LV Wine Trail kicks off holiday season
Grapes on the vine at Galen Glen winery during a recent season. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Exploring the eight member wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail this weekend will give wine lovers a chance to help the less fortunate in our community while enjoying local wine.
The trail’s new Giving Before Thanks event on Saturday and Sunday encourages winery guests to donate a nonperishable food item in exchange for a free wine tasting.
Guests who plan to visit several of the wineries for the event can bring a food donation to each winery they visit to receive a complimentary wine tasting at each.
Food will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank for the Lehigh Valley and New Ringgold Area Food Pantry Christ Church McKeansburg. No glass bottles or jars will be accepted.
Member wineries will each have their own special activities or promotions taking place, such as live music, wine specials, food and wine pairings, 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.
GIVING BEFORE THANKS EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
• Amore Winery, Nazareth: Complimentary food and wine pairing of Italian Wedding soup paired with Niagara wine.
• Black River Farms, Bethlehem: Specially curated wine and cheese pairing featuring Flint Hill Farms Artisan Cheeses complimentary with the donation of a nonperishable food item. The winery will also be introducing Pierpont Beam, a dry, smooth, full-bodied red blend with dark fruits and spice with a clean leather aroma; and Grace, a medium-bodied red blend with black cherry, persistent tannins, and a hint of white pepper. Also offering a Fall Pumpkin Spice Slushie. Artisan Craft Fair, and live music on Saturday by Ash and Snow from 3-5 p.m., and on Sunday by John Rodden from 3-5 p.m.
• Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli: Sale on Shiraz and Pinot Noir wines. Live music on Saturday by Ralph Pagano. Sunday Music Jam from 2-5 p.m. featuring the Lou Franco Project. Tickets includes wine tasting and reserved table. Advanced reservations recommended.
• Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery, Breinigsville: 20% discount on wine purchases, and wine by the glass.
• Franklin Hill Vineyards, Bangor: Everyone who donates a nonperishable food item will get a complimentary wine tasting and a sample-size bowl of Thanksgiving Stew made by Social Still. Also, mulled wine, spiked cider featuring Social Still’s spiced rum, wine flight specials, and a fall snack menu. Local vendors will be on-site for shopping while you sip. Quantity discounts on wine available.
• Galen Glen, Andreas: Will be featuring Holiday Spice, created in the style of a traditional warm red German Glühwein, with locally baked, bite-sized heart cookies.
• Tolino Vineyards, Bangor: Offering complimentary pumpkin cake batter truffles hand dipped in white chocolate and dusted with graham crackers, made by Triple M Treats. Andrew Moses will be playing tunes in the tank room on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. Tours at 2 and 4 p.m. Every year the winery sells wine at Jaindl Farms during Thanksgiving, and during Giving weekend they will raffle off a fresh Jaindl turkey on Saturday and Sunday.
• Vynecrest, Breinigsville: Mike Spangler will be playing the baby grand piano in the Vyneskeller on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. On Sunday, live music in the Vyneskeller by Steve Myers from 1-4 p.m.
For more information on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail visit www.LehighValleyWineTrail.com.