I'm proud to share an article I wrote that was published in our local Berks County Living magazine's Sept 2012 issue. I've been fortunate to write for the BCL team over the last year, exploring local restaurants, art exhibitions, and events. This article allowed me to publish not only my writing but some of my photos. Ch-ch-ch-check it out:
WELCOME TO KUTZTOWN!
WELCOME TO KUTZTOWN!
Is it us, or is Berks County just getting more and more amazing as the years go by? Here at Berks County Living, we are so excited to introduce you to the newest addition to Kutztown’s Main Street. The team at Vynecrest Wineries has added onto their Lehigh Valley vineyard operation with a new wine shop and tasting bar on the charming streets of Kutztown. Now you can meander through downtown Kutztown and find great food, locally brewed beers, amazing cold-press coffee and award-winning wines to taste, sip and bring home.
The new wine shop in the 200 block of Main Street has undergone a transformation thanks to the Vynecrest team. Beautiful hardwood floors, fresh coats of crisp white paint and bottles upon bottles of locally grown wines create a relaxing environment for enjoying your favorite vino. For just $5 a glass, you can sip an afternoon beverage at rustic wine barrel tables, with experts available for consulting and guidance. The Vynecrest team has created an inviting, relaxing atmosphere perfect for exploring their estate-grown Chardonnays, Pinot Grigios, or Pinot Noirs. Guests are welcome to stop by the tasting bar for a free wine sampling of up to six Vynecrest wines.
A LITTLE BACKGROUND...
The Kutztown shop and tasting room is the first Vynecrest outpost beyond the original Breinigsville winery location, where all of the grapes are grown. John and Jan Landis, a husband and wife team, started planting grapes on the rolling hills of Breinigsville in 1973. Jan, an editor at Rodale Publishing at the time, was inspired to grow grapes after editing the book How to Homestead on 5 Acres of Land. Shortly after this editing project, the husband and wife team were harvesting and fermenting grapes and drinking lots of homegrown wines. Sixteen years of trial and error led to the establishment of Vynecrest as an official winery open to the public in 1989.
Flash forward 23 years – John and Jan’s son, Sam Landis, has returned to the East Coast and joined the family business after working in California’s wine country. Family friend and business partner Malachi Duffy rounds out the relaxed, passionate Vynecrest management team.
YOU’VE GOTTA TRY THIS!
You’re more than welcome to stop by Vynecrest in Kutztown for a little wine and cheese at the new shop and tasting bar. Whether you’re a studied oenologist or a complete wine novice, you’ll feel right at home at this open, friendly spot. Recommendations and discoveries abound from the charming experts at Vynecrest!
Need someplace to start for your wine tasting adventures? Sam explains that if you like dry red wines, you’ll like the Chambourcin or the Lemberger. If you normally love dry white wines, try the flowery and spicy Traminette. For something a little funky and delightfully fruity, taste the award-winning sour-cherry wine, Cherry DiVyne. Look out for a brand new addition to the Vynecrest line-up, a sparkling Chardonnay scheduled to release this summer. Once you try the award-winning wines at the new Vynecrest shop, more than a few bottles of this local harvest will be coming home with you for dinner!
Vynecrest on Main | 277 Main St., Kutztown | 484.641.5149 | vynecrest.com