Twin Brook Winery
One of eight wineries located on the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail in southeastern Pennsylvania, Twin Brook Winery is a 67 acre farm complete with estate winery, vineyards, and plenty of picturesque views. Located in Gap, Pennsylvania, the property includes a restored 19th century barn, making it the perfect location for picnics, concerts, and more importantly, award-winning wines! Winemaker Tim Jobe planted the first grape vines in 1985, which include Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Franc, among many others (12 to be exact). Tim kindly sent three whites for me to sample, a “Naked” Chardonnay, a Pinot Grigio, and last but certainly not least, the Reserve Chardonnay.
Up first in the lineup included the 2008 Pinot Grigio. A medium-bodied, dry wine, retailing for $16, citrus dominates both the nose and palate. A wine for the masses, I can see this wine flying out of the tasting room (not surprisingly, the wine is sold out). Next up included the 2008 Naked Chardonnay. At $16 retail, the medium-bodied wine is the perfect accompaniment to shellfish or a lazy afternoon. My top prize was awarded to the 2008 Chardonnay Reserve. Barrel aged in American oak, the Chardonnay is easily one of the best East Coast examples I’ve had to date. Retailing for a very reasonable $18 (California take note), I’d love to have a case of this sitting around.
Out of the gate, Pennsylvania has impressed with great value. It may be time for Pennsylvania to change its’ license plates from:
You’ve Got a Friend in Pennsylvania to We’ve Got Great Wine in Pennsylvania
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