Back in 2010, Andrea moved to this area from Georgia and started working at Penns Woods Winery. After a year of settling in, she knew she was ready for a furry companion. She did her research and found an organization in Wilmington, DE. She chose Harper just after seeing one picture and her mind and heart were set. It was not until she got Harper that she found out Harper was also from Georgia!! It was clear, it was a match made in heaven. Harper has worked at PWW since 2012 and is a loyal staff member and mighty asset to the Penns Woods team. Harper's official title is "Pest Manager" as she assists in the vineyard by overseeing all operations and pest management. When Harper first visited the Tasting Room, she was timid and shy. It only took her a few years to come into herself. The vineyard gave her the opportunity to come out of her shell and she has made a beautiful mark on the business ever since. Many other vineyards have vineyard dogs that have been a vital part to their operation, but we wholeheartedly feel we are the luckiest of them all. Harper is just as hard-working, passionate, and caring as the rest of the Penns Woods team, and we owe a lot of our success to this amazing girl. The vineyard would not be the same without her! Check out more about our favorite staff member below!
"Harper is always aware of everything that's going on at the vineyard and is constantly on the lookout for intruders (groundhogs, deers, etc.) She makes everyone working in the vineyard feel at home, always passing by them throughout the day to get a little attention.
In my opinion, and from most people that know Harper, she has changed so much over the years since her start working in the vineyard and tasting room. She started out shy and timid, but has blossomed into such a loving, loyal companion and gained her nickname "Terminator" from Gino.
The vineyard has truly become Harper's home. She and I have shared many great moments there through rain, snow, heat, severe winds and extremely cold temperatures. Through it all, she always stays by my side and never gives up! " -Davide
Blueberry Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake
Last week our GM Andrea Creato whipped up a few loaves of these sweet thangs & was kind enough to share with our management team. This recipe is perfect for spring! Its sweet but not heavy with fresh lemon in the cake and the glaze that gives bright pops of flavor while you enjoy sweet, juicy blueberries in each bite!
I know what you're thinking- sour cream? In a cake? But sour cream is actually a wonderful baking ingredient that gives cake a very moist body without losing that fluffy cake quality we love and the slight tang of the sour cream in this recipe sings perfectly with the lemon! (Tip: We've also had success with adding in mayo to chocolate cake as well!).
This is an easy dessert that not only looks beautiful but tastes wonderful! We paired it with our new Brut Rose, the peachy, cherry & apple skin notes mingled well with the fresh fruit in the cake while the bubbles augment the citrusy notes in this dessert. This would also pair well with our semi-sweet Moscato Rose '19 with the juicy watermelon notes singing the same spring tune as the citrus in the cake while the hint of effervescence and refreshing finish lift up the sweeter notes on both sides!
Bundt Pan Directions: Double the cake batter recipe for a bundt pan and cook an additional 15-30 minutes as needed, until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
This recipe was developed by Jennifer Grissom for more recipes check out her website: www.savorwithjennifer.com
The Ramans have been enthusiastic supporters of Penns Woods since first visiting us in 2014 and we are so lucky to have them as members in our Grand Cru Wine Club. They are always up for conversation with our staff and bring bright smiles with them upon each visit. They love our Cabernet Sauvignon and particularly enjoy listening to live music on a sunny day and receiving the special recipes we pair with each wine in their quarterly Wine Club allotment. Learn more about Ashok Raman and his family through our Q&A with him!
Q & A With Ashok Raman:
Q: Do you have a favorite varietal? Do you have a favorite vintage of that varietal at Penns Woods?
A: My favorite varietal is the Cabernet Sauvignon. Hands down, it would have to be the 2009 Penns Woods Cabernet Sauvignon. It is perhaps one of the best wines I have ever had.
Q: What is the perfect scene for you to enjoy wine?
A: Summer in the vineyard with live music and family. We've tried to bring that feeling home, too. We built a "wine shrine" in our basement right next to our music room to enjoy the ambiance and the love we have for opening a good bottle of wine.
Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies?
A: Home automation and riding my Moto-Guzzi.
Q: What types of wine do you typically go for and what are you drinking right now?
A: Any full-bodied red. I am currently enjoying some good Barolos.
Q: What is your favorite event at Penns Woods?
A: My favorite event at Penns Woods is Father's Day. It is the only day my kids listen to me ;). Seriously, the weather is usually nice and warm and there is always great music and wonderful vibes at the vineyard.
Q: What are you looking forward to most when our business is back in full effect?
A: With summer coming, I am hoping I can spend weekends at Penns Woods with live music and family.
Q: How did you get into wine?
A: A friend gifted me a 1997 bottle of Kendall Jackson Merlot and I loved it.
Q: Do you enjoy traveling and visiting other wineries?
A: Of course! Some of the best wineries other than Penns Woods are in Temecula Valley in Southern California.
Q: How did you find out about Penns Woods?
A: I stumbled upon a bottle of your wine at White Dog Café in Paoli and really enjoyed it. My first visit to the vineyard was during the holiday season, and it was magical. It's funny, actually. During our first trip in 2014, we saw a lovely couple get engaged and we knew, right off the bat, that this place was something special. Now we celebrate every small victory with a bottle of your wine and a family trip to the vineyard.
Ashok and his beautiful family have been a part of Penns Woods family for many years. Ashok has a tremendous love of wine and has been one of Penns Woods biggest supporters. We look forward to seeing the entire Raman family at Penns Woods again very soon! -Andrea Creato
White Dog Cafe
Haverford - Wayne - University City
We've spent the last two months missing the seasonal and inspired fare of WDC as they had shut down all locations to Covid-19 but they are back in action as of the 5th and we couldn't be happier!
If there's a more scrumptious burger than Green Meadow Farms Double Cheddar Burger we haven't met it. The char on the burg, crisp veggies & fresh baked bun are all-American perfection! Pair with our Bancroft Cabernet Sauvignon, the zippy acidity cuts through the juicy burger as bright red fruit notes balance the savory flavors and earthy, gripping tannins correlate with the grilled meat. We also love the Spicy Lamb Bolognese! This rich and hearty dish does well with a robust, yet nuanced red with notes of spice. Our Cabernet Franc Reserve perfectly fits the bill with an acidity to brighten this sturdy dish while notes of black cherry, plum, peppercorn and dried tobacco do a perfect dance with all the flavors. White Dog's efforts to incorporate responsibly farmed and locally sourced ingredients ensure every dish is fresh, delightful and supporting our local economy.
Items on their limited menu can be ordered ala carte or enjoy the Family Meal for Four deal at $45 per person that includes an appetizer, entree and two sides. Perfect for a delicious Mother's Day dinner!
Takeout or Delivery Tues- Sat 4-8pm
menu availability may vary due to location.
Four Seasons Hotel - Philadelphia
Bring the elegance of the Four Seasons to your home and give your mother an unforgettable culinary experience that will have the whole family whisked from isolation to vacation at your dining room table!
The menu highlights ingredients from the spring harvest of local farms. A classic French main course features Snake River Farm Wagyu Tenderloin with a beautiful Potato Fondant as well as Mushroom and Asparagus Fricassee. Incredibly tender, buttery soft wagyu needs a wine that considers and complements the texture, weight and delicate flavors. Our Proprietor Reserve '17, an estate-grown blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Carmine is medium bodied with a balanced acidity that complements a high fat content and smooth-textured meat with finely structured tannins that stand up to this substantial cut without overwhelming it. Notes of dark fruit, vanilla and oregano are flavorful yet subtle enough to not overpower the charm of this special dish.
The prix fixe package starts at $75 per person, includes 5-courses with add-ons that include pastries, floral arrangements, spa gift cards, a thoughtful Charity Meal delivery to a CHOP Hospital and of course wine (be sure to look for yours truly).
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Cry Baby Pasta
Don't let the current circumstances get you down or ruin tradition. Mother's Day Brunch is still happening and Cry Baby Pasta has created an expanded menu just for the occasion! We are looking forward to the Proscuitto Fritta with carmelized fennel and gruyere and we'd be lying if we didn't say the Spinach Cannollini with wild mushroom and ricotta didn't turn our heads too. Nothing says brunch like a bottle of bubbles so be sure to snap up our new (and first ever!) brut Rose. A crisp and refreshing sparkler that greets you with pink lady apple and apricot and leaves you with notes of peach skin and melon. If you like things a bit sweeter our Moscato '19 is your bellini replacement with notes of juicy peach, lychee and pineapple wrapped in a feel good effervescence. Snag a whole Raspberry Lemonade Cake or bake at home Cinnamon Buns with cream cheese icing while you're at it and have a fun little day party at home.
It's clearly worth mentioning this place has some off the best homemade pasta and sauces around. If you're looking for dinner, Cry Baby has a rotating cast of dishes, some with by the quart options!
Open for Pick Up & Delivery
"I've always liked wine and really started appreciating it when I was an art student in Florence. I also took a class in Paris one summer and while there I discovered how great Rosé can be! Although at that time, I chose my wines based on how pretty the label was. I'd be lying if I don't still do that sometimes now, haha"
We are the lucky ones to have staff members such as Paula who are so eager to constantly learn more! Cheers to you, Paula!!
Nui Nui Kitchen
For over a decade Chef Nui Kullana has been delighting the Phoenixville area with authentic Thai cuisine. In 2019, Nui & husband, French Chef Francis Pascal opened an outstanding, elevated Thai-French fusion restaurant that elegantly presents the comforting and familiar flavors we cherish in both cuisines. Pairing wine with their menu is an exciting exploration of unique flavors. Our Traminette '19, a well balanced off-dry style bursting with floral notes, lychee & pear lends itself beautifully to Nui Nui's savory and spicy dishes with their occasional touches of sweetness. We love the Evil Jungle Princess, a boldy spiced dish with sauteed veggies and red curry basil sauce. Another great pairing with Traminette is the Pineapple Fried Rice with veggies, raisins, cashews, fresh pineapple & egg.
Nui Nui Kitchen is open daily for pickup and delivery. Check out their website for their full menu of tasty Thai Dumplings, Drunken Noodles, Soups & more!
This place brings the real deal, finger-lickin' Southern-style BBQ with choice smoked meats slathered in an array of delicious sauces and all the savory side dishes your BBQ-lovin' heart desires. Wine and BBQ may not be the first thing you think of, but we're telling you once you experience the wonders of our bold & smoky Merlot Reserve with a dry rubbed Smoked Brisket Sammy slathered in their Kansas City Sauce, you'll be wondering why you haven't been doing this all along. Notes of cacao and black currant melt perfectly into the juicy, smoky meat while the big fruit fruit flavors, hints of mocha and silky body dance perfectly with the traditional sweet & tangy sauce.
The side dishes and apps are numerous and crazy delicious. Pimento Cheese, Street Corn, Spicy Slaw, Pulled Pork Bomb Deviled Eggs, Fried Okra and more- the only down side of Uncle B's is having to choose. But they're open six days a week so you have plenty of opportunities to chow your way through flavor paradise.
Scale up or down with portion sizes to fit every eater whether you're feeding the fam or flyin' solo. Order online for pick up or delivery.
Absolutely delicious rustic and traditional Italian fare with a modern twist. With tender homemade pastas and an emphasis on traditional seafood dishes, Il Granaio will make you feel like you're having a night out while enjoying take out at home. Their Covid menu is pared down version of their usual selection, but still full of many classic favorites. Our dry Rose '19 with note of white cherry & apricot complements several menu items, starting with the Beet & Burrata app drizzled with a white wine vinaigrette topped with crispy pancetta. Rose also pairs wonderfully with one of our favorites, the Paccheri Della Casa (jumbo lump crab,shrimp, artichokes & spinach in a pink brandy sauce). This wine has a dewy minerality and crisp acidity that complements the fruits of the sea. Conclude your evening in with their homemade and sweetly refreshing Lemon Cream Cake or go full on Italian and get the Canoli.
Il Granaio has location in Glen Mills as well and both are open Tues- Sunday for curbside pickup. Check out their menu online and call ahead to place your order.
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“Myself and a few friends finally became members about a year or 2 ago and we are so happy we did. There is a core group of ladies that love to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, just sitting outside wtih a picnic, sipping on Penns Woods wines and listening to live music.”
Valerie has been coming to the winery since the early 2000s. She says it is a “luxury” to be only 5 minutes away from one of her favorite spots! Valerie has recruited most of her friends and family to join her for events at the winery and many have become members themselves! Valerie is always on the move, her outogoing nature makes her a fixture at nearly every exciting event from pairings to wine education classes- even during the harvest you'll see her out in the vineyard with clippers in hand! Her favorite event to enjoy with friends is our biannual Run the Vineyards. She has participated in the 5K for the past 5 years at the winery on Mother’s Day weekend and has won 1st place in her age group 3 times!
In addition to the Mother’s Day run, Valerie enjoys staying active by taking our “Yoga in the Vineyard” classes whenever she can. Her favorite part about the classes is how relaxing the scenery is and that she gets to reward herself afterwards with wine, of course! Valerie also enjoys learning through our Wine Education Series with her best friend, Patty. Valerie says “I can’t wait for them to start up again- we love drinking Penns Woods wines and learning all about it!”.
If you thought Valerie wasn’t active enough, she also has a passion for horseback riding and would love to plan a ride and taste around the vineyard. (hint, hint management team)
“The staff at the winery could not be nicer and more welcoming- I feel like family when I am there. Everyone seems so happy to work there and they enjoy making people happy! I look forward to just hanging out when the winery re-opens... I feel like I really “get away” when I’m there. I am able to decompress that I sometimes forget I am not actually on vacation somewhere! It is such an inviting, laid-back atmosphere that keeps us coming back and recruiting new friends to join us! In the meantime, you can find me sipping on my favorite, Sauvignon Blanc, to get me through quarantine until I have my favorite spot back!”
We are so fortunate to have met Valerie and to have her a part of our Penns Woods family. Valerie lights up the room with her smile and infectious positive energy. She may love attending our events, but we are the ones who love having her at each and every one of them! She inspires us to do more and create more and we look forward to being able to have her and all of her friends back enjoying the Vineyard to its full capacity. Until then, we salute a life lived where the glass is always half full (of Sauvignon Blanc, of course!).
This week’s staff spotlight highlights our wonderful Tasting Room Associate, Amanda! Amanda recently joined our team this past February and she has been a bright light in our lives ever since. Before becoming part of the Penns Woods family, Amanda worked at a winery in Mexico called Finca Sala Vivé by Freixenet México for 14 years. She moved to the US in November 2014 and became an American Citizen in August 2019! Amanda tells us often that she is proud to be an American citizen and we all feel lucky that she it too! Here is a little Q&A to get to know more about Amanda from her life before Penns Woods and currently with our team.
Q: What were some of your favorite parts about your job at the winery in Mexico?
A: I loved leading the wine tour group to the winery facilities, describing the wine process of Methode Champenoise (which is a method of making sparkling wine by allowing the last stage of fermentation to take place in the bottle; the specialty of her winery). I enjoyed coordinating four major events each year at the winery; the Paella Festival, Harvest Festival, Local Vendor Fair and VIP "Dinner Inside the Caves". I also loved helping to export wines to Japan and Germany, as well as developing private wine labels for retailers in which I was a part of executing design label strategy and providing the customer service of multiple domestic wine brands. Finally, the best part about my job...tasting wine every day, of course!
Q: What do you miss most about Mexico?
A: I miss the food, my family, my friends, former coworkers and the weather. Although, now I have a new family and amazing coworkers in Penns Woods Winery. I enjoy the freedom in America, the amazing wines, nature, the birds, the people, the history, and the culture. I enjoy listening to the National Anthem and the pride with which people defend America.
Q: What hobbies have you enjoyed during quarantine?
A: I am working out every day at home with a virtual gym, reading the book “Wine Trails United States & Canada” (BTW Penns Woods is in pg.# 208), and social distancing at Waterloo Mills Preserve. I love nature, watching birds, walking, and taking outdoor pictures. When I was working at the winery in Mexico, after having lunch, I used to walk for a bit every day in the vineyard with my best friend. I loved walking through the vineyard and looking at the birds flying around (as I still do). We used to watch a red bird that we call in Mexico “Petit Rojo” which means “Small Red”. At the vineyards of Mexico Queretaro Region, it is very common to see that bird flying over the vineyards, so every time when I see a red bird in the vineyards, it reminds me of those days walking with my best friend. In fact, recently all the wineries from Mexico Queretaro Region made a project of sparkling wine that will represent them, named “Q Wine”, but the funny part is, they included on the label design the red bird!
Q: What is one positive message you want to share with our beloved customers?
A: This is a reflection time to appreciate the things that are around us, like nature, the sun, and our freedom. Also, spending time with our loved ones has aided in the ability to have deeper conversations that we normally do not have the time to discuss in our normal routines. We are going to overcome this together!!
Meet Lauren & Andy Rim! Lauren is a teacher, avid reader, and just loves to dance while Andy likes to spend his time playing guitar and writing music. The Rims also have a passion for travel and can't wait to get out and explore once these crazy times are over. One of their favorite adventures together was island hopping last June in the southern carribean! But if you ask them, there's really nothing better than relaxing at the winery with friends and family listening to the lives tunes. “We love the atmosphere at Penns Woods and it's a great go-to anytime there's nice weather.” Aside from the usually winery weekend hangs, their other favorite events include our annual vertical tastings as well as our monthly wine education series, especially the blending class!
As you might have noticed, they love it so much here, most of the photos above are from their engagement shoot in the vineyard and around our property! Lauren and Andy are a super fun and outgoing part of our Wine Club and it's been great to see the community of friends they have within our Club too, hanging out with Matt & Linsey Anderson, Nitasha & Ryan Smith and Julia & Dan Shay! In fact they have together taken their passion for wine on the road, recently popping down to Virginia for a wine tasting tour of the Monticello Wine Trail!
Lauren's favorite wine from Penns Woods is the Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, specifically, the 2009 vintage. For Andy, he also enjoys more full-bodied reds. He is into good Chiantis and Meritage blends, but his go-to at Penns Woods is the Cabernet Franc Reserve 2016! Since current circumstances have kept them from being able to enjoy wine socially, they have started to appreciate pairing wines with the meals they make at home. In fact, these two big, bold red lovers have cultivated a new found appreciation for white wines through their cooking and pairing with various dishes! Although still, our Proprietor Reserve 2014 has been a popular choice for them recently (we've seen the evidence on our Wine Club Facebook group!).
We are so grateful to have members such as the Rims. They not only are one of our early supporters, but they are always actively engaged with the various special events we put together at the winery and their passion for knowledge is why we do what we do in the first place. We love seeing them together and cannot wait to have them back enjoying our live music out on our lawn. Cheers to this incredible couple!
Think Globally, Drink Locally! For nearly 20 years, Abruzzo native Gino Razzi has sought to produce premium wines that express the unique terroir of Pennsylvania. Our winemaking and vineyard management employs Old World technique while incorporating innovative technology and utilizing 100% PA Grown, hand-harvested grapes from our two distinct vineyard sites.
We invite you to become a part of our story, explore and drink in all that Pennsylvania has to offer. A Penns Woods Wine Club membership offers exclusive events, discounts and keeps you up to date on recent releases as well as ensures availability of our limited production wines. Join our exciting community of wine enthusiasts and start using your benefits immediately!
Our club offers three distinctive membership levels, Estate, Premier Cru & Grand Cru. Each quarterly allocation includes detailed notes on the wines, aging potential and pairing suggestions along with the recipes for you to try out at home!
To sign up and for more details on becoming a part of our family winery, follow the link below for extended details on the benefits at each membership level.
"Being a member of the Penns Woods Wine Club sometimes I take the staff for granted. They do everything so well and seamlessly that it’s easy to forget the work that goes into making this the premier wine club anywhere. Since our new reality has begun (during quarantine), Penns Woods has been the best out of all the clubs I belong to in staying connected to its members and the general wine consumers. This is the fourth week of a virtual wine experience for Penns Woods and some of the larger wine clubs that I belong to are just now starting the virtual experience. I want to thank the staff and management of Penns Woods for being innovative and keeping us connected to the winery. I know it’s not always easy, but it is very much appreciated."-John Green (our 1st Wine Club Member)
Go behind the scenes with the Penns Woods Winery team in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.