Winter is in full swing here at Hawk Haven. Just a little over a week ago, we had about 7 inches of snow!(Don’t worry oenophiles, our vines lie dormant for the winter months.) While the vineyard is at rest, the staff has some extra time on their hands. What to do? We think it’s the perfect time to host a few cold weather adventures in wine tasting! It’s a chance to get to know our staff and really experience what makes Hawk Haven special!
This past weekend, we held our Annual Cellar Tasting. Wine Maker Todd Wuerker took a short break from his winter wine making tasks to pour some of his favorite cellared wines, and wow, they are amazing! These are wines that were released and almost sold out. A few cases are stowed away for safe keeping and you guessed it, a rainy or snowy day. Some favorites from the event were the 2014 Signature Series Reserve Chardonnay, the 2008 Merlot (a small taste of heaven), and the Governor Cup winning 2012 Signature Series Cabernet Franc. Be sure to keep an eye out for this event in the future because you do not want to miss out on these hidden gems again! We are extending the sale of these special wines online through midnight on Tuesday, January 17th. See our online store for details.
Now, we set our sights on the month of February for three very exciting weekends. The first will be held over Valentine’s Weekend, when we host the Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend. Visit our romantic tasting room and enjoy a wine tasting paired with gourmet chocolates. Since one weekend definitely is not enough for wine and chocolate, we will continue the wine & chocolate pairing through President’s day weekend as well! See the Special Events page on our website for details.
The last weekend in February we will host the much anticipated Futures Sale. We invite the public to purchase futures of our soon to be bottled wines at a discount. The sale includes a selection of our 2015 reds and 2016 whites. Limited quantities of the wines will be available for pre-sale at a DISCOUNT during the weekend of February 25th & 26th. If you live in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Florida, we are offering the option to SHIP them direct to you before the official release date. If you live outside those areas or if you prefer to visit our tasting room, we are offering a PICK UP option as well.
Wine Club members are invited to participate in an exclusive barrel tasting during the Futures Sale. Wine Maker Todd Wuerker along with his wine making staff will be using an instrument called a “wine thief” to offer samples of wine straight from the barrels where they are aging. Learn about the wine making style of the Hawk Haven Vineyard dream team as they walk you through their process and labor of love. If you are not a Wine Club member, you can become one by making a qualified purchase from our tasting room.
If you can not make it out to any of these events, don’t sweat it! The Tasting Room is open everyday from 11am-5pm and 11am-6pm on Saturdays. Stop on by and get a taste of our newest release, the 2014 Quill. Each vintage of Quill has provided new and exciting flavors and a different take on our Bordeaux-style blend. This latest vintage is composed of 54.5% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, and 4.5% Malbec. Wonderful aromas of cinnamon, blackberry, cherry, and tobacco leaf grace the nose, cherry and raspberry flavors on the palate and a nice finish of baker’s chocolate and vanilla. The 2014 Quill is well worth a visit to the tasting room soon.
We are counting down the days until warmer weather, but until then join us for some fun this winter!