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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Wine Harvest Weekend Sept. 9-10

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by The Press in Local News

On Sept. 9 and Sept. 10, the eight locally owned and operated wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will celebrate the grape harvest during the annual Harvest Weekend event.

Wineries will welcome wine lovers for a variety of different activities and features such as wine tastings, tours, food and wine pairings, food trucks and live entertainment. Some wineries will also partner with vendors in the state’s Pennsylvania Preferred program.

Event hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 9 and from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 10. Harvest Weekend is a free event, however each winery sets its own fee policy for tastings, live music and vineyard and winery tours. Refer to each winery’s website for details. Visit www.HarvestWeekendLVWT.com for complete event details.

Harvest Weekend highlights

Amore Vineyards, Nazareth, will serve samples of homemade lasagna with its Cabaret Amore wine.

Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli, will pair Bri’s Blush, made of a blend of Chambourcin and Vignoles grapes, with samples of fresh artisanal bread from The Wayfare Baker. Free music from Nick Lindsay on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., and Sunday Blues with James Supra and Sarah Ayers from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Advance reservations for Sunday Blues are required, and a wine tasting is included with the ticket price.

Clover Hill Vineyards, Breinigsville, will celebrate with its new Harvest Sangria, which will be available to sample as well as for purchase by the glass. They will also have drink recipe cards available. A veggie wagon from Bleiler’s Produce Patch will be on-site for customers to purchase locally grown, organic vegetables.

Franklin Hill Vineyards, Bangor, will release its new shareable snack menu, and Potion X pumpkin spice wine will make its return. Local craft beer and local vendors will be at the winery, and autumn-inspired cocktails will be available for tasting or for purchase by the glass. Hayrides will be offered on Saturday and Sunday, along with winery tours.

Galen Glen, Andreas, will feature guided walking tours of the vineyard and wine cellar at 1 p.m. both days. Walking tours are about one hour in length, meandering through our rocky, hillside terrain and are given weather permitting. Please wear appropriate footgear. The fee per guest includes a glass of wine. Must be over 21. The winery will offer a harvest cheeseboard of local cheeses and accouterments for sale to pair with wine by the glass.

Pinnacle Ridge, Kutztown, is teaming up with Smokehouse Food Truck from Fleetwood to serve samples of BBQ-inspired chicken and beef dishes which they’ll be pairing with the customer’s choice of either 2015 Pinot Noir (light, peppery) or 2015 Quaff (semisweet, fruity).

Tolino Vineyards, Bangor, will feature free live music on Saturday by George Baier, wagon tours of the vineyard and vegetarian squash soup paired with chardonnay.

Vynecrest, Breinigsville, will feature the PA Preferred Stuffed to the Grills food truck both days from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, there will be a free Winemaker’s Tour of the vineyard and wine cellar both days at 1 p.m. Free samples of pumpkin whoopie pies will be available with tastes of Autumn Gold wine. On Saturday from 1-4 p.m., Anthony Cubbage will play music live in the Vyneskeller.