Last Chance for Christmas Cheer

 

Cassel Vineyards will be closed between Dec. 24 and March 25 to bottle and prepare our wine.

 

 

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     Merry Christmas to all our friends and fans.  We hope you bought enough wine for the cold winter nights ahead.

Our last day of business will be Dec. 23 12-6:00.

      If you want to shop using our on-line store @casselvineyards you can do that in the comfort of your own home and we will ship the wine directly to your door.   We will also be at the PA FarmShow in Harrisburg on Jan. 7 and 8 from 9:00 - 9:00.  If you have a chance to stop in and say hello, we willbe there serving free samples and selling our remaining inventory.  Our wines did very well in the PA Farm Show wine competition so if you have the chance to see us on Sat. Jan. 7, we will be at the awards stand receiving our 9 medals!  We can't tellyou what they are so stop in to visit us and see our display over Farm Show Weekend.

 

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       Here is a wish and prayer that all our your holiday dreams and plans come true and for a happy and prosperous start to your 2017 New Year.  We hope to see you in the spring early and often and encourage you to let us know via Facebook, Twitter or E-mail if there is anything you would like to share with us.  Thank you for a great year.

Love

The Cassel Family

Music and Brews for Christmas

    Cheers to the holiday spirits!  Next weekend Dec. 10 and 11, stop by Cassel Vineyards to pick up a gift for some friends or just to pick up your holiday wine before we close for the season.  Saturday we will be featuring draft beer from Evergrain Brewing Company in Camp Hill. Their Fluffhead Hefeweizen and Hop Nugget will be on draft for $6/pint or samples of both for $6.

   We have spice wine holiday gift packs, gift packs of our Chocolate Port and Royale Ruby Port as well as gift certificates for any amount you choose. 

     Sunday we will have a live Holiday Bluegrass Jam session for something completely different.  Come and stomp your feet to a few of you favorite Bluegrass tunes while enjoying a glass of wine or a cold beer. 

    Bring home a case of wine for the long, cold winter months ahead.  20% off a case and 10% off a 1/2 case of any single variety.  Spread some Holiday Spirits with the help of Cassel Vineyards of Hershey.  Happy Holidays! 

 Warm Spice Wine makes a great Holiday gift for yourself or someone you love! 

Warm Spice Wine makes a great Holiday gift for yourself or someone you love! 

 Raise a glass of great brew to go with our wine and some Bluegrass Music. 

Raise a glass of great brew to go with our wine and some Bluegrass Music. 

Happy Beaujolais Neauveau Day

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Its that time again, the third Thursday in November always marks the release of the new year's vintage in France.  Today was the first official release and tasting of the year.  As usual, our grapes are all picked and the wines are settling down to spend the winter resting in their tanks.  We picked and pressed the Late Harvest Vidal this past Monday, so that is one more harvest in the books.

  Our first take on the new French vintage was a reserved appreciation for a unique taste.  This year's Gamay has more body and less fruit.  It will be great with Thanksgiving Turkey and Cranberry stuffing but I will not choose it for my first choice of red wines.   

   It will be interesting to see how our wine develop and compare to the French grapes from 1/2 a world away.  Hopefully it is going to be a great year because our crop was very generous this year. 

Evergrain Beer at Cassel Vineyards

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     Last week, we began serving Evergrain beer at Cassel Vineyards of Hershey.  We chose Evergrain as our partner at our vineyard after talking to the owners about their philosophy of supporting local products and ingredients.  We chose the Hefewizen and two IPAs one wet hop and one hop nugget.  We love their product and identify with their product.

     We began selling their beer at $6 a pint and samples of 2/8 oz. for $6 each.  We plan to keep selling these beers until we close in Dec.  Our fans have been really enjoying the choices and we invite you to stop by and try a beer or a wine. 

 

Fall in the Vineyard

 Fall view of the vineyard and winery. 

Fall view of the vineyard and winery. 

  The vineyard looks beautiful, and the winery is a hive of activity at this time of year.   Today was our last day of picking and as always we ended with a delicious meal of fresh, roasted venison and lots of apple cider and Chambourcin wine.  The weather cooperated just enough to allow us to get all the picking done by 11:15 which was quite an accomplishment considering we picked about 6 tons of grapes.  We can't thank the picking crew enough!  It consisted of about 50 people who endured the wind and falling temperatures to finish our picking.  We are so fortunate to have such good friends. 

   Thank you to everyone who helped to make this 2016 harvest possible!

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Our New Line of Toys!

  Check out this new line of toys from Cassel Vineyards of Hershey.  These matchbox trucks, license plates and HO Gauge Railroad Boxcars can be special ordered for Christmas this year.  These unique and beautiful gifts make the perfect one-of-a-kind holiday gift.   If you are interested in placing an order contact dowka@aol.com

We love our new toys!!!

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Chardonnay in the Tanks

A great weekend as we were able to get our Chardonnay Grapes picked, crushed and ready to ferment this past weekend.  We had a great turnout on our first picking party as we had perfect weather and lots of fun.  When we were done we were able to sit down and enjoy some fresh squeezed juice with a couple of hotdogs as we crushed and pressed the beautiful golden fruit.  All the numbers were very good and it looks like we should have another very nice vintage in the tanks.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers and friends who joined us in the picking this weekend.  If the weather remains dry and warm, we plan to repeat the whole process again next week with the Concord grapes.  Check your schedule and join us if you have a free morning.  We have a great time and you will meet a lot of fun new people. 

 The chardonnay going into our crusher-destemmer. 

The chardonnay going into our crusher-destemmer. 

 Pressing the crush. 

Pressing the crush. 

 Half our picking crew

Half our picking crew

 The other half of our crew

The other half of our crew

First Picking Party Sept. 17 at 9:00 AM

Hard to believe that harvest is here!  Next Sat. Sept. 17 and 24 we will begin our 2016 Vintage Harvest.  The excitement is really building and we have had dozens of people expressing great enthusiasm about helping us make it happen.   Come and join us.  Watch our Cassel Vineyards Facebook page for updates.

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   For those who are unfamiliar with our picking parties, here is a brief explanation.  We get together at 9 AM and work for a couple of hours picking grapes, making friends, solving the world's problems and administering and getting psychotherapy.  The weather can be cool in the morning and warm and sunny by afternoon so you need to wear layers.  If you have a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses they can also come in handy.  The only other thing you might need is a bottle of water.  We will provide the gloves and the picking tools and show you how to pick like a pro.  We usually pick until 12 or 1:00 and then break for a lunch that we serve to our whole crew.  The meals are homemade and we serve them to you with love and appreciation for the work you have helped us to accomplish.  While you enjoy your lunch you can watch us crush the grapes, squeeze the juice and make the wine.  Kids and grownups alike enjoy sampling the grape juice.