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

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

Sensory Evaluation

Wine Institute of New England

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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

Wine Institute of New England

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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

A New England Wine Dinner

Wine Institute of New England

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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.

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.