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.

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
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 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 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.