When I picture the end of August, I think of cool breezes, late night BBQs, those final trips to the beach, and a nice, crisp glass of wine. There’s nothing like sitting outside with a bottle of white wine or a refreshing rosé, paired perfectly with good company (like your furry friends).
Thankfully, we live near some great wineries in Bucks and Hunterdon Counties, so take this week to explore them. If drinking isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other great end-of-August activities. Enjoy!
Wine for the season.White wine is the way to go this August, according to Ernest Valtri in a Bucks County Herald article published August 18. Valtri, a member of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s Wine Advisory Council, says that white wine is well-balanced and crisp enough for those hot summer August nights. If you need a red wine, however, he suggests red Zinfandel for BBQs or a Syrah for hot weather.
Take his suggestions and check out the local wineries (these are just some of the many wineries in and around Bucks County; see the Bucks County Wine Trail for a full listing):
Peace Valley Winery: Pick up some Fredonia wine (a type of Concord grape) from Peace Valley Winery and/or pick-your-own Fredonia grapes during the weekend. This winery has a few dry or semi-dry white wines, and a few heavy red wines that will go nicely with grilled meat.
Sand Castle Winery: Sand Castle grows European vinifera grapes for their wines. The winery makes a few crisp wines like its private reserve Chardonnay.
New Hope Winery: Visit the winery’s Instagram page each Monday for its new segment: “Wine of the Week,” where it will feature its wines and fun facts. The winery has plenty of white wines to choose from.
Wycombe Vineyards: Try out their semi-dry, light body white wines, or a fruity Pinot Grigio, or their popular Smokehouse red wine that pairs nicely with red meat. Wycombe just won four blue ribbons at the Middletown Grange Fair for their wines. Stop by and enjoy a glass on their lovely, shaded deck. [See our post, A fifteen dollar staycation]
Wine in the vines:In the mood to travel to Hunterdon County for more wine? This Wednesday, August 24 at 6:30 pm, Unionville Vineyards is hosting a Wine & Dine by the Vines dinner. The four course dinner begins with a white “welcome” wine, followed by a different wine with every course. Dinner is $99 per person, including gratuity. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
UPDATE: Unionville Vineyards has moved this event to September 23. Stay tuned for more information and buy your tickets in advance!
Burger and shake joint grand opening. Nothing beats a classic burger and shake, especially when the restaurant uses hand-turned ice cream and never-frozen meat for the burgers. This Wednesday, August 24 from noon – 11 pm, Your Mom’s Burger and Shake Joint on West Broad Street in Quakertown is celebrating its grand opening. The ribbon cutting ceremony begins at 1 pm and live music starts at 7 pm, with a half price menu all day
Community lunch.Looking for lunch? On Wednesday, August 24 from 12 – 2 pm enjoy a community lunch at the Centenary United Methodist Church, on North Union Street, in Lambertville, NJ. It’s a free lunch that is open to all. The lunch is made using organic and local ingredients. Come meet your neighbors!
Benvenuto to Peddler’s Village! Transport yourself to Italy as Peddler’s Village celebrates Italy in the Village, a series of dining events starting on Thursday, August 25 and continuing through Sunday, August 28.
On Thursday, enjoy a wine dinner at 6 pm at Earl’s New American. Start the dinner with Italian crudités, followed by grilled langoustine, fusilli bolognese, grilled lamb loin, and tiramisu for dessert. Wine is paired with each course. The dinner is $85 per person and reservations are required. Call 215.794.4020 for more information and review the full menu here.
Also in the Village…The final Food Truck Thursday event is this Thursday, August 25 from 4 – 8 pm. The food trucks come from all over the Delaware Valley, serving up a variety of cuisines and flavors. Admission and parking is free. Visit the Peddler’s Village Facebook page for more information.
On the radar…
Third Annual Garces Foundation summer BBQ: Join Chef Jose Garces for a BBQ lunch at his property, Luna Farm, in Ottsville, Bucks County on September 10 from 1 – 4 pm. There will be live music, vodka workshops, herb seed plantings, guided hiking trails around the farm property, beer and specialty cocktails, BBQ food, and more. Tickets are $75 per person, $30 for children between the ages of five and 12, and free for children under five. Call 267.284.7905 for reservations and more information.
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