While many events are happening this weekend at the Philadelphia wineries, the biggest is the starting weekend of Barrels on the Brandywine. The Brandywine Valley Wine Trail will host its 10th annual Barrels on the Brandywine every weekend in March with special tastings, unique pairings and wonderful food for visitors.
“Barrels on the Brandywine feature tastings of the new developing vintage in barrels, buckets, bottles and more,” the official Barrels on the Brandywine webpage said. “This passport event gives you a chance to venture into our cellars, see the new wines firsthand, and participate in pruning demonstrations, seminars, classes and more.”
In addition to the traditional tastings and specialty items, the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail is celebrating its 10th anniversary with complimentary wine glasses when visitors purchase a passport for the event. The passport, which costs $25 each, guarantees its holder a standard tasting at each winery. However, many of the wineries are offering much more to passport holders, such a tastings directly from the barrel for 2012 vintages and comparison tastings of older vintages.
All visitors must be at least 21-years-old. Passports can be purchased at any Brandywine Valley winery or at www.bvwinetrail.com
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Barrel tastings and prizes at Black Walnut
Visitors to Black Walnut Winery will be treated to a barrel tastings of their 2011 Semillon and 2011 merlot in addition to the normal wine samplings. And back this year, by popular demand, is complimentary fresh popcorn. In addition to these specialties, visitors will have chances to win prizes, including a private wine, cheese and chocolate pairing for four people.
The Barrels on the Brandywine events will only be going on at the winery location in Sadsburyville.
Borderlands opens its barrels
The newest member of the Brandywine Valley wine trail is opening barrels to visitors. Borderlands Vineyard will open their 2012 vintages for tasting while also supplying plenty of food. Vendors include Designs by Francine artisan chocolates, Daddy’s Kitchen and other local businesses. Samples of the vineyard’s 2011 wines will also be available.
Special tastings at Chaddsford Winery
Chaddsford Winery will offer visitors special tastings and host several food vendors throughout the Barrels on the Brandywine month. This weekend includes Sum Pig on Saturday and Purple Picnic People on Sunday. Their snow bar will also be open for those that want to cozy up to the fire pits.
New Chambourcin released at Kruetz Creek
Visitors headed to Kruetz Creek Vineyards will have a chance to try the new vintage of Chambourcin. The vineyard, in addition to the regular tasting, will be doing a comparison between the 2011 Chambourcin visitors tried last year and their still-in-the-barrel 2012 one. In addition, Saturdays will host The Italian Scallion food truck on premise.
Paradocx Vineyard and Patone Cellars partner up
Paradocx Vineyard will be hosting its traditional “Cheeseburgers in Paradocx” themed Barrels on the Brandywine event. Additionally, passport holders can sample their wines.
Also at the Paradocx Vineyard will be Patone Cellars. Try both wineries in one location. Samplings of their wines will also be available.
Wine and cheese pairings at Penns Woods
Enjoy winery specials and cheese pairings at Penns Woods Winery during the March weekends. In addition to the newly released wines, try infused olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars and Hillacres Pride cheeses. Take a chance and participate in the cork raffle to win a bottle of wine and two tickets to the 3rd annual wine and jazz festival.
Enjoy gumbo with your wine at Twin Brook
Visitors at Twin Brook Winery will be surprised at the selection served from the barrel in the winery’s cellar. The Twin Brook family will be serving samples of vintages still barreled and will surprise visitors with the wines selected. In addition, the tradition famous gumbo will be served for those looking for a little kick and warmth at the winery.