Your September Wine-Drinking Guide
Discover the Vintage Atlantic Wine Region.
Raise your glass for a toast to an incredible local lineup of upcoming wine events. With tastings, wine dinners, celebrations and festivals on the calendar in the weeks ahead—in addition to a newly christened wine region to explore—you’ve got plenty of opportunities to sip your way through September.
Napa Valley Wine Dinner at The Gables at Chadds Ford
The Gables at Chadds Ford will be showcasing a wide variety of California wines at its Napa Valley Wine Pairing Dinner on Thursday, September 11, starting at 7 p.m. Indulge in a four-course dinner expertly prepared by Chef Dave Wenerd and paired with Stags’ Leap, Beringer and other fine wines. On the menu: a modern Niçoise salad, roasted venison rack and dark chocolate blackberry caramel tart. Reserve your place by contacting Ann Kolenick at (610) 388-7700 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 423 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford; www.thegablesatchaddsford.com
Tasting Room Anniversary at Black Walnut Winery
On Saturday, September 20, join Black Walnut Winery for an all-day celebration of four years of great wine, music and friends at its Bridge Street tasting room in Phoenixville. There’s no admission fee for the event, which will include wine tastings and wine by the bottle or glass for purchase, complimentary snacks, sweet party favors from Bridge Street Chocolates, live music starting at 7:30, and raffles for wine-themed prizes. Need a little more Black Walnut in your life? Be sure to mark your calendars for the winery’s Fire & Wine Festival, slated for Saturday, October 11, at its Sadsburyville location. 260 Bridge Street, Phoenixville; www.blackwalnutwinery.com
Not just one but two phenomenal Fridays of food and wine can be had at our Food & Wine Affair, set for September 19 and 26 at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Malvern. Enjoy the Winemakers’ Dinner, a seven-course sit-down feast with exquisite wine pairings, on September 19. Make it a double-header the following Friday at The Grand Tasting, showcasing wine from around the world and specialty food from Xilantro, General Warren Inne, A la Maison, Matador and Peppercorn. Two hotel packages are also being offered as part of the event.
Drink in the sights and smells of the local wine harvest as the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail celebrates the 2014 vintage on September 27 and 28 with live music, hayrides, BBQ and picnic food, wine tastings, winery tours and the chance to learn about the home of Pennsylvania’s most fabulous wines. Purchase a passport (just $15) and enjoy tastings at all six member wineries during Harvest Festival weekends. Bonus: The Harvest Festival also extends into the first weekend of October, with grape stomping to benefit local breast cancer organizations part of the fun planned for October 4. www.bvwinetrail.com
Did someone say road trip? Break out your maps and start exploring the Vintage Atlantic Wine Region. This newly christened region encompasses the aforementioned Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, Cape May Wine Trail, Two Bridges Wine Trail, Chesapeake Wine Trail, Pinelands Reserve Wine Trail and Delaware Wine & Ale Trail. These already existing wine trails have been linked together to showcase their common geography, climate and growing conditions. With more than 40 wineries all within driving distance, we’re thinking you’ll need more than one weekend to visit them all! www.vintageatlanticwine.com