I had the chance to tell you all about the 2015 offerings that The Hotel Hershey Wine & Food Festival has a few weeks ago. Be sure to check out THIS post for all the delicious details.
I wanted to take a few minutes and pass along the experience my husband and I had at the festival. We were guests of Hershey Entertainment and thank them for their hospitality.
Trinchero Bordeaux Blending Class
We arrived to a room of about 50 wine enthusiasts and each place setting was laid out with 4 different wines from Trinchero for us to use in creating OUR ideal blend. Varietals included: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc.We started by sampling the different varietals of wine, making notes on what we liked about them and what we didn’t like. Based on those notes, and our own taste, we were invited to use a pipette to help blend the wines into a combination that we enjoyed.
Blending wines is serious business. Ps. I have no idea what I am doing!!! #wine #thehotelhersheywff #🍷#mocktravels A photo posted by Sarah Mock 🌸🍷🍴✈️👠 (@howipinchapenny) on
THEN they judged them!
I had no idea this was going to be a competition!
But it was all in fun and it was low pressure. The judges were the Food and Beverage director fro The Hotel Hershey and the presenter from Trinchero Winery. I am going to just say that my wine blend did not ‘win’ but it was good enough for me. They did give out prizes for the top three blends. I am going to take comfort that I believe my blend was in fourth place. I am sure the rest of the wine lovers in the room thought the same thing.
I learned a lot from this class about the intricate process it takes to create a wine and all the love and care that Trinchero wine maker Mario Monticelli uses in creating his award winning wines. But I also learned that I still like what I like and that is fine.
After wine class we headed back to our room at The Hotel Hershey to freshen up. I love The Hotel Hershey for the elegance, the history and the unmatched attention to details from the staff. One of these days I am going to indulge in a massage at The Spa. Perhaps a girls only weekend! We had a tour of The Spa in March when I was there for the Sweet Welcome with a blogging group. They had a hard time getting this group of ladies out of the Spa! Read about that post here.
Once we had a chance to get dressed for dinner we were off to the Pio Cesare Wine Dinner.
Before the dinner we enjoyed appetizers and wine selections from Pio Cesare on the upper veranda of The Hotel Hershey. Pictured above is a cheese infused polenta on top of a mushroom cap. It was AMAZING. I have got to figure out how to recreate these at home for the holidays. There were other delicious appetizers being passed but I was so enthralled with the fabulous wine, the other delicious offerings and the beautiful surroundings to take any photos. ACK! It was THAT good! We were invited into The Hotel Hershey and in a quaint banquet room we were served 5 incredible courses all paired with Pio Cesare wines. I was beyond impressed with the attention to detail at this meal.
Here is an example: We were about to be served our first course when the staff swooped in and replaced out chardonnay. Apparently the winey they had poured had ‘turned’. I am always looking to learn so I took a sip of the ‘turned’ chardonnay just to know what a bad chardonnay tasted like. For me the chardonnay felt heavy on the palette and had a thick pineapple flavor. PLUS the color was almost golden rod. The staff poured from a new bottle and you would not believe the difference! The color was barely blonde in color and the taste was light, crisp and oh so refreshing.
The Delicious Food:
Time for the first course #thehotelhersheywff. Grilled zucchini, chickpea puree, marinated olive vinaigrette, roasted garlic crostini. Paired with Piodilei Chardonnay. #HersheyPA #mocktravels A photo posted by Sarah Mock 🌸🍷🍴✈️👠 (@howipinchapenny) on
Duck Ragout and house made Gemelli pasta, wild mushrooms, roasted vegetable, natural jus. Paired w Berebera d Alba ‘Fides’.
Roasted local beet & baby greens. Toasted walnuts, shaved asiago, lemon herb vinaigrette. Barbaresco is the wine paired with this salad.
Duo of Beef. Seared petit filet, braised beef cheek, pecorino rosemary potato tart, stuffed cipollini onion, roasted baby carrots, red wine reduction. Paired with Barolo.
I am in my happy place!!!
Classic mascarpone tiramisu. Chocolate lady fingers, blackberry apricot compote paired with Moscato d’Asti.
I told you how much I love Periscope! It is a live streaming app that I am able to share LIVE with my twitter audience. If you missed the wrap up of the food I have a video for you!
After we said good night we headed back to our room at The Hotel Hershey. Even if you are local I HIGHLY suggest staying at a Hershey property. Treat yourself and enjoy the ENTIRE weekend for The Hotel Hershey Wine and Food Festival. Here is a quick room tour of a room I stayed in earlier this year:
If the dinner was not enough for you, on Sunday there is the Grand Tasting. When they say GRAND they mean GRAND! The Grand Tasting features more than 50 international and domestic wineries, a selection of local breweries, food samplings from Hershey Entertainment & Resorts’ award-winning chefs and restaurants and live jazz entertainment. Guests are invited to stroll and enjoy the grounds of the Hotel’s Formal Gardens and Harvest Plaza.
Not just #wine at the #thehotelhersheywff we have chicken and waffles!!!!! Enjoy this at Harvest at The Hotel Hershey. @dininginhershey A photo posted by Sarah Mock 🌸🍷🍴✈️👠 (@howipinchapenny) on
So what do you think? Are you ready to attend the 7th annual Hotel Hershey Wine and Food Festival?
I know I am!