Monday, December 15, 2014

New Friends from New York Renewed

    This past weekend, we had a visit from our friends  Joseph and Christine from Brooklyn, NY.  We met them back in The spring when they stopped in for their initial visit. They were in town for the Farm Show Auto Auction in Harrisburg and enjoyed their visit to the winery.  After they returned home and finished their wine, they found out in our newsletter that we were closing for the winter. It was so nice to see them again and reconnecting.  Greg had a nice time catching up and listening to their reason for returning.  The two friends of ours returned to pick up a case of our Chocolate Port and some other essential gifts for their friends and family.
     This winter we are working on updating our Website so that friends who don't want to travel all over the east coast to get our wine won't have to.  We certainly love reconnecting and visiting with our friends both old and new.  Soon, we should be able to ship to our friends and family everywhere.  Stay in touch and check up our new website in the near future.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Chocolate and Wine for Christmas

     We received a gift of some premium Hershey chocolates this week and decided to spread them among our guests to see if we could find any perfect pairings.  On our first day we had quite a few guests who tried and enjoyed the pairing.  The crowd favorite was our Chambourcin with the 74% cacao with cranberries, cherries and vanilla.  The Dark chocolate pomgranite and acai berries were also very easy to match with our dry reds and sweeter whites.  Everyone had fun and the chocolate was a nice addition to a cold rainy afternoon.  Stop by tomorrow if you would like some samples.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Transfer Night in the Winery

      Spent all evening in the winery transfering wine.  500 gallons of Vidal Blanc, 500 gallons of Cab Franc and 250 gallons of our new Cab Franc Rose'.  Everything looks great, smell lovely and most importantly tastes amazing.  The flavors this vintage are very interesting.  Lots of berry, cherry and complex smellls of currants and fruit preserves.  There is a long way to go with layers of oak and toasted vanilla still to develop but the potential is there for our best vintage ever!  Stay tuned and you can taste it yourself in 2016.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Late Harvest Vidal

      We spent the weekend pressing the late harvest Vidal Blanc.  The resulting juice was amazing.  The final product was almost identical to the juice from last season so hopefully the yeast and wine can decide on another amazing set of flavores that they would like to reveal.  Last year we brought out the bourbon and French oak to finish the late harvest.  This year may be more of the same, but it is also possible to pull other amazing flavores and smells to the forefront in these sweet, dessert wines.  One of my favorites was a French Late Harvest Sauternes with the smell of honeysuckle and flavores of honeyed peaches.  Hopefully, some of these flavores will decide to manifest themselves so that we can get a better idea of how to finish this next batch.  Stay tuned to hear more as this wine progresses.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Beaujolais Nouvea

     A great party tonight as usual at the Hotel Hershey sampling the B & G 2014 Beaujolais nouveau.
We enjoyed the wine and the beautiful surroundings.  The food was great, the wine was amazing and the friends were the highlight of our night.  Comparing our present tasting to last year's tasting is interesting.  We have a very different wine that looks like it is going to be very fresh and flavorful.  Come out to the winery this weekend for a sample.  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Our Biggest Fans

     Last night we had a great time at our wine tasting dinner at Dafnos in Hershey. Although the dinner and wine pairing were spectacular, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank some of our biggest fans.  Their faces and names always show up around the winery.  First, thanks to John and Melissa at Dafnos.  For the past 5 years their restaurant has served our wine and tirelessly introduced their friends and customers to our wines and paired them with our foods. 
  A second fan at our table last night was Jody Dimpsey who has introduced our wine to more Hummelstonians than i knew existed.  Jody has featured our wine at every Hummelstown Arts Festival Event and Meeting and several fire house fund raisers and raffles.  Everyone she knows receives Cassel Vineyards wine for Christmas from Jody and she loves to support us by spreading our name and our wine.
    Thanks to all our fans.  I will continue to try to recognize all of you at some point along the way.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Wine Tasting Dinner With Our Friends at Dafno's in Hershey

    Tonight, 20 of our guests enjoyed an amazing Italian dinner at Dafno's Italian Grille in Hershey.  Melissa lovingly prepared this 5 course meal to pair with 5 of our new 2013 vintages.  Everyone loved every course and wine pairing as we ate and drank and talked with friends.  The new 2013 Blush, Chardonnay, Chambourcin and Late Harvest Vidal Blanc earned rave reviews from all our guests and several of the cooks as well.  Thanks to all our friends and guests as well as John and Melissa at Dafno's for a perfect evening.


Appetizer-Avocado Pomegranate Crostini
w/ Award winning Cassel Vineyards Blush

Soup-Creamy Tomato Soup
w/ New Release Sparkling Chambourcin

Salad-Candied Almond Citrus Salad
w/ Finish Line White

Entrees-Beef Yiouvesti or Grilled Salmon
w/Cab. Franc or Chardonnay
Beef-Slowly cooked in a sweet tomato sauce served over top of rice.
Salmon-Grilled And served with linguini in a creamy pink sauce.

Dessert-Salted Caramel Apple Crisp
w/ Bourbon Barrel Aged Vidal Late Harvest