Three Questions with… Mandy Tolino of Tolino Vineyards

1. Tolino will be participating in the PA Farm Show in Harrisburg again this year. Why do you think this annual event is so important for showcasing the quality of PA wines? The Farm Show draws a diverse crowd. It’s not the typical wine festival crowd who may be familiar with local wineries. This allows wineries to expose their product to people who may not be familiar with the quality and diverse array of Pennsylvania wines. Also, it’s a great way for people to compare the various winemaking styles from wineries across the state all in the same location. 2. What are...

Read More

A Word from the Wine Trail by Sarah Troxell of Galen Glen

The mild start to our winter has been delightful, unless you are a grape destined for Ice Wine. Ice Wine grapes are frozen, typically harvested at night when the temperature dips below 17F. The best Ice Wine conditions begin with several freeze/thaw periods in November, allowing the sugars to concentrate. A final frigid blast for a few days in December before harvest ensures a superb sweet crop. All the unseasonably warm temperatures accelerated the dehydration of Ice Wine grapes, turning them into raisins. So what’s a winemaker to do? Make wine out of raisins, of course! While it won’t be Ice...

Read More

Sparkling Traminette wine release at Vynecrest on 12/26

Vynecrest will release a new sparkling wine, Sparkling Traminette, on Saturday, December 26, just in time for New Year's Eve! Sparkling Traminette is made from 100% Estate Grown Traminette, the first-ever sparkling wine Vynecrest has ever made with its Traminette grapes. The flowery bouquet and spiciness of the Traminette grape pairs exceptionally well with bubbles and produces a rich, complex, food friendly wine that finishes with a touch of sweetness. Great pairing for Chinese, Thai and any Asian flavors. $14.99. www.vynecrest.com ...

Read More