Hi Everyone! I hope you all have been having a wonderful spring! The temperatures here aren’t quite as warm as I would like them to be, but the sun is shining and the trees are turning green, so I can’t complain too much.
This past weekend, my girlfriends and I went on a wine tasting tour in the Lehigh Valley. The bus picked us up in Manhattan and drove us to the first vineyard, Vynecrest Winery, in Breinigsville, PA. There, we enjoyed cheese and wine tastings (the cheese was really yummy!) and toured their building a bit. My favorite was a sweet white wine, which is unusual for me because I tend to lean more towards dry reds.
Once we finished at Vyncrest, we drove over to Blue Mountain Vineyards for more wine tastings and a catered lunch. Here, I really loved their white merlot. Again, this wine was on the sweeter side and I usually don’t like sweet wines. I’m wondering if there was just something funny with my taste buds that day, that all the sweet wines tasted better to me than the dry. The best part about this winery though, was the furry friend that was wandering around the tables, saying hello to all of her guests!
Once we were sufficiently wine-happy and our growling stomachs were satisfied with pasta and bread, it was time to move to the third winery, Blair Vineyards. Here, they paired chocolate with their wines and my absolute favorite was a chocolate covered ginger paired with their Gewurztraminer. It was spicy and sweet – a delicious combination. Once the wine tasting was over, we got to spend some time outside enjoying the gorgeous spring day before we headed back to the city.
Jumping for wine!
It was the perfect spring day, spent with good friends and good drinks!
I love having Mondays off. It always used to be my least favorite day of the week, but now I love it! It is my day to get things done – run errands, do artwork, clean my room – and I can do it all on my own because everyone else is at work. Lucky for me, my best friend has Mondays off too so Mondays are our fun days – we do some Target & Express shopping, make some crafts, bake in the winter and hit the shore in the summer. Yesterday, we decided to shake things up a bit and took a trip to Old York Cellars in Ringoes, NJ. My friend had a living social voucher for wine and chocolate tasting for two, so we packed a picnic lunch and hit the road!
The winemaker and his wife spent a lot of time with us explaining all the different wines and how he makes them. We tried their Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, Pinot Gris, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sweet Riesling, Blackberry dessert wine, Ravat 51, and White Port. Out of the whites, my favorite was the Vidal Blanc because it wasn’t too sweet and had a slight lemon flavor. This is the bottle we bought to drink with our veggie sandwiches that we packed for lunch. They had an outdoor patio area and the weather yesterday afternoon was a perfect 68 degrees.
I also went home with a bottle of the Merlot and the Cabernet Sauvignon. The Merlot tasted amazing with the Medium Dark Chocolate so of course, I bought a box of that as well. The Sweet Riesling was very light and summery and would be delicious on a summer evening sitting on the deck. I also really enjoyed the White Port, which is made from their Riesling. I’ve never had white port so it was interesting to try. I actually like it better than red port because it seems to be lighter and not quite as sweet. If you ever have time, I definitely suggest taking a trip there and trying their wines. The grounds are beautiful and the wines are delicious! We would like to go back in the spring or summer when the vineyard is in bloom!