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

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 , , ,

How Much Wine to Buy for Your Wedding

And Other Great Things You Can Do with Wine at the Reception Who doesn’t love wine at a wedding reception? With that in mind, how much wine do you need to purchase and what kinds? How much to buy is probably the easier question to answer than what kind. Once you know how many wine lovers will be there, you’ll be able to determine how much to purchase. Make sure the wine glasses, or disposable cups, are a 5 oz serving size. People usually fill the glasses half full so it would be an 8-10 oz wine glass. Typically guests

7+ Wine Gifts for the Wine Lovers on Your List

Find the perfect gift for the wine lover in your life at Deer Creek Winery this holiday! Visit us at one of our five outlet locations or stop at our main winery in beautiful Shippenville, PA, where you can enjoy our on-site cafe, catch some of our amazing live music, or even stay overnight in one of our gorgeous guest rooms! Here are 7+ Gifts to Cover Everyone on Your Holiday Shopping List: 1. Wine Glasses We’ve got a great selection of hand-painted wine glasses from local artists – great ideas for friends who appreciate handmade artistry and supporting local

December 13, 2017 No Comments Rhonda Brooks Blog, General, Holidays, Inn, Pennsylvania Wine, Vinotype, Wine

8 Inspiring Wine Crafts for the Holidays

The crafty among us really get going as the holidays roll around each year. Why? Because it’s SO MUCH FUN! But there’s also the added benefit of creating something from the heart to give to someone close to your heart. An empty wine bottle or glass can serve many purposes. You can: Paint it Fill it Cut it Hang it Make it sing Let’s find some inspiration. Check Out These Awesome Wine Crafts 1. Hanging Lanterns With some bottles, chains, candles, and a tile saw you can reimagine wine bottles as illuminating additions to a porch or patio. 2. Pine-Scented

November 10, 2017 No Comments Rhonda Brooks Blog, General, Holidays, Pennsylvania Wine, Wine , , ,

Deer Creek Winery: Our Wine History

There’s something truly special about this land. The Brooks family has owned it for 5 generations. For as long as anyone can remember, our land has always grown the finest raspberries and other brambles. So as we plunged forth on faith alone and opened Deer Creek Winery in 2009, it made sense to start with what we knew. Our first wine was a delicious 100% raspberry wine. We’ve implemented mass production methods in the years since. Our skills as vintners, like our wines, have grown better with age. Since those early years, we’ve evolved into a beautiful PA winery bed

Wine Gifts: How to Know What Type to Give

It’s getting harder and harder to buy gifts for people.  We live in a culture of abundance. Everyone has everything they need and, often time,s want. What are you going to get them that they will use? You don’t want to give another tie or pair of earrings?  What about a gift certificate?  It fits, but it might seem a little impersonal.   Consumable gifts are nice, and they don’t sit around collecting dust!  A bottle of wine is a very traditional, appreciated gift. But what kind should you get? Is the label important? Somewhat, but it’s not like they’re

September 22, 2017 No Comments Rhonda Brooks Blog, General, Pennsylvania Wine, Vinotype, Wine , , ,

Wine Term Glossary & How to Describe Wine Using It

Wine can be scary, yet delicious! You enjoy having a glass or a bottle, whichever it may be and with how many friends! People talk about wine and may ask you about the wine you’re drinking and somehow just saying “I like it” doesn’t feel like enough words to describe the wine in your glass. That’s when it becomes scary. What do you say?  Will it sound funny? Here is a basic list of wine terms so you have a baseline of what to say or to understand other wine lingo! Balance: The level of harmony between fruit, acidity, tannins,

September 1, 2017 No Comments Rhonda Brooks Blog, General, Pennsylvania Wine, Vinotype, Wine ,

The Health Benefits of Drinking Wine Before Bed on Your Girls’ Night

We all know the agenda on a girls’ night. Bedtime doesn’t come end until: The last drop of wine is sipped The last laugh is had The last tear is shed You’re looking for the evening to run a gamut of wonderful emotions in a few short hours with some very close friends. It’s therapeutic. It’s decompressing. It’s healthy from a variety of perspectives. The wine you’re drinking in moderation at your girls’ night plays actually plays a more important role in those health benefits (psychologically and physiologically) than you might think. Whether your extracurricular evening is at a girlfriend’s

Guys, Surprise Your Honey with a Deer Creek Winery Getaway

Imagine the look on your sweetheart’s face when showing up for a surprise Deer Creek Winery getaway. Perhaps you’ve hopped in the car and wouldn’t say where you’re going. Maybe you’ve even gone on a long bike ride and promised you’d find a hot tub that night for both of you to relax (we’ve actually seen this before). Did you go so far as to use a blindfold? That would make things interesting! No matter your story, a Deer Creek Winery getaway is the perfect all-in-one package. You get one place for one price to enjoy a nearly endless list

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