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Sangria With a Twist: A Summer Drink, Revisited

Date: Wed, Jun 2, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

In honor of our recent release announcement on these exciting limited edition wines, I’d like to share a recipe specifically created for another style of seasonal wines available for just this summer. Our Twisted Mist wines (Strawberry Margarita and Mojito) are wine cocktails in and of themselves: once they are made, all you’ve got to [...]

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Chocolate Raspberry Port is BACK!

Date: Tue, Jun 1, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Rejoice, everyone, as we make the announcement you’ve been waiting for: Chocolate Raspberry Port is officially back! The incredibly popular wine making kit is available for pre-order now through July 31st, so place your order now. The wine kits will arrive in September, which means you can make and enjoy this limited edition wine in [...]

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Vintner’s Circle Dickson City Serves a Sip of Summer

Date: Sun, May 30, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Stan and Joanne Triplett, franchise owners of Vintner’s Circle Dickson City, participated at this year’s Sno Cove Wine Festival at Montage Mountain. The wine festival featured tastings from more than a dozen local Pennsylvania wineries, in addition to all sorts of traditional festival goodies: live entertainment, arts and crafts, specialty foods, and handcrafted goods. The Vintner’s [...]

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Vintner’s Circle Fundraiser for the Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center

Date: Sat, May 29, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Help us give back! Join Vintner’s Circle Hackettstown on Saturday, June 19, as we raise funds for the Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County. This event will feature live music, free food, auctions and, of course, wine tastings. We invite you to come out, enjoy your Saturday afternoon [...]

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2010 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition

Date: Wed, May 26, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Congratulations to the winners of the 2010 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition! This year, there were more than 4,500 entries to the competition, from all fifty US states, eight Canadian provinces, and eight other countries (including submissions from Spain and Turkey!). All of us at Vintner’s Circle would like to pass along a special kudos to [...]

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Pairing Wine with Chocolate

Date: Tue, May 25, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

There are those that say pairing wine with chocolate is best left undone, but if you genuinely enjoy both of these pleasures, then no terrible fate awaits you. True, pairing wine with chocolate can be tricky territory: dry wines with chocolate will often taste bitter or sour. As long as you try to keep lighter [...]

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Orange Mango Granita with Chardonnay

Date: Thu, May 20, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Granita is a traditional Italian dessert, a semi-frozen treat related to sorbet and the ubiquitous Italian ice. “Granita” actually comes from the Italian for “grain”, as each spoonful is a small scoop of sweet, icy flakes. Granita is easy to make, as long as you have a blender and a freezer – you can spend [...]

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The First Bottling (with mention of lychees)

Date: Wed, May 19, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

We bottled our first batches of wine this weekend. We made a lot of wine. Now comes the difficult part: waiting. We made two batches: a German Gewurtztraminer and an apple wine, made from fresh cider from a nearby Jersey farm. Though I know good wine comes from great patience, I’m planning to break out a [...]

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Classic Summer Wine Cocktails

Date: Sun, May 16, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

As the weather warms up, it’s time to think of ways to keep cool. Weekends mean time at the pool, stretching out on the porch, and neighborhood barbecues (and picnics and festivals and beaches, oh my!). We’ve put together a list of classic wine cocktails, all the more enjoyable for their simplicity. With a small [...]

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Wine Flaws: Let your nose be your guide

Date: Wed, May 12, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

A short story, by way of introduction: Yesterday, while I was at the office, typing away like the Very Important Person I am, my boss David called out to me, “Jolan, would you like to taste some wine?” Why, yes, I would. David was speaking with a frequent visitor to Vintner’s Circle, a gentleman named Frank. Frank had [...]

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Vintner’s Circle Middletown To Celebrate Ribbon Cutting May 14th

Date: Mon, May 10, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Vintner’s Circle Middletown will celebrate its new winemaking enterprise this Friday, May 14th, with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony. MIDDLETOWN, NJ, May 10 – Don and Mary Gordon, franchise owners of the first Vintner’s Circle in Monmouth County, along with the Mayor of Middletown and representatives from the Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce, will cut the [...]

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A Father’s Day Photo Search

Date: Sat, May 8, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Wine making has been a valued family tradition for hundreds (and in some places, thousands) of years. The practice still holds strong across the world, from California to Italy to France (Zind-Humbrecht wines are a personal favorite of mine). In honor of this upcoming Father’s Day, Vintner’s Circle is looking for great, old family [...]

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How to Speak with a Sommelier

Date: Thu, May 6, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Having worked as a sommelier in the fine dining world for quite some time, I learned a lot from my customers. I learned common preferences and common qualms, how to recognize if someone is intimidated by the wine list, and how to deal with rather cranky tables. I learned that wine is an integral part [...]

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Start Spring Off Right: Recycle!

Date: Tue, May 4, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Ah, spring. ‘Tis the season to roll up your sleeves and start gardening – plant those petunias, prep your tomato posts, and perhaps begin on that compost pile you’ve been thinking about. A handy tip, for those who love a glass of cool wine after spending time in the hot sun: you can recycle natural [...]

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