Tour de France Deux

Wine Institute of New England

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Tour de France Deux

Join us on our second journey through the country that is considered to produce the finest wines in the world. In our first Tour de France, we explored some of the most popular wines from Bordeaux to Burgundy to the Loire Valley. For this class, we will be tasting wines from some of the lesser known French regions, including Pays Nantais, Languedoc-Roussillon and the Southwest. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 pm  

 

The Crush Club’s Harvest Wine Festival

The Crush Club's Harvest Wine Festival

Come celebrate the grape harvest at The Crush Club. There will be something for eveyone there, including wine tasting, a grape stomp and wine education seminars by 

Wine Institute of New England

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

 1:00-4:00 pm  

#wineharvest

Looking at the Wine World Through Rosé Colored Glasses

Looking at the Wine World Through Rosé Colored Glasses 

Come celebrate International Rosé Day in style! This class will dispel the notion that rosés are for girls only. Considered by some to be a less serious wine, rosés are making a comeback. Taste several styles of rosé from different regions and learn to appreciate these beautiful wines. Boys, you will definitely want to join the ladies for this class. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

 6:30-8:30 pm  

drink pink

 

 

Happy Anniversary to a Local AVA!

LOCAL WINERIES CELEBRATE 30th ANNIVERSARY

WITH

WINE, CHEESE AND CHOCOLATE

 

The Southeastern New England American Viticultural Appellation (SENE AVA) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Formed in 1984, this AVA brings together wineries from Cape Cod and the Islands, all the way through South Coast Massachusetts and down to coastal Rhode Island and Connecticut.  

As part of the celebration, the Coastal Wine Trail will be having a Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Festival this Saturday, June 21st, 2014, from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm at the Westport Fairgrounds in Westport, Massachusetts.

The Coastal Wine Trail is comprised of 10 wineries that span from Stonington, Connecticut all the way through the Newport, Rhode Island region up towards the South Coast of Massachusetts and down to Truro, Cape Cod.  Each winery is located along the scenic Atlantic shoreline, making the Coastal Wine Trail a great 2-3 day weekend trip for sightseers and wine lovers.

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Wineries currently in the Coastal Wine Trail include Connecticut’s Stonington Vineyards, as well as Coastal Vineyards, Greenvale Vineyards, Langworthy Farm, Newport Vineyards, Running Brook, Sakonnet Vineyards, Travessia Winery, Truro Vineyards, and Westport Rivers Winery.  

“Although each winery is located within close proximity to the coast, they all have very unique identities” said Kaisa Holloway Cripps of Running Brook Vineyard.  “Each winery has a distinct atmosphere which makes the trail a diverse and interesting experience for travelers.”

All ten of the Coastal Wine Trail wineries will be serving wine tastings at the Festival. Tickets cost $25 in advance and $40 at the door. For tickets and more information, click here: Wine, Cheese & Chocolate

Sixth Annual Connecticut Wine Festival

Wine Institute of New England 

to present free wine appreciation seminar

at

The 6th Annual Connecticut Wine Festival

Goshen Fairgrounds

Saturday and Sunday, July 26th & 27th

Hands Holding Wine

"Have A Grape Day"

The Connecticut Wine Festival will be returning for a sixth year of showcasing Connecticut’s wines, a reflection on the growing popularity of our local wines. 

“From international gold medals to ‘people’s choice’ and ‘Best in Show’ awards, Connecticut wines continue to win fans and impress connoisseurs from around the world,” said George Motel, Festival Chairman and owner of Sunset Meadow Vineyards.  “The Connecticut Wine Festival is a true showcase for introducing wine lovers to much of our state’s home-grown offerings.  We look forward to another record year, and the opportunity to prove that our wines are truly the ‘hidden gems’ of the industry, as The Wall Street Journals calls them.”

The Festival will be staged again at the Goshen Fairgrounds in Litchfield County. 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, making it one of the “must attend” events of the summer.  The Festival also features wine classes, specialty food vendors, artisanal crafts, and a variety of live musical entertainment.

Renée Allen, Director of the Wine Institute of New England, will be conducting a free wine appreciation seminar at this year's Festival.  Renée, a Certified Specialist of Wine, will cover wine tasting techniques and varietal information, and will debunk some common wine myths.

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.

Daily admission to the CT Wine Festival is $25 in advance, available through July 20th at any participating CVWA winery, online, or by phone, and $30 at the door.  These tickets 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 Noon to 7:00 PM, Saturday, July 26; and 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM Sunday, July 27.  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.

“The Connecticut Wine Festival is a great place to come and enjoy the day, taste some local wines, some great food and relax,” said Sherrie Palmer, the festival director. “Cases of wine will also be available at a discount, so guests can easily make back the price of admission in great savings. What more can you ask for?”

For more information and to purchase tickets, log on to www.ctwine.com.  You can also email info@ctwine.com or call (860) 677-5467.

Wine Myths…Debunked!

Wine Institute of New England

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Wine Myths…Debunked!

Is it better to sniff with one nostril or two? Does a screwcap mean it’s a bad wine? If I get headaches when I drink, am I allergic to sulfites? Do all wines need to “breathe?” Join us as we turn the wine world on its head and debunk common wine myths. We will taste several well-regarded wines while we myth-bust.

Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 

 

 

Say Olé to Spain!

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Say Olé to Spain!

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. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 

Tour de France

Wine Institute of New England

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Tour de France

Join us on a journey through the country that is considered to produce the finest wines in the world. Discover the birthplaces of many of your favorite varieties and indulge in some wonderful wines from Bordeaux to Burgundy to the Loire Valley, and beyond.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 

Sexy Wines

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Sexy Wines

Taste some of the sexiest wines in the world such as voluptuous Viognier and silky Pinot Noir. Discover which wines to drink for romantic occasions, or any time. You’ll be ready for Valentine’s Day next year, whether you’re eating out, or staying in for the evening. 

Monday, March 10, 2014 from 6:00-8:00   Rescheduled date!

Big Reds

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Big Reds

Not for the timid, this class focuses on big reds from around the world. Compare red wines from both the old and new worlds, discover what is meant by “body,” learn just what makes a big wine big, and get great tips on pairing these serious sippers with food.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 6:30-8:30