Blog – Wood, Whimsy, Wine

Wine deserves more than ordinary accessories. And this wine bottle holder by Jonas Brothers departs from the ordinary with the whimsy we adore. The Laughing Bear design fits with most décor and is a subtle reminder that the great outdoors is a necessary companion for all that goes into making wine, too. Jonas Brothers will bring an selection of bottle holders, trays, coasters, and signs to Wine Time on June 17th. Wouldn’t that Laughing Bear bottle holder make a nice gift for Dad?  Father’s Day is on June...
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Blog – Dry Wines

Like all good wines, Courtyard Winery is a marriage with a good story, too. Randy Graham was first introduced to grape growing through his great grandparents who packed baskets of fresh-picked grapes and sent them to New York City by railcar from North East, Pennsylvania.   Laura Graham’s grandparents were also fruit farmers who settled in the Bay Area of California. Randy and Laura met in California where they fell in love with the pursuit of good wine, and one another. They moved to the south shore of Lake Erie to pursue their love of growing grapes and fruits.  In 2007 after years of growing and selling grapes and making wine at home, they decided to add a winery to their 125 acre vineyard farming operation. Winemaking is a long process, as great wines truly start with attention to every detail in the vineyard. Courtyard Winery’s first wines were released in July of 2010. Wine Time at the Colony introduced Courtyard Winery in the 2013 Wine Tasting Festival season and (to carry this tired pun a little further)  it’s been another happy relationship between Wine Time customers and Courtyard ever since. A dry wine Courtyard will bring to Wine Time is the Gold-Medal Winning Chardonel.  This is a new grape variety developed by Cornell University.  It is heavily influenced by Chardonnay. The result is a dry, crystal clear white wine that starts with a nose that is fresh and crisp. The un-oaked natural acidity carries the upfront fruit to a mid-palate hint of apricot-infused tangerine that washes the tongue and leaves a clean, smooth finish in the wake.  ...
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Beautiful decorating and organizing ideas come from the hands of John and Ann Watson. The artisans behind Watson Pottery and Glass bring an array of pottery that features that handworked signature, like the Wine Cooler or Utensil with the equine relief shown on the left. The jewelry is flameworked glass beads, which create dazzling, and unique ear rings and necklaces. See more from the Watson Pottery and Glass selection at Wine Time on June 17th. It’s the wine-tasting festival where you can sample 16 wineries and shop beautiful artisans designs in one place. Advance ticket specials and details at...
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Donut Day? There’s a wine for that.

Hello National Donut Day.  I know you were created by the Salvation Army in 1938  but I  never focused on celebrating you as a holiday before now.  So, here goes…   Dearest Donut, I know I don’t talk to you often, but, I’m one of your biggest fans. I’m the one who would take the last donut from the office coffee room (after I had already eaten my share). And I think a donut for dessert after dinner is a grand idea. And Dear Donut, not only do you merit the respect of a dessert, you have more than earned your own place as a wine pairing partner. Here’s the general rule.  Sweet pairs well with sweet. Locally, our friend Ken from the American Wine Society (AWS) recommends a cinnamon bun from Oram’s in Beaver Falls with a Sauternes, a French sweet wine from the Sauternais region of the Graves section in Bordeaux. Pairing enhances your enjoyment of food and wine. At Wine Time, the local chapter of the AWS, will have a list of recommended wines to pair with the light menu offerings of the food purveyors.  There are many sweet, savory and fresh choices. On June 18th, there are approximately 140 wines available for sampling and purchase from 14 Wineries .  You’ll find some new wines to enjoy! Just bring your own donuts. Cheers!...
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It’s about the Wine Experience

Welcome to the Wine Experience.  It’s  calling a small, elegant ship your home, as it leisurely travels down a river in Europe.  Each day, the captain ports at quaint European villages which you tour.  Meanwhile the chef stops in the village market to buy the local wines and fresh meats or fish and produce which he serves to you that night. As I describe the many aspects of the Wine Experience that people can experience at Wine Time, when I get to the part about European River Wine Cruises, everyone, and I mean everyone, says “I’ve always wanted to know more about that.” So, take a slow sip of wine and imagine… Stepping off a ship into a European city with charm, great food, entertainment and sites you won’t see here in the U.S. Traveling  in safety, in a small ship (less than 200 passengers) and enjoy excursions, food, beverages and gratuities included in your pricing. Wine can be the centerpiece of so many wonderful moments in life.  And at Wine Time at the Colony, we bring together the winemakers, chefs, artists and artisans and wine fans to help bring out the Wine Experience for you. If you want to expand on your enjoyment at Wine Time, to take you to a wonderful time and place, come to meet Mary Yohannan, a certified expert in River Cruises.   Over 14 winemakers are on site on  June 18 to add to your Wine Experience. Wine Time features some of Pennsylvania’s largest fruit farm and vineyard growers. The approximately 150 wines offered for unlimited sampling demonstrate the diversity from Pennsylvania and New York wine growing regions.  Discover the difference in soils, grape, growing regions, and the many talents of the winemakers. Yes, you can get so much from a just a  sip.  Enjoy the Wine Experience!      ...
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