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!
If you know anything about Southern cooking, then you know there is a special time of the year when fried green tomatoes are a menu must-have. We were treated to this simple, yet iconic dish by none other than our own Georgia woman, Andrea Creato. This southern staple just sings the song of summertime with a perfect balance of tart green tomato & fried-salty savoriness. The crunch and the spice is soul-satisfyingly delectable! We paired this special taste of summer with our Rose ’19, the bright fruity notes complemented the unripe tomato while the crisp acidity and dewy minerality played well with the fried element. Our team agreed that the Brut Rose would also have been a phenomenal choice as well (think about that salty crunch with those bubbles- a match made in pairing heaven!). This dish is easy with simple ingredients most everyone keeps in the pantry, so snag a few of those green tomatoes from the garden, grab a skillet & get fryin’!
Kathy’s deviled eggs are simple, delicious and a fun one to play around with on the ingredients! In this version we really enjoyed the balance of the tangy Taste Artisanal Market Cider Mustard (made with our own William Penn Hard Cider by the way!) and the background savory notes of the Parmigiano Reggiano. With some help from our lovely ladies in the vineyard hen house, we were able to quickly whip these together and loved snacking on these party staples while sipping on our NEW Chardonnay Reserve ’19. Our Wine Club received a sneak peek earlier this month and we are excited to release this incredible vintage to the public this weekend! This wine has a zippy, saline acidity that complements the creamy yolk centers with notes of under-ripe pineapple, papaya, pink lady apple & honeycomb that simultaneously sing with the tangy mustard & brighten the underlying savory cheese. This dish proves that wine pairing doesn’t have to be hard or fancy in order to really work!
“I loved my mom’s deviled eggs as a kid and she was not a cook- nor am I! This simple recipe is for the non-cook who wants people to think she can cook!” -Kathy
Davide’s Rotisserie Porchetta
Whenever we have a get together at Penns Woods our crew is always excited to share a slew of gourmet homemade dishes but we always know whatever Davide is bringing is sure to be out-of-this-world delicious. And on the fourth of July, boy did he deliver! Davide spent 6 hours slow cooking 45 lbs of fresh pork loin he procured from a farmer friend up near Allentown for our staff gathering after hours.
Classic Italian porchetta has a delectable, caramelized crust, is incredibly flavorful and juicy on the inside too. For pairing you can't go wrong with Pork & Pinot! We recommend pouring a glass of our Pinot Noir '17
,a well balanced vintage with notes of dried rose & cherry that complement the fresh herb notes & a bright acidity that cuts through the fat in the meat. This dish would also do well with our Pinot Noir Reserve '16, the non-reserve's complex & elegant cousin or if you are looking for something that will pair well and cool ya down after all that roasting, a glass of any of our refreshing Roses would be a great choice as well! Davide shares his recipe below. Fire up your grill, grab some wine and enjoy the summer season while the rotisserie spins her tasty magic.
Celebrate the Summer season with this Grilled Fruit Salad & Smoked Ancho Chile Honey drizzle!
Grilling fresh ripe summery fruits, like pineapple, peaches, strawberries & melon draws our their natural sweetness for an intensified fruity essence. We like to add in some diced fresh fruit to mix in some bright fruit flavors as well!
A squeeze of fresh lemon & drizzle of local Smoked Ancho Chile Honey from Taste Artisanal Market accentuates all the fruity flavors while also providing a warm-cool sensation to the palate. This honey has just the right amount of kick and is fantastic in this dish. Also try it drizzled over cheeses, roasted veggies, fried chicken or whisk it into a dressing or marinade! Check out the Local Goods section in our Shop for other small business goodies.
Pair with our aromatic & refreshing Viognier Reserve '18! This wine has a succulent nose bursting with grapefruit & peach blossoms with a tropical fruit-forward palate & refreshing acidity that complements every aspect of this dish. Our Traminette '19 or Moscato '19 would make excellent pairings as well with their respect honey-lemon-lycee notes and peachy-tropical tones. You can also customize this recipe by adding in your summer fruit favorites- try adding watermelon, nectarine, blueberries or papaya! This easy grilled fruit dish is not only eye-catching, but healthy, delicious & perfect for summer!
Preheat the grill to high heat. Dice all fruit & place on kabob sticks, leaving half your pineapple & strawberries un-grilled.
Grill hollowed out pineapple until grill marks appear. About 3-5 min.
Grill the cut fruit in batches, 1 minute per side. As you take the fruit off the grill toss it on a large bowl. Then sprinkle your fresh strawberries & pineapple on top.
In a small bowl, add the fresh lemon juice and gently incorporate the fruit until mixed.
Scoop fruit mixture into hollowed out pineapple.
Drizzle the Smoked Ancho Chile Honey over the top & serve.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: THE CIPOLLONIs
Meet Jim & Lisa Cipolloni! Jim & Lisa have been visiting Penns Woods Winery since 2013! It all started when Lisa did some research on romantic events to attend for Valentine's Day around the area. Luckily, Lisa stumbled upon our Wine & Chocolate pairing and immediately emailed Jim "We have a winery really close to us. This looks like fun ; )". Jim said, since that pairing, they were hooked on Penns Woods wine...and that is where our friendship with the Cipollonis began!
The Cipollonis found their love for wine back in 2011/2012; influenced a bit by some of their family members. Neither one of them was sure what kind of wines they preferred, so they started as many of us do...visiting different local wineries and experiencing various tastings! Now, whenever they travel, they always look for local places to try. Their second favorite winery is Two Sisters in Niagara on the Lake in Ontario, Canada. This was one they stumbled upon a few years back with some friends, and have since revisited just last year with family. But, their adventures are just beginning...Napa & Sonoma are still on the horizon.
Jim & Lisa have always enjoyed wine & food pairings, which is why their favorite event at Penns Woods is the Harvest Dinner! On occasion, they also appreciate the pairing events at the Gables. Jim & Lisa are very active members not only at Penns Woods winery, but attending local events in the community!
If you ever see the Cipollonis at the winery, you will most likely spot Jim sipping on our Cabernet Franc while Lisa is indulging in our Traminette! They are both so eager to sit outside at the vineyard, relaxing, and enjoying the various wines with their family and friends...and we sure are too! We look forward to having our incredible members and customers back at the winery as soon as we are able. We feel incredibly honored to have had Jim & Lisa find come into our Tasting Room 7 years ago, and we can't wait for another 7 years of memories with them. Cheers to this amazing couple!!
Summer dip & Sauvignon Blanc
This week we've paired our Sauvignon Blanc '19 with this dippable Mexican Street Corn Dish! This dip has all the flavors of summer- perfect to kick off the season this weekend for Memorial Day! This creamy, melty cheese dish is perfectly balanced by the bright acidity of the Sauvignon Blanc with the sweet corn mingling perfectly with the wine's tropical flavors. The pops of fresh lime juice and hints of spice from the jalapeño complement the citrusy notes in the wine and underlying green notes. This dip is an incredibly satisfying dish that is sure to be the star of all your backyard BBQs this season!
1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
2 ⅓ cups Fresh Corn Kernels
1 Jalapeño, seeded & finely chopped
1 block of Cream Cheese
¼ cup Mexican Crema or Sour Cream
1 cup shredded Monteray Jack
1 cup crumbled Queso Fresco
2 tbsp fresh Lime Juice
Garlic Salt, Cayenne or Chili Powder, fresh cracked Black Pepper.
Chopped Cilantro for garnish
Tortilla Chips for dipping
Go behind the scenes with the Penns Woods Winery team in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.