Escape Plan: Wine Just Off the Vine

Fall harvest celebration in York, Pa.

November 15, 2010|By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun

It's the time of year when glasses are often raised to toast the season, family, mistletoe and soon, the New Year. With so much to celebrate, there's no time to waste.

UnCork York, the wine trail that meanders through York County, Pa., and nearby regions, is hosting Wine Just Off the Vine, to mark the end of the fall harvest. The three-day event begins Friday and includes about a dozen wineries and vineyards offering wine tours, tastings and dinner pairings and showcasing their newest releases.

The plan: Make it a weekend — nearly 20 hotels and bed and breakfasts have crafted Wine Just Off the Vine packages for overnight stays. Most lodging offers event tickets as part of the deal. Some also include a picnic lunch, dinner or a bottle of wine. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites in York includes a $25 gas card in its $169.99 overnight package. Go to hiexpress.com/exyorkpa. The Red Lion B&B offers a one-night stay, two event tickets and a four-course dinner — you take the wine — for $190. Go to redlionbandb.com.

A highlight of the event is the presentation of newly pressed wines. Consider this your sneak peek. Winemakers will also offer select pairings, such as Tamanend Winery's pumpkin wine together with tasty spice cake or Cullari Vineyards' new chocolate wine alongside fresh fruit. Allegro Vineyards plans to offer Indian pumpkin gourd soup, twisted tapenade and spicy cornbread with pumpkin butter.

The details: Wine Just Off the Vine is 11 a.m. -5 p.m., Friday through Nov. 21. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at any of the participating wineries. Admission includes selected wine tastings, light food, UnCork York souvenir wine glass and 10 percent discount on wine purchases. Designated driver tickets are $5 each — and do not include wine tastings or the souvenir. Participants must be 21 or older for the wine tastings. However, a ticket is required for anyone over the age of 3. Go to uncorkyork.com.

michelle.deal@baltsun.com

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