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Ladies: Here’s What to Wear to a PA Winery for Every Occasion

Half the fun of going somewhere new and exciting is finding the perfect outfit to wear so you’re comfortable, fashionable, and ready for any activities on the agenda — and visiting a PA winery is not any different! Luckily, we’ve crafted the perfect outfit for every season so you don’t have to spend hours standing in front of your closet, agonizing over what to wear. First Thing’s First: Decide What You’re Doing at the PA Winery Maybe you’re headed to a tasting to find your new favorite wine, or taking a weekend getaway with your girlfriends, or experiencing a fun

9 Wine Tasting Etiquette Tips For First Timers

Are you preparing for your first-ever wine tasting? How exciting! Let’s make the most of your inaugural PA winery tour with some common-sense (and not-so-common-sense) dos and don’ts. Whether you fancy yourself a wine connoisseur or you’re just beginning to learn about great wines, the following tips will lift the ambiance for everyone involved. Going to Your First PA Winery Tour? Here are Some Great Wine Tasting Etiquette Tips 1. Relax Here’s the cardinal rule: RELAX! Wine tasting can be intimidating, but it really shouldn’t be! You’re simply out to get away for awhile and have fun. So is everyone

The Lowdown on Our Springfest 2018 Hoedown

It’s that beautiful time of year again… time for spring! And with that comes Spring Fest 2018 at Deer Creek Winery! We are in full swing of preparations for this special event, and we are excited to share this weekend with you. From Friday, May 18th to Sunday, May 20th our main location will be packed with fun for you and your family and friends to enjoy! What To Expect: We are busy finding and buying decorations for this year’s Western Hoedown themed event! That means bandanas, cowboy boots, wagon wheels, straw — you name it! We are also mapping

April 30, 2018 No Comments Rhonda Brooks Blog, Entertainment, General, Inn, PA Getaways, Pennsylvania Wine, Recreation

How to DIY a Wine Tasting Party Like a Pro

You love wine — and your friends do too! Chances are, you’ve been to a couple tastings at your local winery, and you’re feeling ready to host a tasting of your own. After all, what’s better than drinking wine among friends in the comfort of your own home? Follow our tips below to throw the best DIY wine tasting party that will give you the fun and feel of a winery. Gather the Wine Tasting Supplies In order to have a successful party, you need the right tool kit! This list is a good place to start: One large wine

April 26, 2018 No Comments Rhonda Brooks Blog, General, Pennsylvania Wine, Vinotype, Wine

The 8-Step Checklist to a Wonderful PA Winery Tour Experience

The days grow delightfully longer and warmer. So let’s plan some recreation and relaxation. Even better, let’s find some fun off the beaten path. How about a PA winery tour? If you’ve experienced one before, you’re likely familiar with the: Choice wine selection Laid-back atmosphere Cultural experience Generous hospitality With some luck, you might just stumble upon a winery with an inn on the premises to enjoy the stay a little longer. Here Are Some Activities to Check Off Your PA Winery Tour List 1. Sample the Wine (Of Course)   First things first. You’re there on a mission, and

Wine Spotlight: Introducing Black Berry Bling, A Marriage of 2 Great Wines

This uniquely delicious wine is a delightful combination of two Deer Creek favorites — Backwoods Blackberry and Fryburg White! This wine is perfect as the weather is getting warmer, which is why it is in the spotlight at Deer Creek right now! Why We Love Black Berry Bling: Our Backwoods Blackberry and Fryburg White wines are so delicious, we tried a blend of them and we were wow-ed from the very first taste!  We let our team try our new creation (one of the many perks of working at our Shippenville Main location) and they loved it too!  We wanted

April 23, 2018 No Comments Rhonda Brooks Blog, General, Vinotype, Wine, Wine Spotlight

2018 Wedding Trends to Watch Out For

With wedding planning season in full swing, there are no shortage of places to get inspiration from. Whether it be from magazines, Instagram, your favorite wedding blog, or the holy grail Pinterest, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and confused during the planning process. Wedding season is approaching and the industry experts have spoken on the top trends to watch out for in 2018.   Small Plates While sit-down dinners are still all the rage, couples are opting for multiple course meals that present their guest with new food experiences. Try something like a build-your-own sushi bar or an

April 18, 2018 No Comments Rhonda Brooks Blog, Venue Rentals

The Ultimate Guide For Planning Your PA Honeymoon Getaway

Your honeymoon is the most romantic (and important!) night of your life so far, so naturally you want everything to be perfect. The problem is — there is so much to plan! This guide is meant to help you ensure all your boxes are checked, so all you have to worry about is kicking back and relaxing with your spouse. Start Planning Early Planning a wedding is hard enough, and adding planning a honeymoon on top of that can seem daunting — if not utterly impossible. But there are a lot of benefits to planning early including: Saving money on

April 3, 2018 No Comments Rhonda Brooks Blog, General, Inn, PA Getaways, Wine

Wine Spotlight: Deer Creek Raspberry

For our first spotlight wine — we wanted to highlight the first wine we ever sold. Afterall, we opened our doors in September, 2009, offering only this one wine!  We had a couple acres of raspberries on our land and then decided to start a winery using those raspberries grown right here! It was quite laborious to get all of them picked at just the right time, but it was ever so rewarding when people came and loved our Deer Creek Raspberry wine!  It has been on our wine list ever since and will continue to be! It is 100%

April 3, 2018 No Comments Rhonda Brooks Blog, General, Pennsylvania Wine, Recipes, Sorbet, Vinotype, Wine, Wine Spotlight

9 Spark-Flying Anniversary Tips to Fall in Love All Over Again

Good for you! You’re reading this blog, so that means you’re thinking about your anniversary. (That also means you’re not going to forget it!) Let’s make this one extra special, whether you’re celebrating your 50-year golden anniversary, 1 year of passionate romance, or 16 years of steady love. Sure, you can do flowers and chocolates. Actually, you really should. But you can do even better than that! Here are some tips to go above and beyond to get those sparks flying and fall in love – all over again! 1. ‘Just the Two of Us’ Keep this hit song by

Country Mead – Deer Creek Winery’s Honey Wine

Our first Country Mead hit the shelves the spring of 2014.  Mead is derived from fermenting the sugar from honey rather than the sugar of fruits. Some also refer to mead as “honey-wine”. History of Mead Mead is thought to be the oldest alcoholic beverage. It is also called Ambrosia or Nectar. And some even refer to it as the “nectar of the gods” which was thought to have been deposited as dew from heaven and then the bees would gather it.  Honey was more available for those early alcoholic drinks where fruits to make traditional wines was not always

March 6, 2018 No Comments Rhonda Brooks Blog, Vinotype, Wine

Backwoods Blackberry – Deer Creek Winery’s Blackberry Wine

This was named by our niece when she worked for us the first year Deer Creek Winery was open: in the summer of 2010.  She said it reminded her of the blackberries grown on Rhonda’s maternal grandfather’s family farm.   “Backwoods” recognizes the humble country setting of our area where our wines are produced and bottled in the foothills of the Allegheny Forest, hence, Backwoods Blackberry seemed to be the perfect name! What Does Backwoods Blackberry Taste Like? Our 100% Blackberry wine is loved by many!  Just take a sip and you will recognize that familiar blackberry taste like the

March 2, 2018 No Comments Rhonda Brooks Blog, Vinotype, Wine
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