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

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

Why You Should Spend Your Spring Break at a PA Winery

Maybe you’re a junior or senior in college, balancing the the fun of college and the looming professional world, or maybe you’re a hardworking teacher who needs a break from the chaos of the classroom — either way, you know how important Spring Break can be for your mental health and relaxation. So why spend the time and money to plan an extravagant vacation somewhere far away, and packed with people, when you could relax at a cozy PA winery instead? Here are five of the best reasons to spend your Spring Break at a winery: 5 Reasons to Spend

3 Wedding Gift Ideas for Every Bride and Groom

Let’s be real, things have changed since the 1960s. The Berlin Wall is down, women can wear pants, and nobody eats off of fancy china anymore. So why are we giving the same gifts at weddings our grandparents gave to their friends and family? If you wouldn’t want to share a wardrobe with your grandma, then you probably wouldn’t want the same gifts as her, either. We know gift giving is a tradition at weddings that isn’t going anywhere, so how can you make sure you’re giving the couple something unique and meaningful? We’ve laid out a few options that’ll

8 Great Reasons for a Summer Vacation at Deer Creek Winery

Are you stuck about where to take your summer vacation this year? We certainly hope you’re already planning your escape. No, of course it’s not too early to think about these things! Here are 8 reasons to pick a winery … that just so happens to double as an inn/B&B … that also just so happens to offer rustic relaxation. I might just I know of a place. 1. Rustic Relaxation We’ve said it already. Your vacation time is worth its weight in gold – and then some. Don’t spend it stressed out, thinking about work and life’s many trials

9 Reasons to Celebrate Your Next Birthday at a PA Winery

Birthdays are the only day during the year that is all about you! So be sure to not get too caught up on the idea of getting older, and celebrate the beautiful place you’re at in life. Of course, traditions are important, like when your Aunt Mel calls and sings “Happy Birthday” over the phone every year. But it can also be fun to stray from what you’ve always done and try something new. And who knows – it might just become a new tradition! Here are 9 reasons that a winery birthday party  should be on your list this

Dry vs. Sweet Wine: How Are They Made Differently?

Dry vs. sweet wines – that sparks a debate among many people and even wine-loving friends! It is quite a simple explanation, but people will debate the issue time and time again! Let’s break down how dry and sweet wines are made. Dry vs. Sweet Wine: The Wine-Making Process Simply put, all wines pretty much start out as a dry wine. Wine begins as a vat of juice from a food source. It has natural sugars that yeast will eat, which causes fermentation as it’s digested. Sugar can also be added to the juice to make the process even faster; more

February 9, 2018 No Comments Rhonda Brooks Blog, General, Pennsylvania Wine, Vinotype, Wine , , ,
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