By MARCELLA PEYRE-FERRY
For 21st Century Media
OXFORD - Whether you choose to ring in the new year at home with friends or on the Streets of Kennett Square watching the mushroom drop, one of the nicest ways to celebrate is with good food and drink.
Finding a good wine to liven your spirits will be easier in Oxford now that Flickerwood Winery has opened a new location on Third Street in the Borough. Already a popular fixture in their Kennett Square location, Flickerwood brings something new to Oxford residents.
“They did a survey about what people wanted (in Oxford). They wanted wine, they wanted cheeses, they wanted local products and they wanted local breads and stuff like that so were trying to meet those needs,” said Tammy Liberato of Flickerwood Winery. “We have it all in one place focusing on our families wine of course.”
Liberato and her sister Julie Wehner are part of the Flickerwood family. The North Western PA winery was founded by their father, who continues to run the operation. He is a life long musician, who is still performing as a drummer, and music is a part of their wine business as well. “We’re a family of musicians and we try to incorporate music into our brands,” Wehner said, noting that the Oxford location opened with music on the First Friday in December and will have live music every other Friday night. “We are the wine that rocks.”
Fans of Flickerwood from Kennett Square will find a few differences at the Oxford location. “We do things a little different here, like offering more food -- like gourmet cheeses and local olive oils,” Liberato said.
In the store you can find local foods, including jams, chocolates, and cheese as well as Pennsylvania made sodas and hard cider. “We call it a tasting room. What we really are doing, we are not only selling our wine but other products from Pennsylvania,” Liberato said.
Wine remains the heart of Flickerwood and there is a selection of 18 different varieties from dry to sweet to choose from, with some that are perfect for a New Year’s celebration.
“From my point of view, I would look for fruity, crisp wines. I would look for a good pinot grigio or a good unoaked chardonnay.” Liberato said.
“Or the blushes, like a blend or a white zinfandel. You can even turn it into a spritzer with club soda,” Wenger added.
Flickerwood’s Oxford location will celebrate First Friday on January 3, while the Kennett Square location will be open New Years Eve for the countdown and Mushroom Drop to start the new year.
“We hope that our customers that love Kennett will come in and party with us,” Liberato said. “I’m really excited. To me its a nice way to bring Chester County together in Kennett Square.”