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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.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Wine Tips of the Week - Food Lover’s Guide to Wine and White Bordeaux

Today is National Drink Wine Day!

 from Vintage Connections 
Dean and Lisa Foster 
Wine Educators and Consultants  

Congratulations to Vynecrest for winning the 2012 Wine Excellence Award from the PA Wine Society for their 2010 Chambourcin (sold out already)  
and to  
Pinnacle Ridge for winning a Double Gold and Best Vinifera for their 2010 Pinot Noir (not sold out) at the 2012 PA Farm Show! 

The Food Lover's Guide to Wine
by Karen Page with Andrew Dornenburg-authors of "The Flavor Bible" and "What to Drink With What You Eat."  

You may remember a while back that we told you about the wonderful resource book "What to Eat With What You Drink".  Well, this is Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg's latest contribution to the world of wine.  A "Must Have" resource book for wine-lovers.  This excellent book references 250 wines from around the world, many were wines we'd never even heard of or had a hard time finding out about. 
It starts with a time-line about important and interesting wine facts, moves on to tips about how to enjoy wine, to (the important part for us) an alphabetical listing of wines with information about where they come from, grape, color, weight, volume, whether dry or sweet, acidity, tannin, primary flavors, texture, what temperature to serve it at, some pairing ideas and what countries produce the wine. 

There are many interesting facts about wine and some beautiful pictures by Tom Kirkman as well.  This book is an invaluable resource for those of us who want to know more about the wines we drink.  

($16.28 worth far more than that!)  

Chateau Graville-Lacoste 2010

This wonderful medium-bodied white Bordeaux is a blend of 60% Semillon, 35% sauvignon blanc  and 5% muscadelle from the Graves appellation in Bordeaux, France.   

Most (affordable) white Bordeaux are typically more sauvignon blanc than Semillon, but wine-maker/owner Herve` Dubourdieu prefers his white Bordeaux heavy on the Semillon and it is priced to buy! 

It is very light yellow in color with aromas of melon and citrus.  It has a crisp clean herbal flavor with well-balanced acidity.  The finish is long and refreshingly satisfying.  Great when paired with fish, poultry or even spicy asian cuisine. 

Alcohol is 12% by volume.  PLCB product code is 36015 and sells for $16.99 at many PA Wine and Spirit stores.  Check the PLCB product search website page to find the store nearest you that carries this excellent wine.   

Fun Fact
Saturday, February 18 is National Drink Wine Day!
Up-coming Events  

Galen Glen Wine and Chocolate Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, February 18-19, noon-5 PM

Music in the Vyneskeller Saturday 18 and 25, 1:30-4:30 and jazz on Sunday the 26th.

Winemaker's Dinner- Saturday February 25th, 6pm  $75/person. Call 610-683-8463 for menu and reservations.

March Madness, every weekend in March.  
See our previous blogs for a list of web links.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Wine Tips of the Week - Blair Syrah and Pinnacle Ridge Cab Franc

Some of PA's Best!

 from Vintage Connections 
Dean and Lisa Foster 
Wine Educators and Consultants   

Blair Vineyards 2010 Syrah 

This delicious bold red wine will be released this weekend at Blair Vineyards.  It is deep dark red in color with hints of purple .  The aroma is richly satisfying,  with hints of smoke and spice.  Flavors of smoke, blackberry and pepper linger long on the palate making this easy to drink slowly by itself or pair with food.   $19.99 per bottle. 10% off for case discounts.  This wine is young and will improve with age, so think about buying a case!
We were lucky to be able to participate in a comparison tasting this past weekend of the Blair Vineyard's 2010 Syrah with a 2008 Elizabeth Spencer Sonoma Coast Syrah from California (selling for $21.99 at PA Wine and Spirit stores - PLCB product code 36979) and a Crozes-Hermitage 2009 Silene from Rone, France (selling for $28.99 - PLCB code 21111).   

The comparison tasting was meant to demonstrate that Blair Vineyards' syrah compares favorably with other world class, even more expensive, syrahs, and it did! 

Each wine was distinctive from the others. 
Color, aromas and flavors were all quite excellent as far as we were concerned.  The California was higher in alcohol, the Rhone was a bit rounder, and the Blair had an edge that some will prefer.  The Blair will age well with that edge softening over time.  We really look forward to enjoying the bottles we bought and seeing how the wine changes and matures over the next few years.
We recommend trying this excellent wine, this weekend or at the upcoming Berks County Wine Trail Wine and Chocolate weekend February 11-12.  

Pinnacle Ridge 2010 Cabernet Franc
Another excellent 2010 dry red wine.  Clear, garnet red in color, it has aromas of tobacco, cedar and fresh raspberries.  The flavor is smooth and rich with delicate hints of the characteristic green bell peppers.  The finish is long-lasting and extremely satisfying.  Great when paired with beef, lamb and hearty pasta dishes.  We paired this wonderful wine with pork fried rice, and it was great!  Sells for $16 only at the winery.  
Brad and Pinot
Brad checking the 2010 Harvest.

We have been eagerly anticipating the release of the 2010 red wines.  So far they have exceeded our expectations.  We are looking forward to trying many more 2010 varieties and will let you know how we liked them!
Fun Fact
Syrah is believed to have originated in Southern France, in the Rhone region from two parent grapes; Dureza (the father) and Mondeuse Blanche (the mother).  

Up-coming Events  

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.

SuperBowl Chili February 4.  Music Saturdays again beginning February 11, 1:30-4:30in the Vyneskeller. See website for details.

If you would like an up-coming (wine-related) event listed in our Vintage Connections Wine e-newsletter and Grapevine blog in the Pottstown Mercury, please email a short summary of the event including the name of your event, name of your winery or organization, short description of the event, date, time, location and cost, at least two weeks in advance to us at 
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.

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