To promote New Jersey wines, The Lakewood BlueClaws will be hosting the Jersey Shore Wine Festival June 4th and 5th at FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood. The festival features wine tasting, live music and crafters; festival hours are 12 noon - 5pm daily.
Indian Rosé – The Garden State is home to a number of quality wineries that are producing a variety of great wines. To promote New Jersey wines and increase the public’s familiarity with varietals produced in New Jersey, The Lakewood BlueClaws will be hosting the Jersey Shore Wine Festival June 4th and 5th at FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood. The centerpiece of the festival will be wine tasting by more than 10 New Jersey wineries from around the state; the event will also feature live musical entertainment, food, crafters and the BlueClaws play area for children. Festival hours are 12 noon to 5 pm daily and admission is $15 in advance or $18 at the gate for adults 21 years and older. Those under 21 years of age or designated drivers are free. Each paid admission includes a commemorative wine glass to use for the tasting. Advance tickets go on sale March 21 and can be purchased by visiting www.blueclaws.com and going to the FirstEngery Park page; calling 732-901-7000 or visiting the event’s Facebook page.
Indian Sauvignon Blanc Participating wineries include Valenzano Winery, DiMatteo Vineyards, Tomasello Winery, Plagido’s Winery, Cape May Winery, Cream Ridge Winery, 4 JG’s Orchards & Winery, Laurita Winery, and Alba Vineyard. New Jersey’s wineries offer nationally and internationally acclaimed wines, with varieties such as cabernet, chambourcin, chardonnay, vidal, and more, including fabulous dessert wines. Many of the wineries have won medals in tasting competitions both in New Jersey and at events throughout the country. “These festivals are a great way to introduce people to our wines” says Anthony Valenzano, a third generation grower from Shamong, NJ. “As the public becomes more familiar with the great wines being produced right here in the Garden State, demand continues to grow” he continues. Attendees can sample all the varieties that each winery has available and purchase individual bottles or cases on the spot. Festival goers are also encouraged to bring lawn chairs to sit and enjoy the live bands lined up for the event. Saturday will feature the acoustic rock sounds of Astronaut Jones, followed by the blues/soul sound of The Christopher Dean Band. On Sunday, modern rock will fill the stage with The Larry Stevens Band. The band has toured all over the East Coast and have recently opened for performers Kenny Loggins, Todd Rungren and the Doobie Brothers.
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More than 30 Livermore Valley wineries will participate in theregion's third annual Barrel Tasting Weekend March 19 and 20 byoffering samples of wines still in development-direct from theirbarrels. Guests with special event wristbands and official glasseswill receive at least one barrel sample at each participatingwinery. Most winemakers will be present to personally pour anddiscuss their young wines and offer pairings with gourmetappetizers, artisan cheeses, chocolate and nuts.
Indian Cabernet Shiraz Barrel tasting provides wine enthusiasts of all experience levelswith a fun "snapshot" of how wine evolves-from grape to glass.Guests will have the opportunity to pre-purchase some of the barrelwines at a discount, before they are bottled and released to thepublic, a practice known as buying "futures." More than a dozendifferent varietals, including the rare Primitivo and AlicanteBouschet and ever-popular Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, willbe presented for tasting across this beautiful wine region.
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Indian Cabernet Shiraz The Napa Valley has been a little short on legends lately. Not legendary wines—there are still plenty of those—but legendary figures. It's almost three years since the last legendary man, Robert Mondavi, passed away and much longer since he was the one man most synonymous with this great California wine region.
In the course of his travels, Steve Tingas has checked off item after item on a bucket list of worthy experiences. He's marveled at breathtaking mountainside views. He's taken in prominent art exhibitions. He's even visited a Persian-style palace—an over-the-top "sight to behold," says the Lowell, Mass., marketing consultant.
Chenin Blanc India But the most curious part of Tingas's odyssey? He's done it all in one region, the verdant heart of California wine country: Napa Valley and Sonoma County. As a serious sipper, Tingas goes mainly to partake of the grape. But lately, he's been finding something else. That bucolic chateau in Sonoma where Tingas used to sit in the courtyard and enjoy an alfresco lunch with a nice cabernet? It's been purchased by movie mogul–turned-winemaker Francis Ford Coppola and made over into what's been dubbed a "wine wonderland," with swimming pools, bocce courts and an amphitheater.
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The Columbia Gorge Winegrowers announce the return of the successful Passport Weekend program – with the date set for March 28th - April 3rd, 2011. “The program was a great success in 2010, and we are excited to provide an opportunity to showcase our winegrowing region and help boost visitors to our area,” says Kim DenAdel, Marketing Manager for the Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Association. “Our wineries span the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area through 40 miles of peaceful, open-roads running through double mountain views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Visitors can stay the full Passport weekend; one day can be spent in our Washington wineries (spanning from Underwood to Goldendale), next in our Oregon wineries (spanning from Hood River thru The Dalles) and complete the weekend in our Hood River Tasting Rooms. It's a wonderful way to spend the weekend and discover the variety of wines from the Columbia Gorge and Columbia Valley AVAs.” The Passport Weekend started in 2009, made possible by a grant from the Oregon Tourism Commission, also known as Travel Oregon. Last year, the event began with a tasting in Portland and brought more than 500 guests to the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area for a fun weekend of wine touring. This year the week-long event kicks-off on Monday, March 28th with the Columbia Gorge Grand Tasting in Portland at Urban Studio in the Pearl District, 935 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR. Over 22 wineries will be pouring where one can meet the winemakers and discover the variety of wines from the Columbia Gorge and Columbia Valley AVAs. Tickets are $25 each and include a commemorative wine glass, wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and a Passport for Passport Weekend (a $15 value). The trade tasting is from 1-4pm with the public tasting from 5-8pm.
Sauvignon Blanc India The main event is Passport Weekend, April 1-3, with over 26 wineries to explore. From incredible discounts to private barrel tastings to special gifts to live music and breathtaking views, offerings are as varied as the wines found in the Gorge. Passports are $15 each (a $5 to $800 value in potential savings) and available online or at Gorge-area tasting rooms. Columbia Gorge lodging partners are also offering discounts on accommodations for Passport holders for the weekend. Details can be found on http://www.columbiagorgewine.com .
Chenin Blanc India The Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Association is a not for profit association of local wineries, grape growers, and wine-related businesses from the Columbia Gorge and Columbia Valley Appellations in both Oregon and Washington. Together, the 150 members of the association promote the award - winning wines and grapes of the Columbia River Gorge region. For more information please visit the website at http://www.columbiagorgewine.com or call 1-866-413-WINE.
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