If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to sample the fine, award-winning wines of Connecticut’s vineyards, the two-day Connecticut Wine Festival taking place this weekend in Goshen is a great way to taste wine from 19 vineyards with a minimal commitment of time, travel and money. Connecticut wines range in style from dry, barrel fermented Chardonnays, Cabernet Francs, Rieslings and Merlots to fruitier, sweeter whites, reds and late harvest Vidals, Vignoles and fruit wines. You might be surprised to learn that the #1 selling white wine in New England is the semi-dry Ballet of Angels from Sharpe Hill in Pomfret.
Admission includes a commemorative festival wine glass and tote bag, 20 wine tasting tickets, specialty food samples, entertainment, the opportunity to purchase bottles/cases of wine and artisan crafts. Additional tasting tickets are available for purchase at the festival.
Entertainment includes the Shawn Taylor Duo, the Jerrod Cattey Double Trio and more.
Festival Hours: Saturday, August 1st from 12pm-7pm and Sunday, August 2nd from 12pm-6pm. The Goshen Fairgrounds are located approximately ½ mile south of Goshen center on Route 63. http://www.goshenfair.org/directions.htm Parking is free.
Ticket Cost: $25 daily, at the gate, for general admission, $10 daily for designated drivers and those under 21. A two-day ticket is available for $40. Tickets may be purchased in advance at a discounted daily rate of $20 from the following CT Vineyards:
Jones Winery, Shelton, CT
White Silo Winery, Sherman, CT
Hopkins Vineyard, Warren, CT
Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT
Miranda Vineyard, Goshen, CT
Land of Nod, Canaan, CT
Rosedale Farms & Vineyard, Simsbury, CT
Gouveia Vineyards, Wallingford, CT
Priam Vineyards, Colchester, CT
Sharpe Hill Vineyard, Pomfret, CT
Jonathan Edwards Winery, North Stonington, CT
Chamard Vineyards, Clinton, CT
Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT