A couple years ago, my friends and I attended Nouveau Weekend at three Lehigh Valley wineries for the first time. Considering the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will be celebrating Nouveau Weekend this weekend, November 20 - 21, I figured a look back at my inaugural experience was warranted ... especially since I won't be making it this year given that Rosie is still a good 19 years away from the legal drinking age.

We did the Northern part of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail, stopping at Franklin Hill Vineyards, Sorrenti's Cherry Valley Vineyards and Big Creek Vineyard. Each winery had their new harvest wine and a food pairing.

Shout out to Franklin Hill, who dished up a mini Thanksgiving dinner, including a pumpkin cake dessert, which they paired with Kiss (a medium-dry rose). It was a delight. I bought a bottle to bring with me to Thanksgiving dinner.

Sorrenti's Cherry Valley paired a penne alfredo with marinated mushroom dish (to die for) with DeChaunac, which they call a fine "Pennsylvania Chianti." The winery was also touting its new space to hold events, which gave me the impression that it would make any event very special.

Big Creek Vineyards served their aptly named Nouveau Red Dry with a variety of fine cheeses (they had the hottest pepper jack cheese I've ever tasted).The lovely woman who was serving us said the wine went with any holiday fare, except fish. They also served a seasonal apple wine and I picked up a bottle for the holidays.

Despite the remote locations of some of the wineries, we followed the directions from the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail website and had no problems (make sure you designate a driver!).

Which of the Lehigh Valley wineries do you plan to visit during Nouveau Weekend?

This post was written by Lehigh Valley InSite blogger Megan Billowitch and was originally published November 17, 2008.