The Connecticut Wine Festival

Wine Institute of New England

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A Free Wine Tasting & Seminar

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The Connecticut Wine Festival

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The Goshen Fairgrounds

Saturday, July 22, 2017

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Say Olé to Spain!

Wine Institute of New England

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Say Olé to Spain!

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

7:00 ~ 9:00 pm

in the Wine Cellar at

Wine Institute of New England

Explore the splendor of sparkling, white and red Spanish wines region by region. We will cover several areas, including Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Rias Baixas, and the Penedes.

SÍ!

CT Wine Festival at the Durham Fair

Wine Institute of New England

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A Connecticut Wine Tasting:

Discovering Our Local Vines

The Connecticut Wine Festival

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The Durham Fair

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

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Eighth Annual Connecticut Wine Festival

The Connecticut Wine Festival will be returning to the Goshen Fairgrounds in Litchfield County on Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24, for its eighth year of showcasing some of Connecticut’s best wines. Sponsored by the Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association (CVWA) and presented by the CT Wine Trail, the festival features fine wines from a wide variety of local vintners. The festival also features wine classes, specialty food vendors, and artisanal crafts, as well as a variety of live musical entertainment.

Daily admission to the CT Wine Festival ($35 at the door), include free wine tastings, a commemorative festival wine glass for the tastings, and a tote bag. Guests under 21 and Designated Drivers can attend for a reduced admission price of $10. Photo ID with proof of age is required for the wine tasting. Hours for the Festival are 12:00 to 7:00 pm on Saturday, July 23, and 12:00 to 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 24. More information and a complete list of participating wineries can be found at www.ctwine.com.

Festival proceeds are used to promote the CVWA Wine Trail and the Connecticut wine industry. The CT Wine Trail, a state approved winery and vineyard awareness program, features trails that wind their ways through some of the most scenic and historic regions of Connecticut.

“We are very pleased to once again host 14 of Connecticut’s wineries and allow patrons to sample some of the many wines that are produced right here in Connecticut,” said Sherrie Palmer, Festival Manager.

Wine Institute of New England will be presenting a free wine seminar  – A Connecticut Wine Tasting: Discovering Our Local Vines – on Saturday, July 23, at 2:00 pm.

The specialty food vendors are primarily members of the Connecticut Specialty Food Association, an association that is part of the Connecticut Food Association. They feature local foods made in Connecticut. Adams Hometown Market, a Platinum Sponsor of the Festival, will also sell advance tickets at its stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts and also through its Better Valu and Tri-Town locations.

For more information, visit www.ctwine.com. You can also email info@ctwine.com or call (860) 216-6439.

Wine Myths Debunked

WFSB 3 Connecticut

Wines of South America

Wine Institute of New England

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Wines of South America

May 19th, 2016

6:30-8:30 pm

Join us for our final Spring 2016 Thirsty Thursday wine class. We will discuss the wine producing regions of South America and try some of these incredible wines that are becoming serious contenders in the global wine world, while still being some of the best bargains to be found.

We will be tasting more than your mama’s malbec!

Malbec and more!

Tomatoes & Tuscan Tipplers

Wine Institute of New England

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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

Wine Institute of New England

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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

Wine Institute of New England

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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