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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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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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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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Three Questions with … Dominic Strohlein of Big Creek Winery

This month we interviewed winery owner and wine maker Dominic Strohlein of Big Creek Winery in Kresgeville for our Three Questions with feature.   1. With harvest season just about to get under way, what are your early thoughts on the wines that will be made from these grapes based on how the growing season turned out? So far it looks like it is going to be an above-average year. A little more rain and it would have been close to perfect. Everything is healthy and ripening at an even pace which translates into very interesting wines later on. Even the birds are...

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Tips for a great wine tasting experience

by Kat Collins of Blue Mountain Vineyards We’re often asked by guests on how to have the best wine tasting experience. Expectations in wine tasting rooms are different than at wine festivals or in busy bars. A winery is not just about the wines, but about the “wine experience.” We want to pass along some ways to make this wine experience a great experience. Here are a few suggestions for a successful visit to a winery. Call the winery ahead of your visit to verify hours, and ask when is the optimal time to visit, especially if you have a larger group....

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