Three Questions with… Brad Knapp of Pinnacle Ridge

1. How does this spring's quirky weather (an earlier-than-normal warm up, followed by many cold and wet days) affect the vines? Were any vines damaged by the winter’s big snow storm or recent spring frosts? Extended warm weather in March can "wake up" the vines earlier than normal. Buds on grapevines will normally open or "break" in mid-April to early-May. So our budbreak this year is earlier than normal and this can put the young, tender shoots at risk for frost damage (last frost date is May 15 in our area). The good side of an early bud break is an...

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LEHIGH VALLEY WINERIES WELCOME SPRING WITH WINE AND CHEESE PAIRING EVENT

Spring time for a local winery means the start of bud break on the vine with vineyards coming back to life after being dormant all winter. It’s the kick-off of the growing season with the promise that it holds for a great 2016 vintage. To celebrate the season, the wine trail is inviting wine lovers to visit its nine member wineries on May 21 and 22 for the Spring Wine and Cheese Pairing event, where guests can sample complimentary pairings as follows: Amoré Vineyards & Winery, Nazareth – will feature a wide array of cheese and crackers, paired with several different wines. Big...

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Wine and Cheese Pairings for next month’s event

Check out the list of pairings for our next wine trail event, the mid-May Spring Wine & Cheese Pairing event: Amore - will feature a wide array of cheese and crackers, paired with several different wines. Big Creek - will pair Nouvelle Sunset Late Harvest with Brie or Apple Raspberry with Manchego. Blue Mountain – their 2011 Merlot will be paired with a wedge of Prima Donna cheese on a cracker, and their 2014 Sauvignon Blanc will be paired with a skewer of watermelon and Sartori basil and olive Asiago cheese. Cheeses will be available to purchase. Clover Hill – will offer a free...

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Pinnacle Ridge Case Club event

Are you a member of the Pinnacle Ridge Case Club? If not there's still time to join before the next event: Case Club Barrel Tasting On Sunday April 24 at 3 pm, members are invited to an event where they can taste some of our yet-to-be released wines - right out of the barrel! Winemaker Brad Knapp will lead an informal session where he describes the fermentation process, the difference between certain oaks, as well as what you can expect from our next vintages! Case Club members are permitted up to three guests (please present your card at the door). Seating is limited, so...

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2016 Vino in the Valley Grand Prize Winners announced!

Congratulations to the following 30 Grand Prize Winners of the 2016 Vino in the Valley passport drawing. You will receive in the mail in the coming weeks a $25 gift certificate to the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail to be used toward the purchase of wine only. Gift certificates are valid for one year only. Thank you for participating in this year's passport event! Gloria Ambolino - Quakertown Ann Christman - Palmerton Deb Cinamella - Palmerton Dave  Furman - Wayne Diane Granitz - Allentown Sharon Gross - Collegeville Ken Hanna - Bethlehem Brian Hugo - Walnutport Kendra Kachline - Bangor Laura Karns - Palmerton Stacy Kovacs - Allentown Nicole Larrison - Nazareth Carol Sue Miller - Bath Kristy Molitoris - Whitehall Denise Nolt - Fleetwood Megan Papuc - Bethlehem Michele Pierce - Easton Lisa Rodriguez - Whitehall Ashley Romanishan - Danielsville Carla Rowland - Easton Jim Scheirer - Bethlehem Paula Schmelz - Saylorsburg Carl Schumacher Jr. - Easton Cathy Smith - Allentown Tammy Smith - Palmerton Allison Solley - Bethlehem Michelle Sterner - Allentown Andrew White - Allentown Eric Whitters - Easton David Williamson - Nazareth...

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LVWT on RCN Community Spotlight episode in May

Today we taped an interview segment on RCN's Community Spotlight program. Kathy from Galen Glen Vineyard & Winery and Mandy from Tolino Vineyards were interviewed for the half-hour segment which will air on RCN Channel 4 on the following dates: May 8 - 10:30 pm May 10 - 6:30 pm May 12 - 8 p.m. They will also put the current episode in the On Demand feature to be watched at any time by RCN subscribers....

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