“HAVE A GRAPE DAY” AT FOURTH ANNUAL CONNECTICUT WINE FESTIVAL
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JULY 28 AND 29, 2012
A record number of festival goers last year, including a visit from Connecticut Governor Daniel P. Malloy, has put the Annual Connecticut Wine Festival “on the map,” according to festival organizers. It is a reflection on the growing popularity of Connecticut wines and the festival thisyear promises more music, more excitement, more great wines to meed the demand.
The Fourth Annual Connecticut Wine Festival will be staged again at the Goshen Fairgrounds in Litchfield County, on Saturday and Sunday, July 28th and 29th. Sponsored by the Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association (CVWA) and presented by the CT Wine Trail, the festival features wines from a wide variety of local vintners plus wine classes, specialty food vendors, artisanal crafts, and a variety of live musical entertainment. Read our review of last year’s event.
Daily admission to the CT Wine Festival is $25 in advance, available from early June through July 21st at any participating CVWA winery, online or by phone; admission is $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 on Saturday, July 28, and 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm Sunday, July 29. More information and a complete list of participating wineries can be found at www.ctwine.com.
Among the special events at the Festival is a free wine class on Saturday, July 28, from 2:00-3:00 conducted by Renée Allen, founder and Director of the Wine Institute of New England and a regular contributor to the Fairfield Green Food Guide. The 90-minute class, Six Tips for Enjoying Your Wine More, focuses on basic wine tasting techniques and 6 tips that will have you enjoying your wine more and sipping like a pro. Renee promotes wine appreciation and education at every level as a Certified Specialist of Wine and a member of the Society of Wine Educators. “We are looking forward to Renée joining us this year and are excited about the wine expertise she brings to the attendees,” says Sherrie Palmer, Festival Manager.
CT Wine Festival has a page in the 2012 Passport to CT Wineries so please bring your passport so you can get it stamped. Wineries will NOT be stamping their individual pages at the festival; you must visit them individually to receive those stamps. Sunset Meadow Vineyards is just up the road and we highly recommend visiting them for some of the tastiest and most sustainably produced wines in the state. Passports will be available if you do not have one yet. Each year anyone 21 and older who visits participating wineries and accumulates a minimum number of stamps in his passport is eligible to participate in the CVWA’s drawing for prizes that have included European vacations. Rules and deadlines are outlined in the passports so be sure to pick one up. The stamp from attending the wine festival does not count towards the 16 required to submit your passport to their annual drawing (more on that soon).
“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 Journal calls them.”
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 way to spend a sunny summer day, enjoying good company and some excellent wines,” 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.”
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 cheeses, relish, jelly, bread, salsa, and olive oil, among other offerings. Adams Hometown Market, a Platinum Sponsor of the Festival, will also sell advance tickets at its stores
throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts.