Having made it through our list of dog friendly wineries with time to spare, we took a second look at the list of remaining wineries. Courtyard Winery had a patio where the Classy Canines could hang out and their wine list was extensive, so we took a chance. I waited at a table outside with our furry boys while Bushmaster went in to check out our options. He returned within moments with Anthony who would be our host throughout our tasting. Anthony met the Classy Canines and immediately invited us all in.
What a treat this winery turned out to be! Anthony was extremely knowledgeable about the wines with a flair for the dramatic. We couldn’t have envisioned a more fantastic experience!
As mentioned previously, their wine list was extensive. We took our time working our way through that entire list with Anthony guiding us every step of the way as well as visiting with others who had come in to sample Courtyard’s fantastic wines.
- 2013 Chardonnay
- Great Lakes Beach Glass Captain’s White – White blend of Vignoles and Traminette. Sharp and citrusy, the Traminette more prominent.
- Soleil Blanc – Geisenheim – Bushmaster found this wine to be too Chardonnay-ish. It reminded me of a fruity Chardonnay.
- 2015 Chardonel
- Dry Rosé – Noiret. This was a very unusual rosé.
- 2014 Vignoles
- 2013 Riesling – This was a very crisp wine.
- 2013 Lemberger also known as Blaufrankish
- Great Lakes Beach Glass Captain’s Red – Red blend of Cabernet Franc, Corot Noir, and Frontenac. It had an interesting fizz as well as some sediment deposit.
- 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon – This was a very easy drinking drinking red wine.
- 2014 Noiret – Aged in a smoked barrel, the pepper and smoke notes were prominent.
- 2016 UnEven Keel – Ruby Port style. Normally tawny ports are our preferences but we found this ruby to be very nice.
- Great Lakes Beach Glass White – White blend of Traminette and Chardonnay. This was a really nice white blend.
- Razzle – Blend of Cayuga and Niagara – In the words of Bushmaster, “Damn good combo!”
- White Lies – White blend of Geisenheim, Traminette, and Vidal. Worthy of another quote, “Wow! Crazy blend!” was our consensus.
- First Kiss – White blend of Cayuga and Catawba. This was a delicious sweet white.
- Mamma Mia Sangria – Blend of Raspberry, Catawba, and Concord. Nice and tart, I thought this wine could be used to make a dynamite margarita.
- Ruby’s Rouge – Blend of Concord, Catawba, and Peach. Although it had a peach nose, the Concord tended to dominate.
- Lazy Daze – Blend of Fredonia and Steuben. Surprisingly, this wine had a Cherry flavor. It was like dessert in a glass.
- Twisted Red – Red blend of Noiret and DeChaunac
- Sassy Blue – Blueberry
- Chocopelli – Red wine infused with chocolate. Usually I am not a fan of the chocolate infused wines, but this was by far the best chocolate wine we’ve ever had. We learned that the secret was to use cocoa.
- Merchant – Ice wine
- Late Harvest Vidal – Absolutely delicious!
We tasted and visited until closing. We had such a wonderful time. After such a lengthy tasting, the Classy Canines were a bit concerned that they might be left behind when Bushmaster took our purchases out to the car.
Courtyard Winery most definitely tops our lists of the Pennsylvania wineries we visited on this trip. Anthony truly made our experience memorable. We are looking forward to a return visit. We are SO glad we didn’t miss this one!