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

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

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 , , ,

How to Make Warm Mulled Wine

Hello everybody! It’s that wonderful time of year again…that time of delicious mulled wine! Many people have asked me how to make mulled wine. So I thought I would take some time and go over the basics of mulling wine.  Because it is just so delicious and you need to try it for yourself.  So here is a step by step with instructions.  And then there’s a surprise at the end just for you. Ingredients:   (which are listed with every mulled spice bag from Deer Creek Winery)        1 ½ C water        1 ½ C juice

September 18, 2017 No Comments Joanna Brooks Blog, General, Holidays, Recipes, 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 ,

What Wines Should You Be Drinking? Try Vinotyping

Use Vinotyping to Learn the Wines You’ll Love Not everyone loves wine, but if you do, drink the wines you LOVE. Or maybe you don’t like wine…YET!  Maybe there’s a wine out there that you would like, but haven’t been introduced to. There’s a simple test some wineries are using now to help people decide what kind of wines they like. It involves some simple questions about your everyday life. At the end, you have a range of wines that we bet you will LOVE!  It is based on years of personality research by Tim Hanni called Vinotyping. He has

August 25, 2017 No Comments Rhonda Brooks Blog, General, Vinotype, Wine ,
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