• Friday , 28 July 2017

Chaddsford Winery Delves into Wine Pairing Dinners with The Vitner’s Table

Story, photos by Cassie Hepler
The Vintner’s Table is an intimate, five-course pairing dinner that makes drinking wine accessible, familiar, and fun throughout the changing seasons of the year at Chaddsford Winery in Chaddsford, Pa. Whether you’re a wine rookie or veteran connoisseur, take a seat at the table to explore seasonal wine-and-food pairings, experience a range of wine styles, and enjoy an educational and exceptional, five-course tasting menu.
Our dinner started at 6 p.m. and with the falling back time change, we arrived early to capture that beautiful sunset and twilight hour which we highly recommend to get in the country groove. The winery also requests that you arrive on time to not hold up the dinner for others and bribe guests with social wine time and delicious appetizers.
There are no assigned seats, it is first come and first served which we liked as we are always early. They may suggest, depending on party size, where to sit so everyone can sit together but other than that it’s free reign. We recommend not sitting on the end is possible as your chair will be perpetually in the way of others. Regardless, by then end of the night, we certainly were one big, boisterous belly-filled group as they hoped!
An extra bonus is all wine purchases made after (or during dinner) will be 20 percent off, and includes all wines featured on the menu, plus anything on the shelves. The night we were there, guests also had the rare opportunity to take home a special “Library Selection” 2007 Rubino (ruby) as featured in the second course.
Arriving at Chaddsford Winery during sunset makes the sky look like a faded blue.

Arriving at Chaddsford Winery during sunset makes the sky look like a faded blue.

A lovely little cottage attached to more tented outdoor seating in the back at Chaddsford Winery.

A lovely little cottage attached to more tented outdoor seating in the back at Chaddsford Winery.

Somebody left their fuzzy animal hat at Chaddsford Winery.

Somebody left their fuzzy animal hat at Chaddsford Winery.

The entrance to Chaddsford Winery which shows the rules and other information, also no smoking is allowed on the premises.

The entrance to Chaddsford Winery which shows the rules and other information like the wine and cheese walking tours, also no smoking is allowed on the premises.

This snuggly group of ladies were enjoying some girl time outside under the complimentary blankets at Chaddsford Winery.

This snuggly group of ladies were enjoying some girl time outside under the complimentary blankets at Chaddsford Winery.

The front sign at Chaddsford Winery with fall bounty.

The front sign at Chaddsford Winery with fall bounty.

Outdoor seating at Chaddsford Winery usually includes fire pits as well.

Outdoor seating at Chaddsford Winery usually includes fire pits as well.

The lovely ladies line up for a photo in front of the sign.

The lovely ladies line up for a photo in front of the sign.

These two ladies wanted to model their favorite wine... or sports team or both!

These two ladies wanted to model their favorite wine… or sports team or both!

An engagement shoot was happening at the golden hour as well at Chaddsford Winery.

An engagement shoot was happening at the golden hour as well at Chaddsford Winery by a very pregnant photographer.

Creeping in on The Vitner's Table at Chaddsford Winery before the fun begins at sunset.

Creeping in on The Vitner’s Table at Chaddsford Winery before the fun begins at sunset.

Tons of wine for sale at Chaddsford Winery.

Tons of wine for sale at Chaddsford Winery.

Seasonal favorites which are delicious heated at Chaddsford Winery.

Seasonal favorites which are delicious heated at Chaddsford Winery.

Award winning wine abounds at Chaddsford Winery.

Award winning wine abounds at Chaddsford Winery.

One of the limited supply wines available to purchase at Chaddsford Winery.

One of the limited supply wines available to purchase at Chaddsford Winery.

There is also hard cider for non wine lovers at Chaddsford Winery.

There is also hard cider for non wine lovers at Chaddsford Winery.

Some wine art at Chaddsford Winery.

Some wine bottle art at Chaddsford Winery.

These whimsical and funny pint sized wine bottles for stocking surprises at Chaddsford Winery.

These whimsical and funny pint sized wine bottles for stocking surprises at Chaddsford Winery.

Perhaps our favorite label of the night at Chaddsford Winery.

Perhaps our favorite label of the night at Chaddsford Winery.

You can purchase DiBruno Brother's cheese and crackers to enjoy with your wine samples at Chaddsford Winery.

You can purchase DiBruno Brother’s cheese and crackers to enjoy with your wine samples at Chaddsford Winery.

Phillies wine for sale at Chaddsford Winery.

Phillies wine for sale at Chaddsford Winery.

Flyers wine for sale at Chaddsford Winery.

76ers wine for sale at Chaddsford Winery.

Wine tasting room at Chaddsford Winery.

Wine tasting room at Chaddsford Winery.

Don't forget to write down your favorites at Chaddsford Winery.

Don’t forget to write down your favorites at Chaddsford Winery because things get fuzzy after a while.

Take a walkabout above the wine vats and wine cellar at Chaddsford Winery at your own leisure.

Take a walkabout above the wine vats and wine cellar at Chaddsford Winery at your own leisure.

Smells of damp wine and oak barrels fill the air and the wine cellar at Chaddsford Winery.

Smells of damp wine and oak barrels fill the air and the wine cellar at Chaddsford Winery.

A walk behind the winery leads us to this huge dog park with this lucky puppy at Chaddsford Winery.

A walk behind the winery leads us to this huge dog park with this lucky puppy at Chaddsford Winery.

Stunning sunset views behind Chaddsford Winery in a giant field.

Stunning sunset views behind Chaddsford Winery in a giant field.

For our furry friends behind Chaddsford Winery.

For our furry friends behind Chaddsford Winery.

Back to the winery for some delicious brie cheese bites with cherries and candied pecans at Chaddsford Winery, we may have had two they were so good.

Back to the winery for some delicious apps! Brie cheese bites with cherries and candied pecans at Chaddsford Winery, we may have had two they were so good.

Trying some rose and were not disappointed for social time at Chaddsford Winery before dinner.

Trying some rose and were not disappointed for social time at Chaddsford Winery before dinner.

Winemaker Jim Osborn infuses creativity, artisanship, and technique into every bottle of wine, creating award-winning varietals and blends at Chaddsford Winery.

Winemaker Jim Osborn infuses creativity, artisanship, and technique into every bottle of wine, creating award-winning varietals and blends at Chaddsford Winery. He also told us tales of the grape vines, struggles and successes.

One of our first wines of the night this cabernet which was a fan favorite for some.

One of our first wines of the night this cabernet which was a fan favorite for some. Our winemaker said 2013 was the winemakers year for grapes.

A red that did not leave us with a headache is a hard find at Chaddsford Winery and this cab was excellent.

A red that did not leave us with a headache is a hard find and this cab was excellent at Chaddsford Winery.

Our Thanksgiving menu at Chaddsford Winery.

Our Thanksgiving menu at Chaddsford Winery.

Our Thanksgiving menu at Chaddsford Winery.

Our Thanksgiving menu at Chaddsford Winery.

Some of the white wine for social time

Some of the white wine for social time was tasty, clean and refreshing.

Always a generous pour at Chaddsford Winery, we like that about them.

Always a generous pour at Chaddsford Winery, we like that about them.

Our chef of the night, John who has an Italian background. Chefs will be rotating in the Spring when The Vitner's Table resumes.

Our chef of the night, John Serock from his namesake catering company who has an Italian background. Chefs will be rotating in the Spring when The Vitner’s Table resumes.

John Serock Catering of West Chester caters from brides to meeting planners throughout the Philadelphia area. They are listed as a preferred caterer at a variety of unique locations throughout the Delaware Valley, which include historical mansions and farms in Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Bucks Counties.

Sausage stuffed portabello mushroom was huge, meaty and delicious. Pair this with the fresh Italian bread and the red and we were in heaven.

Sausage stuffed portabello mushroom was huge, meaty and delicious. Pair this with the fresh Italian bread and the red and we were in heaven.

Stuffed portabella with Italian sausage, provolone and spinach paired with 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon with an essence of black cherry, cassis, cedar and tobacco.

Letting the wine aerate brings out those tobacco flavors we all loved in this Ruby.

Letting the wine aerate brings out those tobacco flavors we all loved in this Ruby and others must have too with only one case left.

Nothing is a better idea than large portions of pasta with a wine dinner, topped with ricotta waiting to be spread through the noodles at Chaddsford Winery.

Nothing is a better idea than large portions of pasta with a wine dinner, topped with ricotta waiting to be spread through the noodles at Chaddsford Winery.

Pappardelle, Tuscan ragu with Ricotta paired with Library Selection 2007 Rubino with a character of spice, chocolate and an earthiness of strawberry.

At this point in the night, tannins be damned as we enjoyed the complex flavors of each red. This one was drier but sweet and pleased our palate at Chaddsford Winery.

At this point in the night, tannins be damned as we enjoyed the complex flavors of each red with no headache. This one was drier but sweet and pleased our palate at Chaddsford Winery.

This one is known as the Swiss Army wine to stock in case of emergency!

We went backwards in order of wines for the night on purpose as this was the perfect pairing for Thanksgiving dinner at Chaddsford Winery.

We went backwards in order of wines for the night on purpose as this was the perfect pairing for Thanksgiving dinner at Chaddsford Winery.

A large shared plate of veggies was passed around as servers doled out light and dark meat.

A large shared plate of veggies was passed around as servers doled out light and dark meat.

Thanksgiving is served at Chaddsford Winery with turkey cooked upside down to capture the juices, corn bread stuffing with spicy sausage as well as the cranberry sweet stuffing we all love.

Thanksgiving is served at Chaddsford Winery with turkey cooked upside down to capture the juices, corn bread stuffing with spicy sausage as well as the cranberry sweet stuffing we all love.

Roast Turkey with Sage Jus Lie, cornbread and chorizo stuffing and cranberry apple and walnut stuffing paired with the New Release 2015 Proprietors Reserve Red. It is a soft, smoky, easy-to-drink red with hints of cherry. Roasted Root Vegetables paired with Artisan Series 2013 ‘Sur Lie’ Chardonnay that has a mouth-coating creaminess and complexity. The caramel acidity of the chardonnay cuts right through the gravy.

The warm spiced apple wine seduced our lightweight guest who bought a couple of bottles to take home.

The warm spiced apple wine seduced our lightweight guest who bought a couple of bottles to take home.

The personal sized pecan pie was sweet and the pecans were perfectly toasted, we tore those out and enjoyed with the whipped topping.

The personal sized pecan pie was sweet and the pecans were perfectly toasted, we tore those out and enjoyed with the whipped topping.

Bourbon-Pecan Pie with Vanilla Whipped Cream paired with the warm, mulled spiced apple which is tart and sweet with hints of spice. It’s apple pie in a glass and was addicting! We look forward to seeing the next menu and chef/wine pairing. We enjoyed going backwards in wine from red to white and wonder what this winery will come up with next. The winery plans to announce in January the schedule for 2017 beginning in April on Thursday and Fridays.

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