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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Renee B. Allen I attended the 2012 Mohegan Sun Winefest early on Sunday hoping to avoid some of the thirsty throngs at this popular wine tasting event. Armed with my stemware, I filed in at 11:00 am with other … Read more
By Analiese Paik In 2012 one of our main goals is to help our readers get back in the kitchen cooking seasonally inspired meals for themselves and their families. Welcome to Back to the Kitchen, our seasonal, home cooking series … Read more
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
By Renee B. Allen Thanksgiving has come and gone and the holiday season is officially upon us. This year, why not put some teeth in the toast “to your health” and pour some green wines for your celebrations? Organic, biodynamic … Read more
Saturday, November 12, 2011 1:00pm-3:00pm at Sport Hill Farm, 596 Sport Hill Road, Easton, CT Sustainable Pastry Chef Robyn Eads, founder of Peace Tree Desserts, invites you to an artisanal honey tasting celebrating the single nectar source honeys of Weston-based … Read more
Farm-To-Table Wine Dinner Party In the Historic Ketay-Asnes Barn at Audubon Greenwich Saturday, October 15 6:00-9:00 pm RSVP by Tuesday, October 11 at 5 pm Please join us for a unique, food-centric dinner event showcasing seasonal ingredients from local, organic … Read more
By Renee B. Allen Photos by Analiese Paik Although Sunset Meadow Vineyards has a long list of numerous awards for outstanding wines produced in the scenic Litchfield Hills of the Western Connecticut Highlands, it is one of their most recent … Read more
By Renee B. Allen Although driving rain may have discouraged some visitors from coming out to the 5th Annual Shoreline Wine Festival last Sunday, the Festival started off on Saturday, August 13, with blue skies and just a hint of … Read more
The 5th Annual Shoreline Wine Festival will be held at Bishop’s Orchards in Guilford on Saturday & Sunday, August 13-14, 2011. Sample wines from 9 Connecticut vineyards while enjoying live music, local food, and shopping from local artisans. Artisan Made … Read more