An item has caught my eye in The Daily Local today that I think is well worth passing along:
Whether you are a first time trailblazer or a vino veteran, the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail is a collection of seven award-winning wineries and is worth every sip. Their annual “Barrels on the Brandywine” event is approaching fast, and it’s your chance to sample each and every one of the winery’s favorites, plus score a taste of the recent harvest.
The “Barrels on the Brandywine” event will take shape every Saturday and Sunday in March 2012, jumpstarting on Saturday, March 3 and running through Sunday, April 1.
I have planned wine tasting events, attended wine tasting events and have even done the wine road of Alsace (France). I have also visited many of the wineries on the North Fork of Long Island (some of those wines produced in the Hamptons are quite nice.)
This is an event right up my alley and sounds fun. Now granted, as nice as some of them are, the Chester County wines will always be step-children to the wines of Oregon, California, and Europe. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do this. The wines have grown over the years as the local wine makers have gained experience, had vines and processes mature, and so on. Plus touring wineries is just plain fun. They are cool and interesting places.
Please drink responsibly and remember a tasting is just that, a taste. It’s not supposed to be a St. Patty’s Day Pub crawl so if you do this, be responsible.
For more information and to purchase tickets or passports or whatever they call them visit the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail Web Site.
Participating wineries are: CHADDSFORD WINERY, 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA (610)388-6221; www.chaddsford.com, KREUTZ CREEK VINEYARDS, 553 S. Guernsey Rd., West Grove, PA; (610)869-4412; www.kreutzcreekvineyards.com, PARADOCX VINEYARD, 1833 Flint Hill Rd., Landenberg, PA; (610)255-5684; www.paradocx.com, PENNS WOODS WINERY, 124 Beaver Valley Rd., Chadds Ford, PA; (610)459-0808 www.pennswoodswinery.com, and one actually in Lancaster County (so I don’t quite get how it counts on the wine roads of Chester County, but I digress. The Lancaster County vineyard is TWIN BROOK WINERY, 5697 Strasburg Rd., Gap, PA; (717)442-4915; www.twinbrookwinery.com
If you decide to attend and buy tickets because you read about it on this blog, be sure to tell them you read about this on chestercountyramblings. I am not being compensated for publicity, but I think they should know where the pay it forward came from. Personaly I hope I have time to go and take photos as I think this sounds like so much fun!