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Posted 2/18/2016 3:58pm by John Weygandt.

Periodically Jill Weber the Wining Archeologist offers to the public a "Wine and History" tasting at Jet Wine Bar in Philadelphia. The theme of the most recent tasting was Petit Verdot, which included our 2014 vintage. Here is what she wrote about Stargazers Vineyard. 

Chester County in Pennsylvania lies west of Philadelphia, and forms part of the border between Pennsylvania and Maryland. This border dates to ca 1780, as established by the surveyors Mason and Dixon. Their work was begun at an observatory from which they calculated latitude and longitude bearings from the stars. This observatory, now marked by the Star Gazers’ Stone, stands a few miles from Stargazer’s Vineyard, in Coatesville, PA.

Stargazer’s Vineyard Petit Verdot 2014, PA

 
The 2012 version

Petit Verdot is not so common in Pennsylvania, but John Weygandt of Stargazer’s clearly knows his land and his grapes because this wine is fantastic. It’s nose is dusty violet and lavender with some green peppercorn, artichoke, and ripe cherry. It has a full, juicy body with deep, cherried plum, some espresso, and a hint of vanilla.  This wine as the absolute winner of the tasting. Find it and drink it! (emphasis added)


Our exploration of Petit Verdot showed us that the grape is, indeed, expressive of place (and winemaker!). But, across the globe, it retains those characteristics that make it so appealing: especially lavender, plummy cherry, general “purpleness”, and rich spice.

The above is taken from Jill's blog https://medium.com/@WiningArchy/explore-a-grape-petit-verdot-f8182968707d#.d9d0xwczl

in which she gives the "back story" on the other wines in the tasting as well as interesting historical and archeological facts including how the city of Chester England got its name and how Chester County was formed. 

Please note: as Jill correctly states, the Stargazers Petit Verdot in the tasting was the 2014 vintage; a photo of the 2012 is simply what happened to be available. As you know, Stargazers has no apostrophe. Our 2014 will be available for sale at the Winery as soon as the new labels are printed. You can expect a newsletter about that!

I recommend of course if you are in Philadelphia,that you visit Jet Wine Bar http://jetwinebar.com

 


 
Posted 11/28/2015 3:54pm by John Weygandt.

It was good to see all those who came to celebrate the first wine of the vintage on November 21. The Dornfelder Nouveau 2015 sold out immediately.

On this Thanksgiving weekend, we thank all of our customers for their support in 2015!

Stargazers Winery Tasting Room will be open for tastings and sales Saturdays and Sundays noon to five through December 27. Take note of that date so you do not fail to buy our Sparkling Wine for toasting the arrival of 2016. 

In 2016 Stargazers Winery Tasting Room will be closed for the months of January and February.

 

Longwood Conservatory

Posted 11/18/2015 12:05am by John Weygandt.

The Potters Guild is a diverse community of professional clay artists who share a love of clay and explore its power to connect and communicate. Its studio and workshop is located in Wallingford, PA

Please see

http://www.thepottersguild.com/history-1/

Posted 11/17/2015 11:54pm by John Weygandt.

Kent pot
The art theme for the Brandywine Artisan Wine Trail in November is "The Art of Ceramics." At Stargazers Vineyard  artist Suzanne Kent, member of The Potters Guild, is exhibiting her latest creations.

On this Saturday November 21st, Stargazers Vineyard will  celebrate its annual "Dornfelder Day" which introduces the first wine of the vintage . Celebrations start at noon at Stargazers!

Posted 11/2/2015 7:12am by John Weygandt.



DORNFELDER DAY at Stargazers Vineyard FIRST WINE OF 2015

The French call it Nouveau, the Italians Novello;  in Germany it's Neuer Wein and in Austria Jungwein.

November 21    12 - 4 p.m.

Complimentary Taste of the New Wine and Onion Torte.

 

 

 
The Dornfelder grapes have been harvested and fermented. We are happy to announce this year's Dornfelder Day will again be celebrated with Dornfelder wine!

 

Posted 10/15/2015 6:44pm by John Weygandt.

Stargazers Vineyard & Winery now participates in the Brandywine Artisan Wine Trail...

 

Posted 7/9/2015 4:35pm by John Weygandt.

252 years ago Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon teamed up to lay out the Mason-Dixon Line. 31 miles west of Philadelphia stands the Harlan House (shown below) where, in 1763,  Mason and Dixon began measuring due south to set the new line for the border with Maryland. They determined latitude and longitude from the stars, progressing from PA to Delaware and then to Maryland to run the line.

Come celebrate these famous Star Gazers with a Rendezvous with Mason & Dixon at Stargazers Vineyard August 8. First course to be served at 7 pm. This year we are pleased to have with us a noted authority and lecturer on those famous men, Todd Babcock, who will give us details of their feat and of their activities in this area of Chester County. See http://www.surveyorshistoricalsociety.com/Rend2013.php

Mr. Babcock is a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors and serves as the chairman of the Monument Preservation Committee. He is a founding member of the Mason and Dixon Line Preservation Partnership. He has been involved with the recovery and location of the monuments marking the Mason and Dixon Line http://www.mdlpp.org

Please join us for a relaxing evening with great food, wine and conversation while overlooking the Brandywine

Menu  - Hors d'Oeuvres by Betsy

First course: (PA) Mushrooms stuffed with herbs, shallots, Grape-Nuts and Parmesan cheese

Second course: (DE) Marinated grilled chicken kebob with farro salad

Third course: (MD) Crab cake served on mixed greens with remoulade sauce

Dessert: Mason Dixon marker cake 

$35.00 per person (wine pairing included with each course)

Reservations required by August 5th Call 610 486 0422 or email stargazers@kennett.net (please indicate if you require a vegetarian option)

Wines also available to purchase by the glass or bottle.

Harlan House

Posted 6/19/2015 6:03pm by John Weygandt.

Wine and Caramel pairings

Saturday & Sunday 12:00-5pm

This father's day weekend we are offering a selection of 5 wines for $5 3 of the wines will be paired with a sample of a gourmet caramel AND dad gets to take home a sample bag of the 3 caramels (while supplies last)

Solar Celebration Chardonnay 2013 - 100% sun, 0% oak

Arneis 2013  - an ancient variety grown in the Piemonte, home of Barolo. Delicate aromas and flavors of pears, with a hint of almonds, and a lingering finish. This will be paired with an anise caramel topped with dark chocolate blended with almond butter and sliced almonds which have been soaked in Kirch (cherry liqueur) before being roasted.

Riesling 2013 - this medium sweet wine, with the aroma of apricot, elderflower and honeysuckle, combines richness with a lingering finish. This wine is the perfect complement to an orange caramel topped with dark chocolate blended with hazelnut butter, orange zest and hazelnuts which have been soaked in Cointreau (orange liqueur) before being roasted

Vidal - From 34 year old vines in Lancaster County. Luscious and intense, its sweetness is derived from the sugar in the grapes at harvest. To balance the sweetness in this wine we have paired it with the bold flavor of an espresso caramel topped with dark chocolate blended with hazelnut butter and honeycomb and drizzled with white chocolate.

Sparkling Rosé - 100% Pinot Noir. Color obtained by brief skin contact. Finished Natural.

Posted 6/10/2015 7:45pm by John Weygandt.

 

Stargazers Vineyard

�July 4th BBQ at the Winery

 

Saturday July 4th,

4 - 7 pm

 

Please join us for a relaxing

July 4th BBQ

 

Acoustic guitar by Nick Doak

 

BBQ by Moonlight Catering

 

Your choice of Grilled BBQ

Shrimp Kebab

Baby Back Ribs

Chicken

London Broil or

Vegetarian “Sausage” Sandwich

 

All served with Corn on the Cobb, Potato Salad and Cole Slaw or Pasta Salad.

 

Wine available to purchase by the glass or bottle

 

Feel free to bring your own chairs or blankets

 

$22.00 per platter

Entrance FREE

 

Reservations preferred

 

Call 610 486 0422or

 

Email stargazers1@verizon.net

 


 

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Posted 5/29/2015 6:49pm by John Weygandt.

Contrary to every surmise and expectation, Harvey's Bridge has been reopened! 

If you are coming from Unionville, you may consider the route over Harvey's Bridge as an alternative to following 162 to Stargazers Road.