Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Event Grapevine: April 9-12

Two wineries – Chaddsford and Crossing Vineyards – with promotions schedules that rival the Phillies in quantity and quality have a couple of events on tap the next week that are worth noting.

Per my friend Rebecca Felton at Bull’s Eye Communcations:

A new course designed to take the guesswork out of selecting cheese to complement one’s favorite wines was such a hit when Crossing Vineyards and Winery in Washington Crossing rolled it out in January, that it’s been added to the Spring offerings of the “Wine Institute,” the educational arm of the winery.

The course, “Pairing Wine & Cheese,” will be offered at 7:30 p.m. April 16 at the winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road and will include wine tasting, cheese samples, instruction and learning materials.

“All our classes are created to enhance the wine experience,” said Crossing co-owner Christine Carroll. “They’re designed to take the tension out of wine selection. We want our “students” to be confident in making choices that will please them and their guests.”

Crossing Vineyards expanded its own knowledge of cheese when it teamed with last July to open the “Crossing Vineyards Wine and Cheese Shop” at Project Sunrise, a $208 million, 300,000 square-foot gaming and entertainment complex at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre. It offers exclusively’s product line which includes more than 850 imported and domestic specialty cheeses.

Carroll said wine and cheese tastings at social gatherings are becoming a popular replacement for expensive dinner parties. The course not only will help potential hosts select good pairings, but will give tips on identifying different types of cheese so guests will know, for example, if they’re selecting cow, goat or sheep’s cheese.

Cost of the course is $35. Reservations may be made by calling 215.493.6500, ext. 19 or online at

Meanwhile, Chaddsford will be holding its Crazy Eric Sale on Saturday morning. This is a twist on the library sales I’ve attended at several wineries, where they get rid of some of their older (but still very drinkable) stock. Co-owner Lee Miller agreed that the reference to the event as more of a garage sale is accurate. She wrote: “We are cleaning out old inventories we no longer consider to be in good shape. The wines range from $1/bottle to $5/bottle, with a few $6 wines and some large 3-5L bottles at higher prices.”

Still, she noted, “As for any drinkable wines, yes, there are a lot of $5 reds that are just a year older than our current release, and a palette of wines Eric ‘thinned out’ from his library - some very interesting things like '02 Due Rossi, 05 Merlot, 04 Miller Estate Chardonnay - I think these are all $6 wines.”

As for the “official release” on the event, this was gleaned off the Web site:

Following a tradition begun years ago when Chaddsford winemaker Eric Miller decided to make space in the cellar by selling off odd lots of old bottles for "a buck a bottle," we are once again planning to clean up and clear out the Chaddsford warehouse at a one-day sale on April 11, beginning at 9 a.m. The days of "buck a bottle" are long gone, but we will be offering over 200 cases of odd bottles at deeply discounted prices, plus over 950 bottles that Eric has gleaned from his library - going all the way back to 1985 and including a few 3L and 5L bottles.

The wines are a mixture that includes over-stocks in our library that are now past their prime, current cases that were returned from restaurants or wholesalers with unknown storage conditions, and others that just got lost or buried in the lab, cellar or warehouse. Since the conditions of these wines, or their drinkability, is unknown, we recommend they be used for cooking, punches, hot mulled wine recipes or Summer Sangrias!

Also included in this sale will be furniture and appliances returned to our warehouse after our three mall locations were closed last year. Lots of leftovers and assorted "junk" we just need to move out to make room for the 2008 vintage that is being bottled, including a (new) dishwasher, microwaves, small wine refrigerators, assorted chairs and old office equipment ranging from copiers and computer screens to cash registers and phones. Our cellar crew also cleaned out and threw in a few old tools and ladders plus some used wine barrels.

Sale will be on the grounds of the winery beginning at 9 a.m.; first come, first served! All bottles sold as is, no returns. For more information, please contact our customer service line at 610.388.6221 x103.

Breakfast, by the way, will be available nearby at the
Antique Mall Coffee Shop.

One other warning for this weekend: Call ahead. Most wineries are closed on Easter Sunday. As for what’s going on elsewhere, both this weekend and beyond, take a look:


Adams County Winery, Orrtanna: Home wine-making class ($$), Sunday, May 10; concert series will begin July 4,
link to winery

Allegro Vineyards, Brogue: Fridays’ Weekly Winedown ($$), 4 to 7 p.m.; Sweet & Spicy Saturdays ($$), 2 to 5 p.m.; Sip & Savor Sundays ($$), 2 to 5 p.m., all require reservations at 741.3072, all events at the Wine Gallery in Olde Tollgate Village; music of Ravensun ($$), Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m.,
link to winery

Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars, New Tripoli: Sunday Blues Wine Tastings, music every Sunday ($$), 2 to 5 p.m., through April, except Easter; 13th annual Candlelight Barrel Tasting, 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 1 to 6 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 26,
link to winery

Boyd’s Cardinal Hollow Winery, North Wales: Nina singing live, Saturday, 5 to 8 p.m.,
link to winery

Chaddsford Winery, Chaddsford: Reserve tastings ($$) begin in April, 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. every Saturday; Wine 101 ($$), Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m. with Eric Miller, the first of a series of classes that run through May; next class is Thursday, April 16, Decadent Chocolates and Dessert Wines, 7 to 9 p.m.; Crazy Eric sale at the winery, Saturday, starting at 9 a.m.; technical tour program, free, starting April 1, on Fridays at 3 p.m. and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., reservations accepted,
link to winery

Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery, Breinigsville: Beginner tasting class ($$), Saturday, April 25, 3 p.m.; A Taste of Spring, a Berks County Wine Trail event, April 25-26; vineyard and winery tour ($$), Saturday, May 30,
link to winery

Country Creek Winery, Salford Township: Music, Christine and Company, Saturday, April 19, no cover charge, 133 Cressman Road, Telford,
link to winery

Crossing Vineyards & Winery, Washington Crossing: Wine 101 classes ($$) at the institute, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Monday, the next one will be Wines of the World on April 13; Pairing Wine and Cheese ($$), Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.; Wine Tasting for Singles ($$), Friday, April 17, 7 p.m.; Wine Tasting for Dummies ($$), Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m., at the institute,
link to winery

Franklin Hill Vineyards, Bangor: Free winery tour, Wednesdays at noon,
link to winery

Galen Glen Vineyard and Winery, Andreas: Mother’s Day party, Sunday, May 10; spring tour of the vineyards and wineries, May 16-17, tours begin at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.,
link to winery

Hauser Estate Winery, Biglerville: Candlelight Friday, last Friday of every month, 5 to 8 p.m., wine tasting, music and warm food;
Ken Garrett book signing, Saturday, May 2, link to winery

Kreutz Creek Vineyards, West Grove: Music at West Chester tasting room, 44 E. Gay St., Fridays and Saturdays, 6 to 9 p.m.; vineyard planning, volunteers welcome, Saturday, April 25; bottling work day on Memorial Day, May 25, both days will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and include Carol’s famous Vineyard Burgers -- reservations for both are requested at 610.869.4412; grand reopening on Saturday, May 30, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., music and snacks from 2 to 5 p.m. along with giveaways and wine sales,
link to winery

Manatawny Creek Winery, Douglasville: Hours have changed to Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.; A Taste of Spring, Berks County Wine Trail event, April 25-26,
link to winery

Moon Dancer Vineyards & Winery, Wrightsville: Music Fridays (6 to 9 p.m.), Saturdays (2 to 5 p.m.) and Sundays (2 to 5 p.m.); Mother’s Day champagne brunch ($$), Sunday, May 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., call 717.252.9463 for reservations,
link to winery

Naylor Wine Cellars, Stewartstown: Forget The Taxes and Red Wine Dinner ($$), Saturday, April 18, 3 to 6 p.m., and Sunday, April 19, 2 to 5 p.m.; Mason Dixon Trail event, April 25-26 and May 3-4; Grape Blossom Festival ($$), Sunday, June 7, noon to 6 p.m.,
link to winery
Nissley Vineyards & Wine Estate, Bainbridge: Will be pouring at one of the houses of a Time for Wine, a tour and taste of historic Marietta houses, Sunday, April 26, 4:40 to 7:30 p.m., enjoy wine or iced tea, delicious hors d'oeuvres, cheeses and appetizers in three of Marietta's lovely old homes. Your tour and taste will end with decadent deserts and coffee at the historic Union Meeting House, for reservations and tickets, please call Vivian Carroll at 717.426.1270, note the tour is limited to the first 100 reservations, to benefit the Marietta Restoration Associate's restoration of the Vesta Furnace Building,

Pinnacle Ridge Winery, Kutztown: Taste of Spring, Berks County Wine Trail event, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, Day in the Vineyard ($$), at Clover Hill Winery, June 5-6, along with Vynecrest Vineyards & Winery,
link to winery

Reid’s Ochards & Winery, Ortanna: New winery; call 717.677.7047 for more information.

Rushland Ridge, Rushland: Reopened,
link to winery

Tamanend Winery, Lancaster: Open Thursdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m., classically styled premium wines in their bottled wine group, and premium sweeter styled wines in their Bag in Box group of wines,
link to winery

Va La Vineyards, Avondale: Open Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.; 2006 Patina being released in April; art of David Oleski through April 19,
link to winery

Vynecrest Vineyards & Winery, Breinigsville: 20th anniversary weekend, April 18-19, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
link to winery

Waltz Vineyards, Manheim: New winery, open Thursdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment; Chery Tree Merlot has been released, two bottle purchase limit,
link to winery

Wycombe Vineyard & Winery, Furlong: Just reopened for the season, noon to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays,
link to winery


Basignani Winery, Sparks: Pizza and herbs ($$), April 18-19, noon to 5 p.m.,
link to winery
Black Ankle Winery, Mt. Airy: winner of Maryland Governor’s Cup in 2008; Friday Night Flights, 5 to 7 p.m., beginning April 17,
link to winery

Boordy Vineyards, Hydes: Reds, Whites and Bluegrass ($$), wine and music, Sunday, April 19 and April 26; Queen for a Day, Mother’s Day picnic ($$), May 9-10,
winery link

Frederick Cellars, Frederick: Happy Hour, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. every weekday, glasses are half-price; Music in the Cellar, every Friday and Saturday in April, 7 p.m.,
link to winery

Sugarloaf Mountain, Dickerson: Friday Flights ($$) is every Friday from 2 to 4 p.m., which consist of 3 half glasses of SMV wine, each paired with an appropriate cheese, fruit or chocolate, reservations at 301.605.0130; “April in Paris,” April 18-19, Noon to 5 p.m., come taste Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard's Bordeaux style red wines as well as its Chardonnays and Pinot Grigio along with light French fare, music and ambiance. Take a tour of the winery,
link to winery; Countryside Artisans Tour, April 17-19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., tour studios and meet artists who create fine handblown glass, prints, paintings, jewelry, furniture, sculpture, ironware and at SMV, sample our handcrafted wine. For information, an electronic brochure and a map, visit

Woodhall Wine Cellars, Parkton: Patricia Della Casual Fine Dining on location, will be serving dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and lunch, call 410.357.5078 for reservations,
link to winery

Other MARYLAND winery events can be found at
this link, VIRGINIA events at this link and New York events at this link


A Taste of Spring, annual celebration of Berks County Wine Trail, which will be celebrating its fifth anniversary, April 25-26, with wine and food pairings, wineries include Bashore & Stoudt, Blair, Calvaresi, Clover Hill, Kog Hill, Long Trout, Manatawny Creek and Pinnacle Ridge,
link to trail Web site

Mason Dixon Wine Trail Spring Event, April 25-26 and May 2-3, Travel the trail between the 8 wineries on the Mason Dixon Wine Trail and collect a different herb to plant in your garden and a recipe card using the eight different herbs. The event is open to new and existing wine trail members free of charge. Wineries include Adams County, Allegro, Naylor and Seven Valleys in Pennsylvania, and Basignani, Boordy, Fiore, and Woodhall in Maryland,
link to trail Web site

Third annual Longwood Gardens Wine and Jazz Fest ($$), Saturday, May 2, wine and jazz, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and jazz concert featuring pianist McCoy Tyner, 7:30 p.m., For ticket prices, etc., please see

Margaritaville 2009 ($$), to benefit Mason-Dixon Public Library, Naylor Wine Cellars, Stewartstown, Saturday, May 9, 5 to 1 p.m., rain or shine, must be 21 or over to enter, For tickets contact Mason-Dixon Public Library, 250 Bailey Drive, Stewartstown, PA 17363, 717.993.2404

Wine in the Woods Wine Festival ($$), Columbia, Md., Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17, noon to 6 p.m. each day, link to festival
Web site

Bucks County Wine Tour ($$), Sunday May 30, 8 participating wine venues with food partners:
Buckingham Valley Vineyards - None Such Fard
Chaddsford Wine Shop - Earl's Prime Restaurant
Crossing Vineyards - Jamie Hollander Catering
New Hope Winery - Bobby Simone's Restaurant
Rose Bank Winery - Market by Shadybrook at Delaware Valley College
Rushland Ridge Winery - Luigi's Italian Ristorante
Sand Castle Winery - DISH Catering
Wycombe Vineyards - Andre's Cheese Shop
An after event reception will be held at the Tuscany at the Towpath in New Hope at 18 W. Mechanic Street from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, Doylestwon Bookstore or at any participating wineries the day of the event. Link to trail
Web site


Wine School of Philadelphia: Wine 101: Intro to Wine ($$), Thursday, April 16, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., 2006 Fairmount Ave., Philly; Core Wine Certification ($$), classes for spring semester will begin April 23, contact Keith at 215.965.1514 x55,
link to Web site

Bin 604, 604 S. Exeter St., Baltimore: Wine 101: The Basics of Wine Tasting ($$), classes on April 11 and April 25, at 2 and 3:30 p.m., classes limited to 12 people, they look at the typical characteristics of popular grape varietals and explain the terminology and techniques of wine tasting and learn how to recognize the subtle and subjective flavors of wine; Rite of Spring Riesling Tasting ($$), Thursday, April 16; Food and Wine Pairing class ($$), Saturday, April 18; Call 410.576.0444 for information and reservations, link
here to Web site


John J Jeffries, 300 Lancaster Ave., Lancaster: Happy Hour Revival, Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., Wine by the Glass: $5, Organic Cosmos: $4, Local Drafts: $3, Straub Light Bottles: $2

$$ – Fee