Grappling with the Meaning of Sustainable Wine

Most of us are familiar with the word “organic” and have a fairly knowledgeable idea of what it means with respect to agriculture. However, in spite of the fact that the word “sustainable” is becoming an equally familiar term, fewer of us have a clear understanding of what that actually means in relation to agriculture generally, and to growing wine grapes specifically.

CT Wine Festival Back for 4th Year by Popular Demand

This year, 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.

Wente Wine Tasting with Food Network’s Rob Bleifer at Harry’s Wine

If you’re not at the beach or pool Saturday, July 7, between 1 and 4 pm, stop in Harry’s Wine & Liquor in Fairfield for a special Food Network/Wente Vineyards tasting event. Executive Chef of the Food Network, Rob Bleifer, will be on hand during the tasting of Wente’s entwine label wines, a line produced in partnership with the Food Network. I admit to knowing nothing about Wente’s wine before William (aka The Palate) at Harry’s told me about the event a few weeks ago. Shame on me because they won American Winery of the Year and a Rising Start Award 2011 from Wine Enthusiast.

For Some, Every Day is Earth Day

This month, while contemplating what Earth Day means to different people, I was struck with the notion that, for biodynamic winemakers, every day is Earth Day. This belief was recently demonstrated when I had the pleasure of meeting Johan Reyneke, a biodynamic winemaker from South Africa, at the New York Wine Expo. In fact, he claimed to be the only biodynamic winemaker in South Africa. I am an advocate of organic, biodynamic and sustainable winemaking and am thrilled when I find people committed to producing products farmed with these methods. What pleased me even more were the wines themselves. Fresh, clean, complex without being aggressive – they were the definition of terroir driven wines.

2012 CT Specialty Food Product Awards Competition Winners Announced

The CT Specialty Food Association (CSFA) held it’s eleventh Product Awards Competition on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. Two hundred three specialty food items from Connecticut-based manufacturers were entered into 36 categories, with hopes of receiving the prestigious honor of CSFA Product Award Winner 2012. A complete list of Thursday’s winners appears below.

2012 Sustainble Food Trends

Where is the local-sustainable food movement heading? What trends can we expect to see in our locale and beyond in the coming year? We asked our blog contributors and a few of our friends to weigh in and the results … Read more

Fairfield Green Food Guide
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