Tomatoes & Tuscan Tipplers

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Tomatoes & Tuscan Tipplers

Join us for the next in our Friday Night Nips and Nibbles series as we travel to Tuscany. Try several variations on a classic pairing ~ Tuscan wines and regionally-based dishes. We will discuss the various subregions of Tuscany, including Chianti and Montalcino, and pair these wines with the delectable cuisine of this region, prepared on site by Chef Daniel Chong-Jiménez.

May 6th, 2016

6:30-8:30 pm

Tuscan Tipplers

2016 CSFA Products Award Wine Competition

The annual Connecticut Specialty Food Association’s Products Award Competition took place on March 22, 2016 at the Aquaturf in Plantsville. Below are the results of the Wine Competition.

2016 Wine Product of the Year 

Hopkins Vineyard Ice Wine 2014

 

Wine – Blush

1st Place           Jones Winery, Shelton, CT First Blush, NV

2nd Place          Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT Apple Raspberry Blush, NV

3rd Place           Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT Sunset Blush, 2014

 

Wine – Dessert

1st Place           Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston, CT Ice Wine, 2014

*This wine received high enough marks from all of the judges to be placed in the Exceptional category, the highest category in which a wine could place.

2nd Place          Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT Pyrrha’s Passion, 2011

 

Wine – Dry Red

1st Place           Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston, CT Cabernet Franc, 2012

2nd Place          Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT New Dawn, 2014

3rd Place           Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT St. Croix, 2014

 

Wine – Dry White

1st Place           Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT Cayuga White, 2014

*This wine received high enough marks from all of the judges to be placed in the Exceptional category, the highest category in which a wine could place.

2nd Place          Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT Chardonnay, 2014

3rd Place           Jones Winery, Shelton, CT Pinot Gris VS, 2013

 

Wine – Fruit

1st Place           Jones Winery, Shelton, CT Blueberry Bliss, NV

2nd Place          Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT Celebration, NV

3rd Place           Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT Highland Red, NV

 

Wine – Hard Cider

1st Place           Holmberg Orchards &Winery, Gales Ferry, CT Cortland Hard Cider, NV

2nd Place          Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT New England Hard Cider, NV

 

Wine – Other Red

1st Place           Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT Root 63, 2014

*This wine received high enough marks from all of the judges to be placed in the Exceptional category, the highest category in which a wine could place.

 

Wine – Other White

1st Place           Jones Winery, Shelton, CT Woodlands White, NV

2nd Place          Holmberg Orchards &Winery, Gales Ferry, CT Thamesview White, NV

3rd Place           Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT Blustery Blend, 2015

 

Wine – Rosé

1st Place           Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT Rosé, 2014

 

Wine – Sparkling

1st Place           Holmberg Orchards &Winery, Gales Ferry, CT Bubbly Blanc, NV

*This wine received high enough marks from all of the judges to be placed in the Exceptional category, the highest category in which a wine could place.

2nd Place          Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT Rubus Nightfall, NV

 

How Sweet It Is

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How Sweet It Is

Wine does not have to end with the main course! Join us for the next in our Friday Night Nips and Nibbles series as we focus on dessert. There is a world of sweet wines available to pair with any dessert your sweet tooth desires. Learn how to end your meal elegantly with fortified wines, late-harvest wines, and ice wines, to name just a few. Wines will be paired with delectable desserts prepared on site by Chef Daniel Chong-Jiménez.

Coffee and tea can wait.

How Sweet It Is

Beef, Bonbons & the Banks of Bordeaux

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Beef, Bonbons, and the Banks of Bordeaux

Join us for the next in our Friday Night Nips and Nibbles series as we journey to France. Learn what the banks of Bordeaux have to offer, from powerful Cabs to velvety Merlots to sinfully sweet Sauternes. Each wine will be paired with an exquisite French morsel, either savory or sweet, prepared on site by Chef Daniel Chong-Jiménez.

Bordeaux Bonbons

Sensory Evaluation

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Sensory Evaluation

If you’re ready to take the next step from simply enjoying wine to understanding wine, this is the class for you. We will discuss the various components that make up a wine (e.g., acidity, sweetness, astringency), and taste examples of wines that boldly exhibit these components so that you will be able to identify them when you come into contact with them. Wine geeks welcome!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Wine Geek!

That’s Amore! The Wines of Italy

Wine Institute of New England

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That’s Amore! The Wines of Italy

Taste a sampling of what Italy has to offer. From Amarone to Barbera, Chianti to the Super Tuscans and beyond, we will explore the native grapes and winemaking traditions from the land of love.

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Give me some Amore!

Uncork Your Inner Wine Expert in 2016!

Wine Institute of New England

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Uncork Your Inner Wine Expert!

Our 2016 Thirsty Thursdays series begins with one of our most popular classes. Learn wine tasting techniques in a fun and non-intimidating atmosphere while you try several highly rated wines. We will also share several excellent tips for optimizing your wine drinking experiences. This class will provide the information you need to feel more confident when selecting and tasting wines at home, with friends, or while entertaining clients. If you haven’t had your inner wine expert uncorked yet, you must try this class!

For more information and to register, click here.

CT Wine Festival at the Durham Fair 2015

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Loca-Pours for Locavores!

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The Connecticut Wine Festival

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The Durham Fair

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

at 1:00 pm

 

Connecticut Wine Festival 2015 in Goshen

Wine Institute of New England

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Loca-Pours for Locavores!

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The Connecticut Wine Festival

Goshen Fairgrounds

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

at 3:00 pm

Hands Holding Wine

Photos from A New England Wine Dinner

Thank you to all our friends, both old and new, for making our New England Wine Dinner such a tremendous success. Cheers!