Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Event Grapevine: Sept. 5-7

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It’s safe to say that virtually all these events listed below are going to be subject to change with bad weather moving in Friday night and lasting through Saturday. One of those that could be moved to Sunday or another weekend is a public tour scheduled at Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery in Breinigsville, Pa., at 1 on Saturday. Admission is $8; but there is no charge for minors.

It includes a vineyard walk and guided tour through the production facility and barrel room. Admission includes wine tasting and a souvenir wine glass. Reservations are required. Call 610.395.2468 or 1.888.CLOVER HILL for information and to make sure the event is still scheduled. The closest hotel, The Hilton Garden Inn, is offering an $89 room rate for guests of Clover Hill Winery. You can make reservations by calling 610.398.6686 and asking for the Clover Hill Winery room rate.

This event will set the stage for a busy fall there. It will be followed next weekend, from Sept. 11-14, by the 23rd anniversary sale, where Clover Hill wine will be sold at a 23 percent discount.

That said, here’s what set for this weekend:


Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli: Candlelight Concert ($$), Friday, 7 to 9 p.m.; Fall Foliage Tasting ($$), Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.,

Chaddsford Winery, Chaddsford: Summer Night Under the Stars ($$), Friday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; reserve tastings ($$), Saturday, sittings at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m.,

Country Creek Winery, Telford: Concert, Christine & Company, an acoustic act from the Philadelphia suburbs, Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m.,

Crossing Vineyards & Winery, Washington Crossing: Wine 101, first class of the semester, Monday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., An Introduction to Wine,

Moon Dancer Vineyards & Winery, Wrightsville: Music Friday (6 to 9 p.m.), Saturday (2 to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.,

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

Vynecrest Vineyards & Winery, Breinigsville: Summer Tours With the Winemaker ($$), Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m., about 1 ½ hours long,

Wycombe Vineyards, Furlong: Harvest Weekend, Friday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a BBQ to follow, call to reserve a spot or go to the Web site


Boordy Vineyards, Hydes: last of the Summer Concert Series ($$), Saturday, 7 to 9:30 p.m.; gates open at 5:30 and there’s a dance instruction session at 6:30,

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


4th annual Gettysburg Wine & Food Festival, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., rain or shine,
click on this link

($$) – Admission charge

Wycombe reschedules a harvest day

Wycombe Vineyards in Furlong, Pa., in Bucks County, has sent out an e-mail advising customers that the forecasted trek of Hanna through the region Saturday is moving one of its scheduled picking days to Friday. Sunday’s scheduled picking day remains intact, unless Hanna throws a curve at the region and takes its time coming up the coast.

Family member Lyndsay Jurema told me earlier tonight that every year they welcome friends, family and customers to the vineyard to assist in the harvest. This weekend they are planning to pick Chardonnay and Pinot grapes. It’s not the fact that Hanna’s rains or winds could ruin the crop that is pushing up the pick date a day, Jurema told me.

“Pretty much the grapes are ready,” she said. “If I leave them on, they’re going to get overripe. They’re ready to pick now.”

I’ve mentioned in several posts how much fun picking can be, so long as the day isn’t too hot. That certainly won’t be the case this weekend. f you’re interested in joining the group and need more information, call 215.598.WINE.