Sunday, October 28, 2007

Catharine Valley Vineyards



One of the newest Seneca Lake Wineries; Catharine Valley is a family owned and operated Farm Winery committed to deliver the very finest Domestic and Alsatian style varietal wines. You can be assured of a warm welcome with a uniquely
local charm. It’s our goal to echo the same warm welcoming environment that Queen Catharine herself was noted for.

Donald and Jessica Kilcoyne are the owners. They met in college and dreamed someday of owning a winery. Eventually, they found their way to the finger lakes and bought 35 acres. Thankfully, their purchase included eight acres of productive vineyards.
Catharine Valley Winery, is located on the east side of Seneca Lake, a few miles north of Watkins Glen. Don and Jessica delved into the local history with visits to the Schuyler County Historical Society.

"We liked the name of the region," says Jessica, referring to how they came up with the name for the winery. The name pays tribute to the land nourished by Catharine Creek, winding its way from Pine Valley, through Montour Falls and emptying into Seneca Lake at Watkins Glen.

According to Jeff Richards of the Star-Gazette:

"The 2002 Traminette has a spicy, full-fruit nose. A cousin to gewurztraminer, it has delightful, spicy flavor with a very smooth finish."

"The 2002 Riesling is lighter-bodied than several others from the Finger Lakes. It is a semidry wine that starts with a peach taste and finishes with the taste of green apples."



"The Lost Irishman is a sweet, smooth Catawba wine made from the Catawba grapes already producing on four acres of the Kilcoyne's land. They have planted pinot gris, merlot and cabernet franc grapes, and Don and Jessica plan to next plant grapes for traminette, gewurztraminer and Riesling."

Their emphasis will be on Alsatian-style wines. "They tend to be drier, bigger and yummy," Don told Jeff.

The Lost Irishman is one of their most popular wines. And by all accounts its a fun sipping wine.

Congrats to Don and Jessica! Stop by and see their on your way around the Finger Lakes. A wonderful find!

New York Wines and Dines Winding Down; Albany Next

NEW YORK WINES & DINES is winding down is New York City , and gearing up in Albany for the month of November. For the past month, over 70 top restaurants and 20 fine wine shops in the Big Apple have been featuring New York wines, along with New York foods in the restaurants. This week, the Capitol District embraces our “Eat Local. Drink Local. Think Local.” theme, with 17 restaurants and 28 wine shops putting New York front and center. A great example of doing it right is Reds restaurant in West Coxsackie, which has a page of “New York Wines & Dines” Featured Specials with appetizers, entrees, and desserts listing the farms where the ingredients come from along with New York wines by the glass including a brief description of the winery. They get it!

The big event in November (10 & 11) is the Pride of New York Harvest Fest at the Desmond which showcases over 90 agricultural producers including 45 wineries in a “farmers’ market” setting where consumers can buy the products right there, just in time for the holidays.

All the information about the Albany New York Wines & Dines program is at www.newyorkwinesanddines.org starting this Wednesday, October 31.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Pennsylvania Wine Events for Fall




EVENTS AT WINERIES and Regional Wine Events

October 5 Moon Dancer Vineyards & Winery Weekend Music
Come out and hear some live music. A.D Chandler & His Imaginary Band (Original Music from the harder side of life.) Time: 6PM - 9PM For more information contact www.moondancerwinery@aol.com of 717-252-9463

Oct. 6 Moon Dancers Vineyards & Winery Harvest Festival
Harvest Festival: Saturday, October 6, 2 - 8 PM
For details contact:
Moon Dancer Vineyards & Winery
1282 Klines Run Road
Wrightsville, PA 17368
717-252-WINE
MoonDancerWinery@aol.com / www.MoonDancerWinery.com

October 7 Moon Dancer Vineyards & Winery Fols By Association
Come on and hear live music. (Folk By Association) For more information contact www.moondancerwinery@aol.com or 717-252-9463

October 8 Corssing Vineyards Class #5: How to Serve Wine
Learn how to handle wine from storing to opening to serving. Includes a formal comparative tasting of two red wines. Cost: $30. Includes instructions, wine tasting and learning material. Time: 6:30pm to 8:30Pm Call for reservations at 215-493-6500, ext.19 or buy on-line: www.crossingvineyards.com

October 13 & 14 Crossing Vineyards Happy Birthday
Join the staff at Crossing Vineyards in celebrating its fourth birthday. Free Gift with Case Purchase, Live Music, Drawing for VIP Winery Tour and Tasting for 8 People (No purchase Required) For mor information plealse call 215-493-6500, ext. 18

October 13 & 14 Berks County Wine Trail Artisan Cheese & Wine Festival
Pennsylvania Wines from Berks County pair up with Pennsylvania Cheeses. More details to follow or visit www.berkscountywinetrail.com or www.pinridge.com

October 14 Christian W. Klay Winery Fall Foliage Fest
Christian W. Klay Winery
412 Fayette Springs Road
Chalk Hill, PA 15421


October 21, 2007
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fall Foliage Fest
Learn about wine, taste samples of our 2006 vintages, listen to live music, and much more! There will also be hayrides for the kids, complimentary light fare, and a preview of holiday gift ideas. A $6 fee includes a logo wine glass. $5 per person.
Visit www.cwklaywinery.com for the most up-to-date listing of our special events.
For reservations, contact the winery directly at 724-439-3424.
Ticket price is refundable up to 48 hours prior to the event. Ticket prices include tax and gratuity.

October 14 Crossing Vineyards Wine Tasting for Dummies
Learn about wine and have fun. Includes instructions, wine tasting, cheese and fruit. Cost: $25 Per person Time: 2pm Call for reservations at 215-493-6500, ext.19 or buy on-line: www.crossingvineyards.com

October 15 Crossing Vineyards Class #6 Basic Food and Wine Pairing
Learn the basic principles of pairing food and wine. Cost:$30. Includes instructions, wine tasting, learning material and food samples. Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm Call for reservations at 215-493-6500, ext.19 or buy on-line: www.crossingvineyards.com

October 16 Corssing Vineyards National Television debut
View on national television on The Style Network in the destination wedding series "Married Away" Tuesday Ocotober 16 at 9PM. "Married Away " features unique and exotic locations all around the world. Crossing Vineyards was chosen as the venue for the rehearsal dinner.

October 19 Crossing Vineyards Wine Tasting for "Singles"
Wine, Cheese and Music. A unique way to Meet New People. Cost: $20 Time: 7pm - 9pm. Call for reservations at 215-493-6500, ext.19 or buy on-line: www.crossingvineyards.com

October 20 Crossing Vineyard's Harvest Winemaker's Dinner
Come Lavish a four course gourmet meal, Award winning wine. Featuring a vertical tasting of past vintages and the release of Crossing Vineyards' limited quantity Viognier 2005 Reserve. Cost: $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call for Reservaiont: 215-493-6500, ext. 19 or buy on-line: www.crossingvineyards.com

Octobe 20 Christian W. Klay Winery Murder Mystery
Christian W. Klay Winery
412 Fayette Springs Road
Chalk Hill, PA 15421

October 20, 2007 6 p.m.
Murder Mystery
Who done it? You be the judge as the winery presents this popular interactive murder mystery. The evening includes complimentary wine tasting of your favorites from the award-winning Christian W. Klay collection and a delicious buffet dinner. $36 per person, plus tax.
Visit www.cwklaywinery.com for the most up-to-date listing of our special events.
For reservations, contact the winery directly at 724-439-3424.
Ticket price is refundable up to 48 hours prior to the event. Ticket prices include tax and gratuity.


October 21 Adams County Winery Home Wine - Making Class
Come see step-by-step instructions how to make wine all by yourself. You'll receive tricks of the trade and tips on how to get the best product from a box. Time:1 to 3pm Cost: $25 per person with a special rebate after completing the class. Call or email us to reserve your spot. 717-334-4631 or vintner@adamscountywinery.com

October 21 Seven Valleys Vineyard & Winery Pig Roast
For more information call 717-235-6281.

October 27 Christian W. Klay Winery Murder Mystery
Christian W. Klay Winery
412 Fayette Springs Road
Chalk Hill, PA 15421
October 27, 2007 6 p.m.
Murder Mystery
Who done it? You be the judge as the winery presents this popular interactive murder mystery. The evening includes complimentary wine tasting of your favorites from the award-winning Christian W. Klay collection and a delicious buffet dinner. $36 per person, plus tax.
Visit www.cwklaywinery.com for the most up-to-date listing of our special events.
For reservations, contact the winery directly at 724-439-3424.
Ticket price is refundable up to 48 hours prior to the event. Ticket prices include tax and gratuity.


November 10 Christian W. Klay Winery Murder Mystery
Christian W. Klay Winery
412 Fayette Springs Road
Chalk Hill, PA 15421
November 10, 2007 6 p.m.
Murder Mystery
Who done it? You be the judge as the winery presents this popular interactive murder mystery. The evening includes complimentary wine tasting of your favorites from the award-winning Christian W. Klay collection and a delicious buffet dinner. $36 per person, plus tax.
Visit www.cwklaywinery.com for the most up-to-date listing of our special events.
For reservations, contact the winery directly at 724-439-3424.
Ticket price is refundable up to 48 hours prior to the event. Ticket prices include tax and gratuity.

November 17 & 18 Select Wineries The Pennsylvania Food & Beverage Show
Select Pennsylvania Wineries will be featured.
The Pennsylvania Food & Beverage Show
Featuring a Wine & Beer Garden and Holiday Gift Area

November 17 & 18, 2007
York Expo Center's Toyota Arena
York, PA
$15 for Premium admission (includes tasting in Wine & Beer Garden)
$11 General admission
Contact: Rene Staub @ (717) 637-3831 or rstaub@thepeak985.com

November 24 Christian W. Klay Winery Grand Opening of Holiday Greenery Sale & Event
Christian W. Klay Winery
412 Fayette Springs Road
Chalk Hill, PA 15421


November 24
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Grand Opening of Holiday Greenery Sale & Event
Select from an array of wreaths, swags and trees while enjoying a bon fire, hot mulled wine, and hayrides for the kids. Complimentary admission.
Visit www.cwklaywinery.com for the most up-to-date listing of our special events.


December 1 Christian W. Klay Winery Annual Christmas Open House
Christian W. Klay Winery
412 Fayette Springs Road
Chalk Hill, PA 15421
December 1, 2007 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Annual Christmas Open House
Popular carols, holiday food favorites, wine tasting and activities for kids of all ages make this afternoon an old-fashioned Christmas homecoming. Be sure to bring your Christmas list and select from an array of holiday gift ideas, including beautiful wine and gourmet food baskets, giftware, and custom labels. Complimentary admission.
Visit www.cwklaywinery.com for the most up-to-date listing of our special events.

Maryland Wine Events for October



October 2007
October 5
Elk Run Vineyards
Wine Down Friday and Open Mike Night
6-9pm
Watch the sun set over the vineyard. Stop in and enjoy a glass of wine or tasting; take a bottle of wine home for the weekend along with local bread and cheese, musicians are welcome.

October 6
Basignani Winery
Harvest Saturdays
9am-1pm
Experience the harvest by volunteering to pick grapes, and learn how grapes become wine. Followed by delicious lunch and winetasting. RSVP. Free

October 6-7
Riverside WineFest @ Sotterley
Hollywood, MD
St. Mary's County
Get the details

October 6-7
Berrywine Plantations / Linganore Winecellars
A Celebration of Colors
Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12-6pm
Celebrate the harvest, enjoy spectacular fall colors while sampling our latest releases. New vintage of Abisso port, our dessert Riesling, Melody and many others. Free

October 6-7
Elk Run Vineyards
Connoisseurs Challenge and Harvest Alert Weekends
Tour the winery as it’s in action making wine, watch the harvest. Try to identify the wine with the correct grape or get really involved and jump in for picking, and stay for lunch. Call for details.

October 7
Boordy Vineyards
Autumn Wine Fest 2007
1-5pm
Live music, wine tastings, vineyard wagon rides, grilled foods, organic breads, handcrafted cheeses, grapepressing demonstrations, winery tours, crafters, fall perennials, and more…
$10 for adults, $5 children 2-12

October 12
Elk Run Vineyards
Wine Down Friday and Open Mike Night
6-9pm
Watch the sun set over the vineyard. Stop in and enjoy a glass of wine or tasting; take a bottle of wine home for the weekend along with local bread and cheese, musicians are welcome.

October 13-14
Berrywine Plantations / Linganore Winecellars
A Celebration of Colors
Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12-6pm
Celebrate the harvest, enjoy spectacular fall colors while sampling our latest releases. New vintage of Abisso port, our dessert Riesling, Melody and many others. Free

October 13-14
Elk Run Vineyards
Connoisseurs Challenge and Harvest Alert Weekends
Tour the winery as it’s in action making wine, watch the harvest. Try to identify the wine with the correct grape or get really involved and jump in for picking, and stay for lunch. Call for details.

October 13-14
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard
Grape STOMP 2007
12-6pm
Live music, grape stomping contest with prizes and tours of the vineyard & winery.
October 14
Boordy Vineyards
Autumn Wine Fest 2007
1-5pm
Live music, wine tastings, vineyard wagon rides, grilled foods, organic breads, handcrafted cheeses, grapepressing demonstrations, winery tours, crafters, fall perennials, and more…
$10 for adults, $5 children 2-12

October 19
Elk Run Vineyards
Wine Down Friday and Open Mike Night
6-9pm
Watch the sun set over the vineyard. Stop in and enjoy a glass of wine or tasting; take a bottle of wine home for the weekend along with local bread and cheese, musicians are welcome.

October 20-21
Autumn Wine Festival
Salisbury, MD
Wicomico County
Get the details

October 20-21
Elk Run Vineyards
Connoisseurs Challenge and Harvest Alert Weekends
Tour the winery as it’s in action making wine, watch the harvest. Try to identify the wine with the correct grape or get really involved and jump in for picking, and stay for lunch. Call for details.

October 20-21
Berrywine Plantations / Linganore Winecellars
Vintage Jazz Wine Festival
Sat 12-6pm, Sun 12-6pm
Features two live bands, over 25 arts and crafts vendors, food, free glass, wine tasting and guided winery tours. No pets please. Rain or shine. $

October 21
Boordy Vineyards
Autumn Wine Fest 2007
1-5pm
Live music, wine tastings, vineyard wagon rides, grilled foods, organic breads, handcrafted cheeses, grapepressing demonstrations, winery tours, crafters, fall perennials, and more…
$10 for adults, $5 children 2-12

October 21-22
Elk Run Vineyards
Family Fest at the Farm
12-4pm
Experience the Elk Run Harvest with hay rides, crafts, tours and tastings. Local breads and cheese are for sale. Part of a 12 Farm County Tour.

October 26
Elk Run Vineyards
Wine Down Friday and Open Mike Night
6-9pm
Watch the sun set over the vineyard. Stop in and enjoy a glass of wine or tasting; take a bottle of wine home for the weekend along with local bread and cheese, musicians are welcome.

October 27-28
Berrywine Plantations / Linganore Winecellars
A Celebration of Colors
Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12-6pm
Celebrate the harvest, enjoy spectacular fall colors while sampling our latest releases. New vintage of Abisso port, our dessert Riesling, Melody and many others. Free

October 27-28
Elk Run Vineyards
Connoisseurs Challenge and Harvest Alert Weekends
Tour the winery as it’s in action making wine, watch the harvest. Try to identify the wine with the correct grape or get really involved and jump in for picking, and stay for lunch. Call for details.

October 28
Elk Run Vineyards
Annual Volunteer and Case Club Harvest Party
5-9pm
Join us for a bon-fire and pot luck celebration of harvest. Elk Run provides the beast and the wine. Invitation only.

Maryland Governor O'Malley Awards Governor's Cup To Boordy's





In Annapolis, Maryland, in early September, Governor Martin O’Malley awarded Robert Deford, owner and manager of Boordy Vineyards and winner of Maryland’s 2007 wine competition, with the Governor’s Cup for their 2006 Vidal Blanc. During his remarks, Governor O’Malley discussed the importance of the wine industry for the State’s economy, vowed his strong commitment to supporting the growing industry, and promoted Maryland’s annual wine festival, held September 15-16, 2007 in Carroll County.

“I am proud to be part of this year’s celebration and proud to present the Governor’s Cup to Boordy Vineyards, winner of this year’s wine competition,” said Governor O’Malley. “Maryland’s wine is a first-rate product and thousands flock to our state to attend our annual wine festival, to try our wines, our food and our crafts,” said Governor O’Malley. “I am committed to doing my part to promote Maryland’s wine industry so that it thrives for the next generation of Maryland vintners, winemakers, and grape growers.”


“There has been tremendous growth for grape growing and wine making - important parts of Maryland agriculture,” said Agriculture Deputy Secretary Buddy Hance. “Today we are celebrating the Best of the Best of Maryland’s fine wine.”

The Governor’s Cup has been awarded since 1991 when William Donald Schaefer endorsed the annual recognition for Maryland wines. The competition is sponsored by the Maryland Wineries Association and is judged by a panel of experts. The wine receiving the highest overall score wins the Governor’s Cup.

“The Boordy Vineyards Vidal Blanc represents all that is great about Maryland wine – a beautiful wine made from Maryland-grown grapes,” said Kevin Atticks, Executive Director of the Maryland Winery Association.

To date, there are 26 wineries licensed in Maryland, and each year more continue to open. Last year alone, annual sales of Maryland wine was approximately $10.6 million with approximately 968,000 bottles sold. Maryland’s wineries grow most of the grapes in the state, comprising 120 acres of vineyards. Maryland grape growers harvest an average of 800 tons a year, and there are more than 450 acres of grapevines planted in Maryland.

“The Governor's comments speak to the support of the State of Maryland in our effort to expand vineyard acreage, and keep land preserved in agriculture for generations to come,” said Atticks. “It is important to highlight the high-quality Maryland grapes that go into our award-winning wines,” said Kevin Atticks.

The Maryland Wine Festival is in its 23rd year of celebration and is held at the Carroll County Farm in Westminster, Maryland. Festival goers can sample various Maryland wines, attend Wine Education Seminars, enjoy on-stage entertainment, and tour the Carroll County Farm Museum, artisan exhibits and demonstrations.

Boordy Vineyards, the oldest winery in the state, has been owned by the R.B. Deford family and is located on their historic 240 acre farm in the Long Green Valley of northeastern Baltimore County. Robert Deford, an enologist, manages and owns Boordy with his wife, Julie.