It's 'Harvest Weekend' time on Lehigh Valley Wine Trail
The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail celebrates the grape harvest annual "Harvest Weekend," 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sept. 8 and noon - 5 p.m. Sept. 9 at eight wineries with tastings, vineyard and winery tours, food and wine pairings, and entertainment.
The wineries will promote the state's "Pennsylvania Preferred" program by partnering with producers of Pennsylvania specialties.
Amoré Vineyards & Winery, Nazareth - Will pair asiago and risotto bites with Cabaret Amore as well as assorted quiche with Chardonnay. In addition, fall hardy mums and sweet corn, tomatoes, melons and peaches will be available at the roadside market.
Big Creek Vineyard and Winery, Kresgeville - Will offer fresh, tree-ripened fruit from nearby Heckman Orchards.
Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli - On Sept. 8, enjoy music 1 - 4 p.m. and take a self-guided vineyard tour. On Sept. 9, take a self-guided vineyard tour, and enjoy "Sunday Blues," 2 - 5 p.m. with The Large Flowerheads. Reservations are recommended. Both days, try samples of kiffles and rolls, including walnut, raspberry, apricot, Nutella, peanut butter and chocolate, and strawberry and chocolate. The samples of rolls will be walnut, apricot and poppy seed.
Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery, Breinigsville - Will partner with Unique Pretzel Bakery, Inc., Reading. Just as the winery is a family-owned and operated business, Unique Pretzel Bakery is family-owned since the late 1800's. Since Unique Pretzel Bakery's last visit to Clover Hill they have grown and are producing new products that they will be sharing. Pair a Unique chocolate-covered pretzel with a glass of Clover Hill Turtle Rock Red.
Franklin Hill Vineyards, Bangor - Will celebrate with local favorites McCollian's Pure Honey, Kachline's apples, Klein's cheese and snacks and wine. Take a tour of the winery at noon and 2 p.m. or enjoy the sounds of Robert Michaels.
Galen Glen Vineyard & Winery, Andreas - Will feature tractor and wagon tours of the vineyard and cellar, departing at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. each day. Enjoy lunch or a snack from Love Hot Dog Co., which will be selling gourmet sausages, dogs and chocolate-covered cheesecake on a stick.
Pinnacle Ridge, Kutztown - Will hold its annual "Blues in the Barn," with The Wallace Brothers Band at 12:30 p.m. and the Mighty Manatees at 4 p.m. Sept. 8. The James Supra Blues Band entertains at 1 p.m. and the Kelchner Brothers at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 9. Chef Ben will have pulled pork sandwiches and other goodies available for sale.
Vynecrest Winery, Breinigsville - Has invited Macungie Farmers Market vendors to set up booths in the winery's parking lot noon - 4 p.m. both days, including Bleiler's Produce Patch (organic produce), Mrs. McNabb's Baked Beans (beans, macaroni salad, pierogies) and Hereford Country Store (quiches, cakes). The winery will offer samples of Hereford Country Store's lemon poppy seed pound cake paired with Blueberry Wine. Art's Acoustic Oldies will be playing in the Vyneskeller 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Sept. 9. Go on a guided Winemaker's Tour at 1 p.m. both days.
"Harvest Weekend" is a free event. However, each winery sets its own wine-tasting fee policy.