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A Folino Estate Thanksgiving

Hi everyone! It's Andrea Folino and I'm so excited to share our beautiful styled Thanksgiving shoot in our vineyard! We'd love to be a part of your table this year with our great variety of wines. Read on to find out which of our wines will pair perfectly with your Thanksgiving dinner and some other great ideas for the holiday! 

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A newcomer to the Folino Estate wine family, we're recommending Luca Forte as our 2017 Thanksgiving wine. A white burgundian blend of Chardonnay, Viognier, Marsanne & Roussanne it is our only full bodied white which means it can stand up to a variety of flavors your Thanksgiving dinner will feature. It also has a strong pear aroma, ideal for the Fall season!

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Our 2016 Pinot Noir is another great option for turkey and all the great sides that go with it. Pinot Noir is traditionally a strong recommendation for Thanksgiving, mainly because it's a lighter red with gentle tannins and a bright acidity for marrying well with the entire meal, including turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and a variety of vegetables. Serving it slightly chilled will help bring out the fruity flavor profile as well. 

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One of my favorite parts about hosting any dinner party is putting together an antipasti board. There are so many options of what to use, they pair so well with a variety of wines, it's easy to put together, and they look beautiful. Win win! I put together a Fall inspired board for the occasion, featuring a delicious pumpkin goat cheese, sunflower seeds, a variety of pumpkin seeds, pecans, fig & olive crostini, pumpkin crackers, and seasonal fruits like fresh apples, pear & figs. 

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Seasonal jams & jellies are a great option to add to an antipasti board, as well. Stonewall Kitchen is available in our Tasting Room and our picks for Fall are the Bourbon Pear Onion Jam and Orange Cranberry Marmalade. 

Another easy, yet impressive idea for your guests is to put together a wine bar. Open a variety of wines and set out for your guests to try any or all they'd like! You can even add tasting notes for everyone to jot down their thoughts and compare with one another after the meal. 

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Stop in this weekend and speak with any of our wine educators in the Tasting Room who will be glad to recommend wines tailored to what you'll be serving. From all of us at Folino Estate, Happy Thanksgiving! 

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Check out more images below from our shoot!

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Fashion Show and Fall Festivities

Join us for a night of fashion & wine!  Preview local boutiques' fall fashion looks & pamper yourself with local salons & spas while sipping on a glass of Folino Estate wine. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Dress for Success of Allentown, an organization dedicated to promoting economic independence of women who are transitioning back into the local workforce!

Join us for a night of fashion & wine! 

Preview local boutiques' fall fashion looks & pamper yourself with local salons & spas while sipping on a glass of Folino Estate wine.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Dress for Success of Allentown, an organization dedicated to promoting economic independence of women who are transitioning back into the local workforce!

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Tomorrow, Friday September 1, marks the Second Release of our New Vintage Fumo Bianco.  This bright 2016 sauvignon blanc is lightly oaked in French oak & presents an aroma of citrus blossoms on the nose. Fumo Bianco has a crisp minerality & tastes of green apples and fresh herbs. Just in time for the new season, this wine pairs perfectly with roasted fall vegetables, turkey, & hard cheeses!  Also, recently released is our New Vintage Pinot Noir. This dry red has medium tannins & flavors of cherries & cranberries. Aged in French oak & pairs well with beef, chicken, salmon, & even chocolate. 

Tomorrow, Friday September 1, marks the Second Release of our New Vintage Fumo Bianco. 
This bright 2016 sauvignon blanc is lightly oaked in French oak & presents an aroma of citrus blossoms on the nose. Fumo Bianco has a crisp minerality & tastes of green apples and fresh herbs. Just in time for the new season, this wine pairs perfectly with roasted fall vegetables, turkey, & hard cheeses! 

Also, recently released is our New Vintage Pinot Noir. This dry red has medium tannins & flavors of cherries & cranberries. Aged in French oak & pairs well with beef, chicken, salmon, & even chocolate. 

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You'll Love Our House Made Desserts!

Did you know that our desserts, like our pastas, are house made? 
Whether it’s our decadent Dark Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes topped with champagne buttercream icing or our delectable Tiramisu, our desserts are made fresh daily by our in-house pastry chef. We use the freshest of ingredients, seasonal fruit, and add that extra attention to detail to ensure your sweet tooth is satisfied!

Have your cake and eat it too… and pair it with a glass of wine! 
When indulging in two of life’s greatest pleasures, wine and dessert, don’t over think it.
Red wine pairs best with chocolate, white wines go especially great with light, creamy pastries. Rosé loves to bring out the flavor of a fruit tart.  To keep the flavors balanced follow this rule of thumb...the lighter the dessert, the lighter the wine. 

Above all else, pairing desserts and wine should be fun, you simply can't go wrong! 
So choose your favorite dessert, grab a bottle of your favorite vino, and enjoy! 

It's Pasta & Wine Pairing Weekend!

Escape to Italy with our Pasta & Wine Pairing Weekend! We're pairing pesto, vodka, and spicy arrabiata sauces perfectly with three of our signature Folino Estate wines. Now, that's amore! 

This event will take place in our Tasting Room, reservations are recommended. 
$15 per person, must be 21+ to participate. Please call 484-452-3633 ext 2.



Our fresh house made pasta is prepared by hand daily. 
Take a look behind the scenes to see how it all happens! 


Our August Sangria of the Month is Peach Tea!

Peach season is officially here, so it's only
appropriate that our Sangria of the Month is our delicious Peach Tea!

Made with our exclusive sangria white wine blend, a touch
of peach syrup, and garnished with a fresh peach wedge... it's just peachy! 
We're serving them all month long, so stop in and try one!

Enjoy $2 per glass during Happy Hour on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 5 pm to 7 pm. 

Dine with us! We recommend making a reservation by calling 484-452-3633 ext 1 or online www.folinoestate.com/reservations

We're celebrating National Lasagna Day!

Believe it or not, Lasagna is the first known form of pasta, dating back to Ancient Greece. 
The traditional recipe we know and love today, was perfected in Italy where researchers
found a cookbook with a Lasagna recipe from the 1390's!

Mamma Lidia's Lasagna recipe has been enjoyed by guests
of Folino family-owned restaurants and served at the family's own dinner table for years!

Celebrate National Lasagna Day with us this weekend, and enjoy
$2 off Mamma Lidia's Lasagna on Saturday, July 29th & Sunday, July 30th!

This weekend we're featuring our decadent housemade Chocolate Lasagna! 
Made with chocolate mousse, fresh whipped cream, and a chocolate cookie crust
garnished with chocolate chips, chocolate shavings and chocolate drizzle. 
Pair with Rosso Dolce for the perfect ending to your meal!

Make a reservation to dine with us! 
Call 484-452-3633 ext 1 or online at folinoestate.com/reservations. 

Summer of Wine! | Quick Tips for Traveling with Wine

One of the best parts of traveling is getting to experience local food and wine from the places you've been.
Whether you're traveling abroad or keeping it stateside, being able to bring home your favorite wines allows you
to reminisce about the sights, smells, and tastes of your travels long after you've unpacked your bags and settled back into reality. 

Packing Your Wine for the Long Haul

  • Start by wrapping wine bottles in soft clothing such as a t-shirt and then add a layer of heavier clothing such as a sweater or sweatshirt. If you prefer not to use clothing, pack a few towels in your luggage and wrap them in that. Even better, wrap in bubble wrap.
  • Once the bottles are wrapped, pack them snugly in your luggage so they don't shift in transit.
  • You could also let the winery know that you're traveling and ask them for materials to safely pack your purchases. 

Wine in the Friendly Skies

  • Stay up to date on current TSA guidelines for traveling with alcoholic beverages. At this time, you can check bottles of wine without issue. If you're going to carry on mini bottles, make sure they all fit into a single quart-sized bag.  
  • If you're planning to purchase wine while you're traveling, inquire with the winery about shipping directly to your home. Depending on how many bottles you buy, some will reduce or waive the cost. If they can't do that and you don't want to pay pricey shipping fees, ask them to pack your purchases in their wine shipper boxes with foam inserts. You can safely and securely check these boxes at the airport. 

Wine Bottle Protection While You're On the Go

If you're still concerned about breakage or leakage you can stock up on wine swag to protect your precious cargo! Check out the links below.

Safe travels!

Best of Berks | Vote for Folino Estate!

It's that time of year! NOW is your opportunity to VOTE for Folino Estate for Best of Berks!

We'd love to have your vote in the following categories:
Best Local Winery, Best Spot for Outdoor Dining, Best Place to Meet for Lunch,
Best Place to Book an Event, and Best Place to Meet for Drinks

 Click the image below to vote. We appreciate your support!

Red, Wine, & Blue! | Fourth of July Wine Sparkler Sangria Recipe

Red, Wine, & Blue!

The holiday weekend is here and it's time to celebrate! Get out the festive decorations, plan an outdoor BBQ, and of course, stock up on your favorite chilled beverages. 

If you're looking for a simple and refreshing cocktail, check out our fabulous 4th of July
Wine Sparkler Sangria recipe below, then pencil us in for your Sunday Funday! We're serving Sunday Brunch from 10 am to 1 pm, hosting our Farmers Market from 11 am to 3 pm, and we've got live music on the patio with "Shaddler" from 1 pm to 4 pm! 

Happy birthday America!


Fourth of July
Wine Sparkler Sangria Recipe

Make our 4th of July Wine Sparkler Sangria for this weekend's backyard BBQ or beach party. 
With our Frizzante Moscato and fresh berries it's a red, wine, & blue winner! 

Fourth of July Wine Sparkler Sangria:
(makes 4 servings)

·         1 bottle Frizzante Moscato

·         1 cup white grape juice (depending upon desired sweetness)

·         2 cups fresh blueberries

·         1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

·         Ice

Combine at least 30 minutes prior to serving and store in refrigerator. Add ice to each glass and additional fruit for topping if needed. Cheers!

The first fifteen people to make any purchase in our Tasting Room this Sunday will receive a free Folino Estate Farmers Market tote! Then, head on out to our wonderful vendors for some unique finds; live plants, fresh local honey, and more! 

Father's Day Gift Guide

Stop by and pickup a gift for Dad!
All of these items can be found in our Tasting Room Gift shop.

Celebrate National Rosé Day!

National Rosé Day is this Saturday, and we're celebrating all weekend long! 

Stop by on Saturday, 6/10 and Sunday, 6/11, glasses of Vino Rosato will be
$5 in our Restaurant and Tasting Room. Bottles of Vino Rosato
from our Tasting Room will be 10% off. 

* Post a photo on Saturday, 6/10 thru Sunday, 6/11 and use #FolinoEstateRosato to be entered. Limit one entry per person. Winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries. Picture must be public in order to enter contest. Winner will be notified on or before Friday, 6/16. No purchase necessary to enter. 


1. Stemless Wine Glass - Available in our Tasting Room Gift Shop

2. Rosé Gummies

3. Circus by Same Edelman Espadrilles

4. Crewneck Tee by ClothSugar

5. Drink Pink: A Celebration of Rose

6. Rosé All Day Napkins

7. Bar Car Art

8. Folino Estate, Vino Rosato - Available in our Tasting Room


Our Sangria of the Month & Summer Wine Treats

Our featured Sangria of the Month is Strawberry Basil!

Made with our white sangria blend wine, fresh basil and strawberry syrup garnished with a sprig of basil and fresh sliced strawberries. Stop by all month to sip one al fresco on our patio! 


Summer Wine Treats!

Click the images below to view each recipe.

With summer's arrival, there's nothing better than snacking on something cold to beat the heat! We've compiled some refreshing wine infused treats that have us wanting to try them all. 


Memorial Day Food & Wine Pairings | Red Wine BBQ Sauce Recipe

Cheers to Summer!

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Memorial Day is the “unofficial” start to Summer and there's no better way to embrace the season than with a bottle of wine! This time of year, many people trade reds for chilled whites and rosés, but don’t swap out those reds just yet! Lighter reds such as our
Pinot Noir and Chambourcin are delicious served with a slight chill. 

Most importantly, it’s a great time to kick back, relax, and enjoy a glass under the sun! 


A true wine lover’s barbeque sauce recipe, the addition of our award-winning
Chambourcin creates a rich complexity to the sauce that will have your guests
wondering what your secret ingredient is…

Red Wine BBQ Sauce

Ingredients: Makes 1 cup of sauce

1 T minced garlic

2 T minced onion

1 Cup ketchup

crushed red pepper

1 T red wine vinegar

2 Teaspoons brown sugar

1/4 Teaspoons salt

1/4 Teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce

1/4 Teaspoons dried mustard

1/4 Teaspoons dried onions

1/3 cup of Folino Estate Chambourcin wine

A dash Tabasco Sauce

1 T vegetable oil

 

Directions: Heat vegetable oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, dried onions; stir until they start to become clear, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in ketchup and red wine. Simmer for about 2 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients, stirring until combined. Simmer for 3-5 minutes, lowering temperature if needed.


Cheers to Mom! Shop Our Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mom deserves the very best, so we've put together our Mother's Day Gift Guide highlighting some of our favorite gifts for Mom from our Tasting Room Gift Shop. Stop by to shop these items and more. Plus, don't forget to include her favorite bottle of wine!


Gifts for the Wine Lover

"Demdaco" Wine Glass Scarf -$22.95

Decorative Wine Stoppers
-$15.25 each

Wine Caddy -$28.95

Gifts for the Entertainer

"Hydrangea" Wooden Double-Dipping Bowls -$36.95

Wine Scented Soy Candles -$24.95

Ceramic Olive Oil Pourer -$18.95
"Olive" Wooden Cutting Board Set -$30.95

Gifts for the Foodie

Ceramic Jam Jar -$20.95
Assorted Wine Jams -$14.95 each

Savannah Bee Co. Honey -$13.45
Honey Spoon -$5.50
Ceramic Honey Pot -$10.95

Loose Leaf Teas -$12.95 each

Gifts for the Experientialist


Enjoy our wine tasting experience and a glass of wine on our patio.
The Tasting Room will be open until 6 p.m. on Mother’s Day!

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Easter Food & Wine Pairings

Wine for Your Easter Table

Selecting the wine to serve with a holiday meal can be daunting so we've taken the guesswork out with our wine pairing recommendations for a traditional Easter menu. Plus, our Tasting Room Manager, Jason discusses his favorite pairings in our latest YouTube video. Stop by our Tasting Room this week to pick up the perfect last minute hostess gift or have one of our Wine Educators to give you a custom wine list for your Easter table!
Buona Pasqua!


Gift Ideas for Your Host or Hostess

Shop for these unique gift items and more in our Tasting Room Gift shop.

Bird Candy Bowl - $15.95

Round Stoneware Brie Baker
& Wooden Spreader - $20.95

"Rewind" Zinfadel Soy Candle - $20.95

12.5 inch Pink Marble & Mango Wood Cheese Board - $38.95

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Featured Recipe | Rotini alla Vino Rosato

Rotini alla Vino Rosato

Try your own version of this delicious dish at home!

What you'll need:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 8 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup Vino Rosato (Rosé wine)
  • 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • Chopped parsley or basil, to garnish

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Pat the chicken breast dry with a paper towel, and season both sides with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.

Add the chicken breasts to the pan, allowing them to sear on one side for 6-7 minutes. Flip the chicken and sear on the other side for another 6-7 minutes. Remove the chicken breast from the pan and set aside on a cutting board to rest.

Now, add the penne pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package instructions just until al dente. Drain. Meanwhile, to the pan drippings, add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, taking care not to burn the garlic.

Deglaze the pan with the rose and bring the liquid to a boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer, and allow the wine to simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Add the crushed tomatoes and sugar, and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low. When the tomatoes have stopped bubbling, stir in the heavy cream.

Slice the chicken, and toss it into the skillet along with the cooked penne.

Stir everything together, and serve with chopped herbs on top.

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