Friday, July 4, 2008

The event grapevine: July 4-6


Reds Whites & BLUES Festival
Saturday, 2 to 10 p.m.
Moon Dancer Vineyard & Winery, Wrightsville, Pa.
Tickets, $20

If memory serves from my recent conversation with winemaker and owner Jim Miller, this is the fourth annual early summer salute to the blues, part of a full weekend of events at the winery with one of the more spectacular views of any in the region.

There will be almost a continuous cercert, beginning with Blue Voodoo 2 and wrapping up with
The Chaz DePaolo Blues Band starting at 8 p.m. Food and wine will be available throughout, that menu including pig roast/pork sandwiches, beans and pasta salad available for purchase. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets.

Activities at the winery will begin tonight from 6 to 9, rain or shine, with A.D. Chandler providing the music and a 4 on the 4th wine promotion that provides you the fourth bottle for free after you purchase three bottles.

The Reese Project will wrap the weekend up with a concert from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Moon Dancer’s summer concert series continues on most Saturday through the rest of the summer.


Adams County Winery, Ortanna: Free summer concert, Saturday. 1 to 5 p.m., food and wine available, bring along a lawn chair and blanket,

Chaddsford Winery, Chaddsford: Fourth of July Big Bang BBQ Weekend, concerts today (2 to 5 p.m.), tonight ($$) (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.), Saturday (2 to 5 p.m.), Saturday night ($$) (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.), and Sunday (2 to 5 p.m.); Reserve Tasting ($$), Saturday, sittings at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m.,

Kreutz Creek Vineyards, West Grove: Big Bang BBQ, jazz Saturday and Sunday ($$) (2 to 5 p.m.), concert Saturday night ($$) (6 to 9 p.m.),

Naylor Wine Cellars, Stewartstown: “Summer Sounds” outdoor concert series ($$), Saturday, 7 to 10 p.m.,

Nissley Vineyard & Winery Estate, Bainbridge: first night of Music in the Vineyards 2008 ($$), Saturday, 7:30 to 10 p.m.,

Paradocz Vineyards, Landenberg: Big Bang BBQ, Friday through Sunday,
noon to 5 p.m.,

Pinnacle Ridge, Kutztown: last few days of debut of Pa German Folklife Festival, Kutztown, Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,

Twin Brook Winery, Gap: Big Band BBQ Series, Friday through Sunday, BBQ available Saturday and Sunday, concerts Saturday evening ($$) and Sunday
afternoon (1 to 4 p.m.),

MARYLAND winery events can be found at this link and
VIRGINIA events at
this link.

($$) – Admission charge

A wine promotion 30,000 miles up

Saw this item on the New York Wine & Grape Foundation's weekly e-newsletter that I wanted to share. I will add to this post later if I can get a response from the director of the foundation. Talk about a great way to promote a state's wines.

VIRGIN ATLANTIC, one of the world’s finest airlines, is offering its international travelers a taste of New York wines, thanks to a special partnership with the I Love NY program and support from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. This week I’ll be training the Virgin Atlantic staff on the many virtues of New York wine country and wines, which they’ll then be serving to their customers in the Clubhouse at Heathrow Airport in London through August 31. This is one of several initiatives the I Love NY program has launched to expand that program’s reach beyond New York City to other regions and attractions of the State. The intent is to raise awareness that New York is much more than a great city, and to encourage tourists to explore all that the state has to offer—including great wines. Several months ago, we invited any interested New York winery to submit wines for consideration, and ultimately Virgin Atlantic selected six wines from four different regions: Peconic Bay 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon and Wolffer Estate Vineyards 2005 La Ferme Martin Chardonnay from Long Island; Millbrook Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Franc from the Hudson River Region; Dr. Frank 2006 Semi-Dry Riesling and Heron Hill Winery 2006 Cabernet Franc Rosé from the Finger Lakes; and Warm Lake Estate 2006 Pinot Noir from the Niagara Escarpment. The two-month series of daily tastings for Clubhouse visitors is being supplemented by a 30-second TV spot that will run during in-flight announcements, as well as “I Love NY” print ads in “Seatback”, the airline’s in-flight publication. The I Love NY program, part of Empire State Development, has also run a New York wine country ad in Food & Wine magazine, and is helping promote our industry in other ways as well. We’re very grateful for the support. For more information, visit