Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf appears to be just as excited as we are about the fact that you can now buy wine in grocery stores.
Thursday night, Pennsylvania Wines held a wine tasting and launch party at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse to celebrate their new branding and a mobile-friendly website that encourages users to “Plan your weekend in wine land” and to use the #PAWineLandWKND hashtag. Invited guests included representatives from Pennsylvania wineries, media, and friends. Guests dined on executive chef Chris Tavares’s spring menu including shrimp, cheesesteak spring rolls, and crab.
The new Mobile-friendly website works on smart phones, tablets, and desktop computers, and includes tools for travelers to plot their trip through the countryside’s wineries. To plan your next weekend in wine country, go to PennsylvaniaWine.com.
Considering a day or weekend trip to check out some fall foliage in Pennsylvania? Combine it with a stop at one or several of Pennsylvania’s 200 wineries.
The state has just unveiled a mobile website that specifically targets travelers. Pick one of the state’s twelve wine trails or plan your own itinerary with the help of the site. You can also get information on upcoming winery events, hours and contact information.
The mobile web app is just one part of the Pennsylvania Winery Association’s strategic initiative to provide a unified and comprehensive marketing plan for the industry.
Pennsylvania Wine Association [Official]
Jet Wine Bar is organizing a trip into Pennsylvania wine country for Sunday, August 11th. The South Street wine bar is organizing a bus trip to visit two of the area’s best wineries. Tickets are $65 and the bus leaves from 1524 South Street at 11:30 a.m., after a champagne toast.
The tour’s first stop will be at Blair Vineyards, known for its superb Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir wines. After the tasting, a picnic lunch provided by Jet Wine Bar to be enjoyed on their grounds. It’ll be a festive atmosphere as Blair Vineyard is celebrating its anniversary with live music and festivities.
The second stop is just down the road from Blair at Pinnacle Ridge, known for their Pinor Noir and chambourcin grapes.
Vineyard Bus Tour [Jet Wine Bar]
“That Pennsylvanian wine is delicious!” said nobody ever. Or at least that’s been the stereotype.
Until now. David Schildknecht, a writer for Robert Parker’s internationally acclaimed newsletter, The Wine Advocate, made a special mention to Va La Vineyards in Avondale, PA (just an hour outside of Philadelphia). Very rarely do PA wines ever make it on any sort of accredited wine ranking, and in his recent article labeled “Best of 2012”, Va La Vineyards recieved a nice mention:
Say what you will about the quality of PA wine (we certainly do), but you can’t argue that the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail doesn’t know how to throw a good party for those of an oenophilic bent. Especially those of you hardcore grape geeks who thrill to things like cellar tours and tasting new local wines.
Every weekend in March, the seven wineries of the trail open their cellars (and tasting rooms) for the public to sip the latest vintage straight from the barrels, buckets and bottles. $30 buys you a passport to visit (and drink at) each of the wineries once between March 3 and April 1.
A few wineries do something a little special. Twin Brook Winery, for example, is serving its famous gumbo. And Paradocx is pouring wine from cans–because that’s just classy.
Brandywine Valley Wine Trail 2012 Passport [Official website]
Paris Wine Bar from the London Grill crew opens this evening at 5 p.m. The all-local wine bar will be serving up free hors d’oeuvres and will have live jazz with the Art Fischman Quartet.