The Connecticut Wine Festival

Wine Institute of New England

presents

A Free Wine Tasting & Seminar

at

The Connecticut Wine Festival

at

The Goshen Fairgrounds

Saturday, July 22, 2017

at 2:00 pm

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, 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.

Uncork Your Inner Wine Expert!

Wine Institute of New England

presents

Uncork Your Inner Wine Expert!

Our 2015 Wine Appreciation Class 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!

Offered in two locations in January!

For more information and to register, click here.

Wines for the Holidays

Wines for the Holidays 

Enhance your holiday meals and parties with spectacular wine selections. From sparkling starters to sweet dessert closers, there’s a fabulous wine for every dish. We will also give some great tips for choosing the perfect host/hostess wine gift this holiday season. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 pm 

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

presents

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 

 

 

That’s Amore! The Wines of Italy

 

That's Amore! The Wines of Italy

Our wine appreciation class series continues at Quattro's Restaurant & Wine Bar with 

a journey to one of the most varied and exciting wine countries in the world ~ Italy.

Come explore what the various regions of Italy have to offer,

from the Veneto to Piemonte to Toscana…and beyond.

Basic wine tasting techniques will also be reviewed.

 

Advance registration required.

Each participant will receive a special coupon good for 1/2 off the price of one dinner at Quattro's

with the purchase of a regularly priced dinner. 

Limited to new students.

 

To sign up for this class and to see our full schedule, click here: 

http://wineinstituteofnewengland.com/wine-appreciation-classes/

Sipping with Singles

Sipping with Singles 

Our wine appreciation class series continues at Quattro's Restaurant & Wine Bar with our first class just for singles. Socialize with other singles while learning about some of the sexiest wines in the world, including seductive pinot noir, sensuous viognier and wine from the land of amore, Chianti Classico. 

35 years old and up, please.  

Each participant will receive a special coupon good for 1/2 off the price of one dinner at Quattro's with the purchase of a regularly priced dinner. Limited to new students.

 

To sign up for this class and to see our full schedule, click here: 

http://wineinstituteofnewengland.com/wine-appreciation-classes/

 

 

8 Under $12

 

Our new wine appreciation class series at Quattro's Restaurant & Wine Bar continues with an exciting evening featuring 8 excellent yet affordable wines. Forget about hitting the auction block or spending a fortune to get that perfect wine. And don't even think about giving up quality to save a buck. This class will show you how to find wines with an excellent PVR (price to value ratio). As always, learn wine tasting techniques in a fun and non-intimidating atmosphere while sampling great wines. One of our favorite classes.

 

Each participant will receive a special coupon good for 1/2 off the price of one dinner at

 Quattro's with the purchase of a regularly priced dinner. 

 

To sign up for this class and to see our full schedule, click here: 

http://wineinstituteofnewengland.com/wine-appreciation-classes/

 

Uncorking Your Inner Wine Expert

Our new wine appreciation class series at Quattro's Restaurant & Wine Bar continues with an excitng evening of hands-on tasting. 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.

 

To sign up for this class and to see our full schedule, click here: 

http://wineinstituteofnewengland.com/wine-appreciation-classes/