The weather was perfect on the night we ventured to Crossings Vineyard and Winery’s “Wine Tasting for Singles,” held outdoors in a covered patio adjacent to the vineyards. Although the patio was set up with tables and chairs, most people were standing and talking in small groups in the early part of the evening. Most networking naturally took place near the wine tasting table. By the end of the evening the congeniality quotient had been upped significantly and everyone was sitting at tables in larger groups discussing the wines they had tasted.
There were eight wines available for tasting, all served with a measured pour. The server advised beginning with the white wines, moving to blush, then reds, and finishing with “Wild Berry,” the vineyards only dessert wine. Several cheeses and crackers were also served.
The vineyard offers a signature series of wines include cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir, chardonnay and riesling. A vintner’s select series includes blanc de blancs, chambourgin reserve, select red, vidal blanc, and select white, a gold medal winner featuring a blend of chardonnay and riesling. The American Original series includes blush, apple, and wild berry dessert wine. Bottles range in price from $12 to $22.
An added bonus to the wine tasting experience is the concerts that are scheduled simultaneously with a wine tasting. On the night we visited, beyond the gardens, adorned with a large fountain, was another gathering of people for the summer concert series — selections from Opera New Jersey. Although the music was audible, participants were invited to walk through the garden to the tent area.
On Friday, July 18, along with the next wine tasting for singles, Eric Mintel presents a jazz concert under the tent. Other upcoming events at the winery include Caribbean Jam on Saturday, July 19, from 5 to 9 p.m.; and a wine and chocolate pairing on Sunday, July 20, at 2 p.m.
The vineyards are situated on 15 acres of a former dairy farm in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. The winery, which celebrates its fifth anniversary in October, yields close to 10,000 cases and has received many awards. The tasting room indoors, also overlooking the vineyards, offers wine, Riedel stemware, corkscrews, bottle bags, books, and other wine accessories.
“The age groups (for the singles wine tastings) vary from late 20s to 60s,” says Chris Carroll, co-owner and director of marketing and public relations. “Reservations allow us to be set up best although walk-ins are welcome.”
On the night we visited the crowd of about two dozen included a diverse mix of professionals — and if we’re any good at guessing ages, we’d say the majority were in their 30s and 40s. Our group and a couple of new friends we made at the wine tasting extended the evening with a jaunt into New Hope for a late dinner.
The best sip of the evening? One of our group met someone — and they’ve since gotten together for lunch and gone dancing.
— Lynn Miller
Wine Tasting for Singles, Fridays, July 18, August 15, and September 19, 7 to 9 p.m., Crossing Vineyards and Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road, Washington Crossing, PA, 215-493-6500. www.crossingvineyards.com Register. $20.
Directions: From the Princeton area take I-95 to Pennsylvania and exit 51 toward New Hope. Although there are signs on the road, there are several turns. We recommend printing out directions from the website or using a GPS system.