A Custom Christmas Idea

Check out the new, personalized custom Christmas Bottle ribbons. This Sat. Anita will be at the vineyard tasting room to make customized Christmas Ribbons for gifts or for your personalized bottle of wine. Her art has been featured on the Ellen Degerneres Show. These ribbons look amazing on our wine bottles and there are customized colors and prints so that you can have them for Christmas gift giving.

Stop by this Sat. between 12 and 6:00 to see these cool gift ideas!

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12 Wines of Christmas

In CASE you missed it, Cassel Vineyards is offering a special sale this Holiday season on 12 of our favorite holiday wines! 

Join us to Celebrate with our 12 Wines of Christmas Special 

Enjoy a new bottle of wine each day for the 12 days of Christmas!  We call it our 12 Wines of Christmas Special.  Our family has selected 12 of our favorites including: Sweet- Concord, Red Silks Rose, Peach and Honey and Strawberry; Semi-Sweet- Vidal Blanc Semi, Cab Franc Rose', Homestretch Red and Dry Winner Circle Red and White, Chambourcin, Chardonnay and Port- Chocolate Port for you and your family to enjoy a new wine experience each day for the 12 days of Christmas.  We offer this mixed case at a 20% discount and to give you some variety and fun to mix into your Christmas traditions!  Stop by and ask about this special $160.27 gives you 12 days of Christmas drinking pleasure!

 

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Wine Trail Season

Well, we just finished our first wine trail of the season and I wanted to shares some of the winning entries with my readers. The following pictures are top to bottom, the 1, 2 and 3d place pumpkins that were decorated by our Lower Dauphin art students and judged by the participants in our Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country Cornucopia Wine Quest. The wine trail event occurs over the 3 weeks between leading up to Halloween and participants have 3 weekends to travel to the 13 wineries that participate to receive free tastings, a 10% discount off purchase and a chance to judge our pumpkin decorating contest.

Now we have 1 week off in order to prepare for our next wine trail hosted by the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail and York County. For the Mason-Dixon Wine trail the theme is Wine Just Off the Vines. Here wineries are urged to offer tasting of our latest vintage that is still in the tanks so that visitors can judge the quality of the recent harvest and explore the possibilities of next year’s vintages. Furthermore, each vineyard is urged to offer a food pairing with their wine so that visitors can more fully appreciate wine and food pairings and the complimentary effect of different styles of wine paired with various foods.

For the Mason-Dixon wine trail, we are happy to prepare various fall soup recipes which we have prepared with our recently harvested Cassel Vineyard wines. This year we plan to serve up a Cab Franc French Onion Soup and a Chardonnay Chicken Corn Soup. The new wines will also be sampled but this year’s harvest may need some stylistic adjustment before we can appreciate it’s full potential. We hope you come out to join the wine trail and participate in our celebration of the harvest for the next two weeks. The weather looks great and we’ll have plenty of wine to share with everyone.

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Mulled Cider- Tis the Season

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Fall has arrived a little late this year. We have finished the harvest and begun the wine trails here at the vineyard. For anyone not familiar with the wine trail season, we entertain guests who have purchased tickets through one of our local wine trail groups. Those guests have 2 or 3 weekends to complete their tours and tastings through 9-12 wineries that participate in each of the trail events. The next three weeks are the fall Cornucopia Quest for the Hershey/Harrisburg Wine Country Trail. For $20 each or $35 per couple, you can get a tasting from all of the 12 participating wineries and participate in the fall harvest themed activities. We have decided to mix up warm mulled cider and have our guests judge the pumpkins which have been decorated by our Lower Dauphin High School Art students.

The weekends in November (10-11 & 17,18) are our chance to participate in the Mason Dixon Wine Trail’s tour of Wine Just off the Vine. During this event, we will mix more of our spiced, mulled cider and serve it along with our wine tastings and some delicious home prepared soups. This year we plan to serve a Cab Franc French Onion Soup and a Chardonnay Chicken Corn Soup. We really enjoy meeting new people and showcasing our wines, ciders and the beauty of our vineyard to anyone who wants to purchase a ticket and stop in. The mulled cider has already been a big hit so if you want to try some, stop in and enjoy your wine trail experience.

Harvest 2018 Complete

Well, its over for another year! We are very excited to say that our wines are in the tank and safe from the weather after a challenging growing season. Our American grapes and Hybrid grapes weathered the storm well. We are fortunate in the fact that we have grapes to harvest and many of our local neighbors were unable to harvest anything. It will be interesting to see what types of wines other grower/producers are able to make out of the fruit which they harvested.

When you stop by next year, expect the new wines to have a crisp taste with high acids and refreshing, fruity styles. We will be using some different yeasts and blending some new combinations to make up for some of the varieties that didn’t fare as well in the cool, wet weather. It will make for a very interesting season next year and we look forward to the changes in our tasting card.

Ultimately, we are just breathing a sigh of relief that now, things are back under our control and we don’t have to count on the weather.

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A Weekend to Celebrate

Fall is in the air and it is time to celebrate! This weekend marks the end of our 2018 Harvest with the last grapes going into the tanks on Saturday. We plan to pick Chambourcin from 9:00-1:00 followed by a huge party! The celebration will include fresh pressed juice and roast leg of venison, Chambourcin wine with potatoes, and apple sauce.

Friday and Saturday evenings we wrap up our Music in the Vines 2018 Summer Concert series with The Wave (Friday) and Jack Roberts (Saturday) as they play some great music and we dance into the evening. We’ll light the tiki torches and whip us some fall beverages (spiced wine and pumpkin spiced cider slushys). The weather looks like it is going to cooperate with sunshine and blue skies. Come out and enjoy the crisp fall air and a glass of wine to sip while the sun sets.

Our family always looks forward to the fall harvest and the celebration of everything that we grow here at Cassel Vineyards. We enjoy sharing our celebration and hope you can come out to enjoy it with us while enjoying a little music and some great wine at the same time.

Hope to see you this weekend.

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Coast to Coast with Cassel Vineyards Wine!

   A huge congratulations and thank you to our friend Dylan "Pickle" Tonkin who just finished the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) with a celebration of Cassel Vineyards Finish Line Red at the final mile #2652.  Dylan has completed both the Appalachian Trail (AT) in 2016 and the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018 while carrying our wines to the finish.  We may be the only winery in the world with this distinction as our claim to fame! 

    According to Dylan's posts and pictures, on Facebook @Dylan Tonkin, our Chambourcin was the wine of choice after 2190.9 miles from Springer Mountain, GA to Baxter Mountain,  Katahdin, ME.  The second hike from Campo, CA to the Canadian Border, WA paired well with our Finish Line Red!  We are so happy to have been a part of this amazing hike and to be able to say that we are enjoyed from Coast to Coast both North, South, East and West! 

   Congratulations Dylan and we can't wait to hear about your next great adventure... Getting Married on Oct. 12, 2019.  What wine are you going to drink to celebrate that epic event? 

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Thanks to Lee and Elliot

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A huge thanks to the two young men who kept up with all the chores of vineyard management this Summer.  Elliot and Lee Cassel both stepped up this year and agreed to do the work in our vineyard this Summer. And what a Summer it was!  The second highest rain total on record for any year, made the vines grow like weeds.  Keeping up with the shoot pulling, shoot placement, cluster thinning and disease management was a huge job this year.  It was great to have you two taking charge and replacing me when We really needed your help this year.  The vineyard looks great as we head into harvest and it is all thanks to your work.  Thanks guys, you did a great job.  Good luck this year in college.

Commute to Work

      As I drove up Shetland Drive to work at the vineyard this morning I was greeted by my Dad and Mom’s field of sunflowers that they planted for the bees.

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       Pulling into the lane I also took a moment to enjoy the beauty of the well manicured and bird net secured vines the Elliot and Lee have been working so hard to keep ahead of in this very tropical environment.  Thanks guys for all your hard work.  We will enjoy thefruits oh your labor in the upcoming months as we harvest and make the wine.  

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