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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; email [email protected], or call (860) 677-5467.

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