Harvest Weekend – The Butcher, The Baker and The Winemaker
September 12 & 13, 2015
When fall rolls around, it’s time to kick off harvest season!
The members of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will celebrate with its annual Harvest Weekend event. The nine wineries will welcome wine lovers for tastings, vineyard and winery tours, food and wine pairings, and live entertainment.
The wineries will also proudly promote the state’s Pennsylvania Preferred program by partnering with producers of other Pennsylvania products to showcase their high level of quality.
Event hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m.
Amore Vineyards – will be pairing beef barbecue and Cabaret Amore.
Big Creek – will be showcasing lemon squares and sugar cookie fruit tarts from a new kid on the block, MMM… Cookies. Pair their treats with Moonlight White for the drier wine enthusiast, or Dulcinea for those who prefer something a little sweeter.
Blue Mountain Vineyards – will partner with Sweet Finesse who will offer samples of their unique artisan chocolate treats to pair with Victoria’s Passion wine, as well as items for purchase. They are also partnering with Trixie’s Treats, award-winning baked goods and savory treats. On Saturday, they will have complimentary live music by Adam Motto from 1-5 pm. For Sunday Blues, award-winning musician Scott Marshall will perform live from 2-5 pm ($5 admission – advance reservations required). Guests should feel free to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the breathtaking views from the outdoor deck.
Clover Hill – join the winery for a sampling of its newly released 2014 Pinot Noir. In addition, they will have a farm stand selling vegetables from Bleiler’s Produce Patch, an organic farm, which is located only minutes from the winery in Breinigsville. This weekend also features their anniversary sale. As a thank you for 30 years of business they are offering customers a 30 percent discount on wine purchases.
Franklin Hill – On Saturday join head winemaker Bonnie Pysher for a Harvest Hike through the vineyard at 1 pm. Bonnie will talk about how they harvest at FHV from vine to wine. Then come back to the winery and enjoy an outdoor tasting under their new pavilion and a complimentary tour of the facility. In celebration of the Harvest, they’ll offer cranberry apple sangria and apple cider spritzers by the glass all weekend, and they’ll have lots of great local products such as Klein Farms apple butter, McCollians honey, and delicious fall treats and baked goods from Kendra’s Bakery in Nazareth.
Galen Glen – will offer a complimentary pairing of Late Harvest with Mycella blue cheese drizzled with apple caramel sauce. Janet Derkits, renowned cheese monger of Seasons in Bethlehem, will be selling delectable cheese plates to enjoy with a glass of wine. Walking tours of the vineyard each day at 1 and 3 pm.
Pinnacle Ridge – will be featuring Dry Riesling or Vidal Blanc with fresh, locally grown tomatoes. The tomatoes will be sliced and served with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and fresh goat cheese from Kirchenberg Farms.
Tolino Vineyards – will welcome wine lovers for wine tastings, wagon tours of the vineyard, and live entertainment by the Boiled Owls on Saturday and Tom Vicario on Sunday. They will offer guests local apples from Scholl Orchards paired with delicious dips, accompanied with Tolino Vineyards wine.
Vynecrest – will partner with PA Preferred food truck Stuffed to the Grills both days from 11 am – 5 pm. They will serve up their tasty sandwiches plus their signature dish of Irish nachos – homemade potato chips covered in cheddar cheese sauce and topped with crumbled bacon and green onion. Pair it with Vynecrest’s Autumn Gold wine. Vynecrest will also offer free tours of the vineyard and wine cellar each day at 1 pm.