The Berks County Wine Trail celebrates spring's arrival with the wine tasting event “Taste of Spring Release”

As Spring arrives, the Berks County Wine Trail, hopeful for warmer weather, celebrates Spring’s arrival with vigor during its “Taste of Spring Release” wine tasting event taking place on Saturday April 5 and Sunday April 6 from noon to 5 p.m. both days. What better way to shake off Winter’s cabin fever than to get out and celebrate Spring with a glass of new wine! Each of the eight wineries along the Berks County Wine Trail will be featuring samples of their newest, Springtime releases. A brand-new wine to sample at each of the eight wineries. And there are some truly unique releases to explore during your trail adventure during this weekend as well as a few firsts!

The wine trail has something else to celebrate as well during this event weekend: this year marks the wine trail’s 10th anniversary as a wine trail! Ten years of amazing events and delicious food and wine pairings; all toasting what makes winemaking in Pennsylvania so dynamic and special. And of course, 10 years of terrific Pennsylvania wine patrons: 100,000’s of wine fans have visited the Berks County Wine Trail over the last decade - seen the trail grow, prosper, discovered unique wines made here. As part of this 10 year celebration, during this event weekend, visitors will receive 10% off any purchase of the featured wines!

So make a day of it and get out and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Berks County and explore what this group of wineries has to offer in salutation of Spring’s arriving. This wine trail tour is self-guided, so please visit www.berkscountywinetrail.com for each winery’s address and maps/directions to help you plan your day! This featured wine sampling event is free, though one or two of the wineries do charge a nominal fee for tasting of their full list; a fee refundable with purchase of a bottle of wine.

Blair Vineyards, Kutztown: In celebration of Spring and the trail’s anniversary, the winery will be releasing their new, 2011 Cabernet Franc red wine.

Bashore & Stoudt Country Winery, Shartlesville: Rejoices the arrival of Spring with its first ever release of a Cabernet Sauvignon red wine.

Calvaresi Winery, Bernville: Will be releasing a new vintage of the classic white wine, Pinot Grigio, lightly oaked for that Springtime vibe!

Clover Hill Winery, Robesonia: Invites travelers along the trail to discover their new Spring release, a 2013 DeChaunac, a semi-sweet red white with some earthy tones, made from a unique grape.

Kog Hill, Morgantown: Will be sharing the news of its Springtime release shortly.

Long Trout Winery, Auburn: Asks one and all to come look upon the Spring and the Cosmos with the release of their new vintage of Cosmic Charisma, a cosmic blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and Muscat white wine grapes.

Manatawny Creek Winery, Douglassville: Is sweet on Spring’s final arrival with their new release of Muscat, a sumptuous, white sweet dessert wine.

Pinnacle Ridge Winery, Kutztown: Celebrates Spring with a trio of its Vidal White Wine releases: 2013 Vidal Blanc (demi-sec white wine); 2013 Dry Vidal Blanc and the final release of the trio: 2013 Late Harvest Vidal (sultry sweet dessert wine). Stop in and explore the versatility of this white grape, popular in our region.

Combined, the Berks County wineries have won hundreds of state and international awards and produce nearly 100 individual wines. The winemakers, their families and employees are proud to be able to preserve beautiful countryside landscapes and the agricultural heritage of Pennsylvania farming through the growing and processing of Pennsylvania grown grapes and fruits. The Berks County Wine Trail’s membership are proud to be associated with Pennsylvania Wine Association, Pennsylvania Wine Society, the PQA, and PA-Preferred Programs, Buy Fresh/Buy Local Pa., and several regional Visitors Bureaus and Chambers of Commerce.

Berks County Wine Trail is located West of Allentown/Easton area; Northeast of Reading area; an hour North of Greater Philadelphia; an hour and a half from New Jersey and Manhattan; an hour East of Harrisburg; and an hour and a half South of Scranton/Poconos areas. For addresses of wineries, maps and directions: www.berkscountywinetrail.com For more info, berks_county_wine_trail@yahoo.com

From Berks County Wine Trail