Thursday, August 4, 2016

August eNewsletter

Exciting news...

We’re thrilled to announce as of August 20th we will be carrying two Boxcar beers and two Levante beers at our Landenberg and Kennett locations. Each of these beers is locally sourced in West Chester, PA. Beer by the glass and a beer flight will be available too!

Winemaker's Corner: An Interview with Gabriel

Where are you from? 
          I am originally from Mendoza, Argentina.
How long have you been making wine in America?
          Before coming to the United States, I worked as a winemaker in Argentina for four years. I worked in California for one year, and I have been making wine in Pennsylvania for four years now.
What got you into winemaking?
          I was in contact with the process of winemaking ever since high school, where I graduated with a degree in chemistry and industrial process. My plan after that was to go to college to become an agronomy engineer (which is basically the science behind agriculture), but I wrote down the wrong application dates! When I went to apply for entry, I had missed the deadline by just one day. I was completely disappointed in myself, so I spent the whole day with my father driving to every university in Mendoza until I finally found a college that offered a winemaking degree I could complete in two and a half years. I decided to apply, thinking this would be better than losing an entire year of schooling. After I got my degree, I fell in love with the craft and went back to school for a master's degree in oenology and viticulture.
What is your favorite wine that you make?
          My favorite wine at Paradocx is the 2012 late harvest Traminette. This is a wine that has a lot to offer: well-balanced with a diversity of aromas, flavor, and finish. I specifically love the jasmine aromas. My sister has jasmine plants in her backyard, so every time I smell this wine, it automatically transports me back to her house in Mendoza.
What is your favorite part of winemaking?
          My favorite part of winemaking is the harvest. There is truly nothing like it. Each year comes with new challenges, differences, and excitements, which makes every harvest completely different. I just love it!
What is your most memorable experience working at Paradocx?
          I am lucky enough to have many, but the most memorable experience for me was when we won a double gold medal at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition for our 2014 Yield, which is a blend of five varieties of white grapes. I am a strong believer that blends are the best way for a winemaker to express yourself in your wine.
What is your favorite meal? What wine do you enjoy with it?
          I have two: one is called an Argentinian lomo, which is a thick cut of Argentinian sirloin on toasted flatbread or French baguette with tomatoes, olive oil, arugula, prosciutto, provolone cheese, sunny side up eggs, salt, and cracked black pepper. This sandwich is perfect paired with a Malbec Grand Reserve. The second is simple Argentinian barbecue paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon.
Where do you see Paradocx wines heading in the future?
          Paradocx has had great, steady, and innovative growth over the past four years. The winery is heading toward having a product for every likelihood and taste with premium dry wines that are recognized at the state, national, and international levels in a way that backs up the excellent grape quality we have here in Pennsylvania. Our signature wines are balanced with complex aromas and flavors, easy to drink, and can be consumed on a daily basis. I anticipate having dry, sweet, and semi-sweet special vinification that will make you discover, or rediscover, your love for wine.
What is one fun and goofy fact about you?
          I am a very animated talker. I use different sounds and motions to get my point across. At the same time, I come off as very professional and serious, which makes it easy to joke with people. They always believe what I'm saying, even when it's something completely absurd! 

Upcoming Events: August

August 2 5:00pm-7:00pm Ladies' Night Out at Liberty Place! It's been a long, hot summer. Call up your besties and cool down with a chilled glass of wine. 
Location: Liberty Place
Cost: $2 off ALL flights and wine by the glass! Plus 10% off bottle, can, and pouch purchases with the purchase of flight or glass of wine.





August 6 & 20 9:00am-1:00pm Come see us at the Lansdowne Farmers' Market. The mission of the Lansdowne Farmers' Market (LFM), inaugurated in May 2007 and open every Saturday from Memorial Day weekend to Halloween, is to “bring fresh, local food to Lansdowne; foster economic development in the borough; promote Lansdowne and its events, businesses, artists, and musicians; and provide a community gathering place.
Location: 30 N Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne, PA 19050 

August 6 & 20 9:00am-1:00pm OR come see us at the Phoenixville Farmers' Market. The Phoenixville Farmers' Market is a producer/grower market committed to providing locally grown, fresh food; to preserving our agricultural heritage; and to building community. Stop by and pick up a bottle of PDX wine while shopping all the local vendors!
Location200 Mill St., Phoenixville, PA 19460


August 12 6:30pm-8:30pm Local Floral Workshop: From Your Garden to Vase...Celebrating 'Local' Design. Join Mara from The Farm at Oxford and Ali from Burlap and Blooms for another fun summer evening of wine and flowers. Mara grows and sells specialty cut flowers to local customers and florists. Ali designs for special events using local florals and elements whenever possible. We both quite often get questions about how to use the floral bounty you can find around you. In this evening workshop session, we'll talk about how to identify and work with florals from your own garden and the abundant local areas around you (foraging can be fun!); and offer visual instruction and hands-on assistance with designing your own gorgeous arrangement to take home with you. Of course, there is wine and the gorgeous ambiance of the Paradocx Vineyard on a warm summer evening. Invite a friend or family member to join you, or invite all the girls for a girls' night out!
Click here to sign up online (pre-payment required for online tickets). As of right now, there are 16 spots left!
Location: Landenberg
Cost: $75 per person, $10 off for Wine Club members on a maximum of two tickets

August 13 5:00pm-9:00pm Summer concert series featuring a Sinatra cover band. Live music, wine, and food trucks: what could be better? Bring your friends and family (leave the dogs at home!) and enjoy music under the sunset. We have some outdoor seating, but feel free to bring your own beach chairs or blankets to share. No outside alcohol permitted. Pre-purchase tickets here for a discounted price!
Location: Landenberg
Cost: $12 at the door, $10 with pre-purchased ticket. Ages 21+ fee includes one glass of select wine and entrance to concert.

August 14 & 28 10:00am-2:00pm Visit us at the Headhouse Farmers' Market. Established in 2007, this market is located in the historic Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. Featuring more than 40 vendors, Headhouse is one of The Food Trust's largest farmers’ markets. Beyond the abundance of fresh produce, you can also find a great selection of locally prepared foods and artesanal goods such as soups, canelés, ice cream, coffee, and wine.
Location: S 2nd St. & Lombard St., Philadelphia, PA

August 14 2:00pm-6:00pm Family Fun Night at Paradocx! Bring the whole family for an evening of fun at the winery. Bounce house, hayride, face painting and of course WINE. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy live music and food tucks. Please no outside alcohol or pets.
Location: Landenberg
Cost: Admission is FREE!

August 19 6:30pm-7:30pm Blind Tasting of Paradocx Wines! How well do you know your wines? Join us for a blind tasting of four of our wines. Mingle and light fare at 6:30pm, wine pouring at 6:45pm. Taste all four wines, guess them correctly, and a winner will receive a special gift! Pre-payment required for online tickets. Space is limited. RSVP today! As of right now there are 35 remaining reservations.
Location: Landenberg
Cost: $18.00 per person, $2 off for Wine Club members on a maximum of two tickets

August 20 12:00pm-8:00pm Beer at Paradocx Launch Party! Join us as we launch beer flights and by the glass to the Market at Liberty Place. Celebrate the Market at Liberty Place's annual birthday bash with live music and delicious food from our market neighbors. Enjoy locally-made beers from the Boxcar Brewery & Levante Brewing Company. Follow us on Facebook for up to date info & like the event to enter to win a beer flight for two! 

August 27 5:00pm-9:00pm Summer Concert Series featuring The Rose Project. Enjoy a glass of wine while being serenaded under the stars. Bring your friends and family (leave the dogs at home!) and enjoy the music. We have some outdoor seating, but feel free to bring your own beach chairs or blankets to share. No outside alcohol permitted. Pre-purchase tickets here for a discounted price!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Blind Tasting & New Release!

April Fools Day


In honor of April Fools Day, Paradocx has set up a blind taste test this Friday, April 1!

Think you know our wines? Try your hand (or palate!) at a blind tasting of four Paradocx wines! Starting at 6:00pm, there will be light fare and mingling, and at 6:30pm, we'll start pouring the wine! Take a friend or partner and see who knows their wine. At the end of the night, a winner will receive a special gift.

Study up with this handy wine guide beforehand:


Space is limited, so RSVP here to sign up!

Cost: $18 per person. (Wine Club Member discount: $2 off each on a maximum of 2 persons) Pre-payment required online.

Location: Landenberg













How to Throw Your Own Blind Taste Test:


Step 1: Buy your favorite Paradocx wines - as many as you'd like - from one of our locations!
Step 2: Acquire friends and family and set a date and time.
Step 3: Cover wine bottles - use paper bags, wrapping paper, yarn, or even paint! Get creative, but remember which one is which!
Step 4: Have everyone over, cover their eyes, and let the fun begin!
Step 5: Paint the town responsibly :)

Words from the Winemaker

Newly released, our winemaker has carefully crafted a limited edition 2014 Pinot Grigio: This estate-grown Pinot Grigio has beautiful green reflections, earthy aromas of minerals, green apple, mint, and lime with flavors of almonds, apples, and a citric and buttery finish. 

Cost: $15.99 per bottle
Location: All!

Stay tuned for our 2016 Summer Concert Series lineup to be released on April 7!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Where have we been?

Part of the business of working for a winery is that we have to love wine! So we asked our employees about some of their favorite wineries from all over the place, and this is what they said:

Dianne - PDX Wine Associate
 
My husband Gary and I had the opportunity to travel to Spain in October of 2015, and wineries, of course, were included in our planning!

The first winery we went to was Real Cortijo Winery in Madrid.

This winery was started in 1782 under the decree of King Charles III of Spain. It is the only subterranean winery of its kind, as it was built under the royal estate of San Isidro. It was very fascinating to explore the winery and its history beneath the ground. Needless to say, the wine was amazing!





Another winery we explored in Madrid was Bodegas Peral Winery. It was neat to see this working winery and the history they had to offer. One of the ways that they used to transport the wine from the clay pots was a goat that they had turned inside out and tarred on both sides.






Solera Winery was the last winery we visited in Madrid. It was quite a homey experience to see a winery on a smaller scale. We got to see the workers pulling the grape skins and seeds from the clay pots that store the wine.







All three wineries in Madrid offered us excellent wines to taste and enjoy!




 




We also got to experience a wine tour in Barcelona. We took a tour of Oller del Mas. Among their acres of vines, they were able to find some vines that survived the disease that destroyed many vines all over Europe. They are slowly grafting many of those vines to newer vines.





They were able to share their history and show some new technology they are incorporating into their wine-making process. We got to enjoy tasting the wines using their older method compared to their new method, which was a very fun and interesting experience!








Jenny - PDX Associate

One of my favorite wineries I've visited is Wild Women Winery in Denver, CO. This winery was pretty unique. Customers could create and design their own batch of wine alongside a winemaker to create something completely custom. They also had custom wine labels where you could send them any photo, and they would print it out on site and place it on whatever bottle you'd like. It's a great idea and an awesome personal touch! The employees were so friendly!


Another really fun winery I went to was Pompous Ass Winery in Seneca Lake, NY. In keeping with its name, Pompous Ass had such a fun atmosphere! It is part of the Seneca Lake wine trail near Watkins Glen, NY. The location is beautiful, and the wine trail itself is a must-do. Not only are their wine names fun, but the wine was delicious- there wasn't one I didn't like!












John - PDX Manager & Susan - PDX Tasting Room Associate

Susan and I visited the Willamette Valley in Oregon last fall. It's located about an hour southwest of Portland, which sits on the majestic Columbia River. Willamette Valley is renowned for its Pinot Noir, which is why we went there. Domaine Drouhin is in Dundee Hills, one of the AVAs there with unique "red" soil. It sits on the hillside with sweeping views of the beautiful vineyards and valley. The tasting we did included only pinots- six of them! The 2013 Dundee Hills pinot was really special... I can still taste it! When we went, it was during harvest, so we saw bins full of pinot grapes and even got to walk through the tank room. By the way, the tasting glass holds a whole bottle of wine!


While we were in Oregon, we visited 14 different wineries. It was a totally awesome experience, and I highly recommend it. I'd be happy to provide any more information if anyone's interested in going!

Cassie - PDX Lead Associate & Wine Club Manager


Since starting at PDX three years ago, we've visited about 75 other vineyards across eight states! (This picture is from Paraduxx in Napa)

The first that I want to talk about is Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville, VA. Blenheim is owned by Dave Matthews, my favorite musician. I've visited Blenheim four or five times and always have an excellent customer experience. Their Painted Red & Painted White wine series is excellent!








Callaghan Vineyards in Elgin, AZ is another of my favorites! Did you even know there are wineries in Arizona?! I didn't, but luckily my awesome family who live in Phoenix took me down to Arizona wine country when I last visited. Callaghan makes some very tasty wines in an unexpected yet beautiful setting!






This one has a similar name to our own: Paraduxx Vineyard in Napa, CA! When my friend and I visited Napa during New Year's 2014, I knew we had to stop at Paraduxx just for the name. When I told them where I worked, they said, "Ah, yes, we know you guys! We'll take care of you." We were treated to a wonderful tasting spread while looking at the amazing beauty of Napa!






So where have you been? Tell us in the comments!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Marching Forth...

You have to love a good pun! So looking forward (or marching forth!) into March, here's what Paradocx has going on:

  
March 1 5:00pm-7:00pm Ladies' Night at Liberty Place! Grab your favorite ladies for a night of drink specials and catch up over a glass of wine (or two, we don't judge!). Take a walk around the market with your girls and celebrate who you are!                                                                                                                                                                                Location: Liberty Place
Cost: $2 off ALL wine by the glass!







March 3-6
National Mulled Wine Day is March 3! Cozy up with a bottle or can of our Spiced Red Wine, flavored with cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and cardamom pods. Warm it up on the stove over medium-low heat or simply plug in the crock pot set to warm. Add a few orange slices and voila! You've got some delicious mulled wine!
Location: All locations are participating in this promotion!
Cost: 25% off Spiced Red Wine!



Fridays - March 4, 11, 18, 25 6:00pm-9:00pm
Happy hour at Liberty Place! Discounted wine by the glass and live music every Friday.
Music Schedule:
March 4: Sinatra
March 11: Green Eggs & Jam
March 18: Beatles
March 25: Sara Spicer
LocationLiberty Place
Cost: $2 off select wine by the glass.



March 6 11:00am-12:00pm
Yoga in the tank room! Join us for a Sunday morning yoga session and wine tasting to start your week off right. Grab a glass or bottle with your friends afterward to continue your relaxation! Each class is designed to relax the mind and open the senses to encourage a mindful wine-tasting experience.
Location: Landenberg
Cost: $25 for yoga session and wine tasting.



March 11 
Drumroll please! On March 11, we will be releasing our 2014 Chambourcin! This intense ruby-colored wine with violet reflections will be sure to warm you up. In the nose, fig jam, overripe plums, black olives, caramel, toasted coffee, vanilla, and leather. The mouth is cranberry, blackberry plums and figs with a vibrant acidity. It finishes with soft elegant tannin, vanilla coffee, and toasted bread from its aging 8 months in French oak. 
Location: All locations
Cost: Free glass of 2014 Chambourcin with purchase of a bottle.


March 17
St. Patrick's Day is not just for beer-lovers anymore! Grab your party animals and head to the Market at Liberty Place to celebrate being Irish for the day! And no, we don't ACTUALLY have green wine :P
Location: Liberty Place
Cost: $3 off select wines & cider.



March 20 11:00am-12:00pm
Yoga in the tank room (again)! Our staff and customers alike love this event, so we're doing it twice in one month. This is just the boost we need to get through the finicky weather we in southeastern PA expect from March.

Location: Landenberg
Cost: $25 for yoga session and wine tasting.






March 24 6:00pm-8:00pm
Book Club! This month's book is Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.
A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn't have less in common- a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
This book is also being turned into a movie set to be released on June 3. Can anyone say road trip?
Location: Liberty Place
Cost: Free to attend! RSVP here by March 23 and receive a complementary PDX wine glass!







March 25
Moms' Night Out is coming to the Market at Liberty Place! Every parent loves their kids, but sometimes we need to give ourselves a "time-out" too. Hire a babysitter or give the kids some quality daddy time and Uncork. Relax. Unwind. at happy hour.
Location: Liberty Place
Cost: $2 off select wines by the glass.

Monday, February 8, 2016

February 2016 eNewsletter

Winemaker's Corner

It's an exciting time in the winery since bottling is right around the corner! 

On February 15, 16 & 17 we will be bottling:
Haywagon Chardonnay 2015 is a young, fruity, and complex wine with tropical notes.
Vidal Blanc 2015 is a wine that we have not made since 2012 due to lack of quality grape crops in 2013 and 2014. Since this wine demands certain characteristics and a particular degree of complexity, we waited for the perfect vintage, and 2015 was the year! White peach, dried fruits, and a floral profile on the finish.
Pinot Blanc 2015 is coming back again this year with lots of surprises: floral notes, creamy flavors, and more!
Pinot Grigio 2015 is a complex wine that shows the quality of Landenberg's soil with its strong roots and incredible growth this season. Notes of cantaloupe and green apple provide a bright acidity. 
as well as our PDX signature wines: Chardonnay, White Wash, Pail Pink, Barn Red, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Gabriel Rubilar, Head Winemaker, PDX

We will have photos and videos all next week on Facebook! Make sure to check it out! 


Upcoming Events


PDX Book Club @ Liberty Place February 25 from 6-8pm


So here's how book club works:
Step 1: read this awesome New York Times #1 Bestseller
Step 2: while doing step 1, drink some wine
Step 3: come to Paradocx's Liberty Place location, drink more wine, and chat about the book with your friends

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She's even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? - summary from Amazon

Featured Wine - 2014 Leverage

The 2014 Leverage is a deep red crimson in color. The nose has elegant roses, plums, blackberries, green peppers, black pepper, coffee, vanilla, and caramel. The mouth has notes of licorice and plums, elegant velvety tannins, and flavors of fresh tobacco and leather with a chocolate finish.

Cooking with Wine

Shrimp Linguine with Garlic White Wine Sauce

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp. butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 lb. peeled raw shrimp
1 1/2 cups dry white wine (chardonnay or pinot grigio work well here!)
juice from 1/2 lemon
salt & pepper
2-3 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 lb. linguine pasta

Instructions:
1. Prepare the linguine according to package instructions.
2. While the linguine is cooking, melt the butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Sauté the garlic and red pepper flakes in the butter.
3. Cook the shrimp in the butter and garlic. This will only take a few minutes, so watch them to be sure they don't get overcooked.
4. De-glaze the pan with the wine and add the lemon juice. Let simmer for a few minutes.
5. Pour the sauce over the pasta and let sit under foil to soak up the sauce.
6. Add the parsley to garnish and enjoy!

Modified from food.com

Don't Forget about our new hours & newest location! 


Friday, January 29, 2016

February Events!

We have a TON happening this month at Paradocx! In addition to our awesome new book club, here's what to look forward to:

February 2 5:00pm-7:00pm
Ladies' Night at Liberty Place! Grab your favorite ladies for a night of drink specials and catch up over a glass of wine. This night we're also running a buy three truffles get one free special! Nothing goes better with wine than chocolate, am I right?
Location: Liberty Place
Cost: $2 off ALL wine by the glass!


Fridays - February 5, 12, 19, 26 6:00pm-9:00pm
Happy hour at Liberty Place! Discounted wine by the glass and live music every Friday.
Music Schedule:
February 5: Chris Bruni
February 12: Chris Ferron
February 19: Dave Renz
February 26: Wendell Woods
LocationLiberty Place
Cost: $2 off select wine by the glass.

February 6 3:00pm-5:00pm
The PDXperience Winter Warmers Tasting! During this tasting, we will pair four PDX red wines with locally made Swiss chocolate truffles. You definitely don't want to miss this! Pre-payment is required, so RSVP here!
Location: Landenberg
Cost: $18 for Wine Club members, $20 for non-members


February 7 3:00pm-8:00pm
We're running Super Bowl Specials all day at the Liberty Place Market. Be sure to grab some food from the market vendors and catch the action on TV with your friends!
Location: Liberty Place
Cost: $2 off wine by the glass, cider, & the PDX signature flight!



February 8-12
Looking for that perfect Valentine's Day gift? Just looking to treat yourself?
Check out our Chocolate & Wine Promotion at Liberty Place! All week long our staff will help you pair a box of Neuchatel chocolate truffles with the perfect PDX wine.
Location: Liberty Place
Cost: 10% off a bottle of wine with purchase of truffles!


February 12 5:00pm-9:00pm
Single or taken, come to Liberty Place to celebrate love of all kinds at our Bittersweet Anti-Valentine's Day Party! With live music and chocolate-wine pairings, it'll be a fantastic night.
Location: Liberty Place
Cost: Free to get in & $2 off select wine by the glass.






February 25 6:00pm-8:00pm
Last but not least, this month's book club will be held at the Liberty Place location! We will be reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, a suspenseful thriller that is flying off the shelves. In addition to getting to read, eat cheese, and chat over wine, if you RSVP by February 21, you will get a FREE glass of wine at the event!
Location: Liberty Place
Cost: Free to attend! Wine will be available for purchase.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Book Club - February 25 @ 6pm

The votes are in, and we've decided to read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins for next month's book club!



Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She's even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? - summary from Amazon

So here's how book club works, for anyone who doesn't know:

Step 1: read this awesome New York Times #1 Bestseller
Step 2: while doing step 1, drink some wine
Step 3: come to Paradocx's Liberty Place location, drink more wine, and chat about the book with your friends

Cost: This book club is free to attend! Wine will be available for purchase.
Location: Liberty Place - Kennett Square @ 6pm on February 25, 2016