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Free Activities in Lehigh Valley

If you haven’t hosted an event in Lehigh Valley yet, it’s about time you do. The area has a number of venues and offers a number of free activities your guests can enjoy during their downtime

“Lehigh Valley is home to many things that families, couples, or individuals can visit without having to spend any money to do so,” says Michael Stershic president, Discover Lehigh Valley. “We want to make sure people know that these options exist to them whether they are visiting the area or live here full-time.”

Five Local Wineries Provide a Sampling of Good Times

WHEN YOU THINK OF NEW JERSEY, wine isn’t normally the first thing that comes to mind, but the Garden State is the seventh-largest producer of wine in the United States. There are more than 40 wineries throughout the state, from the southern tip of Cape May all the way up to the northern tip of Montague. The climate and soil varies greatly across the state, and southeastern New Jersey, known as the Outer Coastal Plain, has even been designated as an American Viticultural Area (AVA). AVAs are official wine grape-growing regions of the U.S.

5 Fab Local Wineries and Vineyards Provide Taste for Your Next Event

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The wine industry has exploded in Pennsylvania. From humble beginnings, the number of wineries has increased from as few as 12 in 1976 to over 200 in 2014. Pennsylvania now ranks fifth nationally in terms of grape production. There are six distinctly different regions, and five American Viticultural Areas (AVAs).

Signature Drink - The Local

The cocktails at Local Kitchen and Bar in Ferndale change seasonally, but its classic drink, The Local, is a favorite all year long.

INGREDIENTS:
—1.5 oz. Bulleit Rye whiskey
—1 oz. simple syrup
—1 oz. lemon juice
—A shot of malbec wine

INSTRUCTIONS:
Mix whiskey, simple syrup and lemon juice and finish with the shot of wine.

Courtesy of LOCAL KITCHEN & BAR // 248.291.5650

Demystifying Wine for the Meeting Planner

Did you know there are roughly 1,300 different grape varietals that are used for commercial wine production today? Wine is made in all 50 states, and on almost every continent. Some grapes are clones of one another, while others have different names in different places. A syrah grape in the Rhone region of France is genetically the same as the shiraz grown in Australia’s Barossa Valley, although the wines will be nothing at all alike due to differences in climate and winemaking techniques. Better restaurants may have as many as 10,000 bottles in their wine cellar.

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