Mulled Wine & Cheese Dip
Experience all the flavors of fall with our Sweet Cheese Cinnamon Apple dip paired with a heartwarming cup of hot mulled wine (still available for purchase at our Tasting Room)! Top with chopped walnuts, drizzle with caramel sauce or a local honey. Spread over crackers or dip in fresh sliced fruit!
Directions: In a large bowl, stir mascarpone, marshmallow cream & Greek yogurt together until smooth. Add in brown sugar, vanilla, salt & spices. Mix until uniformly incorporated. Fold in chopped apple pieces. Refrigerate. Before serving top with nuts, ginger honey or caramel sauce. Serve with fresh fruits & wafers or graham crackers.
Staff Spotlight: Raechel
This week's Staff Spotlight is... Raechel! Raechel is our sales manager and in-house Sommelier. Raechel is an incredible asset to the Penns Woods team as she always brings a positive vibe and a world of wine knowledge everywhere she goes. Check out our Q&A.
Tell us about yourself.
I moved to PA six years ago from Colorado. While I miss my home state, I am so grateful for all the friends I’ve made & opportunities I’ve had here out East. And in more recent news, I just became a mom to a beautiful little girl named Lucy! I can't wait until she is running around with the rest of the vineyard kids!
How did you get into wine?
Denver is a well-known beer town so my interest in fermentation really began there. In my early 20s I managed bars creating beer & wine lists as well as cocktail menus but definitely didn’t pay much attention to wine until I attended a trade tasting put on for beverage directors- there were incredible wines there & it really opened up my eyes past the standard offerings. At the time I was running two locations for a Polish owner and I began incorporating more unique wines & varietals from Eastern Europe to complement the menu. It was the first time I really started to pay attention to flavor profiles as well as food and wine pairing. After moving to PA I attended the Wine School of Philadelphia, earning my Advanced Level Somm Cert in 2018. I also ended up pursuing my Level II Brewer Cert there as well through their Beer School. In 2019 I began working towards a winemaking certificate through Penn State.
What is your favorite wine? Is your wine of choice right now different?
I am obsessed with bubbles. Honestly if I drank nothing but Champagne for the rest of my life I’d be happy although since I definitely can’t afford that I look to Cava, Cremant de Bourgogne or Vouvray Brut to get me through. I’m a big fan of sparklers from Oregon as well. Bubbles are so versatile when it comes to food too. Friendly with salty & sweet as well as creamy dishes & those with a spicy kick- you really can’t go wrong with some bub. Since I’m expecting my first little one my drink of choice has been water out of heavy half-gallon Yeti but I have a special Grand Cru bottle my husband & I brought back from France last year I’m saving to celebrate once she’s here!
What do you enjoy most about Penns Woods?
I just love the opportunity to learn, grow & get your hands dirty. I love how each day is different- I could be working inside, outside or as the wholesale manager, meeting with different folks in & around Philly. Our tightknit group here are the most loving, hilarious & hard working folks around & I feel lucky to be a part of the growing Pennsylvania wine community.
With it's tropical fruit driven flavors & floral undertones, our Viognier Reserve '19 is just delightful with the more exotic spices in your cabinet. We've put together a special Mandarin Orange & Curry Chicken Salad on a fresh baked croissant (pick yours up from French bakery La Baguette Magique in West Chester!) Have fun playing around with the fruit in this recipe- try substituting mango, papaya or pineapple!
Go behind the scenes with the Penns Woods Winery team in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.