Summer Inspired Memorial Day Menu

Memorial Day is not only the unofficial start to summer, but more importantly, it is a day to remember and reflect on the lives lost during military duty.  We say thank you to all the service members and their families for the ultimate sacrifices for our freedom. We think the best ways to honor these individuals is to spend quality time with the people that are closest to us, friends and family, and honor the relationship we have.  One of our favorite ways to do this is to prepare a meal and share it with our loved one.  We have gathered some of our favorite recipes to create a summer inspired menu that is perfect for this long weekend.    


Arugula Salad with Chardonnay Vinaigrette

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Chardonnay Vinaigrette Recipe

  • 1/4 c Folino Estate Chardonnay Barrel Reserve
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • fresh cracked pepper

*Mixed all ingredients until well combined and served over arugula.  Top with freshly shaved Parmesan and enjoy! 


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Garlic Butter Sauteed Clams

The beautiful and bright Garlic Butter Sauteed Clam recipe from Rasa Malaysia is a refreshing and classic Italian way to add incorporate wine in your cooking.  This recipe calls for 1/4 cup white wine.  We recommend using 2 cups of our Chardonnay Barrel Reserve,  1/4 cup for the recipe and the rest for you to enjoy! 

For the full recipe... visit https://rasamalaysia.com/sauteed-clams/2/


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Marinated Flank Steak

This flavorful cut is perfect for a red wine marinade and the grill!  This perfect marinade recipe from Saveur calls for 1/2 cup of red wine.  We recommend using a dry red like Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon.  Not only will these wine enhance the flavors in the marinade, but they are also the perfect pairing to sip on while you enjoy dinner!  

For the full recipe...  https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Marinated-Flank-Steak?src=SOC&dom=fb

 


Host Your Own: Wine & Cheese Pairing

4 Simple Steps for Hosting Your Own Wine & Cheese Pairing

  1. Choose a variety of cheeses that vary in texture and flavor. Soft cheeses like brie, hard cheeses like aged cheddar, and all cheeses in between offer a different tasting experience.  It is also the perfect way to ensure that each of your guests will have something they enjoy.  To spice it up a little,  grab a cheese out of your comfort zone like a stinky blue cheese, spicy pepper jack, or an earthy camembert. 
     
  2. Pick wines that pair well with your cheese selection.  The flavors in cheese will enhance the flavors in wine and make the tasting that much more enjoyable.  For information about how to pair cheese and wine speak with a wine educator who is well versed in flavor profiles.  Here are our favorite 5 pairings for a quick reference...
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OUR FAVORITE WINE & CHEESE PAIRINGS

Merlot- Aged Cheddar
Cabernet Sauvignon- Gouda
Rose- Goat Cheese
Chardonnay- Gruyere
Pinot Grigio- Mozzarella 


3. While wine and cheese are enough to get the party started, you will need other light bites to intensify the tasting experience.  We suggest grabbing two types of bread, crostini, fresh fruit, nuts, olives, and cured meats.  Different varieties of each will ensure all of your guests have something to enjoy.   

4. The final step... Bringing it all together.  Label your cheese and wine, design your meat and cheese boards, pop the corks, and welcome your guest to a night that is sure to be full of fun, laughter, great company, and of course, delicious food and wine. 

 

Things to keep in mind when planning... you will need about 1/2 oz of cheese per person per cheese.  The average bottle of wine will pour between 4-5 glasses.  Make sure you have enough!  Everyone will want a full sample of each wine, and extras for their favorite. 

Salute! 


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Planting Vines 2018

The spring season not only brings the beautiful sights of bud break but also marks a time of growth and new vines in the vineyard.   

 This past Monday and Tuesday our vineyard crew planted 4,500 new vines.  The varieties planted were Petit Verdot, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Teroldego. With these new vines our vineyard now houses 15 varieties and 23,544 vines.  Since 2014 we have worked tirelessly to manager a beautiful vineyard and look forward to the release of our new Estate Label Wines later this year.  

This past Monday and Tuesday our vineyard crew planted 4,500 new vines.  The varieties planted were Petit Verdot, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Teroldego. With these new vines our vineyard now houses 15 varieties and 23,544 vines.  Since 2014 we have worked tirelessly to manager a beautiful vineyard and look forward to the release of our new Estate Label Wines later this year.  

The vineyard crew uses a special tractor with GPS navigation to ensure the vines are planted in a precise location.  Check out the video below to watch the tractor and our vineyard crew in action.  

Black Label Collection Release

The Black Label Collection features handcrafted wines representing the age-old Italian style traditions and skills of passionate winemaking. Artfully oaked in French barrels, each wine is an exclusive, limited release and will age perfectly for the oenophile’s collection. The higher tannins present allow each variety to pair well with rich dark meats & game, earthy foods and herbaceous cheeses. Decanting is recommended to bring out the characters hidden in every bottle.

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Valentino: A unique Chianti style blend of Teroldego, Barbera and Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is named after the founder’s father, Rodolfo Valentino Folino. Rich in traditional Italian style, this wine has evolved characters and vibrant personality boasting spiciness, earthiness, warmth and hue with essences of plum, fig, and dark berry.

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Generations old and known as the grape at the heart of Italy, Sangiovese is a slow ripening variety allowing the resulting wine to be richer and stronger in character. French oak ageing has coaxed the aromatic flavors of black stone fruits and dark berries. The luscious fruit mouthfeel is followed by a long, velvety end note.

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Barbera is the second most widely planted grape in Italy, the ancient origins stem from as far as the 17th century. When decanted, the rustic aromas of intense black pepper and dried fruits are followed by flavors of raisins, fig and aromatic blackberry. The medium toast French barrel encourages soft tannins followed by vanilla and chocolate.

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Tannat: Originating in Southwest France and finding a home in Puglia, Italy, the rustic character of this unfiltered wine exhibits notes of smoky peppercorns and black tea. The palate will experience a medium body with richly intense flavors of dried fruits; fig, raisin, black cherry and prune. Medium toast French oak enhances the vanilla and caramel.

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Named after the founder’s mother, this rich and sweet aperitif style Tannat is slow fermented and gently aged in barrels to achieve an age-old essence of love. The light oak lends to smoky characteristics with flavors of silky plum, cherry and fig. Available Early Summer. 

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Styled Shoots Across America

Two weeks ago, we had the distinct privilege of hosting Styled Shoots Across America for a styled wedding shoot.  We partnered with some of the premier wedding vendors, models, and stylists from the region to create a beautiful, rustic, and elegant styled wedding.  From the details and dessert to the dresses and decor... everything turned out simply gorgeous. 

Photos courtesy of Dearly Beloved Weddings.

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  Special Thanks to Participating Vendors:   Host:  Styled Shoots Across America  Planning & Design:  La Rue Events  Flowers:  Allium Floral Design  Stylist: Susan Padron Hair: Emily Nepa Makeup:  Makeup by Roxy  Stationary/Calligraphy:  Berkshire North Studio  Silk Ribbons:  Pompom Blossom  Cake:  Prima Cristina Cakes  Rentals:  Fox and Finch Vintage Rentals  Linens:  Party Crush Studio  Jewelry:  Harry Merrill & Son  Bridal Gown:  Lovely Bridal  Designer:  Lovers Society  Bridesmaid Dresses:  Bella Bridesmaids  Designer:  Jenny Yoo  Suits:  Common Wealth Proper  Models: Bride and Groom: Brooke and Tyreese Bride and Bridesmaid Agency: Reinhard Agency

Special Thanks to Participating Vendors:

Host: Styled Shoots Across America
Planning & Design: La Rue Events
Flowers: Allium Floral Design
Stylist: Susan Padron
Hair: Emily Nepa
Makeup: Makeup by Roxy
Stationary/Calligraphy: Berkshire North Studio
Silk Ribbons: Pompom Blossom
Cake: Prima Cristina Cakes
Rentals: Fox and Finch Vintage Rentals
Linens: Party Crush Studio
Jewelry: Harry Merrill & Son
Bridal Gown: Lovely Bridal
Designer: Lovers Society
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Designer: Jenny Yoo
Suits: Common Wealth Proper
Models: Bride and Groom: Brooke and Tyreese
Bride and Bridesmaid Agency: Reinhard Agency

Easter with Folino Estate

It's officially Spring and Easter is almost here! If you're hosting this year, I've put together inspiration for your table design and chose some Folino Estate wines to go perfectly with your dinner. 

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I love the idea of a no fuss tablescape since you're more than likely spending the majority of the time cooking. I used preserved moss and pretty dusty blue candlesticks as the main centerpiece. Then I just threw in some flowers and metallic eggs to add details of Spring. Each place setting has little grapevine nests as a cute little touch for your guests. Blooming branches and pussy willow add impact with ease. 

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One of my picks for your Easter table this year is one of our newest releases, our Chardonnay Barrel Reserve. It pairs perfectly with gamey fish, thanks to its earthy, heavy oak and mineral flavors. 

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A red option to pair with Easter ham is our award winning Chambourcin. It partners well with the sweet glaze and smokiness of the ham by balancing the contrasting flavors.

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If you're looking for a white wine to pair with ham, Riesling is my pick.  With its crisp acidity, it matches perfectly with the salty sweet flavors. It also goes great with carrot cake for dessert! 

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If you're a guest this year, your host will always appreciate a great bottle of wine. Luca Forte is a unique white blend that pairs well with pretty much any dish your host will be serving. Bonus points for bringing it in a pretty basket! 

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It's always a great idea to put out an appetizer for your guests to enjoy while you're putting the finishing touches on dinner. Something easy that makes a statement is my go to antipasti board. I featured Spring inspired items like fresh asparagus and radishes as well as a carrot hummus for dipping. Blueberry goat cheese and a salty pecorino are perfect contrasting cheeses, one being soft and sweet and one being salty and hard.

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A fun addition to your gathering is a featured cocktail. I used our Frizzante Moscato to make a Carrot Mimosa your guests will love! Mix a few together on your appetizer table or open some bottles and leave the juice for guests to make there own. To make, all that's needed is a bottle of our Frizzante Moscato, carrot juice (we used a blend of carrot and orange) and if you'd like to use a garnish, the tops of fresh carrots or parsley. Combine both directly into a champagne glass, starting with the Frizzante Moscato and topping off with the juice. Cheers!

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Enjoy and Happy Easter!

- Andrea Folino 

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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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