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     As my wife and I were enjoying a leisurely stroll down Pitt St. in Bedford, Pa on a beautiful autumn day in October when we happened upon Tod Manspeaker. Tod was standing outside of his tasting room taking in the sights and sounds of the 2016 Bedford Fall Foilage Festival. Tod was as friendly and hospitable as I have always found him to be and he invited us in for a tasting of his Briar Valley Vineyard wine.

Tod lead us through a tasting of some of his wines starting with the 2014 Lemberger that was just bottled the previous day. This wine showed solid red fruit flavors and a nice finish. B.V. Lemberger 2014 should round-out and be in great shape by the time summer arrives and you find yourself pouring it for your guests to complement those burgers, steaks and ribs hot off the grill.

B.V. Chardonnay 2011 is a crisp, straw-colored wine with traditional Chardonnay flavors of apple with a citrus note. This is a perfect pick for when you have friends over and want a light but delicious wine to pair with a platter of soft cheese and fruit, both fresh and dried. Consider including unusual options on your platter, like fresh figs, goat cheese, dried cranberries, apricots and one of my favorites, dates.

     The 2014 B.V. Cab Franc had the most complex taste profile of the wines we tasted that day and I liked it a lot. This wine had plenty of aroma and was full of cherry and berry flavors. Don’t be afraid to serve this with heartier fare because its true colors will always shine through.

     We have had several bottles of B.V. Riesling spanning several vintages so our expectations were high for the 2015 and we were not disappointed. B.V. Riesling 2015 has fresh acidity and flavors of stone fruit and citrus on the mid-palate carried in a light body with a touch of slate mineralality on the finish. Because Riesling is such a food-friendly wine you can enjoy it alone by the glass or pair it with just about anything you find on your plate. We poured the B.V. 2014 on Thanksgiving and it went well with the turkey and most of the side dishes.

You can find these fine wines at the Briar Valley Vineyard & Winery tasting room at 107 E. Pitt St Bedford Pa, as we did, or online at http://BriarValleyWinery.com   1126162134-1

Briar Valley Vineyard & Winery

 

Briar Valley Vineyard  Photo Courtesy: Briar Valley Vineyard & Winery
Briar Valley Vineyard Photo Courtesy: Briar Valley Vineyard & Winery

     I was very happy to hear from Tod & Jean Manspeaker, owners of Briar Valley Vineyard & Winery in historic Bedford, Pennsylvania.  I am grateful they took the time away from pruning the vines, work that was delayed due to the persistent winter weather, to let me know Briar Valley Winery will be releasing their 2013 Riesling within the next few weeks.  Riesling from this producer has won some very impressive awards in the recent past and I expect this latest release to be one that will bring home more medals for the winery.  Everyone at Briar Valley Winery are very proud of their involvement in community affairs but their efforts don’t stop there, they have joined with other local businesses to do fundraisers notably “Dinner in the Vineyard” which benefits Downtown Bedford Inc.  “First Friday Unwind at the Winery” is a monthly event that brings live musical entertainment to the Briar Valley tasting room in downtown Bedford.  The tasting room is housed in a restored building that was a café and soda shop in its former life.  The hardwood floors and ornate tin tile ceiling that remain from the early days only add to the charm of the tasting room experience.  This is a winery that has produced numerous award-winning wines and continues to do so with amazing consistency.  You may not be familiar with this excellent Pennsylvania winery but now that you know about it you shouldn’t miss the chance to try any of the wines produced by Jean and Tod at Briar Valley Winery.  For more information click, call or visit at http://www.briarvalleywinery.com    814-623-0900   107 E. Pitt St Bedford, Pa