Day one of the annual Barrels on the Brandywine event in Chester County was spent here at Kreutz Creek Vineyards in the scenic little village of West Grove, Pennsylvania. The pattern goes, as the organizer I’m usually the last to arrive. Today it was due to a traffic back up. My phone was lighting up with texts from impatient winery patrons as we were waiting for the cars ahead of us to start moving. Who could have predicted that we hit the worst traffic an hour from the city? Sheesh.
This was our first visit to the vineyards at Kreutz Creek and the place was crowded. The deal for BOTB is that you purchase “Passports” for thirty dollars. They are good for one featured tasting at each of the seven wineries on the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail and expire at the end of April. It’s going to be a busy few months.
The wonderful staff at Kreutz Creek were offering a vertical tasting of Kordeaux, their popular blend of Cab Sav, Cab Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. A vertical tasting is when different vintages of the same wine type at the same winery are tasted (I will describe this in a bit more detail in ‘Wine Term of the Week’). The 2006, 2007 and the right-out-of-the-barrel 2010 Kordeaux vintages were poured for back to back tastes. It was interesting to note the differences between vintages of the exact same blend.
After the Kordeaux, our pourer Lori came around and hooked us up with the daily lineup. Here’s the breakdown in order of rhe tasting;
– Vidal Blanc (dry white) – Crisp w/ a very citrus finish
– Proprietor’s Red (dry red) – Chambourcin/Kordeaux blend
– Wickerton Red (dry red) – Kordeaux/Chancellor grape blend
– Cabernet Franc (dry red) – Nice structure w/ vanilla, oak & berry flavors
– Steuben (semi-dry) – Can you say strawberries? Delicious
– Niagara (semi-dry) – Very fruity (Fran’s favorite)
– Holiday Wassail (semi-dry) – Served hot or cold, tastes like Christmas
After that wonderful selection, our group was treated to the wonderful Ruby “K” Port dessert wine. Lori instructed us to take a sip, eat the dark chocolate piece from Bevan’s that she handed out, then finish the rest. She didn’t steer us wrong. Ruby “K” also goes well over ice cream which I can personally attest to … this wasn’t my first experience w/ it.
Besides the vineyard, Kreutz Creek has a tasting room in bustling West Chester which I have visited a number of times. Carol who is one of the owners is always very accomodating. They have a BYOF (Bring your own food) policy at the tasting room, even going so far as to offer menus from local restaurants who will bring your food right over. How can you go wrong with that?
All I can say is that if every Barrels on the Brandywine experience is like this it will be a very satisfying March and April 😉
Off to Patone Cellars, right up the road. More to come …