91 Points

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    When the Pa Wine Society chose our 2015 Cab Franc Reserve as one of the top 6 red wines in the state, we realized that our wines were getting closer to our goal of growing and making world class wines here in south-central PA.

    Now that we have entered that same wine in the Eastern International Wine Competition and received a gold medal and score of 91 points we realize that we are on the threshold of something great.  We know 91 is just a number, but as we work to learn how to improve and continue to gain confidence, we also realized that these grapes we grow and the wines we make from them are pretty special.  Our friends and customers are beginning to notice and there is a certain energy that makes us want to improve on that score.  We worked very hard this winter in our sensory evaluations and blending in an effort to improve upon this new standard we have set.

    We are all working together to achieve the same goal of excellence.  This year, our new 2016 Winners Circle Red Reserve is tasting great and our first attempt at our 2016 Chambourcin Reserve is pretty amazing too. Check out our new 2017 Vidal Fume Blanc Reserve when we release it in April as well.  The Vidal was aged in stainless steel and lightly toasted French oak then blended and bottled to retain its amazing aroma and flavors.  We are very excited for everyone to try our entire line of Reserve bottlings in the upcoming year.  Hope you can join us for the celebration of achieving this new benchmark.  

Sensory Evaluations and Tasting

Every year at this time we pull samples from all our tanks to evaluate our new wines.  Each wine gets evaluated by our staff and winemakers on smell, taste, appearance and sweetness level.  We take great pride in our final product and despite the inherent enjoyment, the corrections often involve a good deal of work.  Since we strive to keep everything natural, our wines need to be blended, aerated, aged or sweetened based on its individual characteristics.  Up to this point, winemaking is a scientific endeveur, but from here on it requires some art and subjective taste.  Fortunately, it seems we have been up to the task so far and our filtering and bottling crews also help us to improve our final product.  We hope you will stop by in the upcoming year and let us know what you think.  We are eagerly anticipating the launch of 2 new lines of wines including our new Reserve line and our new Sparkling line.  It shouls be a fun year!

Wines lined up for sensory evaluations

Wines lined up for sensory evaluations

 

PA Wine Society Finals

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     In case you didn’t hear our latest, exciting news, our Cab Franc Reserve 2015 was selected by the PA Wine Society from 90 entries as one of the 5 best Red wines produced in the State of PA!  We are so ecstatic.

     We will find out this Sunday, Jan. 22 at 2:00 if we are selected as #1.  In our opinion, it doesn’t matter if we win the silver cup, we are just thrilled to be considered as finalists!                Other exciting news this year, is that we will be releasing a 2015 Chambourcin and 2015 Winner’s Circle Blend Reserve and they are equal in quality to this years Cab Franc.  Stop out and give our Reserve Collection a try this Spring.  If you can’t wait that long, you can find it on our casselvineyards.com wine store.  Exciting stuff!

PA Farm Show

      Here we go, starting our New Year with a bang.  The 2019 Wine and Cider Awards at the Farm show was very memorable.  We started with the wines and enjoyed a great show with 7 medals for 7 entries.  The highlights were the gold medal for Winners Circle White, silvers for Cab Franc Reserve 2015 and Winners Circle Red.  Also, Lee, Elliot and Colton captured a Silver with their Apple Pie Hard Cider in the Spiced Cider Category.

     We will be serving and selling our wine in booth # 6 at theFarm Show this Friday and Saturday Jan. 11 & 12!  Visit us to try out all of our award winners!

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Our Gold Medal Winners Circle White on display.

 

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Accepting the medals for the Cassel Vineyards Entries. 

 

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Our winners list. 7 out of 7. 

 

 

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Elliot receives the 2nd place ribbon for our Nextgen cidery’s Apple Pie Cider

Closed for the Winter

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Well it’s that time of the year again!  What a crazy year of weather but thanks to all our amazing friends and customers we managed to get through it together.  Next year’s wines will reflect some interesting changes as a result of this year’s harvest.  We hope you will return to try our newest offerings as well as our tried, tested and true wines.  

We plan to re-open on Saturday, March 2, 2019, but our new wines will not be bottled and labeled until mid-March.  We look forward to seeing everyone in the Spring!  Meanwhile you can find our wine at our online web store and in Redner’s Markets in Palmyra and Fredrickburg.   

One other opportunity to see us will be at the PA Farm Show on January 11 & 12.  We will have both our wines and ciders which were recognized in the Farm Show Wine and Cider Competitions with 10 entries garnering 10 medals.  A perfect start to our 2019 year.

Hope you have a great winter and thank you for enjoying Cassel Vineyards wines.   See you in 2019 and Happy New Year!

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.    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.