Wine Trippin, SE PA

Ok the following is true…I love wine, my love of wine started this year, and none of this is due to “Sideways” I actually got into wine when I decided to make a batch for my b-day back in late January. I then found out I had to have 30 empty wine bottles within 6 weeks. I then decided to buy a book and try to learn about wine, while creating 30 empty bottles. The book I bought was written by Andrea Immer “Great Wine Made Simple” where you feel like a student in her well run class. Needless to say I learned a lot about wine in those 6 weeks.
I was invited to pick up a friend who needed to be picked up

Ok the following is true…I love wine, my love of wine started this year, and none of this is due to “Sideways” I actually got into wine when I decided to make a batch for my b-day back in late January. I then found out I had to have 30 empty wine bottles within 6 weeks. I then decided to buy a book and try to learn about wine, while creating 30 empty bottles. The book I bought was written by Andrea Immer “Great Wine Made Simple” where you feel like a student in her well run class. Needless to say I learned a lot about wine in those 6 weeks.
I was invited to pick up a friend who was in the Kennet Square area, I had never been, but on the drive out realized I had driven close to this area. I didn’t know it then but just learned that the Philadelphia area has some great small wineries.
I had never been to a wine tasting, let alone a winery, and I found it to be such a fun experience. We visited 3 wineries, Va La, Paradocx, and Folly Hill
All three had amazing wine, and very friendly people runing the tasting. I felt that Jim at Va La, who is the father-in-law of one of the owners created such a fun environment. He served us different local cheeses and dips to pair with the wine we were tasting. He also provided us stories and history of the wine’s and grapes used. He said that Va La creates combination of wines that you won’t find anywhere, so that if you like the combination you have to come back, and if you don’t like the wines…
Paradocx had equally impressive wines, I thought theirs had more in the nose, and followed a more standard route then Va La, but were equally impressive. What to me was impressive was that at the end of the tasting we were presented with 2 wines, of equal blend, but one was oaked in a American Oak, and the other was oaked in a French Oak. It was great to taste what kind of a difference this makes.
Folly Hill grows only two Grapes, the Charddonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. We actually tasted these wines outside in their fields, which added to the whole experience. They also, in addition to their wines, offered Kreutz Creek wines. We tasted 6, which included their Cab as the Chardonnay was out of stock. I really enjoyed the wines we tasted from Kreutz Creek, I think these might have been my favorites of the day. They seemed to have a lot going on, and just a great overall taste. I ended up buying Kreutz Creek Rose and their Chambourcin.
All in all I recommend this to everyone. It was cheap, 7 for both Va La and Paradocx, and 5 for Folly Hill. So for 2-3 hours of fun with friends for less than 20 bucks, and to sample about 20 wines was amazing. If you want to see more wineries in PA, check out pennsylvaniawine.com. They offer info about all PA wineries and offer ideas for a day trip tour. If the rest were as fun as the 3 I visited on Saturday, it’s well worth the trip. You’ll sample great wines, learn about the local wineries and farms, and all about an hours drive one way and 20 bucks. I am planning to visit some more wineries next month.

1 Comment so far

  1. ken (unregistered) on July 7th, 2005 @ 4:08 pm

    I’ve also gone through the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail with my wife and family. We really enjoyed Va La, especially the spread of food across the ‘bar’.

    You missed Chadds Ford Winery, though I personally don’t think you missed much. They do get awards and such but I found their wines to be of lesser value than Va La, Kreutz Creek, & Folly Hill. But, if you like sweet wines, Chadds Ford Winery is a good place.



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