5th Annual Laney’s Legacy of Hope Golden Gala

The 5th Annual Laney’s Legacy of Hope Golden Gala at the Crowne Plaza was a night to remember! The 5th Annual Laney’s Legacy of Hope Golden Gala was truly one of the most amazing events of the year and benefited Laney’s Legacy of Hope which supports children who are affected by pediatric cancer.

The event featured a number of circus performers, a wonderful meal, and music was provided by DJ Koolie Kirk. The event was generously sponsored by Penn National Gaming.

Photography provided by Chad Vail Photography.

West Reading’s Fall Fest (2019)

BerksLuxury.com stopped by West Reading’s Fall Fest and the event was amazing. Hundreds of vendors and thousands of people enjoyed the turning of the solstice event. By far the best event BerksLuxury.com has seen in West Reading

We have all the photos!

Photo Credit: Joe DiRosa

Reading Museum’s Night at the Museum Benefit (2019)

The Reading Museum’s Night at the Museum Gala was a fantastic event. Hundreds of people came out to support the Reading Museum and get a first look at their new exhibit Cut! Costume and the Cinema. Scotty and Cooky Mann provided the entertainment as guests danced the night away!


Best Cocktail Bars in Berks County

BerksLuxury.com is going to take you through some of the best cocktail bars in Berks County. There are hundreds of bars around Berks, but these places are some of the sexiest places to grab your cocktail dress and socialize. We have the bars, the drinks, and the recipes!


Winedown Cafe and Wine Bar

The Winedown Cafe is located at 645 Penn Ave and features a hip and stylish setting for patrons to mingle. Winedown Cafe is almost always busy with the stylish crowds after 5 pm. They serve a host of delectable finger foods to pair with your vino or cocktail. Outdoor patio seating is available during the summer months. The Windedown Cafe General Manager RG Kreider recommends the Smoked Manhattan:

“Our signature smoked manhattan adds a smokey twist to a classic. Using rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and a dash of bitters we create a whiskey forward cocktail with a smooth smokey finish.”

Picture of Winedown Cafe's Smoked Manhattan
Smoked Manhattan

Smoked Manhattan

  • 2.5 oz rye whiskey
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • dash Angostura bitters
  • cocktail cherry, for garnish
  • ice

Combine the rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters in a shaker with ice. Shake or stir Fill your smoking gun with the wood of your choice. Turn the fan on and light the wood with a lighter. Place the hose end of the smoker gun in a martini glass with a cocktail cherry. While the smoke is filling the glass, strain the cocktail into the glass. Cover the glass with plastic wrap and fill the top of the glass with smoke. Remove the hose and seal the plastic wrap to trap the smoke. Let sit for one minute. Remove the plastic wrap.

The Winedown Cafe is located at:

622 Penn Ave, West Reading, PA         (610) 373-4907           www.winedowncafe.net  


Sly Fox Taphouse

The Sly Fox Taphouse is Berks County’s newest entry into casual dining and craft beer, which is located in the new Knitting Mills complex. This is a full-service restaurant with a modern feel. They provide a number of their own craft brews along with some great cocktails! Sly Fox Taphouse’s General Manager, Randy Mckinley recommends the Orange Crush:

“Orange Crush is a timeless classic that a lot of people forget about, we’ve got two large juicers at the front of our center bar and folks can’t miss them.  On a busy Friday / Saturday night…our bartenders get a great workout using the juicers.”  

Photo of the Sly Fox Taphouse's Orange Crush
Orange Crush

Orange Crush

1 whole Valencia Orange
2 ounces FABER Orange Vodka
1 ounce Triple Sec
– top with sprite
– garnish with an orange slice and a mint sprig
The Sly Fox Taphouse is located at:
820 Knitting Mills Way, Wyomissing, PA       (484) 878-2154         www.slyfoxbeer.com


Belly @ the GoggleWorks

Belly @ the GoggleWorks Belly is the newly raved about restaurant and bar located inside the GoggleWorks main complex. If you are craving the art bar experience there is nowhere better to dress a little sexy and look good next to some great art. Belly’s Owner, Jim Churchman recommends Viva la Vida:

Photo of Belly Kitchen & Drinkery's Viva la Vida
Viva la Vida

“Viva la Vida is inspired by Frida Kahlo’s work, this cocktail featuring Boyd & Blair Vodka is sweet with fresh watermelon agua fresca, crisp and refreshing with sparkling cucumber water, slightly spiced with fresh ginger, kaffir lime leaf, and bright flavorful pickled watermelon”.

According to Karen Delp Loveless who recommended the bar to us, the best time to go is for their Saturday Brunch DJ Sessions around 4-7pm on Saturdays.

Belly Kitchen & Drinkery is located at:

201 Washington Street Reading, PA          610.374.4600             bellykitchen.com


Willoughbys On Park

If you are into the luxury dining experience then you are familiar with Willoughby’s. We were chatting with Sabrina Grande-Cirandine, the Owner of Russo’s Market, and she suggested Willoughby’s.

Willoughby’s originally started as a steakhouse concept which, they seem to have mastered, but over the last few years it has evolved into so much more. Live entertainment, DJ night on Wednesdays, and a host of events have given Willoughby’s a fantastic social atmosphere for those looking for cocktails.  Willoughby’s GM, Erika Shifflett recommends the Classic Martini:

Willoughby's On Park's Classic Martini with Lemon Peel Rose
Classic Martini w/ Lemon Peel Rose

Classic Martini

  • 2 ¾ oz Pennsylvania Blue Coat American Dry Gin
  • ¾ oz Dry vermouth
  • Combine all ingredients in mixing glass with ice.
  • Stir.
  • Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish with lemon peel rose


Willoughby’s on Park is located at:

305 N Park Rd, Wyomissing, PA           (610) 816-7473               willoughbysonpark.com


Beverly Hills Tavern

You can’t seem to talk about after-work drinks without mentioning Beverly Hills Tavern.  This beach themed venue is probably one of the largest in Berks County and the owner keeps the entertainment coming all week long. Stop by and enjoy live music, DJ’s, barbecue’s corn hole tournaments and they even have a pet-friendly Sunday afternoon. Beverly Hills Tavern’s Owner, Jimmy Guifrida gave us two recommendations:

Photo of Beverly Hills Tavern's Lava Flow
Lava Flow

Lava Flow

  • 1 oz. coconut rum
  • 1 oz. Bacardi Superior
  • 1/2 oz. banana liquor
  • 1 banana
  • Coconut cream
  • Pineapple juice
  • 4-6 Strawberries
  • Whipped cream
  • Ice
  • Pineapple slices
  • Orange

Mix coconut rum, Bacardi, and banana liquor in a blender with 4-6 fresh strawberries. Pour into 16 oz. glass. Clean the blender, then add ice, pineapple juice, coconut cream and 3/4 banana and blend. Pour on top of your mixer in 16 oz. glass. Top with whipped cream and garnish with pineapple slice, rest of your banana and orange slice.


Photo of Beverly Hill's Tavern's Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

  • 2 oz. Bacardi Coconut Rum
  • 2 oz. Bacardi Superior Rum
  • 1 oz. Blue Caracao
  • Sour mix
  • Lime
  • Pineapple juice
  • Lemon lime soda

Mix ingredients together and garnish.

Beverly Hills Tavern is located at:

710 Old Fritztown Rd, Reading, PA            (610) 777-4516             beverlyhillstavern.biz


About the Author – 

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Joe DiRosa

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several brands, web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at Joe@BerksLuxury.com


Top 5 Most Expensive Homes for Sale in Berks County: Summer Edition

BerksLuxury.com is taking you through a tour of the top 5 most expensive and luxurious homes in Berks County!  Each of these homes is currently priced at $2,000,000+!


140 Evans Hill Rd, Sinking Spring, PA 19608 – $2,790,000


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Professionally restored & renovated. Every inch of this 8400 square feet historic 1736 circa stone manor has been upgraded or restored by the seller’s crew of four craftsmen. Interior surfaces have been stripped, refinished, replastered (wet plaster) and brought to life! 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 5 fireplaces, a new 340 SF sunroom added and 3rd-floor library created. The summer kitchen has been transformed into an art studio. Cottage with walk-in fireplace has been restored & upgraded as caretaker residence or rental. Carriage barn completely rehabilitated to include a 1,000 SF-1 BR and 850 SF 2-floor home office with powder room, plus 5 car garage on the lower level. Bank barn features 12,000 SF of heated, finished gallery space; 9-stall horse barn completely restored with equipment room, tack room, feed room and heated wash bay; shavings shed, hay shed, equipment building and powder room; new roll-up barn doors, a storage building for lawn equipment and a 3-BR groom’s quarters. New exterior fenestration, lighting, paddock & 4 adjacent turnout fields with fresh fencing. Indoor riding arena/multi-purpose building provides 11,250 SF with a new exterior & lighted riding arena with composite surface fencing. Water features include stream with walking/horse bridge, pond behind home & in-ground pool aside of home! **Full furnishings, including over 1.3 million dollars worth of historic American period antiques, can be purchased for an additional $800,000.**


1081 Grange Rd, Leesport, PA 19533 – $2,425,000

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This 4 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath property features nearly 7,000 sq. ft. of luxury living located on nearly 53 acres of conserved land. It features and beautiful 30′ x 50′ pool with waterfall spa, pool house, tennis court, and a horse barn. Plenty of luxury amenities add to the charm of this beautiful estate, also known as Emerald Green. 


479 Imperial Dr, Mohnton, PA 19540 – $2,425,000

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This magnificent home features 6 bedrooms, 9 full baths and 2 half baths on 9.3 acres in Berks County. This 20,000+ sq ft. home features nearly every amenity you can ask for including a full basketball court, a gym, an incredible man cave game room with a pool table, poker table and full bar.  The highlight of this property is the 3 level indoor saltwater pool and hot tub. This house is truly luxury living!


20 Miller Dr, Kutztown, PA 19530 – $2,100,000

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Talk about a view!! This  8 bedroom, 10 bath, 10,000+ Sq. ft. home with 6 fireplaces is built on top of a hill with magnificent views overlooking the whole valley while sitting on 3.67 acres in the Kutztown area. The outdoor patio is made for mint juleps during the Summer while the game room features a full bar, billiards table and blackjack table. The home was built in 2005 but 75% of the home was constructed within the last 5 years!


325 Huntzinger Rd, Wernersville, PA 19565 – $1,950,000


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Perfect property for the experienced Equestrian or the avid hunter. Words cannot describe this amazing 176 acre one-of-a-kind property. Amazing, the restored stone farmhouse offers original charm with updated details & amenities-Great for entertaining/Stone bank barn with stalls & custom workshop/Large Garage with Apartment or Full Guest Suite/Multiple pastures/ Scenic spring-fed pond/Many wooded areas/Large outdoor riding ring/ Multiple decks & patios…This incredible property has something for everyone!!!


About the Author – 

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Joe DiRosa

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several brands and web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at Joe@BerksLuxury.com

Night Lights Lantern Festival @ Maple Grove Raceway (2019)

BerksLuxury.com was at the Night Lights Lantern Festival at Maple Grove Raceway and over 8,000 people showed to enjoy the night and participate in an incredible spectacle of lights. See all the photos from the event!


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BMW of Reading’s Grand Re-Opening Event (2019)

BerksLuxury.com visited BMW of Reading for its re-opening celebration after the entire building was redesigned this year. It is a beautiful building with state of the art facilities and is nearly double the size as before! Be sure to stop by!

BMW of Reading 1015 Lancaster Ave.  Reading PA. 19607  T: (877) 866-6272  bmwofreading.com

Photo Credit: Joe DiRosa

Dancing with the Reading Stars 2019

The Yocum Institute for the Arts’ 2019’s Dancing with the Reading Stars was a fantastic event held at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Reading. The event was sponsored by Wilmington Trust, Redner’s Fresh Markets, Inperium, and the Reading Eagle Company.

People ate, danced and were treated to an evening of outstanding performances! Check out all the photos below!


Photo Credit: Yocum Institute for the Arts          

2nd Annual Cup-Cake Wars by HBA Restoring Hope Foundation

BerksLuxury.com visited the HBA Restoring Hope Foundation’s Second Annual Cup-Cake Wars at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. There were great people enjoying thousands of incredible cupcakes! This event was fantastic! Check out all the photos from Cup-Cake Wars and see who was there!

Photo Credit: Joe DiRosa

Award Winning Wines at Berks County’s Vineyards!

Berks County traditionally isn’t known for impressive vineyards but perhaps it should be. BerksLuxury.com explores several vineyards in Berks County where you can pick up some award-winning wines!


Pinnacle Ridge Winery

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Pinnacle Ridge Winery

Located in Northern Berks County is Pinnacle Ridge Winery which has a bevy of award-winning wines produced right here in Berks County. Pinnacle Ridge Winery is run by the husband and wife team of Brad and Leoni Knapp who have put together one of the most delightful winery experiences around.

Pinnacle Ridge has a plethora of activities for those looking for good wine and eclectic experience. Stop by any of their hours and enjoy their tasting room which allows 6 samples for only $5. For those looking for a more engulfing experience then check out their Summer Concert Series which features a different band each week. If you like the wine make sure to check out their Case Club which offers discounts on case purchases of wine and gives members access to invite only tasting events. 

I spoke with Brad and he recommends some of this year’s award-winning wines Pinnacle Ridge has 


  • Brut Rose – Gold Medal 2019 Farm Show
  • Cuvee Chardonnay – Silver Medal 2019 Farm Show
  • Blanc de Blanc – Best in Show Sparkling Wine and Gold Medal 2019 Farm Show

Pinnacle Ridge Winery   407 Old 22, Kutztown, PA 19530    T:610 756 4481    www.pinridge.com


Folino Estate

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Folino Estate

Folino Estate is another beautiful vineyard and restaurant run by another husband and wife team, Marco and Andrea Folino. Folino Estate’s restaurant features some of the best re-imagined and classic Italian cuisines in Berks County. The tasting room is filled with wonderful wines, enough for any connoisseur to spend the whole afternoon tasting. Folino also hosts a number of events each such as wine classes, live music on Sundays, special tastings and even a couple Summer festivals. 

Folino is a must visit for those looking for Berks County wines. We spoke with Folino Estate and they recommended:

  • Lorenzo Forte, is our award-winning, boldest red wine. A Bordeaux-Style, rich blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, & Merlot. Lorenzo Forte is named after the Folino’s eldest son, Lorenzo, and ‘Forte’ meaning ‘Strong.’ Winemaker’s pairing suggestion: Pairs well with a hard-cheese, robust meat dishes like beef or lamb, or dark chocolate.
  • Luca Forte, our award-winning dry white, is named after the Folino’s youngest son and is an elegant Burgundian style white blend of Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, & Chardonnay. There are additional notes of citrus, guava, & fresh herbsWinemaker’s pairing suggestion: Pair with smoked white meats like pork, chicken, and grilled seafood.Photo of Folino Estate white wine being poured in glass.
  • The Limited Edition Black Label Collection features handcrafted wines representing the age-old Italian style traditions and skills of passionate winemaking. Artfully oaked in French barrels, each wine is an exclusive, limited release and will age perfectly for the oenophile’s collection. The higher tannins present allow each variety to pair well with rich dark meats & game, earthy foods and herbaceous cheeses. Decanting is recommended to bring out the characters hidden in every bottle. Wines include: Sangiovese, Barbera, Tannat, and L’Amore di Lidia.

“We also offer three different sparkling wines, perfect for celebrations and entertaining. Wines include: Frizzante Rosso, Frizzante Moscato, and Frizzante Rosato. Best paired with salty or fried foods, and excellent to use for unique mimosas!”

A wonderful selection of wines, a truly beautiful winery and inspiring collection of events for entertainment, all make Folino Estate a must-visit destination!

Folino Estate  340 Old Route 22, Kutztown, PA 19530    T:484-452-3633    FolinoEstate.com


Calvaresi Winery

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Calvaresi Winery

Calvaresi Winery is a smaller winery located in the Bernville area of Berks County but their wines have collected nearly three dozen awards from various competitions over the last decade. They are only open Thursdays – Sundays but they should definitely be on the list of anyone looking for delicious wines. 

Calvaresi has several tasting and live-music events each year. If you stop by you might want to try their Riesling, which took home a gold medal at the 2018 PA Wine Show, as well as the Cabernet Sauvignon and Baco Noir which both took home bronze medals.

Calvaresi Winery  107 Shartlesville Rd, Bernville, PA 19506   T:(610) 488-7966    calvaresiwinery.com


Berks County Wine Trail

Photo of Berks County Wine Trail signage.

The Berks County Wine Trail is a group of ten of the local vineyards and one meadery, in Berks County, who have grouped together to market their wineries as well as their group tastings and events.

The wine trail includes the previously mentioned Calvaresi Winery, as well as the Deerfoot Winery, Kog Hill Winery, Long Trout WineryManatawny Creek WineryRidgewood WinerySetter Ridge WineryStone Barn Cellars WineryStonekeep MeaderyStoudt’s Winery, and Weathered Vineyards.

Visit BerksCountyWineTrail.com for a list of wineries, more information on their events and even a downloadable wine trail map!



About the Author – 

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Joe DiRosa

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several brands and web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at Joe@BerksLuxury.com