This week we have been harvesting many varieties of grapes. This weekend we come together to celebrate just one of them, Chambourcin. I feel bad for the Chambourcin grape in some ways as its parentage is questionable. As I have “papers” that show where my parents and grandparents came from, Chambourcin is not as fortunate. The grape is believed to be a cross between a Siebel hybrid and a Native American vine but the bright side is the Regent hybrid knows his daddy is the Chambourcin. Knowing where you come from isn’t everything. I know plenty of adopted dogs and their human parents love them just the same, even if they don’t have those overpriced, coveted “papers.” They are good dogs and the Chambourcin is a good grape with a very distinctive color and flavor. Each of us is an individual, capable of anything. It doesn’t matter if you can’t answer, “Who’s your daddy.”
Speaking of flavor, do you like Chili? One could say I’m a chili dog. I know it’s not advised for me to eat chili because those around me do not like the outcome. I’m told I remind them of a Seinfeld episode where Kramer was feeding the horses “Beef-a-reeno.” He even sang a song to the horse as he told him to eat up, “I’m so keen-o on beef-a-reeno, what a delicious cuisine-o, fit for the king and queen-o.” Let’s just say the folks riding in the carriage that night had the same reaction my parents do when I eat things I should not. The beautiful part of Chili is it is made for humans to enjoy and oh boy, do they. I remember last year in January during our Chili Cook-Off we had about 140 people come in the snow to try our six chef’s creations. This weekend you will get to try the winning chef, Todd Keller’s, creation right here at the winery with your choice of Chambourcin or Cellar Red wine. We even have the recipe so you can make it at home. Plus, if you are an aspiring chef, we will have applications for our 2015 Chili Cook-Off so you can throw your chef’s hat into the ring of fire and compete in January.
Looking ahead, I wanted to give you an update on our Verhext Weekend (Bewitched in German) and how you can be a good witch to help the homeless, October 25th and 26th. MINI of Allentown has agreed to bring a MINI convertible. Their motto is “Little Cars, Big Hearts” and they will live up to that when they place that car in front of the winery. Cross your fingers for sunny days so we can put that top down and every visitor may place in the donations needed for Family Promise and help our local homeless families. We want to MAX OUT THE MINI, that’s right, overflow that little car with toiletries, cleaning products, paper, pencils, soap and detergent. If you need the complete list, pick one up at wine sales during Chambourcin weekend or see the event post on Facebook, then plan to come back for the debut of our spice wine and a pairing of an Austrian treat on October 25 and 26 and “Max out the MINI” to help others. We have a special gift for each family who brings a monetary or product donation. Don’t miss the opportunity to help those less fortunate and make a little history…this has never been done before in Andreas.
Until next time…
posted on October 15th, 2014 by Kathy SpeakingforClem
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