Black Walnut Winery Tasting Room, Phoenixville, PA – April 14, 2012

Colonial Theater, Phoenixville, PAPhoenixville fun but irrelevant fact:

The Blob‘ was filmed here in 1958.

As I mentioned in my last post, Sand Castle has a bit of competition a half a block away. It comes in the form of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail’s own Black Walnut Winery. They opened their tasting room here on the corner of Bridge & Gay Streets back in the fall of 2010.

Black Walnut Tasing Room, corner of Bridge & GayWe met Alan, who runs the tasting room, for a sample of the current lineup. Alan’s an interesting guy who joined us in the tasting since it was kind of a slow day.

Black Walnut offers a sample of any seven wines for six dollars and BV Trail passports are honored. Thinking forward, I brought ours along … just in case we ended up here. Coincidence? You be the judge.

The room is well lit with windows all around and provides a warm, welcoming space to taste wine. This also made photography kind of challenging, I had to throw out a lot of pictures. I will provide more at the next visit, promise.

Visitors are encouraged to BYOF (Bring Your Own Food) to enjoy on the premises if they choose. Since I’ve been tasting wine all afternoon with the only nourishment being little bits of chocolate, this might have been a wise option to consider. Whatever … we’re surrounded by restaurants, It’ll be ok.

So here we go. Standard order, whites to reds to seasonal to dessert wines. There were nineteen varieties currently available, here’s what I tried:

Sassy, Bank Barn Red, Black Tie Optional1. Chardonnay 2008 – A good way to start a wine tasting as it zeroes out the tastebuds. The 2007 was an award winner for BW but I was assured that the ’08 is almost as good.

2. Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – A lemony, grassy, full bodied white.

3. Sassy 2009 – A sweet blush wine but more complex than your standard blush. My wife and I both enjoyed this and got a bottle.

4. Pinot Noir 2008 – A delicate wine with a short finish. If you have ever seen the movie “Sideways”, Pinot Noir is the grape that Miles raves about.

5. Black Tie Optional 2007 – Love it! A Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. I had this before and I fell in love with it all over again. I’m somewhat biased to powerful reds so I sprang for some of this to go also.

6. Syrah 2008 – Light bodied red with a slightly peppery finish.

7. Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 – This is fantastic … fruity & tannic with a nice long finish.

8. Chambourcin 2009 – Hints of plum and finishes with an oaky, woody flavor.

9. More Than ‘M’ 2008 – Black Walnut’s “Port-like” offering. Very reminiscent of authentic Port. Made entirely from Merlot grapes and brandy spirits.

2009 Sassy ... look at that color!Black Walnut does not grow their own grapes but they are brought in locally from Chester and Lancaster Counties.

The tasting room is open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and often offers live music on the weekend.

Alan was a great host and very educated in wine culture. Since we were the only customers at the time, we were lucky enough to have his full attention as well as his full participation in the tasting. I’m glad we stopped in.

Something to learn from for future visits to Phoenixville:

There are a lot of restaurants around, but after lunch many of them are closed until 5:00. As we got out of the tasting room around four, we embarked on a bit of a scavenger hunt to find a place. After almost 20 tastes of wine and in bright sunlight in an unfamiliar town, not the easiest of tasks.

We settled on Columbia Bar & Grill. The awesome Cheesesteak Spring Rolls did the trick. I knew it would all work out. It was a good day.

Links:

Black Walnut Winery Tasting Room
Historic Phoenixville, PA (Warning: turn down your sound.)
Columbia Bar & Grille

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