There were five courses of food, a strolling violinist and plenty of wine
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The VAH bar offered wines and a taste of Christmas on Friday night.
Paul Vigna/The Wine Classroom   glasses to fill. And by the time the night ended, some six hours after it began, it seemed like The Vineyard at Hershey’s inaugural Cork to Fork event on Friday night had left a good taste in everyone’s mouth.
The dinner and wine pairing combined the work of executive chef Joshua Short and an attentive staff from The JDK Group, of Camp Hill, with many of the wines on the list of the still less than 1-year-old Dauphin County winery. Add in the intimate setting and music and it’s no wonder that those who came to any of the four sittings tended to linger for several hours and savor all they could digest.
The trio of desserts, prepared by The JDK Group, and the wines that accompanied them.
Paul Vigna/The Wine Classroom   Parties were seated on two levels of the farmhouse, what for the moment serves as the tasting area for the winery. As the food rotated out, winemaker L. Paul Vezzetti was among those pouring and talking a bit about the pairing. Here’s a link to the menu, which opened with a Spanish Apertivo followed by a seared diver scallop, then braised pork belly and dusted duck confit. The dessert trio was paired individually with glasses of niagara, pink catawba and a fortified wine called Blackberry Portrait.  QRcode.jpg
A QB code on one of The Vineyard at Hershey’s new labels.
Paul Vigna/The Wine Classroom   By the end of the evening, winery partner Jason Reimer was already talking about an encore, this to be scheduled around Valentine’s Day. More than 60 attended, including Sara Bozich (and husband Andy Surra), who will be welcoming upwards of 100 guests to the winery this Friday for her holiday party. There were a few tickets remaining, which can be purchased here.
A number of things have set apart The Vineyard at Hershey from other new wineries, including he staff’s remarkable work using social media (much credit to Mike Wilson) and several innovative events, including a festival earlier this fall. But what you don’t always get from a new winery are palatable wines, at least from the entire lineup. You do here. Perhaps Friday’s star was an oaked chardonnay that matched superbly with the scallop. My other favorite was the Blackberry Portrait, which completed the evening matched perfectly with the smoked black fig and Mascarpone cream.
A couple of other notes:
* The winery’s list sounds like it will be tweaked a bit next year. gewurztraminer and a bubbly moscato will be added, and they are considering a Bordeaux blend.Those might boot one or two original wines, at least for now.
* New labels were supposed to arrive Monday, and several of them feature a QR code that, when swiped by a Smartphone, set in motion a short video on that particular wine. Now that’s a tasting. You already can see these videos on The Vineyard at Hershey’s site.
My thanks to Reimer and the VAH family for the invitation and meal.