Bruschetta Tasting for Tour de Tanks

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    We are excited to open and entertain our guests next weekend.  One of the main events will be the Mason Dixon Trail Tour de Tanks.  On March 3, Cassel Vineyards will open its doors with a bruschetta bar for all the ticket holders in the Tour de Tanks.  For a $30 ticket, you can spend 4 weekends traveling to 16 member wineries enjoying new wines and food pairings.  You can buy tickets on our Casselvineyards.com web site Here.  Our employees tested the idea last weekend and paired their creations with some of our new wines.  Their reviews were enthusiastic and everyone enjoyed expressing their creativity through the little, tasty, morsels which they created.  You'll need a wine trail ticket to sample these creations but we think you'll enjoy the wine, food and friendship at our winery and others.

To make your experience even more interesting, we are setting up a contest for you to share your creations with our friends.  We want everyone to take a picture of your favorite bruschetta creation and the wine you pair it with along with a description so everyone can repeat it.  Share your creation with friends.  The person with the most likes will win a Bruschetta party for 10 friends this Summer at Cassel Vineyards of Hershey.  Bring on the creativity.

Barrel Tasting and Transfers

It’s that time of year again when we need to taste, blend and prepare to bottle our wines from the last several years.  This Spring ritual is the pleasant first step in a list of actual hard, back breaking chores that leave us sore, tired but satisfied.  

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   After tasting and removing all the wines wines, we blend our well aged port, chambourcin and cab franc.  After 1 full year in French Oak the wines taste relaxed and refined with a silky smoothness that never ceases to suprise us.  

  This year we plan to release for the first time a 2 year Cab Franc barrel aged reserve.  These hand selected barrels were left to age a second year and contain our 2015 Cab Franc which has now been in oak barrels for 2.5 years resting.  It is something to experience and I hope everyone can enjoy it when we announce its release on April 21. 

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Find our Wine at Redner's Market in Palmyra

Cassel Vineyards wine now available at Redner's Market in Palmyra!!

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You'll find 6 of your favorite Cassel Vineyard Wines on the shelf at Redner's including Concord, Niagara, Finish Line Red, Finish Line White, Homestretch Red and our Chocolate Port!

Jingle Jam 5K and Concert

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  Saturday morning we will stage our first 5K run through the vineyard.  The weather looks brisk but you can’t beat the beauty of a brisk morning run through the vineyard.  

   Registration will begin on Sat. morning from 9:00-10:30 so lace on the running shoes and come out for some healthy exercise.  Following the run, stick around for a great Christmas concert performed by The Anthony Pierruccini Trio singing their Christmas album “Figgy Pudding” from 12:00-2:00.

      Come out and join us for a great time and some great music! 

End of Season Specials

Once again our season at the winery is running down.  We plan to remain open through Sat. Dec. 23 when we will close until reopening March 3, 2018.  For Christmas dinner we suggest one of our 3 wines that we are running our Dec. special on including Stainless Steel Chardonnay, Cab Franc or Cab Franc Rose’.  At 20% off, you may want to stock up and enjoy these wines all winter long.  

Another Holiday Special for Dec. 21, 22 & 23 is our warm, spice wine packs at 20% off.  Enjoy a warm glass by the fire on these cold nights!  

Stop by this weekend on Sat. From 12-2:00 for our Christmas concert by the Anthony Pierccini Trio.  They will play lots of great holiday favorites as well as some original music from their recent Christmas album Figgy Pudding.  Looking forward to a great show!

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Mason Dixon Wine Trail in 1 Weeks

      Cassel Vineyards will participate in Wine Just Off the Vine for the first time this year. November 11-12 & 18-19 12:00-5:00 each day.  The event hosted by the York County Bussiness Burea and the Mason Dixon Wine Trail will showcase wineries throughout southcentral PA and central Maryland.  At Cassel Vineyards, ticketholders will taste our fresh Cab. Franc and Chardonnay juices and delicious soups that feature the same two wines as ingredients and for pairing.  They will also receive 5 samples of our best wines of their choice and a complimentary wine trail glass.

     Tickets for this 2 weekend event are available online through event bright at the link below

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-wine-just-off-the-vine-tickets-32126898418

or at Cassel Vineyards on each day of the event.  

 

a view from our tasting/production room. 

a view from our tasting/production room. 

The Hard Work of Winemaking

After picking all the Cab Franc and Chambourcin in the last weekend, the process of wine-making began.  The first step, is the process of punching down the "cap" that rises to the top of the grape must as it ferments in the primary fermentation tanks.  Chris does a fine job of narration as he goes through the process.  Suffice it to say that this is a good workout and after 7-10 days we are relieved to transfer the wine into our press and ultimately into tanks and barrels for aging. 

 

2017 Vintage in the Tanks

  Hard to believe that its over!   After 5 weeks of crazy busy, we have our 2017 grapes in the tanks.  Every year we talk about what a crazy season it has been, and here I go again looking back and wondering how we made it.  A spring that started early but cool lead to a perfect, dry flowering and pollination.  The Summer was ridiculously wet with 8 inches more than average on the precipitation.  It seemed like it rained every Friday night for our Music in the Vines. Then one of the most active tropical seasons I can remember with each storm heading to our East or West.  August was crazy wet by PA standards but cleared up perfectly and got hot and dry just in time for harvest. It was perfect the way Harvey, Irmo and Lee found alternative tracks and left us baking in the sun. Our Reds have never looked, tested or tasted better and the quantity matched the quality.  It will be very interesting to see our wines in 2-3 years.

 

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Thanks to everyone who helped us pick our grapes.  We can't wait to share the results with you next spring. 

 

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