Summer of 2012 is now behind us with vacation time only but a memory, children back to school, and we are starting to consider what needs to be done before winter weather arrives. There is still time to take a break from life’s hustle and bustle and enjoy a beautiful fall afternoon on the patio at Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery. With temperatures less oppressive than summertime we invite you to de-stress with comfortable temperatures, a beautiful view of the vineyard, and a glass of locally produced premium wine in hand.
You might be thinking this sounds nice but you say you don’t like wine. When I hear this, my ears perk up, and I look at this opportunity as an exciting challenge and I always respond with, “You just haven’t found the wine that is right for you”. I invite you to come into our tasting room to sample a few wines. Our experienced staff would be glad to help you find the wine that is pleasing to your palate. Clover Hill Winery makes well over 20 types of wine and undoubtedly we can find one that you can enjoy. Clover Hill's wine tastings are free for groups of less than 12 guests. If your group is 12 or more there is a $5 fee, which is non-refundable, and an appointment is required. All of Clover Hill's house rules can be found at: http://www.cloverhillwinery.com/RULES.pdf .
Some people feel intimidated over the idea of visiting a winery because they are not familiar with wines, wine terms, and how to taste wine. I feel the only way to learn about wine, whether you are a beginner or not, is to taste it. When tasting wine there are a few suggested steps so you get the most enjoyment out of your wine. Start by swirling it, then smell it, taste it, feel it in your mouth, and savor it. When you swirl your wine you are putting air into your wine which in turn is releasing aromas and flavors. To smell your wine is a very important part of wine tasting as 80% of what you taste is your sense of smell. As you taste your wine hold it in you mouth a few seconds as wines are very flavorful and different parts of your tongue will pick up different flavors. As you are holding the wine in your mouth what are you feeling? Does it feel light in body; which could be equated to a skimmed milk on your tongue or does it feel heavier in body; which could be equated to a whole milk on your tongue? After you swallow the wine savor the finish, what flavors are you tasting; maybe melon, or raspberry flavors, or cherry, or leather, or oak flavors? Be sure to enjoy the benefit of all those flavors before you move on to your next sip. Oh, and don’t ever be afraid to say what you are smelling or tasting as everybody’s sense of smell and taste are different, so there are no right or wrong answers.
In our tasting room we will help you through your wine tasting, and can further explain the steps to tasting wine, if you care to know more about them, but bottom line is find the wine that tastes best to you. After you find the wine that makes you happy you are invited to have a glass, or bottle, on our patio. When you sit on our patio and look out at the beautiful view before you, you will think you have gone to heaven! If you want something to snack on, with your wine, we always have our chiller frig stocked with locally produced cheeses from a local farm; B.A.D. Farms of Kempton, pretzels from a local pretzel bakery; Unique Pretzel Bakery of Reading and sodas from a local beverage company; Kutztown Bottling. So don't get caught up in life's craziness, life is much to short, come and enjoy the solitude, beauty, and relaxation offered to you at Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery.
I believe that learning about wine is a lifetime commitment and the best part about that is drinking it. It is something to enjoy with friends on a Saturday night, during dinner with family every night, and out wine tasting with the most pretentious wine lover. So many people complicate wine; it’s all about your enjoyment.
Toast: To a Awesome Autumn!