What I like about it:

With its lush, rolling hills amid verdant farmlands, French Creek Ridge Vineyard could easily be mistaken for the scenic Champagne region of France.

Situated on 30 flourishing acres, the vineyard produces several distinct wine varieties including its award-winning Blanc de Blancs – a dry and snappy sparkling wine, as well as a fine merlot, and the powerhouse VSP, which is a blend of several red wines.

On a recent weekend, I took in a wine tasting, savoring several of owner Janet Maki's bottled fruity varietals. The nicely appointed fieldstone tasting room by her Colonial-era house was the perfect place to sample (and purchase) several of those tempting vintages.

How did you find it?

After being offered a glass of French Creek Ridge while dining at the nearby Inn at St. Peters Village, I was hooked, and then pleasantly surprised to learn that the winery is just up the road.

Days and hours: The vineyard is open for wine tastings and sales each Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon from noon till 5 p.m. Other times may be possible by appointment.

What's it cost: The cost is $3 for six pours or $1 per glass. Most bottle prices range from $12 for the 2003 merlot to $30 for the 2002 pinot noir. A few are higher. A complete price list is on the vineyard's Web site below.

Where is it?: 200 Grove Rd., Elverson, just off Route 23 (Ridge Road).

For more information: Call 610-286-7754 or go to www.frenchcreekridge.com.

Submitted by Ken Alan, Chester Springs