2018 Vino in the Valley Food & Wine Pairings
The Vino in the Valley Passport Program along the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is a food and wine tasting adventure that beings when you purchase a passport for $35 and then visit each of the wineries during the four weekends in March.
As you visit our eight member wineries you will be offered delicious food and wine pairings (tasting sized) to sample. Your passport will be stamped during each visit and ultimately entered into the Grand Prize Drawing once it has stamps from all eight wineries. Here is what our wineries have planned for you for 2018:
March 3 & 4 – Italian Wedding Soup with Vidal
March 10 & 11 – Chicken Marsala Medallions over wild rice with Chambourcin
March 17 & 18 – Grilled Italian Chicken in vodka sauce over cavatelli pasta with Cayuga
March 24 & 25 – Three cheese meat lasagna with Cabaret Amore
Blue Mountain –
March 3 & 4
Randevoo Food Truck
Smoked Wings with Mountain Frost or Riesling
March 10 & 11
Lorah’s Pig Roasters
Sausage with Bri’s Blush or Merlot
March 17 & 18
Aunt Jackies Food Truck
Pierogies with Pinot Noir or White Merlot
March 24 & 25
Smokehouse Food Truck
Hot Chocolate Ricotta mini donuts with Victoria’s Passion or Petite Sirah
Customers will have a choice of sweet or dry wines, and each of the food trucks will be here both days as well.
Clover Hill will partner with the K’Town Pub Taphouse & BBQ, located on Main Street, Kutztown, to offer yet another amazing menu. Join us for ‘Not Your Normal Nachos & Wine Pairings’. K’Town Pub will be on site preparing gourmet nachos to pair with Clover Hill premium wines. K’Town Pub specializes in authentic southern style BBQ and always offers a menu of unique, made from scratch foods, prepared on a wood fired smoker. ktownpub.com
March 3, 4, 10, 11
Vignoles paired with Pumpkin Chicken Nachos: smoked chicken, queso blanco cheese, spiced crema, pumpkin hot sauce and pumpkin seeds on tricolor tortilla chips.
Vidal Blanc paired with banana custard topped with vanilla wafer crumble.
We will also feature new sangria.
March 17, 18, 24, 25
Chardonnay paired with Brisket Nachos: smoked beef brisket, queso blanco cheese, pomegranate tzatziki, arugula dressed with a lemon vinaigrette, marinated cucumbers and tomatoes on pita chips.
Cayuga White paired with coconut custard topped with smoked coconut.
We will start your visit with a sparkling wine cocktail.
WEEK 1 – Smoked Pork Mac-n-Cheese paired with Kiss
WEEK 2 – Chicken Pot Pie with Buttermilk Biscuits paired with Vidal Blanc
WEEK 3 – Meatloaf Sliders with Mashed Potatoes paired with Simply Red
WEEK 4 – Shrimp and Grits paired with White Jade
Galen Glen Winery will feature “What grows together, goes to together.”
Locally homemade soup from Buy the Farm. Roasted butternut squash with fresh-pressed apple cider from Scholl Orchards, tomatoes, a custom blend of spices, and a touch of cream.
Canned soup will be available to go. http://www.buythefarm.us/
Wine pairing – Riesling or Vidal Blanc
This year, we will be collaborating with our good friends, the culinary geniuses at the Stony Run Inn in Kempton. All month long we will be celebrating our region’s German heritage, which is rich in both wine and food.
Weekends 1 and 3:
German Snappy Meatball
A tender meatball nestled on a bed of fluffy, creamy mashed potatoes, and smothered with a tomato ginger sauce that’s slightly sweet. This is the perfect combination of sweet and heat.
What is Spätzle? It’s a German noodle! And we have made it into a delicious salad, tossed with fresh, crunchy herbs and vegetables… Add some Swiss cheese and bacon for the savory notes; and for a tiny tartness, we’ve dressed it with a light, white wine vinegar.
Weekends 2 and 4:
Our new take on the old classic sandwich! Sautéed pastrami, melted Swiss cheese, tangy sauerkraut and thousand island dressing create a tapestry of taste between fresh, zesty pieces of rye and pumpernickel bread.
German Beer Cheddar Soup
Need to warm up a little? How about this rich cheddar cheese soup infused with spices and a German Dortmunder (mildly hoppy, pale golden lager). To add softness to the texture, we have stirred in some finely chopped onions and carrots!
Customers may pair their food with one of these options:
Grüner Veltliner – (Silver Medal Los Angeles, Finger Lakes) – The nose is dominated by fresh cut green apple, with a hint of white pepper and citrus. In the mouth you will feel a little spritz and a medium-bodied wine with a soft finish. The flavors follow the aromas, and the fresh apple and white pepper really come through at the end.
Riesling – This classic German grape produces an aromatic, slightly sweet wine. The bouquet is dominated by apple, pear, and peach. The wine finishes with a hint of sweetness and pairs wonderfully with light dishes.
Tolino Vineyards in partnering with the Taza Stop at the Easton Public Market for tastes of authentic Egyptian cuisine. Enjoy live music in the tank each Saturday from 1-4 pm, and tank room tours at 2 pm and 4 pm each Saturday and Sunday.
Crisp white and slightly sweet Lilly paired with a selection of Taza’s homemade hummus served with homemade pita chips, fresh pita bread, and carrot sticks. Try Hala’s Garlicky Hummus (super garlicky with a hint of lemon), Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus (a little garlic and some sun-dried tomato sweetness) or Timmy’s Traditional Hummus (a mild hummus with a fresh cumin kick). Live music by Mike Pilgermayer on Saturday at 1 pm.
Stainless steel Chardonnay paired with Taza’s specialty Eggplant and Feta dips served with our homemade pita chips, fresh pita bread, and carrot sticks. Try Baba Ghanoush (baked eggplant with tahini and spices), Marinated Eggplant (sautéed eggplant topped with lemon juice and fresh garlic), or Gibna Beyda (feta, chopped tomatoes, and scallions salad with spices). Live Music by George Baier on Saturday at 1 pm.
Sweet and fruity Sunnyside paired with Gourmet Mac-N-Cheese made with a blend of six cheeses, onions, scallions, and fresh sautéed garlic poured over a layer of elbow pasta and baked to a golden brown. Live music by Kara Hartzell on Saturday at 1 pm.
Bold dry Chambourcin, or our sweeter Chambourcin, Rad Red, paired with Spinach Pie Bites made with a blend of five cheeses, fresh organic baby spinach, onions, garlic and spices layered in thin Phyllo dough and baked until crispy. Live music by Gordon Ward Saturday at 1 pm.
March 3 & 4
Vynecrest will be serving Chicken Quesadilla Rolls, catered by The 1760 Pub & Grill in Trexlertown. Topping selections of sour cream, peach salsa, and shredded cheese will be available. They will be paired with Vynecrest Traminette.
March 10 & 11
Vynecrest will be serving Grilled Chicken Caesar Wraps, catered by The 1760 Pub & Grill in Trexlertown. The wraps will be paired with Vynecrest Pinot Grigio.
March 17 & 18
Vynecrest will be serving Nonna’s Pizza by Cibo Pizza & More Food Truck, Nonna’s pizza is topped with a cooked marinara sauce, topped with fresh basil and mozzerella, Mangia! The pizza will be paired with Vynecrest Red.
March 24 & 25
Vynecrest will be serving meatballs w/marinara sauce and a garlic knot topped with crushed garlic and parsley from the Cibo Pizza & More Food Truck. They will be paired with Vynecrest Chambourcin.