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Posted 8/2/2017 3:21pm by John Weygandt.

The deadline for reserving your place at the August 12 Mason&Dixon Rendezvous at Stargazers Vineyard is August 10. Please send your check for $20 per person for the meal to 1024 Wheatland Drive Coatesville PA 19320. 

All are welcome, even if you skip the food and just drink Stargazers wine.  But if you do not pre-pay, the caterer cannot accommodate you.

The event is rain or shine.

254 years ago Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon made their last push westward to complete measuring the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania. By 1767 they were nearly across the length of the border when events transpired which halted their effort.

This year a new book has been published which elaborates on these events and reveals more of the human interest side of the story, BOUNDARIES by Sally M. Walker. These facets will be revealed by the obscure but well versed raconteur, the proprietor of Stargazers Vineyard. One review of the book describes it as appealing to historical minded scientists. Who better to fill this role than yours truly?

With the help of this recent historical scholarship we can "put it all together " and bid Bon Voyage to these great surveyors 

Come celebrate what these men did and learn something more about its scientific importance and historical implications.  The parallels to our current time are inescapable.

The first course of the menu will be served at 7 pm, August 12. For this event we are offering wines for purchase by the glass or bottle. We will provide some suggested pairings, but you are free to make your own choices. However, a small glass of Vidal is included with the lemon cake dessert .

Please join us for a relaxing evening with great food, wine and storytelling while overlooking the Brandywine

Menu  - Hors d'Oeuvres by Betsy

First course: (PA)  mushroom paté with toast 

Second course: (DE) grilled chicken kebob with couscous salad and grilled vegetables

Third course: (MD) crab cakes with remoulade 

Dessert: Lemon cake with a complimentary glass of Vidal wine

$20.00 per person. Prepaid Reservations required by August 10th. Call 610 486 0422 or email stargazers@kennett.net (please indicate if you require a vegetarian option)

 Crownstone

 

Posted 7/12/2017 1:36pm by John Weygandt.

254 years ago Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon made their last push westward to complete measuring the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania. By 1767 they were nearly across the length of the border when events transpired which halted their effort.

This year a new book has been published which elaborates on these events and reveals more of the human interest side of the story, BOUNDARIES by Sally M. Walker. These facets will be revealed by the obscure but well versed raconteur, the proprietor of Stargazers Vineyard. One review of the book describes it as appealing to historical minded scientists. Who better to fill this role than yours truly?

With the help of this recent historical scholarship we can "put it all together " and bid Bon Voyage to these great surveyors 

Come celebrate what these men did and learn something more about its scientific importance and historical implications.  The parallels to our current time are inescapable.

The first course of the menu will be served at 7 pm, August 12. For this event we are offering wines for purchase by the glass or bottle. We will provide some suggested pairings, but you are free to make your own choices. However, a small glass of Vidal is included with the lemon cake dessert .

Please join us for a relaxing evening with great food, wine and storytelling while overlooking the Brandywine

Menu  - Hors d'Oeuvres by Betsy

First course: (PA)  mushroom paté with toast 

Second course: (DE) grilled chicken kebob with couscous salad and grilled vegetables

Third course: (MD) crab cakes with remoulade 

Dessert: Lemon cake with a complimentary glass of Vidal wine

$20.00 per person. Prepaid Reservations required by August 10th. Call 610 486 0422 or email stargazers@kennett.net (please indicate if you require a vegetarian option)

 Crownstone

 

Posted 6/16/2017 11:02am by John Weygandt.

 

Independence Day 2017 will be celebrated at Stargazers Vineyard in our usual tradition with music and a BBQ

Sunday

July  2nd

4 - 7 pm 

Acoustic music will be performed by the Wendy Grantham Trio

  A BBQ platter will be offered by Moonlight Catering 

www.moonlightcatering.net

The BBQ Platter consists of your choice from Richard's grill of Shrimp Kebab, Baby Back Ribs, Chicken, London Broil or     Vegetarian Sausage Sandwich

All served with Corn on the Cob, Potato Salad and Cole Slaw or Pasta Salad.  

 $22.00 per platter 

Wine available to purchase by the glass or bottle

Please join us for a relaxing time 

Feel free to bring your own chairs or blankets

No pets permitted

Entrance FREE

 

Reservations requested

 Call 610 486 0422 or

Email stargazers@kennett.net

 

Wendi Grantham

is a singer, writer and actress.

She is a graduate of Harvard University, and of
the New Actors Workshop. She has acted in plays, film and TV; her
most notable role was that of Shardene Ennis in HBO’s “The Wire”.

For a sample of her singing style see YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2cJaUkdDWw

 Wendi


 

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Posted 12/7/2016 4:34pm by John Weygandt.

 

 

Stargazers Winery Tasting Room will be open for tastings and sales Saturday December 10, Sunday December 11 and Saturday  December 17 noon to five and be closed from December 18 until springtime. Take note of those dates so you do not fail to buy our Sparkling Wine for toasting the arrival of 2017. 

In 2017 Stargazers Winery Tasting Room will be closed for the months of January and February. Check our website for reopening information 

Our shop in Lititz will be open throughout January and February on winter hours. Phone 717 625 3932 for specifics. Our shop in Intercourse will be open Saturdays in February Phone 717 768 8685

 We thank all of our customers for their support in 2016!

Fireworks

Posted 8/5/2016 8:11pm by John Weygandt.

Sometimes one just has to acknowledge great good luck. On July 27 a microburst of wind of tornado like strength passed down Youngs Road and created devastation so great that it prevented me from returning to my home that night. However Stargazers Vineyard was unscathed.

The deadline for reserving your place at the Rendezvous with Mason & Dixon at Stargazers Vineyard August 13  is next Wednesday, August 10. We have something extra to celebrate!

The first course will be served at 7 pm. Please arrive beforehand. This year we are featuring music by Dan Spollen. Most 18th century English composers are now forgotten, but Dan will try to recreate what Mason & Dixon could have been exposed to. For this event we are simply offering wines for purchase by the glass or bottle. We will provide some suggested pairings, but you are free to make your own choices. Please join us for a relaxing evening with great food, wine and music while overlooking the Brandywine

Menu  - Hors d'Oeuvres by Betsy

First course: (PA) Mushroom Paté 

Second course: (DE) Chicken Kebob

Third course: (MD) Crab cake

Dessert: Mason Dixon marker cake with fruit stars

$30.00 per person. Prepaid Reservations required by August 10th. Call 610 486 0422 or email stargazers@kennett.net (please indicate if you require a vegetarian option)

 

Harlan House

Posted 6/20/2016 1:33pm by John Weygandt.

 

Independence Day 2016 will be celebrated at Stargazers Vineyard in our usual tradition with music and a BBQ

Sunday July  3rd

4 - 7 pm 

Acoustic guitar music will be performed by Dan Spollen www.danspollen.com

A BBQ platter will be offered by Moonlight Catering www.moonlightcatering.net

The BBQ Platter consists of your choice from Richard's grill of Shrimp Kebab, Baby Back Ribs, Chicken, London Broil or "Vegetarian Sausage” Sandwich

All served with Corn on the Cob, Potato Salad and Cole Slaw or Pasta Salad.  

 $22.00 per platter 

Wine available to purchase by the glass or bottle

Please join us for a relaxing time 

Feel free to bring your own chairs or blankets

No pets permitted

Entrance FREE

 

Reservations requested

 Call 610 486 0422or

Email stargazers1@verizon.net

 


 

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Posted 6/3/2016 5:45pm by John Weygandt.

 

Independence Day 2016 will be celebrated at Stargazers Vineyard in our usual tradition with music and a BBQ

Sunday July  3rd

4 - 7 pm 

Acoustic guitar music will be performed by Dan Spollen www.danspollen.com

A BBQ platter will be offered by Moonlight Catering www.moonlightcatering.net

The BBQ Platter consists of your choice from Richard's grill of Shrimp Kebab, Baby Back Ribs, Chicken, London Broil or "Vegetarian Sausage” Sandwich

All served with Corn on the Cob, Potato Salad and Cole Slaw or Pasta Salad.  

 $22.00 per platter 

Wine available to purchase by the glass or bottle

Please join us for a relaxing time 

Feel free to bring your own chairs or blankets

No pets permitted

Entrance FREE

 

Reservations requested

 Call 610 486 0422or

Email stargazers1@verizon.net

 


 

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Posted 5/24/2016 7:48am by John Weygandt.

 

Independence Day 2016 will be celebrated in our usual tradition with a BBQ

at Stargazers Winery

 

Sunday July  3rd,

4 - 7 pm

 

Please join us for a relaxing time

 

Acoustic guitar music by Dan Spollen www.danspollen.com

 

BBQ by Moonlight Catering http://www.moonlightcatering.net

 

 

Wine available to purchase by the glass or bottle

 

Feel free to bring your own chairs or blankets

 

Entrance FREE

 

Reservations requested

 

Call 610 486 0422or

 

Email stargazers1@verizon.net

 


 

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Posted 5/6/2016 10:05am by John Weygandt.

Stargazers Vineyard along with ten other wineries on the Brandywine Artisan Wine Trail http://www.brandywineartisanwinetrail.com/#!may/cot9  will be celebrating the Art of Chester County by showcasing three pieces of salvage metal sculptures by local artist, Monique Sarkessian http://moniquesarkessian.com/gallery/salvage-metal-sculpture

 Barrel Hoops

 

 The sculptures will be on display at Stargazers Vineyard Tasting Room on May 21 and May 22 from Noon-5:00 p.m. In addition, we will also offer a complimentary tasting to any customer who presents a receipt from artwork purchased May 21 and 22 from the Chester County Studio Tour. Go to www. chestercountystudiotour.com for a map of the tour

Posted 2/18/2016 3:58pm by John Weygandt.

Our 2014 Petit Verdot is now for sale at the Winery for $25. It is not available for tasting

Periodically Jill Weber the Wining Archeologist offers to the public a "Wine and History" tasting at Jet Wine Bar in Philadelphia. The theme of the most recent tasting was Petit Verdot, which included our 2014 vintage. Here is what she wrote about Stargazers Vineyard. 

Chester County in Pennsylvania lies west of Philadelphia, and forms part of the border between Pennsylvania and Maryland. This border dates to ca 1780, as established by the surveyors Mason and Dixon. Their work was begun at an observatory from which they calculated latitude and longitude bearings from the stars. This observatory, now marked by the Star Gazers’ Stone, stands a few miles from Stargazer’s Vineyard, in Coatesville, PA.

Stargazer’s Vineyard Petit Verdot 2014, PA

 
The 2012 version

Petit Verdot is not so common in Pennsylvania, but John Weygandt of Stargazer’s clearly knows his land and his grapes because this wine is fantastic. It’s nose is dusty violet and lavender with some green peppercorn, artichoke, and ripe cherry. It has a full, juicy body with deep, cherried plum, some espresso, and a hint of vanilla.  This wine as the absolute winner of the tasting. Find it and drink it! (emphasis added)


Our exploration of Petit Verdot showed us that the grape is, indeed, expressive of place (and winemaker!). But, across the globe, it retains those characteristics that make it so appealing: especially lavender, plummy cherry, general “purpleness”, and rich spice.

The above is taken from Jill's blog https://medium.com/@WiningArchy/explore-a-grape-petit-verdot-f8182968707d#.d9d0xwczl

in which she gives the "back story" on the other wines in the tasting as well as interesting historical and archeological facts including how the city of Chester England got its name and how Chester County was formed. 

I recommend of course if you are in Philadelphia,that you visit Jet Wine Bar http://jetwinebar.com