Calvaresi Winery (Bernville) will be serving up little bite size wine snacks called "Grape Jells" made with their Niagara wine. These little treats will are made with fresh grapes and raspberries will be paired with the Niagara white wine. Equally delicious, Calvaresi's Niagara Wine won a double gold and best white wine in the recent PA Wine Association competition. Niagara is unique to North America in that it was created in New York State in the mid 1800's. It grows very well here in the Berks County area.
Manatawny Creek Winery (Douglassville) will be pairing their Soleil Wine, made from Cayuga and Seyval Blanc grapes with a dish created with Soleil Wine, braised pork with onion jam. Seyval Blanc has origins in England and has become popular to grow in the North East including Berks County. Cayuga is a cousin of Seyval, was created by the viticultural department at Cornell. Because it enjoys cooler weather it as well thrives in the Northeast as well Berks County.
Clover Hill Winery (Robesonia) Are you familiar with the saying, “I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food”? By adding wine to the food during preparation and then serving that same wine with your meal you enhance the flavors. During this event weekend, Clover Hill invites you to learn more about this process with a special pairing of Concordian Meatballs prepared with and served with Clover Hill's sweet, red Concord wine. Concord grapes are indigenous to North America, truly a local grape!
Blair Vineyards (Kutztown) Welcome springtime during this "grape to plate" event when you visit Blair Vineyards during this event. Team Blair will be serving samples of a Spring Risotto made with seasonal vegetables including asparagus. This fresh dish will be prepared with the winery's 2011 Riesling; and what a treat to pair this dish with that wine as well. The Riesling grape, a classic cold-climate grape, originates from the Rhine Region in Germany and grows well in our county.
Long Trout Winery (Auburn) Get an early start with your wine trail adventures with Long Trout winery's "brunch" theme. Enjoy samples of Chef Brandon's sausage-stuffed-puffed-pastry with a wine reduction sauce paired with Bloody Mary's made with Old One Eye. Old One Eye is a refreshing and crisp white wine made with veggies and dried grapes. Wine is often the basis for a great mock-tail!
Pinnacle Ridge Winery (Kutztown) Enjoy samples of Chef Ben's tender chicken breast marinated in Pinnacle Ridge Dry Riesling and spring herbs; gently grilled and served in a creamy Vidal Blanc Wine Sauce. This savory dish will be paired with samples of the winery's Dry Riesling white wine. The Riesling grape is also known for its beautiful and deep aromas as well as floral character.
Bashore & Stoudt Country Winery (Shartlesville) - check back soon for wine & grape-to-plate pairing!
Kog Hill Winery (Morgantown) Sample succulent Riesling-infused slow cooked Pork Tenderloin paired with the winery's 2010 Riesling. This tenderloin is slow roasted with Riesling and served with Black Plum and Granny Smith Apple garnishes. Riesling wines are very popular with Springtime dishes - accents the fresh flavors of many dishes.
This event is free, no reservations required. Note that 2 or 3 wineries do charge a nominal tasting fee for their full wine list (free refundable with purchase of wine). Don't forget to collect your 8 recipes and pick up a free gift! Plan a delicious day out on the wine trail via your own self-guided tour. To help plan your day, check out our "Visit Us" page. Additionally, you can plan your day based upon featured wines, featured dishes, geography, your favorite wine or wineries you have not yet discovered. Questions about the event? just email the trail.