Last Saturday I went on a Winter Winery Tour hosted by LivingSocial! My friends and I purchased the tickets back in October and I'm so glad we did because we had so much fun tasting wines at Crossings Vineyards and Sand Castle Winery in Pennsylvania.
The day started in Center City Philadelphia near the 30th Street Train Station and then we hit the road on a bus to Bucks County. The first winery was Crossings Vineyards and Winery in Newtown, PA. That is where we enjoyed our first wine tasting and lunch. We tasted 11 different wines that were made on-location. We had a few pairings of wine with cheese and chocolate which was not only delicious but very educational. The basic advise for getting the most flavors out of wine parings is - Sip, Bite, Sip! We enjoyed Au Bon Pain sandwiches for lunch at the vineyard before we get ready to go to our next stop.
Sand Castle Winery was our second and final stop. The winery's main building is shaped like a traditional castle. We had another tasting led by a very knowledgeable instructor who taught us even more about pairing wine with different types of food. We sipped wine with a variety of different food types including dark, milk and white chocolate, wasabi peas, cashews and even a sprig of rosemary! After learning about the variety of Sand Castle wines we headed down to the cellar where they do most of the winery’s fermentation process takes place. The oak barrels (photo below) were pretty fascinating!
Overall I think that the LivingSocial event was so much fun and it was a great way to spend a Saturday! Check out what adventures they are offering in a city near you.