There’s something special about warm weather and quality wine. Sommeliers will spend months learning the intricacies of pairing wines with meats and cheeses. In our unscientific estimation, we think nothing pairs better with any vintage than almost-summer air and some good music.
If you share that opinion, you’re in luck. This weekend, a pair of events are combining the best in vino, eats and live music. You may be seeking an art fest vibe, complete with local works on display and complimentary gourmet samples. Alternatively, you might be looking for mini music festival – just with more wine and optional vineyard tours between performances.
Whatever your preferences, you may well find one of these events worth your consideration:
SIP Wine in the Park (Lancaster)
There’s a lot of love for craft beer in Central PA, and we’re all for that. But lesser-known wines haven’t been so lucky. The inaugural SIP Wine in the Park festival – held Saturday from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. event in Lancaster City’s Musser Park – aims to change that. With live music playing, complimentary food samples at the ready, and local art on display, the atmosphere’s really not so different from a brew fest. Here, though, nothing’s on tap. Instead, attendees are offered unlimited samples from over 100 fine wines handpicked by a local sommelier for their high quality and relative obscurity. A tasting ticket will run you $75.00, plus a $5.00 ticket purchase fee. A designated driver ticket is also available at about $22.00 with purchase fee, which allows the bearer access to all the non-alcoholic amenities. (Worth noting: SIP is produced by Joycat Events, the team behind the Lancaster Craft Beerfest and, according to their website, a new brewfest called Bundle Up Beerfest that is slated for winter 2016.)
Wine by the Vine Rockin’ Spring Concert (Mount Joy)
The Vineyard at Grandview has put together an incredible Sunday afternoon (and evening) of music and wine. This event is the first in their four-part concert series, set to run through September, and we have to say, it’s quite the kick-off. Wine will be available by the bottle – no sampling here – so bring some lawn chairs and a few friends to enjoy the day. Mark DeRose & The Dreadnought Brigade perform at 2 p.m., followed by Mountain Road at 5 p.m. (Check both bands out below.) The event itself runs from 1-7:30 p.m., with wine and food are available for purchase from 1-7 p.m. Admission is $15 – if you haven’t purchased a ticket in advance, be sure to bring cash: credit cards won’t be accepted at the gate.
Mark DeRose & the Dreadnought Brigade: