CONNECTICUT WINE FESTIVAL IS A CELEBRATION OF LOCAL FLAVORS
The growing popularity of Connecticut wines is celebrated at the Fourth Annual Connecticutwine Festival Goshen Fairgrounds in Farmington (Litchfield County), on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29. Sponsored by the Connecticut Vineyard andwinery Association (CVWA) and presented by the Ctwine Trail, the festival features fine wines from a wide variety of local vintners, classes, specialty food vendors, artisanal crafts, as well as a variety of live musical entertainment.
Daily admission is $25 in advance, available through July 21 at any participating CVWA winery, online or by phone; and $30 at the door. The cost includes free wine tastings, a commemorative glass and a tote bag. Guests younger than 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. The festival runs noon-7 p.m. July 28 and noon-6 p.m. July 29.
“From international gold medals to
‘people’s choice’ and ‘Best in Show’ awards, Connecticut wines continue to win fans,” said George Motel, festival chairman and owner of Sunset Meadow Vineyards.
Festival proceeds are used to promote the CVWAWINE Trail and the state’s wine industry. The trail, a stateapproved winery and vineyard awareness program, features trails that wind their ways through some of the most scenic and historic regions of Connecticut.
“The Connecticutwine 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.”
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. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ctwine.com; email info@ ctwine.com, or call (860) 677-5467.