As the rather difficult pronunciation and the switching between two languages above might lead to, Weihnachtsmarkt is in the German language, which is where these events originated. It does literally mean Christmas Market in English. They are open air markets that have seasonal items, food and various types of drinks including the famous hot mulled wine or Glühwein in the German language.
As mentioned before, this is Bluestone’s eighth year hosting this annual event. Our winemaker, Lee Hartman, previously lived in Germany. While there the rest of the Hartman family visited him and experienced a true Christmas Market in Germany. This inspired them to bring the tradition to the Shenandoah Valley at the vineyard and these markets have gained more traction in the area to showcase local artisans and vendors.
Bluestone’s version of Glühwein will be flowing and we will also have all the items to make your own Glühwein at home! Our Glühwein uses our Crooked and Weedy as the base for the mulled wine and add mulling spices to it. Just the thing one needs when walking around on a cool December day.
The tasting room will be open as well from 11-6 p.m. and the vendors will be onsite from 11-5 p.m.
Thanks for tuning into this week's edition of Out of the Barrel! Cheers! Danke fürs Lesen! Prost!