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Wine recommendations and comments from Dean and Lisa Foster, Vintage Connections Wine Educators and Consultants. Most wines are available in Southeastern Pennsylvania and are priced between $10 and $20. Up-coming "wine events" available in the Pottstown Tri-county area are listed.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wine Tips of the Week - Lingenfelder Shoy and Domaine des Carteresses

from Vintage Connections 
Dean and Lisa Foster 
Wine Educators and Consultants   

Bet you've NEVER heard of these two wines!

Lingenfelder Shoy 2009
This wonderfully aromatic dry Riesling-type wine comes from the Lingenfelder Estate in the Pfalz region of Germany. 


Shoy (short for Scheurebe-[shoy-ray-beh]) is a cross between Riesling and Silvaner.  It is a full-bodied white wine very light yellow in color.  It has aromas of fresh flowers and black currants, with crisp well-balanced acidity.  Light flavors of black currants are gently accented with light flavors of apricots.  A truly surprising wine with a lovely finish!  We thoroughly enjoyed it with Spicy Indian Chicken bites. 

Alcohol is 11% by volume.  PLCB product code is 12536 and is available at a limited number of PA Wine and Spirit stores, but it is findable. 

Domaine des Carteresses 2010
This dry rose` wine comes from the Tavel appellation in the southern Rhone region of France. 

TavelLovely bold pink in color, it is a blend of 50% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre,  13% Clairette,  12% Picpoul and 10% Syrah.  It has lush aromas of red summer berries with flavors of red berries, tobacco and spice.  It has a strong and pleasant finish.  Great when paired with roasted pork. 

Alcohol is 14% by volume.  PLCB product code 29339, sells for $12.99 a bottle and is available at a limited number of PA Wine and Spirit stores, but it is findable.

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We will copy and paste your information into our newsletter and blog.  We reserve the right to edit as we deem necessary and to not list or publish information at our own discretion.
We plan to publish our newsletter and blog two times a month but may do so more or less often, so be sure to send information to us as far in advance of the event as possible.

Happy Hour
Fri, January 20, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Food  from Divine Dining, wine, and great music. Tapas Package is $25, which includes your choice of 3 tapas.  Reservations are required. See website for details.

Syrah Release
Jan 28 - 29, $15 per person to taste Blair's Syrah, another from California and another from Rhone (France). Reservations not required. See website for details.
Music in the Vyneskeller Saturdays beginning January 28, 1:30-5 PM (SuperBowl Chili February 4, no music scheduled). See website for details.

Berks County Wine Trail
Chocolate & Wine Pairing Event Weekend
Saturday February 11th &
Sunday February 12th, 2012
(noon to 5 pm both days)
.  No fees for these pairings but some wineries charge a modest fee for additional tastings. See website(s) for details.

Fun Fact
The Picpoul grape (also known as Piquepoul) is a white grape grown primarily in the Rhone and Languedoc regions of France.  There are both a dark (Noir) and light (Blanc) varieties.  Often blended with Clairette because of the high acidity of Picpoul grapes. 


These are a few of our favorite wine-related businesses and organizations.
Wine Trails

Wine Bars (and restaurants)

Vintage Connections provides Wine Education and Consulting Services including wine classes and seminars, food and wine pairings, and wine tastings.  In our newsletter and blogs we provide information and recommendations about wine, wine events, and the world of wine, primarily in the Montgomery, Berks, and Chester Tri-County Area of Southeastern Pennsylvania. We focus on affordable and accessible wines, mostly priced under $20 and available at PA Wine and Spirits stores or at wineries located in Eastern Pennsylvania.  Contact us at


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