Monday, March 26, 2012

{Wine} March Madness - Eastern Tour


A few weeks ago I posted about our wine tasting experience at some of the local vineyards here in the Lehigh Valley.  As the "Sweet 16" basketball games were being played throughout the weekend, Fred and I decided to venture out to do some March Madness of our own...via wine!

Here is the previous post...

First stop: Franklin Hill Vineyard in Bangor, PA.

For the final weekend of March Madness, they were featuring desserts.  We had a sampling of chocolates, biscotti, fruit, and brownies made with their wine.  

We tasted a variety of wines on their list ranging from dry whites to sweet reds.  They also had a new meritage of three grapes that were melded into one wine titled “Three.”  We found this wine to be a delightful combination and came home with two bottles, plus two bottles of their Pomegranate Peach.

After the tasting room, Franklin Hill had a separate space with dips and spreads for sale.  They had lots of good snacks available for tasting, including this yummy quesadilla topped with a spicy salsa. 

Their vineyards are beautiful.

Our second stop was Amore Vineyard in Bath, which is literally a few miles up the road from our home.  Fred initially purchased our “passports” from Amore so we were able to bring home our tour gifts, a very cool wooden cheese board for each of us.  

Owner Greg Amato served Chicken Medallions and Pasta Florentine, Roasted Red Peppers, Artichokes and Mushrooms in a light Garlic Wine Sauce and he paired it with Gregg’s Gregio, a dry white wine.  Their food was delicious!  

I love these little grapevine lights that Greg has hanging above his tasting area.  Cute, right?

We happen to love Greg’s Blackberry Bliss and his Red Rapture so we came home with a few bottles of each.   

After our trips to the wineries, we headed back to my parent’s home to pick up my daughter.  There, we shared a bottle of wine and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon.  

Fred and I really enjoy these afternoons.  Every winter, I look forward to our March Madness weekends for two reasons…1) Its invaluable time spent together and 2) Spring is just around the corner.  Plus, it's the perfect ending to a perfect weekend. 

Well, I hope you have a wonderful Monday!


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