Make your holiday season twinkle brightly with local sparkling wine

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....

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VINO IN THE VALLEY 2017 PASSPORT PROGRAM INTRODUCES WINE LOVERS TO LOCAL WINERIES

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...

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Vino in the Valley 2017 Getaway Prize Packages

We've made a fun and exciting change to our Vino in the Valley passport event for 2017: Instead of giving out small, individual gifts to passport holders as was done in past years, this year they will be entered to win one of 10 Lehigh Valley Getaway Packages! We've partnered with some of your favorite local inns, resorts, and bed and breakfasts to create these fabulous overnight packages in the Lehigh Valley. (All packages/getaways are subject to availability; prize recipient is responsible for booking/scheduling all components of the package they win. Prize recipient may also be responsible for taxes and/or tips.) HOW IT WORKS: ...

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Taste the first wines of the 2016 Vintage during Nouveau Weekend

The nine wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will debut their first wines from the 2016 vintage, along with other new wine releases, during Nouveau Weekend on November 19 and 20. It is the final Wine Trail event of the year. Traditional nouveau wines are bottled very young, with limited barrel aging, and are light, fruity and semi-dry to dry red wines. The wine trail event is based on a tradition started in France and continued each year in which nouveau wines are released the third Thursday of November. Each winery will feature its own activities including live music, food and...

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Do you know Gluhwein?

by Sarah Troxell of Galen Glen Winery Crisp days, cool nights, November is the heart of autumn. Harvest has just ended and our winemakers are tucking wines into tanks until spring bottling commences. ‘Tis the season to think of wool sweaters, plaid scarves, fire pits and a glass of traditional warm spiced wine. Spice or mulled wine dates back to second century Rome. Consumption of it spread through Europe as the Roman army traveled, conquered and traded. Today you can drink Glühwein in Germany, Glögg in Norway, Sweden and Finland, vin chaud in France. All the European countries, and quite a few...

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Three Questions with… Mandy Tolino of Tolino Vineyards in Bangor

1. Tolino Vineyards is closing in on its 10th anniversary next year. What has the first decade been like and what has been your biggest lesson learned about starting a winery from scratch? Wow, time does fly! A decade ago we were picking rocks, prepping the soil and choosing grape varieties, and now we are producing and selling wine, hosting fantastic events and having a great time spending time with our customers. The biggest lesson we have learned is that wine production is a labor of love. Almost all of our wine is made from hand-pruned and harvested grapes that are then...

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REGION’S CHAMBOURCIN WINE GRAPE STARS IN THIS MONTH’S LEHIGH VALLEY WINE TRAIL EVENT

Wine drinkers know Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Grigio, but do they know Chambourcin? The Lehigh Valley’s wine grape may be lesser known amongst the more popular varieties, but it grows so well in the climate and soil of this region that it has become the only wine grape grown by all nine wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail. Local wine lovers can become familiar with it during the wine trail’s Chambourcin Weekend event on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16. Each winery will feature its own activities such as wine tastings, live entertainment, vineyard tours, or food and wine...

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A Word from the Wine Trail by Kari Skrip Gavenus

As the weather begins to shift to cooler temperatures, I find that my taste in wine changes. Over the summer, the warm weather and sunny days have me reaching for a cool glass of white wine or a refreshing bubbly. Now, as the leaves begin to change colors and the air is crisp I tend to reach for a red wine. Here are a couple of the reasons for this shift in drinking style: The serving temperature is part of the reason for my seasonal change in wine styles. General rule of thumb is whites, roses and sparkling wines should be served...

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Three Questions with… Kat Collins of Blue Mountain Vineyards

[gallery columns="4" ids="6357,6358,6359,6360"] 1. Harvest season is under way at your Blue Mountain Vineyards. How are the grapes looking this season, and what are your early predictions for the wines they will make in the 2016 vintage? The grapes are looking great! They have low acid levels because of the drought conditions we’ve had this summer. This means the pH of the wines will be lower. A wine with lower pH will have more intense color, especially the red wines, and tend to have greater stability during aging which means less preservatives will have to be added to the wine. The grape...

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LEHIGH VALLEY WINE TRAIL’S ANNUAL HARVEST WEEKEND EVENT CELEBRATES VITICULTURE, WINEMAKING, & FARMING

As summer winds down, harvest season begins at the nine locally owned and operated wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail. It’s the time of year when all of spring and summer’s hard work pays off for these farmers. The grapes they have grown are removed from the vine and their juices extracted for fermenting into the 2016 vintage. On Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11, the wineries will celebrate the grape harvest with the Wine Trail’s annual Harvest Weekend event during which they will welcome wine lovers for a variety of different activities at each winery such as tastings,...

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