A New Year’s Eve to Remember

The question everyone asks this time of year is looming large…

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

At New Hope Winery we have a HUGE evening of entertainment planned!!

Start the New Year in style with a magnificent surf and turf meal, made in-house by our talented chefs. Then the evening really gets rockin’ when EagleMania takes the stage! The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band,. EagleMania has dedicated itself to faithfully reproducing the sound of The Eagles. You’ve got to experience EagleMania to believe it.

The menu includes:

  • Cheese, charcutrie and fruit to start
  • Bread with port spread
  • Sliced filet and large sea scallops over mashed potato with prosecco sauce
  • Haricot green beans with pepper finishing sauce
  • Pierre’s Chocolates and mini desserts

And the best part? With the meal starting at 5:00pm, and the show starting at 7:00pm, you’ll be able to be anywhere you want to be to see the ball drop. No need to worry about sharing the roads with others after midnight. Be home (or anyplace else your prefer!) safe and sound at the stroke of midnight.

Make your plans now by ordering your tickets online, or calling us at 215-794-2331.

The Perfect Holiday Gift: A Gift Basket from New Hope Winery


Holiday shopping time is officially upon us.

My apologies to those who’ve I’ve just stressed out.

Finding the right gift can create anxiety – but it doesn’t have to! Discover an interesting array of holiday gift items and signature wine favorites to please everyone on your shopping list at New Hope Winery.

Too busy to assemble and decorate your gift treasures yourself? No problem! A gift basket from New Hope Winery is the solution. Whether your recipient is a wine-lover or not, the gift professionals at New Hope Winery can beautifully craft a gift that will impress even the most hard-to-buy-for person on your list!

Customize a basket, or choose from our numerous collections:

New Hope Winery Basic – $35 

  • One bottle of wine ($17)
  • Two New Hope Winery glasses ($8)
  • Marich chocolate ($3)

Kitchen Kapers – $55 (wrap $8)

  • Bottle of Chancellor ($17)
  • Two New Hope Winery glasses ($8)
  • One kitchen countertop drying mat ($7)
  • Three kitchen cloths ($7.50)
  • Magnetic note pad with spatula ($7)
  • Bottle of Red/Bottle or White wine

All You Need For the Perfect Winter Night – $70 (wrap $8) 

  • Bottle of Concord ($17)
  • Bottle of Niagara ($17)
  • Big Dipper Waxwork Bees Wax Candle ($15)
  • DiBruno Brothers Honey Roaster Cashews ($6)
  • Marich Chocolates ($2) •
  • Elisabella Red Wine Cookies ($5)
  • Locally Crafted For You – $105 •
  • Bottle of Solebury Red ($17) •
  • Two hand-painted wine goblets by Judi Jamieson ($56)
  • Two stone coasters created by Alex Adolf ($20)

Holiday Wine & Dine – $125 (wrap $12)

  • Bottle of Solebury Red ($17)
  • Two New Hope Winery glasses ($8)
  • DiBruno Brothers pasta ($8)
  • DiBruno Brothers sauce ($8.50)
  • DiBruno Brothers Italian basil pesto ($7.50)
  • DiBruno Brothers biscotti ($5)
  • Earth & Vine jam ($8)
  • Votivo Christmas candle ($25)
  • Holiday kitchen towel ($5)
  • Holiday Measuring Spoons ($18)

Please inquire about these options:

➢ Cheese may be added to gift baskets for $8 and up.

➢ Festive wrap and selected gift items may be substituted according to availability.

➢ For custom-made gift baskets:

  • All wine included in the basket is $17 per bottle – exceptions are Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Blackberry at $22, Port is $28. •
  • Festive wrap on large gift baskets is additional $12, and $8 on medium and small baskets.

Feel free to call us at 215-794-2331 to discuss your custom gift needs!

Fall Back: It’s Time Again for Mulling Spices

Dutch Apple Spice1By: Dori Corr

Mulling is a centuries-old practice, dating back to Roman antiquity, in which various spices and fruit essences are infused into heated wines, juices, or ciders. The recipe for using these spices may vary somewhat, but in general can include allspice, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and various dried fruit peels.

“We love the combination of a fuller-bodied sweeter wine, like our Concord, with bold spices such as cinnamon, cloves and cardamom, for a well-balanced wine.” ~ Mike Conti, General Manager, New Hope Winery

The word “mulling” comes from the Old English word for “muddled” and is thought to derive from the confused state brought about by the consumption of alcohol with the spices. The popular phrase “mulling it over” (meaning to consider an idea carefully) is most likely derived from the slow and deliberate process of creating mulled beverages. In Elizabethan times, mulled drinks were used for medicinal purposes. Nutmeg for example, was believed to ward off the plague.

It was Charles Dickens, in his vivid portrayals of Victorian-era England, who popularized mulled wine into a traditional holiday drink. A mulled wine, punch known as a Smoking Bishop, is mentioned in his timeless holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.

In Food and Cooking in Victorian England – A History, author Andrea Broomfield reviews the history of the sweetly spiced wine beverage. “Its whimsical name recalled its medieval origins when it was sometimes served at guildhalls and university banquets in bowls that resembled a bishop’s miter.”

New Hope Winery offers two delightful mulled wine options:

  • Dutch Apple Spice wine is a sweet apple wine enhanced with cinnamon and spice flavors. An autumn classic, it can be served chilled, room temperature, or warmed (which is how it is sampled in our tasting room.)
  • Holiday Spice wine is a rich and intensely fruity red wine, enhanced with natural mulled spice flavors. Serve warm to achieve the ultimate “cozy” experience!

Stop by New Hope Winery any day of the week, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, and sample our mulled seasonal classics. Our wines may not be served from a bowl resembling a bishop’s miter, it is nonetheless warm, toasty, and deliciously satisfying.


Corporate Holiday Events: January is the New December


By: Dori Corr

With the economy rebounding nicely, employers seem to be in a holly-jolly mood.

According to global executive search firm Battalia Winston’s annual national survey released late last year, 96% of corporations are planning to throw a holiday bash for their employees. This compares with 91% in 2012 and 74% in 2011 − the all-time 25-year low. Employers at that time feared that it was tacky (and rightfully so) that those fortunate enough to have a job would make-merry when so many had suffered the devastating blow of job loss.

While the mood in 2014 is much brighter, and corporate purse strings opened wider than they have been in years, holiday revelry has not returned entirely to pre-2007 ostentatiousness.

Glitzy, flashy, or garish displays of corporate profit is no longer in fashion, despite growth in the economy. The days of free-flowing champagne and caviar are probably over, for good.

And to this we say, good riddance.

While this is not the year of the lavish party − its also not the year of no party at all.

Many corporations and small businesses are looking for a balance: a way to show appreciation to the people who make all the difference, everyday, while using the same fiscal-responsibility that helps make the business a success.

At New Hope Winery, we offer employers and corporate event planners two practical holiday event options that strikes a balance between treating employees to something truly special, while respecting the austerity that continues to drive the economy forward:

Our five event spaces are versatile, charming (yet elegant.) We offer:

  • in-house catering
  • a wide variety of menus
  • audio-visual equipment
  • break-out service
  • bar service (upon request)
  • tables, chairs, and linens included free
  • complete customization

January and February availability

Where is it written that December is the only month to show appreciation? The holidays are an exceedingly busy time for you and your employees – do you really want your event to be just anther obligation on your guests “to do” list?

Your January or February corporate event is the perfect solution for your employees’ post-holiday blues, and might possibly stretch your event-planning budget.

Personalized. Intimate. Unique.

Let the experienced event planners make your corporate holiday event an occasion that that bridges the gap between fiscal responsibility and showing genuine appreciation for your most valuable asset – your employees!

Ten Tips for Pairing Wine with Barbecued Food

IMG_1377By: Dori Corr

Ask a thousand backyard grill-jockeys what the ultimate way to barbecue is, and chances are you’ll get a thousand different answers. Just as there are no hard-and-fast rules regarding the single best way to barbecue food, there are no absolutes when it comes to the best wine to pair with barbecue.

When it comes to pairing wine with grilled foods (or any food for that matter), ultimately it is your palate that should dictate what to choose. That being said, New Hope Winery can offer some basic guidelines to help you when selecting the wine that best enhances the flavor and enjoyment of your barbecued foods.

Barbecuing food brings out a plethora of different flavors – sweet, spicy, smoky, acidic, savory –requiring an equally diverse selection of wines. The basic theory of wine and food pairing is to match the intensity of flavor of the wine and the intensity of the flavor of the food.

In the most general of terms: If your food has subtler flavors (chicken, fish, shellfish) consider pairing it with a more delicate wine. “Heavier” grilled foods (burgers, steaks, ribs) typically require the bolder, earthier red wines that can stand up to hearty flavors.

For example, a light Pinot Grigio may wilt when up against a heavily smoked rack of ribs with a spicy sauce, but it would be excellent with grilled fish or vegetables. On the other end of the scale, a Cabernet Sauvignon complements a nice thick grilled steak or smoked brisket, but would surely overpower a lightly seasoned chicken breast.

Now let’s “dig-in” and consider these ten tips for pairing wine with grilled foods:

1. When pairing wine with smoky foods, choose a wine with low alcohol and no oak. High alcohol provides too much “heat”, and oak flavor overpowers smoke flavor and deadens the full flavors of the food.

2. Save your “fine wines” for more refined foods. The heavy flavors of barbecue are well matched by less expensive wines.

3. Sweet wines are particularly good at taking the heat out of spicy foods. Think “sweet wine for spicy foods and tart wine for sweet foods.”

4. Choose “younger wines” – the fruitier the better. The “earthiness” of older wines will compete with savory and earthy flavors in the barbecue.

5. Avoid wine selections high in tannins. Tannins provide too much body (also known as “mouth feel”) to already full-bodied, highly textured food. For example, old vine Zinfandel may be highly spicy and too tannic for barbecue, but youthful Zinfandel, with cleaner mouthful and silky tannins and complement barbecue.

6. Cabernet Sauvignon is great for steaks and burgers with a higher fat. The tighter tannins are significantly mellowed by the meat’s fat. Top your burgers with bold cheeses, like blue or sharp cheddar and this varietal gets even better!

7. Riesling pairs well with grilled brats, shrimp, barbecue chicken, grilled pineapple, and a variety of grilled veggies.

8. Chardonnay will work wonderfully with grilled fish (including shellfish), chicken with creamy sauces, and grilled corn on the cob with butter.

9. Merlot, with its fruit-forward flavor, will support spicy food and not aggravate it. Grilled pork chops and garden-variety salads with lighter dressings are also enhanced with Merlot.

10. Keep notes on what wines paired well with your favorite foods (you’ll forget, I promise) and most of all − drink wines you enjoy and don’t get too hung-up on “the rules” of wine and food pairing.

Use this season of abundance as an excuse to experiment with wine and food pairings! Shake up your wine picks to enhance the easy-going styles and over-the-top delicious flavors that that come off the grill this time of year.

New Hope Winery is here to help you make the most of your wine and food pairing choices. Feel free to call us at 215-794-2331, or stop by, and our wine educators will gladly offer guidance on which wine will go best with your grilled fare.