax) includes two souvenir glasses, live music, catered dinner, and a glass of wine with dinner.

Roast Beef Crostinis
Arancini Balls
Mini Pineapple Pulled Pork Sliders

Top Round Carving Station
Breaded Chicken Cutlet
Garlic Alfredo Sauce Cavatappi Pasta
Vegetable Medley
Caesar Salad
Fresh Baked Dinner Rolls

Dessert is provided by The Buttered Crumb. Chocolate mousse with handmade whipped cream, fresh berries, and two chocolate hearts on top.

Wine Pairing Suggestion: You can’t go wrong with a limited -dition wine and a simple, but delicious pasta dish to impress your lover on Valentine’s Day. We recommend their 2013 Cabernet Franc, which is a medium-bodied dry red with bright fruit and herb notes, paired with Portobello Mushroom Parmesan. Find the recipe at their website: http://www.bluemountainwine.com/portobelloparmesan.html

Clover Hill

Beat The Winter Blues with a Wine Slushie Weekend
The Winery in Breinigsville
February 4 & 5 from noon - 4 p.m.
Slushies are available for purchase by the glass.
Forget the cold weather and join us for a little wine slushie fun. They will be wearing their best island outfits, Caribbean music will be playing and will be serving wine slushies by the glass. Slushies will be $6 by the glass (you keep the glass) and $5 refills.

Love Flights
The Winery in Breinigsville
February 11, 12, 13 & 14; noon - 4 p.m. each day
Reservations required (limited availability); $12 per flight
Love Flights is a sweet way to do a casual tasting of 4 wines each perfectly paired with a sweet treat. If you want to join us for Love Flights call us and make a reservation. They will need to know what day you would like to attend, how many people will be joining you and if you prefer dry or sweet wines. Please call 610-395-2468 for reservations.

Wine Pairing Suggestion: They just released the 2013 Merlot. The wine is fuller bodied with a touch of sweet oak and vanilla on the taste. If you are planning a special steak dinner, this wine would be a delightful partner.

Franklin Hill

Valentine’s Day dinner at Social Still featuring Franklin  Hill’s not-yet-released Cask 530
February 14

Join the winery Valentine's Day evening at Social Still and be one of the first to try our soon to be released Cask 530, a bourbon-barrel aged Chambourcin.

Course 1: Appetizer served with a Signature Cocktail
Smoked Beef Carpaccio with preserved lemon, smoked salt, arugula and kalamata olives
Prince Edward Island mussels, shallots, garlic absinthe, herbs, with charred bread

Course 2: Salad or Soup
Baby lettuce, blood orange, fennel, roasted beets, with candied hazelnut vinegrette
Wild mushroom soup with truffle foam

Course 3: Entree served with Franklin Hill Vineyards Local Wine
Thai style grilled lancaster free range chicken with fingerling sweet potatoes, green papaya salad and a sweet sambal sauce
Chimichurri marinated skirt steak, cheesy soft polenta, garlic spinach

Course 4: Dessert
Molten Chocolate cake, berry sauce, with white chocolate ganache

Tickets available online: https://www.opentable.com/social-still

Galen Glen

Every Saturday and Sunday in February
Wine & Local Chocolate Pairings
Savor a delicious brownie with peanut butter icing from local baker, Mama C’s or three decadent handmade chocolate truffles from local chocolatier, Steve Evans with a glass of their wine.

Saturday, February 11 & Sunday, February 12
Noon to 2 pm
Romance Book Signing
She writes sweet. She writes steamy. Meet local, award-winning author, Autumn Jordan and take home your signed copy of her Valentine’s Day romance novel, Perfect Hearts. She will also be signing Perfect, Seized By Darkness and her newest release, Obsessed By Darkness. Books are $10 each (cash only).  Autumn has been recognized by the Romance Writers of America as a National Golden Heart® finalist and is a Golden Leaf Winner.  Recently, she received a “Best Indie Romance Author” nomination from Amazon’s Kindle Book Reviewers for Seized By Darkness.  More at www.autumnjordon.com.

Wine Pairing Suggestion: Their favorite treats for Valentine’s Weekend, paired with wine:
Galen loves raw oysters with his Stone Cellar Riesling and Fossil Riesling.
Sarah has a glass of their sparkling Gruner Veltliner with tuna and salmon sashimi.
For dessert – Sarah’s homemade tiramisu with their port style Barrel Twenty-Nine.

Pinnacle Ridge

Weekend of Feb 11-12:

This year we’re teaming up with our good friends at the Mediterranean Café & Grill in Fogelsville. They’ll be baking some crispy, flaky baklava, filled with honey, cashews, pistachios – and most importantly, drizzled with chocolate.

This delectable treat will be paired with our new 2016 Vidal Blanc – a wine made in the classic Germanic tradition of stopped fermentation. Aromas of peaches and nectarines are intermingled with a clean minerality. The naturally retained sweetness blends with the flavors and crispness for a perfect finish.


Valentine's Day Weekend (2/11 and 2/12) Tolino will feature chocolate truffles by JP Hepp of Chocodiem.  JP was named one of North America's top 10 chocolatiers by the Institute of Culinary Education.  Live music on Saturday by George Baier and Erin McClelland on Sunday.

At Tolino’s Easton Public Market booth they will be doing a demonstration on February 8 from 5-7 pm in the community kitchen with JP of Chocodiem pairing their wines with various chocolates.

Wine Pairing Suggestion - pair their Cabernet Franc with dark chocolate for traditionalists, and Lilly with white chocolate for adventurers.


Valentine Weekend - February 11 & 12

Vynecrest Winery will be serving brunch in the Vyneskeller from 10 am to 1 pm, reservations required. It is an a la carte menu of mimosas for $3 and an assortment of sweet treats such as chocolate-covered strawberries, almond croissants, cheese pockets, chocolate éclairs, apple Danish and petit fours. They will be taking advanced orders for personal-sized cakes for two to share for $7 each: Oreo Cream and German-Chocolate. Steve Myers will be playing romantic songs on the Baby grand piano 10 am - 4 pm, and 1 – 4 pm on Sunday.

They will also feature both days from 11 am – 4:30 pm a flight of three wines and three chocolates for $10 (no reservations needed).  They will pair the following from Billy’s Candies in Temple, Pa. with their Vynecrest wines:  Sparkling Traminette with Milk Chocolate Covered Strawberries; Vynecrest Red paired with Chocolate Figaro Hazelnut Truffles; and Cherry Divyne paired with solid Dark Chocolate Hearts. Vynecrest.com. 610-398-7525.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Vino in the Valley 2017 Food and Wine Pairings

Week 1 – Roast pork loin with applejack pan gravy and red skinned mash potatoes – Vidal Blanc
Week 2 – Three-cheese meat lasagna – Red Rapture or Cabernet Dolce
Week 3 – Beef Burgundy and bow tie pasta – Cabaret Amore or Chambourcin
Week 4 – Chicken medallions and pasta Florentine, roasted red peppers, artichokes and mushrooms in a light garlic wine sauce – Rose Amore

Big Creek

Homemade Tomato Bisque with Crispy Pancetta and Grilled Cheese Crouton paired with Seyval for the dry wine drinkers or its sister wine, Dulcinea, fro the sweeter tastes.
March 11 and 12
Melon and Prosciutto with Balsamic Glaze paired with our Joi’, an off dry Muscat
March 18 and 19
Crostini with Beef Tenderloin and Horseradish Cream paired with our dry red wines.
March 25 and 26
Brie in Puff Pastry with Raspberry, Pecans and Green Onions paired with our Dulcinea or Apple Raspberry wines.

Blue Mountain
All food prepared by Nick & Nikki Sandt with The Culinary Experience.

3/4 and 3/5
French Onion Soup with Toasted Garlic Crostini paired with 2015 Sauvignon Blanc

3/11 and 3/12
Garlic Herb Cavatappi Alfredo paired with 2015 Riesling

3/18 and 3/19
Chipotle Pulled Pork Crostini with a Cole Slaw Shooter paired with 2016 White Merlot

3/25 and 3/26
Mini Fish Tacos paired with 2012 Chardonnay

We are also offering complimentary live entertainment each Saturday from 1- 5 pm.

Clover Hill
Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery is proud to partner again this year with the K-Town Pub Taphouse & BBQ for our Vino in the Valley Food. This year passport holders will be treated to a Wings & Wine extravaganza! Each weekend will feature different wings and a vegetarian side dish perfectly paired with our wine.

March 4 and 5, 11 and 12
Chimichurri wings with a side of Vegetarian Baked Beans.  We will also be serving a new sangria.
Cayuga White will be paired with the Chimichurri wings – Chimichurri is an Argentina style sauce with parsley, cilantro and garlic
DeChaunac will be paired with homemade Vegetarian Baked Beans

March 18 and 19, 25 and 26
White BBQ wings with a side of Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad.  We will also be serving a new sangria.
Riesling will be paired with White BBQ wings – White BBQ is an Alabama style sauce made with mayonnaise, cider vinegar and sambal (and Asian chili)
Vidal Blanc will be paired with a K’Town Pub creation of Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad – corn, black beans and pasta with chili, lime and aioli

(Please note: a passport is required to take part in the wine and food pairings or you can purchase a pairing for $6 per person.)

Franklin Hill

Franklin Hill Vineyards is partnering with their sister business Social Still in Bethlehem for an amazing food and wine pairing each weekend.

Week 1 - Short Rib Street Taco bowls, sweet onion, cilantro, pico de gallo and lime paired with our Trio.

Week 2 - Kiss will be paired with Korean Style Meatballs

Week 3 - White Jade will be paired with Mini Crab cakes finished in a celery root remoulade and peppadew sauce.

Week 4 - Venison Sloppy Joe Sliders and purple cabbage citrus slaw paired with Evanswood.

(Vegan option are also available all four weekends.)

Galen Glen

Harvest of Land & Sea - a salad of smoked salmon with local vegetables and greens topped with dill, sour cream dressing and a rye toast point
Wine – Gruner Veltliner
Cuisine Partner - Chef Mark Muszynski, owner of farm-to-table restaurant Curious Goods at the Bake Oven Inn http://bakeoveninn.com/

Pinnacle Ridge

Pinnacle Ridge will be teaming up with the Lehigh Valley's own Taza Egyptian Cuisine Food Truck. Each weekend they'll feature some of their delicious signature recipes, which have been garnering rave reviews since they burst onto the culinary scene.

The Menu (everything is served with homemade pita chips):

March 4-5:
Garlicky Hummus
Baba Ghanoush - Smoky baked eggplant, pureed with homemade tahini and spices
Dry Option: 2016 Gruner Veltliner
Sweet Option: 2016 Vidal Blanc

March 11-12:
Gibna Beyda - Bulgarian feta mixed with spices, tomatoes, scallions, and olive oil topped with paprika
Marinated Eggplant - Lightly fried eggplant marinated with vinegar, fresh lemon and fresh pressed garlic
Dry Option: 2016 Dry Rose'
Sweet Option: 2015 Riesling

March 18-19:
Garlicky Hummus
Baba Ghanoush - Smoky baked eggplant, pureed with homemade tahini and spices
Dry Option: 2016 Gruner Veltliner
Sweet Option: 2016 Vidal Blanc

March 25-26:
Gibna Beyda - Bulgarian feta mixed with spices, tomatoes, scallions, and olive oil topped with paprika
Marinated Eggplant - Lightly fried eggplant marinated with vinegar, fresh lemon and fresh pressed garlic
Dry Option: 2016 Dry Rose'
Sweet Option: 2015 Riesling

Tolino Vineyards

The Easton Public Market is a great place to drink Tolino wine and sample many different types of food. For Vino in the Valley, Tolino is brining the tastes of the market to the winery in Bangor. Each weekend we will feature a different vendor from the market, with live music every Saturday.

· March 3 and 4 –Chocodiem and live music Saturday by Gordon Ward. We will pair our Cabernet Franc with Chocodiem’s dark chocolate ganache tarts filled with an array of toppings including Himalayan sea salt, coconut flakes, nuts, cocoa nibs and more.

· March 11 and 12- Taza Stop and live music by George Baier. We will pair our Vidal Blanc with Taza’s Egyptian chili loaded with fava beans, ground beef  and lots of spices. 

·  March 18 and 19 - Barred and Broody Bake Shop and live music by Curious Dog. We will pair Papa’s Red with chocolate explosion cake, which is chocolate cake with buttercream icing, chocolate ganache and chocolate sprinkles.

·  March 25 and 26- More than Q and live music by Craig Sailer. Pulled pork from More than Q paired with Chardonnay.


March 4 and 5 - Stuffed to the Grills Food Truck

Pairing Stuffed to the Grills Smoked Gouda Bites with Vynecrest’s DiVyne Red wine. Using PA Preferred September Farms Smoked Gouda wrapped in puff pastry and deep fried with a DiVyne Red drizzle.

March 11 and 12 - Cibo Italian Food Truck

Domenico will be sharing two of his favorite pizzas all weekend, made fresh on-site from his food truck Cibo. He will offer a vegetarian pizza with peppers and mushrooms as well as a cheese pizza topped with bacon. Both pizzas will be paired with Vynecrest Red, and old favorite and perfect pizza wine.

March 18 and 19 - Stuffed to the Grills Food Truck

Pairing Stuffed to the Grills Roasted Vegetable Orzo Salad with Vynecrest’s semi-sweet Riesling wine. Roasted eggplant, red onion, peppers, and garlic tossed with orzo, basil, green onions, and feta cheese in a lemon olive oil dressing.

March 25 and 26 - la bottega & dei PANINI

Domenico will be unveiling his new food truck for the first time here at Vynecrest all weekend and will be featuring a wide array of sandwiches, paninis and heroes.  Specifically, for the food pairing, he will be featuring his classic Italian hero, with ham, salami, provolone, lettuce, tomato, and oil and vinegar. We will pair our Vynecrest White with this masterpiece all weekend.