To make un-fine wine, simply place grapes beneath a pillow, repeatedly mash your head against it, and then wring the pillowcase into a nearby mouth. Taste traditionally produced fine wines with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a tasting passport to the 8th Annual Harvest Festival hosted by Brandywine Valley Wine Trail (a $30 value). A passport allows you to taste at all eight-member wineries from September 25 through December 30, 2010. Festival activities are scheduled for the weekends of September 25 and 26, and October 2 and 3.
The 8th Annual Harvest Festival will showcase the 2010 vintage grapen goodness of eight distinct wineries along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail. With barbecues, hayrides, and free license to use words such as oaky, robust, and foozy, the festival is bound to please cork-poppers of all philosophies. Tickle ear hammers with live music on the 26th and 3rd at Black Walnut Winery or at Chaddsford Winery, which is also hosting a festival wine sale. The Kreutz Creek Vineyards are having their second-annual Grape Stomping Competition on the 25th and 2nd, and Stargazers Vineyard is holding a blending workshop (additional $5 fee).
Pack a picnic and prepare for grapey adventures at the four additional Brandywine Valley wineries: Twin Brook Winery, Paradocx Vineyard, Patone Cellars, and Penns Woods Winery. All the wineries are scenic spots that provide pastoral glimpses into the countryside outside Lancaster; they are also all within driving distance of one another, making it easy to put together a well-planned, designatedly driven taste tour of Pennsylvania’s most gratifying grape blood. Check out the festival schedule for a full list of events.