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Fall Apple Cider Cups!

Inspired by a chance Google search today, these DIY apple cups are the perfect addition to your fall tablescape–even better when paired with Greendance Apple Jack Cider! Our Apple Jack is made from fresh pressed autumn apple cider, our dry red Merlot wine, and mulling spices!

Ingredients:

  • Large apples
  • Lemon juice
  • Greendance Apple Jack Cider – Sand Hill Berries Raspberry Cider – Or our plain Cider
  • Cinnamon sticks and star anise as garnish

Apple Prep:

On a cutting board, use a small paring knife to cut off the top of the apple (set aside for later to use as a lid or have yourself a quick snack).  Then take the knife and carefully outline where you’d like the rim of your apple cup to be. Your rim should be at least 1/4″ wide to give the apple cup enough strength. Use a spoon or small fruit scoop to carefully begin removing the center of your apple until you have a nice hollow cup. After scooping, take a narrow pastry brush and cover the inside flesh of the apple with lemon juice to help keep its color until serving. Fill with warm Apple Jack Cider, garnish with a cinnamon stick and star anise and enjoy!

Easy Tips!

Make sure your apples sit level, if not cut some thin slices off the bottom. Be careful when hollowing out the center to not make the walls too thin or punch through the bottom and sides.

 

 

Dog Days Already

Unofficial guard dog Dandy is taking a  vacation from his ground-hog hunting to greet our guests on the front porch today.  It’s only early May and the weather in south-western PA feels like the middle of summer. Light breezes and sun rays dance through the gardens and vineyard. Our strawberries are plentiful and flaunting their victory over the frosts that barely fazed them! (although I think we really have Ramon and Bob to thank for their hard work covering and uncovering the fields day after day).

To our sweet wine drinkers, Bella Rosé is back! The 2011 vintage has a sweet floral nose and a taste that may give Isabella a run for its money. We were all a bit sleepy so bottling dragged on more than usual. Little did we know an after lunch problem was waiting to wake us up a bit. We ate and returned to the cellar to finish. Filled bottles were passed down the line only to have our corking machine start pushing corks down so far that they became stuck below the neck of the bottle. Problem! Robert, Leslie, Barb, Linda and myself, armed with cork screws, and had a few laughs opening all the mistakes. A perfect Monday to take a moment and enjoy the simple things.

This past weekend was beautiful. It was such a welcome sight to see the Tasting Room packed on Sunday and all our staff enjoying every moment of it–to us summer has begun as early as our blossoms.

Strawberries vs. The Robins

Patience has paid off, today we picked 2 overflowing flats of strawberries!! We had hoped to pick the first strawberry flat of the season on Monday, but it seems Mother Nature decided to take a break from spring, and go back to winter. Anticipating the snow, we were able to get all the strawberries covered and the garden plants inside the greenhouse. Snow actually provides good insulation for the berries so our worries were minimal at first, but the heavy wet snow today draws concerns over too much weight pushing down on the delicate blossoms.  It is still too early to judge how much the recent weather will affect the coming crop—till then we just have to sit back and enjoy a story from Ramon with a glass of strawberry wine and few (or more!) of the juicy-sweet berries.

Ramon, our chief berry picker, stopped in to share a humorous story about covering the fields the day before. If you have ever seen the rare sight that is Ramon laughing, you know it is something special. For the past few days, he was getting increasingly irritated at the Robins hopping up and down the field taking little pecks at the almost ripe strawberries. Having enough of their antics, he scared the birds away and decided to cover the berries early on Sunday afternoon. Checking on the fields a few hours later, the Robins were back, naturally, but the covered rows caught them completely off guard. They were hopping and bobbing around trying as hard as they could to figure out where the berries had gone—the wind blowing waves through the covers sending Robins tumbling. We gave the birds a little credit for determination, but could not help laughing! Ramon – 1, Robins – 0.

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