Ideas for Celebrating Valentine’s Day After February 14


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Chateau Lafayette Renee (Seneca Lake)

Do you feel the need to rush out and buy flowers or chocolate for Valentine’s Day? Then rethink your plans. 

A wine idea is to purchase a ticket for your special person. Perhaps consider a wine tasting over the weekend, when you are likely to have more time to enjoy a leisurely glass of wine. 

Another idea is to purchase a ticket for a wine trail event coming up relatively quickly. For instance, check out the Wine & Chocolate Trail taking place in Ohio soon.

For the first two weekends of March, March 1-2, and March 8-9. From 12Noon until 6pm, 15 Ohio wineries will participate in the Chocolate and Wine Trail event. participating wineries include:

 

Andreas Dekar, Cleveland
Chateau Tebeau, Helena                                         …

Like Chocolate? Try a Wine and Chocolate Pairing!


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Virant Family Winery

The Wine and Chocolate Trail in Ohio takes place Saturdays and Fridays, February 8 & 9  and February 15 & 16. Eighteen wineries participating in the the Wine and Chocolate Trail will offer complimentary appetizers and wine samples. At a designated winery participants will receive a wine glass and a box of Malley’s chocolates.

 

The wineries on the Vines & Wines WineTrail joining in this event include:

Benny Vino Urban Winery
Buccia Vineyards
Debonné Vineyards
Deer’s Leap Winery
Emerine Estates
Ferrante Winery & Ristorante
Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant
Hundley Cellars

Maple Ridge Vineyard
Old Firehouse Winery
Park Avenue Winery
South River Vineyard
Red Barn Cellars
Red Eagle Distillery
Silver Crest Cellar
The Winery at Spring Hill
Urban Vintner
Virants Family Winery

We have visited several of these Ohio wineries. Check out our online Ohio winery articles and photos.

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868 Estate Vineyards Events for MLK Day and Super Bowl Weekend!


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868 Estate Vineyards includes Grandale Restaurant

During the cold winter months, sometimes it’s nice to kick back and relax by enjoying a glass of wine at a winery. Now if you are looking for a winter wine event at a winery, one of the wineries to visit in Virginia is 868 Estate Vineyards in Purcellville. Onsite is also the Grandale Restaurant open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Two special events will be celebrated at 868 Estate Vineyards: MLK Day and the Super Bowl.

Outdoor area adjacent to 868 Estate Vineyards tasting room

Those visiting the winery on January  21 , can remember Martin Luther King Day while participating in a Truffle Tasting and also enter a contest to wine a year’s wine tasting. In addition to the wines available, hot grilled paninis will be available. Look for mulled wine. Chocoholics will want to join a chocolate tasting, too!

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Special Winter Wine Event in Pennsylvania!


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Calvaresi Winery

Eleven wineries on the Berks County Wine Trail are participating in the Winter Warmer Wine Tasting Weekend event. On Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20, these seven wineries offers an event that shows off special wines paired with homemade food and/or warm wines. Visitors will be offered these wine and food pairings for free, although anyone wishing to participate in a full wine tasting may be asked to pay a tasting fee. This Winter Warmer Wine event does not require reservations.

Ridgewood Winery

Wine Trail Traveler has visited some of these Pennsylvania wineries and articles and photos are online for your convenience. Below is the current list of offers by the wineries.

Calveresi Winery: Cheese fondue with Apple Wine

Deerfoot Winery: Ham and bean soup with Explorer Chardonnay

Kog Hill Winery: Southwestern Style turkey chili with Cranbernet a red wine blend including cranberry

Long Trout Winery

35th Annual Maryland Wine Festival Postponed!


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Photo from an earlier Annual Maryland Wine Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum

One of Maryland’s very well-known wine festivals is the Annual Maryland Wine Festival. Due to the strong possibility of a very rainy and maybe more difficult weather for this weekend according to the festival website, the 35th Annual Maryland Wine Festival has been postponed until October 13. 

For those who have already purchased tickets for this weekend’s festival be sure to save them for using on Saturday, October 13, which will only take place on Saturday.

The location of the Annual Maryland Wine Festival is the Carroll County Farm Museum which offers a historic farmhouse and numerous farm buildings plus animals. It is a superb museum to visit and is ideal for children, adults and families. 

Here are some of things you will miss if you decided not to visit the 35th Annual Maryland …

35th Annual Maryland Wine Festival Postponed!


This post is by Kathy from Wine Trail Traveler LLC


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Photo from an earlier Annual Maryland Wine Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum

One of Maryland’s very well-known wine festivals is the Annual Maryland Wine Festival. Due to the strong possibility of a very rainy and maybe more difficult weather for this weekend according to the festival website, the 35th Annual Maryland Wine Festival has been postponed until October 13. 

For those who have already purchased tickets for this weekend’s festival be sure to save them for using on Saturday, October 13, which will only take place on Saturday.

The location of the Annual Maryland Wine Festival is the Carroll County Farm Museum which offers a historic farmhouse and numerous farm buildings plus animals. It is a superb museum to visit and is ideal for children, adults and families. 

Here are some of things you will miss if you decided not to visit the 35th Annual Maryland …

A Few Labor Day Weekend Wine Events


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Estate wine at Catoctin Breeze Vineyard

With Labor Day Weekend quickly approaching, you may want to visit a winery with family or friends. Check out these upcoming events at wineries.

Saturday, September 1

Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, MD
Event: Wine, Crepes & Live Music
Website Information

Duplin Winery, NC
Event: Rose Hill Live Music
Website Information

The Winery at Perennial Vineyards, OH
Event: Live Music
Website Information

Sunday, September 2

Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, MD
Event: Wine & Live Music
Website Information

Sunday Brunch at Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery

Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery, VA
Event: Sunday Brunch
Website Information

Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards, OR
Event: September Wine Club Release
Website Information

Monday, Sept 3, LABOR DAY

Pearmund Cellars, VA
Event: Celebrate Labor Day at Pearmund Cellars
Website Information

Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery, VA
Event: Bistro Open
Website Information

Please drink responsibly.
Cheers!
Kathy

Last Minute Ideas for the 4th of July!


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Effingham Manor in Virginia

Hope everyone is enjoying a fun and safe 4th of July!

If you do not have plans to celebrate yet, why not stop by your favorite neighborhood winery tasting room? You may want to call ahead of time to be sure the winery is open today.

I received an email this week about three delightful wineries in Virginia. Pearmund Cellars, Vint Hill Craft Winery and Effingham Manor are all open today. Keep in mind that Effingham Manor, where there is an emphasis on antiques/history, is open for adults only.

Vint Hill Craft Winery

Vint Hill Craft Winery’s courtyard will be open. Visit and enjoy the music. The winery will also have Wine Cocktails available. Corn hole will be available. Enjoy the day with the family as children are welcome. 

If you are curious about wine cocktails, the Vint Hill Craft Winery, located in Vint …

Visit A Winery with a Father’s Day Event this Weekend!


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Orfila Vineyards & Winery in California offers spectacular views!

Warm weather encourages wineries to offer more fun events. With Father’s Day this Sunday, many wineries are offering special ways for Fathers to celebrate. Several special events for this weekend are listed below.

If you can’t visit one of these wineries, call your neighborhood winery and discover what specials they are offering for Father’s Day!

Saturday, June 16

Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, Maryland
Event: Live Music by California Bob
Website Info

Duplin Winery, North Carolina
Event: Live Music: Mykel Barbee
Website Info

Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery, VA
Event: Sipping Under the Stars-Wonder Woman
Website Info

Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards, Oregon
Event: Port & Cigar Appreciation
Website Info

The Winery at Perennial Vineyards, Ohio
Event: Live Music
Website Info

Sunday, June 17

Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, Maryland
Event: Father’s Day Celebration
Website Info

Effingham Manor, Virginia
Event: Father’s Day – King for Day

Upcoming June Events at Wineries


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Potomac Point Winery in VA

The Wine Trail Traveler blog posts have not been frequent recently due to a broken arm during the second week of May – totally not wine related. Now that things are getting much better, blog posts will be written much more frequently. Cheers! Kathy

For today’s post check out numerous wine events coming up soon in early June!

Thursday, June 7

Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery, Virginia
Event: Ladies Night & Wine Bingo
Website Info

Texas Legato, Texas
Event: Teacher Thursdays
Website Info

Friday, June 8

Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, Maryland
Event: Rose Friday! Wear Pink
Website Info

Orfila Vineyards and Winery, California
Event: Tunes on the Terrace
Website Info

Painted Stave Distilling, Delaware
Event: 90’s Dance Party
Website Info

Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery, Virginia
Event: Friday Night Music
Website Info

Texas Legato, TX
Event: Wine Down Happy Hours!
Website Info

The Winery at Perennial …

Sips, Chips & Dips on the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail


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Willow Vineyards wine among the vines

If you enjoy snacks and wines, you will want to attend the Sips, Chips & Dips hosted by the wineries on the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail scheduled for Saturday, March 24.

Tickets are $10 each and include a souvenir wine glass and a snack & wine pairing at each winery. Tickets for Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail events are available online.

Below is a list of the snack and wine pairing offered at each winery for the day.

45 North Vineyard & Winery: tortilla chips with cilantro jalepeño dip paired with a wine (TBD)

Amoritas Vineyards: tomato salsa with tortilla chips paired with Pinot Gris.

Aurora Cellars: cherry bbq chips with Sun-Drenched Smoked Tomato Cheese Dip paired with Radiance (a  fruity dry red).

Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery: coming soon!

Black Star Farms of Suttons Bay: wavy potato chips and loaded baked potato …

Holiday Wine Events on Ohio Wine Trails


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Chateau Tebeau Winery will participate in the Deck the Wreath event.

Save these dates for celebrating the upcoming holidays by attending events offered by several Ohio Wine Trails.

Dates 

November 24 -25, 2017
December 1 – 2, 2017
December 8 – 9, 2017

Tickets are limited so decide which event you want to participate in and get your tickets soon! While enjoying the holiday events, visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the wines produced in Ohio.

One of the frequently mentioned annual events is the Tannenbaum Trail on the Vines & Wines Trail located in Northeast, Ohio. Participants have the opportunity to enjoy wine samples and appetizers. Also an 18-inch Christmas tree will be provided at the first winery. Then collect a holiday tree ornament at each of the participating wineries.

Grand River Cellars is participating in the Tannenbaum holiday event.

The Tannenbaum Trail

Wineries participating in …

Reboule du Rhone


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About five years ago, Dustin Wilson became the wine director at Eleven Madison Park and Thomas Pastuszak became the wine director at NoMad. At a similar point in their careers at restaurants in the same group, the two bonded over their many shared interests, one of which was a love of the wines of the Northern Rhone.

Last year, when they were visiting cellars in the region together, they hatched the idea to have a weekend celebration of Northern Rhone wines in New York City. Thus Reboule du Rhone was born with the first weekend of events slated for November 17-19. Pastuszak says that some of the dozen producers invited have never been to New York before. Part of their motivation was to give “the sommelier community a chance to get in front of these heralded producers,” he says.

“We get really excited to serve these wines and drink these …

Portuguese Wine Week Minnesota – Interview with Jason Kallsen


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Jason Kallsen is a force of nature in the Twin Cities wine scene with his wine education company Twin Cities Wine Education. Our relationship with Jason goes back many, many years to when he sold wine to Ryan as the Manager of a wine shop in Minnetonka, Minnesota. And despite an overseas move, and a decade in passing, their friendship continued to blossom until 2014 when Ryan brought Jason to the…

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2017 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival and an Early Peek into the Vineyards


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One of our favorite wine events is the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival. Brian and I started going to the festival probably around the year 2001 and began pouring Waits-Mast Family Cellars wine at the event’s Grand Tasting in 2009, so it’s always a great opportunity to see many friends and fans and meet other Pinot Noir lovers.

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The big tent at Goldeneye Winery during set up for the 2017 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival Grand Tasting. Photo: J. Waits

At this year’s 20th anniversary event, held May 19-21, we not only shared our wines at the Grand Tasting, but also co-hosted a winemaker dinner held at Scharffenberger Cellars. Additionally, we visited a couple of the Anderson Valley vineyards that we source fruit from, including Wentzel Vineyard and Nash Mill Vineyard.

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Bottle of Waits-Mast Pinot Noir at our table at the winemaker dinner at Scharffenberger Cellars. Photo: J. Waits

Since …

Nash Mill Vineyard, May 19, 2017. Photo: J. Waits
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The growing season begins at Wentzel Vineyard, May 18, 2017. Photo: J. Waits
Wildlife at Wentzel Vineyard. Photo: J. Waits
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Another Successful Taste Washington


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Congratulations to the Washington State Wine Commission and Visit Seattle for another successful Taste Washington March 23-26, capping off Washington state Wine Month.

Thousands of people participated in the annual celebration of the excellent juice made in this state — at the Grand Tasting, educational seminars, lunches on local farms, and at restaurants, wineries, hotels and retailers that offered special deals and promotions throughout the month.

But we hope that people did more than taste the fine wine of Washington. We hope they appreciated it, and the hard work by people in our state’s wine industry – from farmers to vineyard managers to those in the production facilities, winemakers, distributors, marketing specialists, tasting room staff and more.

In particular, we applaud the workers in the vineyard who toil over the grapes and the terroir, the winemakers who balance creativity and science in every barrel and bottle, and their families who support this …

On Sale Now – Chateau Ste. Michelle 2017 Summer Concert Series


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CSM concertSummer must be around the corner because tickets are now on sale for the Chateau Ste. Michelle 2017 Summer Concert Series.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the oldest winery in the state, so its concert lineup, paired with award-winning wine and beautiful surroundings, is even more special.

Think about it: a lazy summer day or evening, kicking back on the manicured lawns of Chateau Ste. Michelle with a peacock or two sauntering by, as you sip on a refreshing summer wine, nibble on tasty munchies from your picnic basket and listen to some amazing music. Ah, summer!

Whether you prefer white, rosé or red wine during the summer, this concert calendar is something to cheer about. Twenty-seven concerts span the range of pop, jazz, rock and blues in the winery’s picturesque outdoor amphitheatre with seating for 4,300. The series kicks off on June 1 with a concert by Elvis Costello & The Imposters and …

It’s Back! The Northwest Wine Encounter at Semiahmoo


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The second annual Northwest Wine Encounter at Semiahmoo Resort will be held April 28-30, when some of the northwest’s most talented winemakers and viticulturists will be holding seminars, tastings and attending a gala dinner:

We have had the pleasure of meeting Mike Sauer, Chris Upchurch and Walter Gehringer in the past, and have tasted wines from all of the attending wineries and vineyards. We also attended last year’s inaugural Northwest Wine Encounter — so we can personally attest to the experiences awaiting you this year at Semiahmoo …

Special February Events at Painted Stave Distilling


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Owners of Painted Stave Distilling in Delaware.

Painted Stave Distilling is a delightful, boutique distillery in Smyrna, Delaware. The two owners, Ron Gomes Jr. and Mike Rasmussen are innovative and crafting some delightful spirits. Their creativity lends itself well to the site and to the events they host.

Painted Stave is located in an old movie theatre structure which they renovated into a tasting room, large event room and distillery. The event room with white walls and wood flooring is ideal for numerous types of events including art shows. It is also available for rentals.

During February, Painted Stave Distilling is offering special events to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras. Also, check out the Painted Stave online calendar for tasting room hours. Below is a description of the February events from a recent email.

Thursday, February 9

Owl’s Brew Tea Mixers

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Happy 50th Anniversary to Chateau Ste. Michelle


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This year marks an historical milestone for Chateau Ste. Michelle and the Washington wine industry — it’s the 50th anniversary of the oldest winery in the state, so let the celebrations begin!

Ste. Michelle’s anniversary activities include a commemorative Cabernet bottling, library wine releases, a special anniversary Summer Concert Series, the opening of a newly expanded visitor center and other events to honor the state’s founding winery.

According to the winery, “Chateau Ste. Michelle has become the number two premium domestic wine brand sold in the U.S. (Nielsen-Dollars), with wines available in all 50 states and more than 100 countries.”

“It is truly remarkable what Chateau Ste. Michelle and the Washington wine industry have accomplished in a relatively short period of time through a pioneering spirit, collaboration and hard work,” said Ted Baseler, President and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. “With significant new vineyard plantings, industry investment in …