TASTE NEW LEHIGH VALLEY WINES AT EIGHT LOCAL WINERIES DURING NOUVEAU WEEKEND

The eight wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will debut new wine releases, during Nouveau Weekend on November 18 and 19, the final Wine Trail event of the year.

Each winery will feature different amenities including live music, food and wine pairings, food trucks, and more. Event hours at all of the wineries are Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m. Nouveau Weekend is a free event, however some wineries charge for wine tastings. Wine lovers can also take advantage of the event weekend to purchase wine to give as holiday gifts or to complement holiday meals.

The event is based on a tradition started in France and continued each year in which nouveau wines are released the third Thursday of November. Traditional nouveau wines are bottled very young, with limited barrel aging, and are light, fruity and semi-dry to dry red wines.

Passports for the March 2018 Vino in the Valley event go on sale that weekend at the member wineries (cash or check only) as well as online via EventBrite.com (credit card only). Passports are $35 each. Only 1,800 passports are printed, so wine lovers are encouraged to purchase them early since they may sell out in advance of the event. More information can be found online: www.VinointheValleyLVWT.com

The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is a non-profit organization of wineries whose mission is to promote agri-tourism and to create a premiere wine destination and grape growing region while promoting Pennsylvania wines from the region. For more information on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail, visit www.LehighValleyWineTrail.com.

NOUVEAU WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS

Amore – is pairing Sodexo cheesecake with Amore Apricot Blush. Guests can take a self-guided tour of the vineyard and property. Outdoors lounging on porches and patios is also be available (weather permitting).

Blue Mountain – Aunt Jackie’s Pierogi Truck will be here both days from 11 am – 5 pm on Saturday and noon – 4 pm on Sunday. Mimosas will be two for $12 in a BMV souvenir champagne flute. Hot mulled Mountain Spice wine will be $7 in a winery souvenir coffee mug. Damian Walck will perform from noon – 4 pm on Saturday (free). Serene Green performs from 2-5 pm on Sunday (reservations recommended; $5 per person fee, includes wine tasting).

Clover Hill – Since the 2017 harvest started and finished later than normal, Clover Hill will not be releasing a 2017 Nouveau wine. However, they will be debuting two limited-release wines: Tawny Port and Ice Franc. For this event weekend only (at the winery location only) they will be waiving the tasting fee for the Tawny Port. The Ice Franc is $6 for a tasting, or sample both new releases, each paired with a specialty cheese, for a $7 tasting fee. The Tawny Port is a distilled Chambourcin that has spent 2 1/2 years aging in American oak. Ice Franc is crafted from frozen Cabernet Franc grapes which result in a rich, intense flavors and mouth coating sweetness.

Franklin Hill – Be the first to try their 2017 Seyval Blanc. It will be paired with White Cheddar Artichoke Fondue and soft pretzel bites prepared by Social Still. Tastings will be in the wine cellar where several local vendors will be onsite selling their goods.

Galen Glen – Sample a spoonful of Buffalo Turkey Dip with one of their aromatic white wines. (The dip recipe will be featured on the winery’s website in November.)

Pinnacle Ridge – will partner with the Stony Run Inn for a celebration of German cuisine. Chef Madeson has concocted two creative recipes for this event:

Sausage & Sauerkraut Fritters – A breaded ball of sauerkraut, Gruyere cheese and smoked sausage, fried to perfection.

Gourmet Potato Waffle – A German potato pancake, prepared in a waffle iron. Topped with homemade applesauce, a slice of smoked bratwurst, and finished with grilled pineapple.

They will be paired with guest’s choice of a tasting of 2016 Dry Riesling or 2016 Riesling.

Tolino – will release its newest wine, Merlot, and will pair it with chocolate cake balls from Sweet Girlz Bakery in Easton. Enjoy live music in the tank room by Mike Pilgermayer from 1-4 pm on Saturday.

Vynecrest – will partner with the CIBO food truck to showcase the 2017 Nouveau Beaujolais. The Nouveau Beaujolais, made from the traditional Gamay Beaujolais grape, will be paired with fresh dough with Italian meats, crusted top to bottom and infused with balsamic vinegar. The CIBO food truck will be onsite all weekend with a variety of Italian specialties for sale. Steve Myers will play the baby grand piano in the Vyneskeller from 1-4pm.