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CT Wine Festival at the Durham Fair

Wine Institute of New England

presents

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.

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

 

CT Wine Festival at the Durham Fair 2015

Wine Institute of New England

presents

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

presents

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!

A New England Wine Dinner

Wine Institute of New England

presents

A New England Wine Dinner

with

Chef Daniel Chong-Jiménez

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Join us for an unforgettable wine dinner focused on the wines and cuisine of New England. Chef Daniel will prepare a delectable 5-course meal based on seasonal native foods. Each course will be expertly paired with regional wines by WINE’s director, Renée Allen, and presented with food and wine pairing tips and techniques.

Saturday, June 20th

6:30 pm

The Crush Club

65 South Colony Road

Wallingford, CT

Menu subject to change based on availability.

Menu

Domestic Cheese, Nut & Fruit Display

paired with Hopkins Vineyard Gold Label Sparkling Wine*

New England Cheddar Apricot Tartlet

paired with Sunset Meadow Vineyards Blustery Blend*

Stonington Scallops on a Bed of Brussels Sprouts Sauerkraut topped with Red Pepper & Bacon Relish served with Mini Arugula Salad with Egg Crumble

paired with Sunset Meadow Vineyards Cayuga* or St. Croix

Tenderloin of Beef with Twisted Connecticut Butter Emulsion Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower, Rosemary New Potatoes, Connecticut Butter Cabernet Emulsion

paired with Jones Winery Cabernet Franc*

~ Study in Chocolate ~

Mini Lava Cake with Pana Cotta Quenelle & Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Bark

Westford Hills Eau de Vie Chocolate Cherries

paired with Hopkins Vineyard Night Owl

$99.00/person

*These wines won 1st place in their categories at the 2015 CT Specialty Food Association’s Product Awards Competition.

About the Chef

Chef Daniel won many awards and pleased many palates as the Executive Chef of the Norwich Inn & Spa for 11 years. One of his signature dishes made Connecticut Magazine’s 50 Dishes To Try Before You Die. In addition to his award winning cuisine and innovative approach to nourishment, Chef Daniel is well known for his entertaining hands-on cooking classes.

2015 CT Specialty Food Association Wine Competition Results

IMG_3349-1On March 24, the CT Specialty Food Association held their annual CT Product Awards Competition, which included Connecticut wine. All wines were required to be made from 100% Connecticut grown fruit. I was pleased to put together an expert panel of wine judges, including several newcomers this year. We spent several hours in each other’s company contemplating 34 Connecticut wines, and engaging in a few lively debates. When the dust settled, some clear winners emerged. Sunset Meadow Vineyards in Goshen had a very strong showing, placing first in 4 categories, and competition newcomer Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston secured a second place finish in the Dry White category.

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L to R: Roger Collinge, CSW, Doug Croll, CSW, Renée Allen, CSW, FWS, Ken Turcotte, CSW, WSET Adv. Brad Haywood, WSET Adv.

And the winners are…

2015 Wine Product of the Year

Sunset Meadow Vineyard, Goshen, CT   Blustery Blend, 2014

Wine – Blush

1st Place           Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT   Sunset Blush, 2013

Wine – Dessert

1st Place           Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston, CT   Ice Wine, 2013

*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   Midnight Ice, 2013

3rd Place           Jones Winery, Shelton, CT   Seven Generations, NV

Wine – Dry Red

1st Place           Jones Winery, Shelton, CT   Cabernet Franc, 2012

2nd Place          Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT   New Dawn, 2012

3rd Place           Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston, CT   Lemberger, 2012

Wine – Dry White

1st Place           Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT   Cayuga White, 2013

2nd Place          Preston Ridge Vineyard, Preston, CT   Estate Vidal Blanc, 2013

3rd Place           Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston, CT   Vineyard Reserve, 2013

Wine – Fruit

1st Place           Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT   Celebration, NV

2nd Place          Jones Winery, Shelton, CT   Harvest Time, NV

3rd Place           TIE

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

Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT   Enchanted Apple, 2013

Wine – Fruit/Sparkling

1st Place           Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT   Rubus Nightfall, 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          Holmberg Orchards & Winery, Gales Ferry, CT   Macintosh Hard Cider, 2013

Wine – Other White

1st Place           Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT   Blustery Blend, 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   Vidal Blanc, 2013

3rd Place           Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston, CT   Westwind, 2013

Wine – Rosé

1st Place           Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT   Rosé, 2013

Wine – Sparkling

1st Place           Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston, CT   Gold Label Sparkling Wine, NV

2nd Place          Holmberg Orchards & Winery, Gales Ferry, CT   Bubbly Blanc, 2013

A New England Wine Dinner

Wine Institute of New England

presents

A New England Wine Dinner

with

Chef Daniel Chong-Jiménez

dcjpic

Join us for an unforgettable wine dinner focused on the wines and cuisine of New England. Chef Daniel will prepare a delectable 5-course meal based on seasonal native foods. Each course will be expertly paired with regional wines by WINE’s director, Renée Allen, and presented with food and wine pairing tips and techniques.

Saturday, April 11th

6:30 pm

The Crush Club

65 South Colony Road

Wallingford, CT

Menu subject to change based on availability.

Menu

Domestic Cheese, Nut & Fruit Display

paired with Hopkins Vineyard Gold Label Sparkling Wine

New England Cheddar Apricot Tartlet

paired with Sunset Meadow Vineyards Blustery Blend

Stonington Scallops on a Bed of Brussels Sprouts Sauerkraut topped with Red Pepper & Bacon Relish served with Mini Arugula Salad with Egg Crumble

paired with Sunset Meadow Vineyards Cayuga or St. Croix

Tenderloin of Beef with Twisted Connecticut Butter Emulsion Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower, Rosemary New Potatoes,  Connecticut Butter Cabernet Emulsion

paired with Jones Winery Cabernet Franc

~ Study in Chocolate ~

Mini Lava Cake with Pana Cotta Quenelle & Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Bark

Westford Hills Eau de Vie Chocolate Cherries

paired with Hopkins Vineyard Night Owl

$99.00/person

About the Chef

Chef Daniel won many awards and pleased many palates as the Executive Chef of the Norwich Inn & Spa for 11 years. One of his signature dishes made Connecticut Magazine’s 50 Dishes To Try Before You Die. In addition to his award winning cuisine and innovative approach to nourishment, Chef Daniel is well known for his entertaining hands-on cooking classes.

The CT Wine Festival at the Durham Fair

Wine Institute of New England 

to present free wine appreciation seminar

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The Connecticut Wine Festival at the Durham Fair

Durham Fairgrounds

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

at 2:00 pm

Hands Holding Wine