Bosker’s humorous and honest writing lured me in, and kept me there, even when it delved into more of a wine “lecture” at times. It made me want to live what she was living, experience what she was experiencing. Since I couldn’t quite do that, nor did I think being a stalker would look good on my resume, I decided to take her advice to further my wine interest/career. When she recommended a website, I looked it up. When she mentioned a flash card app that she uses (Cram), I downloaded it. When she talked with a person, be it sommelier, winemaker, bar owner, scientist, or whoever, I Googled them. Sometimes I connected with them on social media. Okay…that may have a sense of the stalkerish vibe, but I promise I’m not. I’m really not.… Read More Book Review: Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker
Each year, many people flock to the area to explore the fantastic wineries in the Lehigh Valley. The area is an ideal grape-growing environment, as evidenced by the formation of the Lehigh Valley AVA in 2008, and many of the wineries have won international awards for their high quality wines. While there are many to… Read More Four Awesome Wineries to Visit in the Lehigh Valley
It’s harvest time in the Lehigh Valley! Harvest is an exciting time, but also full of fear, frustration, and keeping your fingers crossed that Mother Nature is kind. Several vineyards have started picking their grapes for the 2017 vintage. The harvest season for Pennsylvania (and most of the East Coast) is typically mid-August to early… Read More It’s Harvest Time!
Say you are looking for a job. You find an advertisement for a seasonal farm worker for a vineyard that pays $18.00 an hour. Sounds great, right? Until you realize what the actual job entails. First, it’s seasonal, so laborers have to alternate between long stretches without any income and then months of 60-hour weeks.… Read More Get-Tough Laws Affect More Than Just Immigrants
It is now 2017, 54 years since Prohibition ended and the first Pennsylvania winery opened its doors, yet the world of Pennsylvania red wines is still virtually unknown among Pennsylvanians and the larger world. Just yesterday, I had another person exclaim to me, after tasting a Pennsylvania Cabernet Franc from Hackett Wine, “This is really… Read More Pennsylvania? Red Wine? Yes!
When you work in the wine industry, you’ve seen a thing or two when it comes to wine tastings. Below are some of my Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to wine tasting etiquette. DO: Insist you only like Italian wine, do a tasting, and proclaim loudly after each taste that it’s nothing like Italian… Read More Tasting Room Etiquette: From A Tasting Room Manager
When one thinks of American wine, it is often our thoughts find us in sunny California, Oregon, and Washington while some of the more outside-the-box drinkers may branch out to include the Finger Lakes, Virginia, and Long Island. America’s wine scene is full of infinite possibilities as well as surprises. Not only does every state… Read More Is The Lehigh Valley Poised to Become The New Finger Lakes?