Merlot Release Party at the Vineyard at Hershey

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

This past weekend we attended the Merlot Release Party at the Vineyard  at Hershey.  It was going to be a splendid event and I was so excited to go!  They even posted a full schedule so we knew what time everything would be going on. 

We arrived around 3:30ish and brought our blanket and chairs and picked a spot in the huge field so we could sit and enjoy the live music and some wine as the evening went on.  Then we headed up to the tasting room to sample some wines.  I wasn’t a big wine drinker before because I never really knew what I liked.  There were sweet wines and dry wines.  I learned that I am not a big fan of dry wines.  They were good but I couldn’t drink a whole glass if it were in front of me.  The sweet wine was delicious though and I fell in love with the Pink Catawba.  Johnny fell in love with the Raspberry wine.  We each bought a bottle of our favorite..and later on I ended up buying another because I was so concerned I wouldn’t have enough for the next few weeks.   We headed back down to our seats, put our purchase at the blanket and went down to visit the vendors.

I want to point out that it was a great crowd.  Everyone was very friendly and happy and worrying about having my purse or wine stolen wasn’t even a concern.  It was so nice to be able to walk around without a care in the world.  

One of the vendors was Torchbearer Sauces  and they had some amazing flavors.  I’m not a big fan of hot sauce but their honey mustard was delicious!  You should definitely check them out!!  They were very friendly! 

Another vendor that I fell in love with was  Little Ditty Pops.  They were basically cake pops and they were so delicious! I tried dark chocolate (goes good with Merlot) and white chocolate (goes good with the Raspberry Wine) and I couldn’t get enough! 

I also found something I want to add to my Fall bucket List.  A Splash of Art  offers a painting session  where you get instruction on how to paint a picture.  Everyone paints the same picture but it’s cool to see how they all turn out slightly different.  They are holding a class at the Hershey Vineyards in November so I think I’m going to sign up.  You can bring your own wine and sip on it as you paint and they provide the supplies, you just have to supply your drink and snacks!

After we checked the vendors out we walked around the pond and took some photos.  It was so relaxing!  I even got a photo with Merlot Mike, King of the Grapes.   

And a bit later, the helicopter delivered some Merlot and the winemaker LP Vezzetti was there and he even signed the Merlot bottles!

They were even giving helicopter rides, how cool is that!!  We went back to our seats and enjoyed the live music of Ryan Jeffreys and All Jacked Up!   It was so fun and relaxing to lay on the blanket and enjoy the beautiful weather and music.

Little Ditty Pops! Yum!

We headed home at about 9 and both agreed we had the BEST time ever and I can’t believe how much I was missing out on when I said I never liked wine.  Of course I am picky so I probably will only ever drink my beloved Pink Catawba from here on out!!!  I will definitely attend a lot more events at the Hershey Vineyards.  It was great and I have no complaints.  If you are ever in the area you HAVE TO CHECK IT OUT! It’s well worth it.  And a special thank you to Jason Reimer who was very accommodating for me!  Customer Service is such a big thing for me!!!

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