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.