Friday, September 4, 2009

Logan's View opens at Brown's Farm Market

Logan's View Winery is officially open for business.

Operating out of Brown's Orchards & Farm Market in Loganville, in Pennsylvania's York County, the winery made a soft opening a couple of weeks ago. You'll find the wines available in a room adjacent to the market. Jeff Brown said by phone on Thursday that they have bottled more than 15 wines, including Chardonnary, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. As anyone who has shopped at Brown's -- where there's delicious fruit aplenty -- might expect, they also have seven fruit wines for sale, including cherry, blueberry, strawberry and an apple ice wine.

It might be another six months to a year before the red wines that are aging will become available for sale.

Those involved in this project initially talked about a tasting room facility a few miles from the site of the market. That idea has been shelved, with everything being sampled and sold out of an approximately 400-square-foot room at the store, located at 8892 Susquehanna Trail South.

Mentioned in the last post on Logan's View about a potential relationship with the Uncork York trail. If that occurs, it won't likely become official until early next year before the annual spring event.

Pinnacle Ridge winemaker says three's 'a lot of interest' in The Trio

Mentioned several weeks ago about a wine called The Trio, which combined the talents and grapes from winemakers and friends Brad Knapp at Pinnacle Ridge, Joanne Levengood at Manatawny Creek and Carl Helrich at Allegro Vineyards, all Pennsylvania wineries.

They define it as an artisan blend of Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, one that is well balanced, with soft tannins and a medium dry finish. The individual grape varietals were aged in French, Hungarian and Pennsylvania oak before blending. What makes it interesting is the collaboration, something that's rare in this mid-Atlantic wine-making area.

Knapp was asked Thursday how the wine, available at all three wineries, was selling. He replied in an e-mail that "The Trio is doing very well. It is considerably more expensive than our other wines [$20 for Pinot and Veritas vs. $29 for Trio] but it doesn't seem to be a big issue. Not selling cases of it but there is a lot of interest and folks are buying 1-3 bottles at a clip pretty regularly. The wine is quite good and the story certainly doesn't hurt either."

Considering what other blends across the region can cost, which is upwards of $50, this one offers a mouthful of yummy flavors at a comparatively inexpensive price. Rather than letting my bottle of The Trio age, I opened it late Thursday night and had a chance to sip it. Definitely worth a try, especially knowing these are grapes from the 2007 vintage, one of the best-ever across the entire region.

Helrich provided some background on the idea on his blog, which he has managed to build into a wonderful collection of stories about what he does and why. Really good stuff in there. On The Trio, he wrote:

This wine came about because I had what I called a “dumb marketing idea.” We always taste each other’s wines each spring, and in 2008, we all realized that we were each sitting on too much great wine. I suggested this collaboration, and it worked out really well. After getting together a couple times to work on the blend, we settled on a distinctive trio of grapes: Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Each winery kicked in four barrels. I donated 2 Merlot and 2 Cab Franc barrels to the cause; Joanne added 2 Syrah and 2 Cab Franc; and Brad threw in 2 Syrah and 2 Merlot. We blended the wine up at Joanne’s winery and bottled it there as well. This wine had a good core of dark fruit with light yet firm tannins. It was aged 18 months in French, Pennsylvania, and Hungarian oak barrels—another “three.” It should age nicely through 2012-2014.