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Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest

September 8th & 9th, 2012 – Dutchess County Fairgrounds – Rhinebeck, NY

The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest 2012 celebrates 11 years, featuring hundreds of wines from all over New York and around the world. Over 100 vendors will serve gourmet and specialty foods, display fine arts and more, food sampling from some of the New York regions top restaurants will be available along with live entertainment. Visitors  will enjoy cooking demonstrations, Food and Wine seminars and a chance to talk with winemakers from some of  New York’s best wineries .

This is a must visit event if you love wine and food!

Location:  Dutchess County Fairgrounds in historic Rhinebeck, New York.

Details:  Conveniently
located near Rhinecliff train station and offering free parking.

Date:  September  8th – 9th 2012

For more information and tickets visit: http://www.hudsonvalleywinefest.com/

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Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest Events

Balloon Festival Launch Party & Wine Tasting
Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest
DATE: Friday July 6, 2012
TIME: 5pm-7pm
LOCATION: Grieg Farm, Red Hook, NY
MORE: Join the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest as we celebrate the launch of our sponsored balloon during the Dutchess County Regional Balloon Festival weekend. We will have wine tasting from Hudson-Chatham, Millbrook & Happy Bitch wineries as well as some hors d’eourves.

Admission is Free. Enjoy a beautiful summer evening and watch the balloons!
Bring your camera and take pictures for a chance to win Wine & Food Fest Tickets
For more information visit: http://www.hudsonvalleywinefest.com/

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Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest 2011

Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest

The 2011, Tenth annual Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest will be held September 10th and 11th. The event will be presented this year by Fine Cooking Magazine and WineRacks.com. The event will feature award winning New York wine as well as wines from around the world. Along with gourmet food, fine arts and crafts. A new addition to the event will be a series of wine dinners leading up to the festival and a wine competition in conjunction with the Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association.

Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest will take place Saturday, September 10th from 11am to 6pm and Sunday September 11th from 11am
to 5pm at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY.

For more information contact:

Shannon Rahe: 888-687-2517 or
Shannon@hudsonvalleywinefest.com

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Cinco de Mama

Villa Millagro Vineyards in Finesville New Jersey to host Cinco de Mama

May 7 & 8  Noon-6:00pm

Missed Cinco de Mayo?  No Problema!!  Celebrate “La Dia de Las Madres” with a Mexican flair!  Treat “su Mama” to tasty Mexican tidbits and sangria at our little “house of miracles”, Villa Milagro.  $10 includes food, wine tasting, monogrammed gift glass and a corsage for Mom.

Details at:  www.villamilagrovineyards.com/CincodeMadres/html

Or call 908-995-2072

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Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend NJ

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Join us throughout the state at Garden State Wineries:

4 JG’s ORCHARDS & VINEYARDS
Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 & 13, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
Tasting: $5 (includes souvenir logo wine glass)

AMALTHEA CELLARS
Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 & 13, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
Admission: Free (VIP tasting: $10)
Valentines Day is almost here — and Amalthea Cellars is ready to create an unforgettable experience for you and your sweetheart! We’ll be offering a free tasting of fine wines, gourmet chocolate, and a finely educated staff to answer all of your wine questions. For $10 per person, enjoy our VIP tasting of specially selected, favorite award-winning wines from past, present, and future vintages paired with fruits, imported cheeses, and gourmet chocolates. So visit us this Valentine’s Day weekend for a lasting experience.

BELLVIEW WINERY
Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 & 13, 2011
Admission: $5.00 per person
Bellview is one stop not to miss on the wine trail! You and your valentine will enjoy sampling from our wide assortment of fine wines. Pair them with delectable chocolate treats homemade by the vintner’s wife. We’ll also bring in luscious goodies from Barbera’s Chocolate on Occasion in Vineland. Warm up with hot Winter Spice wine. Winery tours at 12, 2 and 4pm. Admission includes tours, tasting, chocolates and wine glass. No reservations necessary. For more information, www.BellviewWinery.com or call 856-697-7172 seven days a week, 11am to 5pm.

Advanced Wine Seminar
February 26, 2011
7:00 pm
Admission: $25 per person, limited to 20
This evening is designed for those who know the basics of wine and wish to delve deeper into this intriguing subject. Our resident wine educator, Jan Perlstein will cover a variety of topics, such as the intricacies of restaurant wine service and how to identify faulted wine. Enjoy a vertical tasting and discussion of the wines of France’s northern Rhone Valley. Light snacks and time for questions and answers will follow. For directions, visit www.BellviewWinery.com or call 856-697-7172 daily, 10am to 5pm.

BROOK HOLLOW WINERY
Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 & 13, 2011
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
ADMISSION: Free. Wine tasting: $3.00
Brook Hollow Winery will have the Chocolate Lovers Emporium on hand with their terrific hand made chocolates and exquisite chocolate covered strawberries. We are offering our custom Valentines Day wine bottle labels and each bottle will include a plush Valentines Day stuffed animal. Place your order at www.brookhollowwinery.com. Wine tasting is offered at $3.00 to taste all 12 of our delicious wines and you keep our custom Brook Hollow Wine glass.

CREAM RIDGE WINERY
Wine & Chocolate Open House
February 6 & 7, 2011
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Free Admission
Sample our wines with delicious chocolate! Tours given all day by our proprietor, Tom Amabile. Sample selected gourmet products from our shop. Taste a variety of items hand dipped in milk or dark chocolate. Wine Release: Chocolateberry – NJ Blueberry Wine with Chocolate! Please call us at 609-259-9797 should we have inclement weather.

Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 & 13, 2011
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Free Admission
Bring your Valentine for complimentary wine tasting and tours. Sample delicious products hand dipped in milk and dark chocolate! Try our newest Chocolateberry-Blueberry wine with chocolate! Tours given all day. Don’t miss our barrel tasting!

FOUR SISTERS WINERY
Murder Mystery Dinner
February 12, 2011
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $60 per person, plus tax; Tickets are available by calling 908-475-3671
Foul play is afoot at Four Sisters Winery. There has been a mysterious murder at the old vineyard and you might be the guest who cracks the case! Come join us for an evening of interactive entertainment where quests play the characters in a classic murder mystery dinner! The event includes a formal wine tasting and a delicious buffet-style dinner followed by a wine cellar tour and tasting of our dessert wines. A rose will be given to each couple and chocolates served with the dessert wines. Remember not to get too comfortable though….. A murderer walks amongst you!

Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 & 13, 2011
11:00 am to 6:00 pm
The winery will be offering its wines with a number of different types of chocolate including a chocolate fondue and homemade chocolate balls.

HAWK HAVEN VINEYARD AND WINERY
Hawk Haven Happy Hour
Every Day
3:00 to 5:00 pm Daily
From 3 to 5 pm everyday, it’s Hawk Haven Happy Hour. Enjoy a glass of your favorite Hawk Haven Wine for only $4. Bring a snack along with you or purchase one from our wine shop. Wines are also available by the bottle. Show your New Jersey Teachers pay stub and receive your complimentary Hawk Haven Wine Glass (valued at $5.) Excluding February 11th, 12th & 13th.

Valentine’s Wine Pairing Dinner
February 12, 2011
Seatings at 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm
$45/per person, includes 4-course and wine pairings
The Hawk Haven Wine Pairing Dinners are back! Spend a romantic evening with your sweetheart or a night out with friends at Abbie Holmes Estate in Clermont, NJ, just minutes from Hawk Haven’s tasting room. Hawk Haven will pair our wines with the culinary talent of Xenia Caterers. Chef, Sue Narrigan will prepare 3 choices for each of the 4 courses and Hawk Haven will serve a wine pairing selected by the wine maker for each course. Additional wine will be available for purchase. Reservations required, please call Dena at 609-624-1966. Abbie Holmes Estate 1943 Route 9 North, Clermont, NJ 08210. The menu selections are posted on our website www.hawkhavenvineyard.com.

Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 11th 12 to 7pm
February 12th 12 to 7pm
February 13th 12 to 5pm
Come enjoy a wine tasting or a glass of wine and chocolates from around the world! Wine Tasting $5 to $7, Wine by the Glass $5 to $12, chocolate prices vary. Extended hours on Friday & Saturday evening. Hawk Haven Happy Hour specials do not apply.

HERITAGE VINEYARDS
Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 5 & 6, 2011; February 12 & 13, 2011
Noon to 5
Admission: $5 per person
Guided winery Tours: Additional $5 per person
A spectacular display of wine and chocolate spanning over TWO weekends! Enjoy special pairings of dark chocolate with Heritage Estate Grown Red Wines and milk chocolate with select sweet wines. Expect an array of desert pairings from our bakery and a chocolate fountain along with chocolate fondue. Heritage Vineyards will also be offering guided winery tours where guests can learn about the winemaking process!

HOPEWELL VALLEY VINEYARDS
Music and Wine Fridays
Every Friday Night  
5:00 to 8:00 pm
Admission:  Free
Live Music
January 28; Hopewell Valley Vineyards’ Jazz Ensemble
February 4; Ashley Pettet jazz vocals & piano
February 11; JUNG WOMBATS!-”Duo Fuss” w/Bruuuce”Love Juice”Holsteen (The Bovine Valentine) Archetypal Rock-n-Roll
February 18; John & Carm playing classic rock
February 25; Hopewell Valley Vineyards’ Jazz Ensemble playing Jazz

LAURITA WINERY
The Gallery at Laurita Winery Presents: Ken Hubbard’s “Black and White Across America”
Through February 18, 2011
Admission: Free
Whether it is a dusk lit rock face in Yosemite National Park, barely revealed through a mist of clouds, or an intimate portrait of a colorful New Orleans local, Ken Hubbard’s photographs beckon the viewer to look more closely. Beneath the contemplative solitude of these images lie a disciplined sense of composition and technique. It is a vision that Ken has developed through years of experience as a professional photographer. For more information, please visit www.lauritawinery.com or call 609.758.8000.

Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 & 13, 2011
Noon
Admission: Free
Bring your sweetheart to Laurita! Discover and indulge in “Everything Chocolate” in the Laurita Marketplace! The first 100 women arriving at Laurita on both February 12 and February 13 will receive a long stem rose. Enjoy the sounds of live musical entertainment both days. Red Wines & Chocolate Packages will be available for purchase.

Laurita Country Night – Line Dancing
February 12, 2011
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Admission: Tickets are $5.00 pre-registration and $7.00 on February 12
It’s all about having fun! Three dance lessons are included with Debbie F. Spend the rest of the night dancing to all of your requests and favorites. Great food, great wine, great dancing and a great time! Country style menu specials will be available for purchase starting at 6:00pm. Food, wines and beverages are not included in the ticket purchase. The ticket price for attendance is for participants and observers and includes lessons and dancing. For more information, call 609.758.8000.

Capturing Great Vacation Photos by Ken Hubbard
February 18, 2011
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Admission: Tickets are $45.00 per person.
Professional photographer, Ken Hubbard, whose photographs are currently on display at Laurita, will be offering a photography lecture that will address capturing great vacation photos and color photography. The seminar will include a wine tasting of Laurita wines. Whether you are a professional, novice or beginner, you will walk away with some wonderful tips and techniques. As a bonus to the lecture, a Tamron representative will be displaying the full line of Tamron Lenses for you to view and try. Ken Hubbard shoots with Tamron lenses. For more information, call 609.758.8000.

Mary Todd Lincoln Reenactment
February 19, 2011
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Admission: Free
The story of Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln, is shared including information about the parties, soirees and teas Mary would have attended and/or given in the White House. Mary, played by Judi Cox, will also tell stories about herself, Abe, the children and life in the 1860′s. Paul Serge, portrays Elmer Elsworth Hager, a civilian. He plays a Martin Acoustic Guitar, which was a popular instrument of the 1860′s and he will perform music of the era. For more information, call 609.758.8000.

NATALI VINEYARDS
Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 & 13, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
Admission: $5 Wine Tastings
A perfect re-treat for any couple who wants to experience a true “Old World Wine Making” Vineyard/Winery. Take free vineyard/barrel room tours at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm both days. All wine tastings include samples of imported and domestic cheeses from a local cheese shop as well as some light, sweet samples from Spiked Cakes’ specialty wine infused valentines chocolates/desserts. Visitors will be able to pair some chocolate with Natali’s 100 percent Strawberry Wine. Each lady guest will receive a fresh cut rose from a local Cape May County florist. For more information please call 609-465-0075 or log onto NataliWines.com.

OLD YORK CELLARS
Wine and Cheesecake
February 5, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
Admission: $5
Looking for something different to give your sweetheart this Valentines Day? Then come to Old York Cellars for our wine and cheesecake Saturday. Maddalenas will be on hand to sweeten your day with their famous cheesecake. Nothing says, “I love you” like a Maddalenas cheesecake and Old York Cellars wine. Visit www.oldyorkcellars.com or call 908.284.9463 for more information, or for more information on Maddalenas visit www.maddalenascatering.com

Wine And Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 to 13, 2011
1:00 pm
Admission: $5
Join Old York Cellars, along with wineries all over the state, for the Garden State Wine Growers annual Wine and Chocolate Weekend. We will be pairing our wines with sweet treats from The Chocolate Box of Lambertville. Call 908.284.9463 or visit www.oldyorkcellars.com for more information.

Tank Tasting – Reds
February 19, 2011
1:00 and 3:00 pm
Admission: $7.50
Preview the 2010 reds before anyone else. This is a unique opportunity to sample the new vintage of the Old York Cellars reds, with our winemaker, as they make their journey from vine to bottle. Following the tank tasting you will get the opportunity to compare 2009 with 2010 and decide if it is time to stock up, or make room in the cellar for 2010. Call 908.284.9463 or visit www.oldyorkcellars.com for more information.

Wine and Dine To A Healthier You!
February 26, 2011
1:00 pm
Admission: $10.00
It’s the New Year and time for the resolutions to eat and live healthier. What better place to start than eating great food and wine, and learning how you can incorporate these foods into your diet. Dr. Deborah Neiman, M.D., medical director of Step Ahead in Bedminster, will be on hand to answer all your questions and share ideas on how to make this a healthy year. She will be bringing with her personal trainer, Noelle Iusardi to help breathe new life into your fitness routine, and Lauren Triglia, registered dietician, to answer any of your nutrition questions. Don’t miss this special, healthy addition to our food and wine series. Reservations are required and seats are limited so call 908.284.9463 or email laurin@oldyorkcellars.com to reserve your spot. For more information visit www.oldyorkcellars.com or to learn more about Step Ahead visit www.stepaheadnj.com

PLAGIDO’S WINERY
Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 and 13, 2011
Noon to 5:00 PM
Admission: $5.00 includes souvenir etched wine glass
Sample our award winning wines and choose from a wide variety of desserts to sample from milk and white chocolate dipped strawberries and other dipped desserts along with éclairs, cream puffs, cakes and cookies. The owner of Creative Confections, Cheryl Pirrera from Toms River, will be at the winery Saturday and Sunday sampling and selling her sweet creations. She will also be dipping Plagido wine bottles in her chocolate. Cheryl wraps each bottle in cellophane and puts a small string along the entire length of each bottle. She then decorates the outside of the bottle with different chocolates. At the same time customers pour wine from the bottle they also tug at the string, allowing the chocolate to fall off and be eaten with the wine.

RENAULT WINERY
Renault Dinner Theater “Game Show”
January 28, 2011
6:30 pm
Cost: $59.95 plus tax and service charge
You’re the next contestant on “Cash a La Carte”!!! Get ready to play all of your favorite game shows from TV land in this new interactive comedy. Whether it’s spinning a wheel, guessing a price or answering trivia, in this show…you’ll play, you’ll laugh, and you’ll win!!! So what are you waiting for? Come on down to Renault Winery Resort & Golf open wine bar, cash bar for beer or liquor. Reservation Requested. Ask about special hotel rates!

Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 & 13, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
Renault will be participating in the Wine and Chocolate trail weekend, featuring some special tastings including hot mulled May wine punch served with crackers and imported cheeses, followed by Renault Pink Champagne served with chocolate covered strawberries. and capped by Renault’s award winning American port served with dark Belgian chocolate chips. Renault’s two award winning restaurant will also be open for lunch and dinner.

SHARROTT WINERY
Wine & Cheese Pairing Class
January 28, 2011
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
This is one of our educational series classes taught by our winemaker and sommelier. This course will teach you how to pair wine and cheese through tasting examples prepared by our certified sommelier. A fun night of learning, drinking great wine and eating wonderful cheese. Tuition for the class is $25 and advance registration and payment is required. Please call the winery at 609-567-9463 to register.

BYOG Weekend
January 29 and 30, 2011
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Bring your own glass to Sharrott Winery and get a free tasting. Prizes will be given for unique wine glasses. No beer steins allowed! Glasses must have stems to qualify for a prize.

Deliciously Decadent Wine & Chocolate
Every Weekend in February at Sharrott Winery
February is Wine and Chocolate month at Sharrott Winery in Blue Anchor. It’s the perfect pairing for the chills and thrills of the year’s coldest season. Each weekend we are featuring tempting treats to enjoy with our enticing wines. Whether visiting with the love of your life, cultivating a budding romance or coming in from the cold on your own or with friends, there’s no better way to warm the soul than a visit to the vineyard. For details, visit us at www.sharrottwinery.com.

Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12, 2011: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
February 13, 2011: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Admission: $10 (includes wine tasting, treats, flowers for the ladies and an etched souvenir wine glass)
Rediscover the road that led you to love on this year’s Valentine’s Day Wine and Chocolate Trail. We will be fanning the flames of romance by pairing each of our award winning wines with decadent local treats, featuring Bayards Chocolates, desserts from Sweet Jonz and a range of savory and spicy cheeses.

SILVER DECOY WINERY
Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 and 13, 2011
Noon to 5:00 PM
Admission: $5.00 (complimentary glass, live music)
Enjoy a weekend of award-winning wines and delicious treats with us at Silver Decoy Winery. Sample some of our exciting 2010 wines hourly with the winemaker, the best vintage in decades. Come and visit our expanded tasting area. Whether you choose to enjoy your wine by large windows overlooking the vineyard, listening to Dan’s beautiful music, or warming up by our crackling fire, this weekend will prove to be a memorable experience for all. Decadent chocolate and baked goods; as well as Brian’s masterful grillwork, will surely satisfy all your cravings. Our 2009 Sangiovese and 2008 Retriever (2nd release) will be released this weekend! We look forward to seeing you then. If you need directions or further information you can call us at 609-371-6000 or look on our website, www.silverdecoywinery.com. Hope to see you then!

TERHUNE ORCHARDS & WINERY
NOW OPEN!
Welcome to one of the Garden State Wine Growers Association’s newest wineries!
Tasting room open Wed through Sun 12-5pm. Come visit us for a wine tasting. For more information, visit: www.terhuneorchards.com. We hope to see you soon!
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 609-924-2310

TOMASELLO WINERY
Fourth Annual Tomasello Wine Lovers’ Valentine Dinner Dance
February 12, 2011
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Advance ticket purchase required for this evening of dining, dancing and good wine. For $69.95 a couple, guests can enjoy a sit down dinner with salad, choice of prime rib or chicken cordon bleu and a chocolate mousse dessert. Music is by Diamond DJ’s. Cash bar is required for Tomasello’s award winning wines and champagne cocktails.

Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail
February 12 & 13, 2011
Noon to 5 p.m.
Please come enjoy Tomasello’s Valentine Chocolate Fountain in our tasting room.

TURDO VINEYARDS & WINERY
CLOSED – SOLD OUT OF WINE
Will reopen April 2011

UNIONVILLE WINERY
Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 11 through 14, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
ADMISSION: Free. Wine tasting: $5 and $10
Unionville Vineyards will host a series of special events all through Valentine’s weekend, Feb. 11 through 14. We will host special dessert, cheese and dessert wine tastings and discounts in our tasting room. Winery tours will be conducted Saturday and Sunday, and winery staff will give a presentation on dessert and wine pairings. Additionally, stay tuned for Unionville Vineyards’ inaugural ‘Wine and a Film,’ the first in an ongoing series of wine-and-food-themed movie screenings. The first screening will be of a very special movie mixing wine, food and romance on Saturday, Feb. 12, details and time to be announced. Please check out our website calendar at www.unionvillevineyards.com, or call the winery at 908-788-0400 for details.

VALANZANO WINERY
Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 11, 12 & 13, 2011
Friday night from 7 to 11 p.m. is the Oldies Concert Dinner and Dancing in the brand new Winemakers Ballroom. This is New Jersey’s largest winery complex and the ballroom is a state of the art dining and entertainment facility. The evening features dinner and dancing and music by The Cameos, as nine-piece vocal harmony group doing music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Reservations are required and cost is $60 plus tax per person.

Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., Valenzano Winery will be offering a lunch buffet, live entertainment from noon – 4pm, special discounts on cases of wine, chocolate pairing with Dessert wines by “Our Sweet Place”, a cheese tasting by Cabot Creamery, and book signing by local writer, Kathy Rowe, author of Dragonslayers series. Browse our large selection of wine gifts and accessories, and gourmet olive oils and vinegars by JD Gourmet. Cost with wine tasting, sales, lunch buffet and piano bar entertainment is $10 per person. Wine tasting and sales only is $5 per person.

VENTIMIGLIA VINEYARD
Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail
February 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
ADMISSION: $ 5.00 includes wine tasting and specialty chocolate tasting.
A local chocolate maker, Diane Ross of “Chocolate Inspirations”, will join us in the tasting room. Her delectable chocolate truffles made with a selection of our most flavorful wines will be available for sampling and purchase. Our delicious wines make a romantic meal even more wonderful… from appetizers through dessert. Discover the delightful “marriage” of wine with chocolates! Enjoy the awesome winter beauty of our Sussex County farm.

VILLA MILAGRO VINEYARDS
Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 & 13, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
ADMISSION: $5.00
Treat your Sweetheart to wine tasting and a special Valentine gift from Villa Milagro. Ignite your wine passions with our Fuego; tease your taste buds with our Sabroso, still your emotions with our Casi Dulce……and more. Enjoy tasty tidbits to accompany your wine and local cheese from Holland Valley Dairy. Admission includes wine & cheese sampling, monogrammed gift glass, free parking, a free Valentine gift and a quick lesson in the language of love!

CHEF’s Secrets Cooking Class
February 19, 2011
How can chefs prepare multiple meals and menus in minutes? They have secrets!! You can learn them. Taught by Dr. Audrey Cross, a television personality and food consultant, the course includes all food and instructional materials. Best of all, you get to enjoy your results and along with Villa Milagro’s delicious wines. Please check our website for details and registration for our Chef’s Secrets Cooking Class at www.VillaMilagroVineyards.com/OurEvents.html.

WAGONHOUSE WINERY
Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail
February 12 & 13, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
Complimentary wine tastings.
Please note that the only address for Wagonhouse Winery Tasting Room is: 353 Wolfert Station Road, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062. Refer to www.newjerseywines.com for actual location confirmation and we encourage you to call in advance for hours and directions.

 

 

Join us throughout the state at Garden State Wineries:

4 JG’s ORCHARDS & VINEYARDS
Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 & 13, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
Tasting: $5 (includes souvenir logo wine glass)

AMALTHEA CELLARS
Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 & 13, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
Admission: Free (VIP tasting: $10)
Valentines Day is almost here — and Amalthea Cellars is ready to create an unforgettable experience for you and your sweetheart! We’ll be offering a free tasting of fine wines, gourmet chocolate, and a finely educated staff to answer all of your wine questions. For $10 per person, enjoy our VIP tasting of specially selected, favorite award-winning wines from past, present, and future vintages paired with fruits, imported cheeses, and gourmet chocolates. So visit us this Valentine’s Day weekend for a lasting experience.

BELLVIEW WINERY
Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 & 13, 2011
Admission: $5.00 per person
Bellview is one stop not to miss on the wine trail! You and your valentine will enjoy sampling from our wide assortment of fine wines. Pair them with delectable chocolate treats homemade by the vintner’s wife. We’ll also bring in luscious goodies from Barbera’s Chocolate on Occasion in Vineland. Warm up with hot Winter Spice wine. Winery tours at 12, 2 and 4pm. Admission includes tours, tasting, chocolates and wine glass. No reservations necessary. For more information, www.BellviewWinery.com or call 856-697-7172 seven days a week, 11am to 5pm.

Advanced Wine Seminar
February 26, 2011
7:00 pm
Admission: $25 per person, limited to 20
This evening is designed for those who know the basics of wine and wish to delve deeper into this intriguing subject. Our resident wine educator, Jan Perlstein will cover a variety of topics, such as the intricacies of restaurant wine service and how to identify faulted wine. Enjoy a vertical tasting and discussion of the wines of France’s northern Rhone Valley. Light snacks and time for questions and answers will follow. For directions, visit www.BellviewWinery.com or call 856-697-7172 daily, 10am to 5pm.

BROOK HOLLOW WINERY
Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 & 13, 2011
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
ADMISSION: Free. Wine tasting: $3.00
Brook Hollow Winery will have the Chocolate Lovers Emporium on hand with their terrific hand made chocolates and exquisite chocolate covered strawberries. We are offering our custom Valentines Day wine bottle labels and each bottle will include a plush Valentines Day stuffed animal. Place your order at www.brookhollowwinery.com. Wine tasting is offered at $3.00 to taste all 12 of our delicious wines and you keep our custom Brook Hollow Wine glass.

CREAM RIDGE WINERY
Wine & Chocolate Open House
February 6 & 7, 2011
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Free Admission
Sample our wines with delicious chocolate! Tours given all day by our proprietor, Tom Amabile. Sample selected gourmet products from our shop. Taste a variety of items hand dipped in milk or dark chocolate. Wine Release: Chocolateberry – NJ Blueberry Wine with Chocolate! Please call us at 609-259-9797 should we have inclement weather.

Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 & 13, 2011
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Free Admission
Bring your Valentine for complimentary wine tasting and tours. Sample delicious products hand dipped in milk and dark chocolate! Try our newest Chocolateberry-Blueberry wine with chocolate! Tours given all day. Don’t miss our barrel tasting!

FOUR SISTERS WINERY
Murder Mystery Dinner
February 12, 2011
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $60 per person, plus tax; Tickets are available by calling 908-475-3671
Foul play is afoot at Four Sisters Winery. There has been a mysterious murder at the old vineyard and you might be the guest who cracks the case! Come join us for an evening of interactive entertainment where quests play the characters in a classic murder mystery dinner! The event includes a formal wine tasting and a delicious buffet-style dinner followed by a wine cellar tour and tasting of our dessert wines. A rose will be given to each couple and chocolates served with the dessert wines. Remember not to get too comfortable though….. A murderer walks amongst you!

Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 & 13, 2011
11:00 am to 6:00 pm
The winery will be offering its wines with a number of different types of chocolate including a chocolate fondue and homemade chocolate balls.

HAWK HAVEN VINEYARD AND WINERY
Hawk Haven Happy Hour
Every Day
3:00 to 5:00 pm Daily
From 3 to 5 pm everyday, it’s Hawk Haven Happy Hour. Enjoy a glass of your favorite Hawk Haven Wine for only $4. Bring a snack along with you or purchase one from our wine shop. Wines are also available by the bottle. Show your New Jersey Teachers pay stub and receive your complimentary Hawk Haven Wine Glass (valued at $5.) Excluding February 11th, 12th & 13th.

Valentine’s Wine Pairing Dinner
February 12, 2011
Seatings at 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm
$45/per person, includes 4-course and wine pairings
The Hawk Haven Wine Pairing Dinners are back! Spend a romantic evening with your sweetheart or a night out with friends at Abbie Holmes Estate in Clermont, NJ, just minutes from Hawk Haven’s tasting room. Hawk Haven will pair our wines with the culinary talent of Xenia Caterers. Chef, Sue Narrigan will prepare 3 choices for each of the 4 courses and Hawk Haven will serve a wine pairing selected by the wine maker for each course. Additional wine will be available for purchase. Reservations required, please call Dena at 609-624-1966. Abbie Holmes Estate 1943 Route 9 North, Clermont, NJ 08210. The menu selections are posted on our website www.hawkhavenvineyard.com.

Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 11th 12 to 7pm
February 12th 12 to 7pm
February 13th 12 to 5pm
Come enjoy a wine tasting or a glass of wine and chocolates from around the world! Wine Tasting $5 to $7, Wine by the Glass $5 to $12, chocolate prices vary. Extended hours on Friday & Saturday evening. Hawk Haven Happy Hour specials do not apply.

HERITAGE VINEYARDS
Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 5 & 6, 2011; February 12 & 13, 2011
Noon to 5
Admission: $5 per person
Guided winery Tours: Additional $5 per person
A spectacular display of wine and chocolate spanning over TWO weekends! Enjoy special pairings of dark chocolate with Heritage Estate Grown Red Wines and milk chocolate with select sweet wines. Expect an array of desert pairings from our bakery and a chocolate fountain along with chocolate fondue. Heritage Vineyards will also be offering guided winery tours where guests can learn about the winemaking process!

HOPEWELL VALLEY VINEYARDS
Music and Wine Fridays
Every Friday Night  
5:00 to 8:00 pm
Admission:  Free
Live Music
January 28; Hopewell Valley Vineyards’ Jazz Ensemble
February 4; Ashley Pettet jazz vocals & piano
February 11; JUNG WOMBATS!-”Duo Fuss” w/Bruuuce”Love Juice”Holsteen (The Bovine Valentine) Archetypal Rock-n-Roll
February 18; John & Carm playing classic rock
February 25; Hopewell Valley Vineyards’ Jazz Ensemble playing Jazz

LAURITA WINERY
The Gallery at Laurita Winery Presents: Ken Hubbard’s “Black and White Across America”
Through February 18, 2011
Admission: Free
Whether it is a dusk lit rock face in Yosemite National Park, barely revealed through a mist of clouds, or an intimate portrait of a colorful New Orleans local, Ken Hubbard’s photographs beckon the viewer to look more closely. Beneath the contemplative solitude of these images lie a disciplined sense of composition and technique. It is a vision that Ken has developed through years of experience as a professional photographer. For more information, please visit www.lauritawinery.com or call 609.758.8000.

Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 & 13, 2011
Noon
Admission: Free
Bring your sweetheart to Laurita! Discover and indulge in “Everything Chocolate” in the Laurita Marketplace! The first 100 women arriving at Laurita on both February 12 and February 13 will receive a long stem rose. Enjoy the sounds of live musical entertainment both days. Red Wines & Chocolate Packages will be available for purchase.

Laurita Country Night – Line Dancing
February 12, 2011
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Admission: Tickets are $5.00 pre-registration and $7.00 on February 12
It’s all about having fun! Three dance lessons are included with Debbie F. Spend the rest of the night dancing to all of your requests and favorites. Great food, great wine, great dancing and a great time! Country style menu specials will be available for purchase starting at 6:00pm. Food, wines and beverages are not included in the ticket purchase. The ticket price for attendance is for participants and observers and includes lessons and dancing. For more information, call 609.758.8000.

Capturing Great Vacation Photos by Ken Hubbard
February 18, 2011
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Admission: Tickets are $45.00 per person.
Professional photographer, Ken Hubbard, whose photographs are currently on display at Laurita, will be offering a photography lecture that will address capturing great vacation photos and color photography. The seminar will include a wine tasting of Laurita wines. Whether you are a professional, novice or beginner, you will walk away with some wonderful tips and techniques. As a bonus to the lecture, a Tamron representative will be displaying the full line of Tamron Lenses for you to view and try. Ken Hubbard shoots with Tamron lenses. For more information, call 609.758.8000.

Mary Todd Lincoln Reenactment
February 19, 2011
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Admission: Free
The story of Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln, is shared including information about the parties, soirees and teas Mary would have attended and/or given in the White House. Mary, played by Judi Cox, will also tell stories about herself, Abe, the children and life in the 1860′s. Paul Serge, portrays Elmer Elsworth Hager, a civilian. He plays a Martin Acoustic Guitar, which was a popular instrument of the 1860′s and he will perform music of the era. For more information, call 609.758.8000.

NATALI VINEYARDS
Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 & 13, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
Admission: $5 Wine Tastings
A perfect re-treat for any couple who wants to experience a true “Old World Wine Making” Vineyard/Winery. Take free vineyard/barrel room tours at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm both days. All wine tastings include samples of imported and domestic cheeses from a local cheese shop as well as some light, sweet samples from Spiked Cakes’ specialty wine infused valentines chocolates/desserts. Visitors will be able to pair some chocolate with Natali’s 100 percent Strawberry Wine. Each lady guest will receive a fresh cut rose from a local Cape May County florist. For more information please call 609-465-0075 or log onto NataliWines.com.

OLD YORK CELLARS
Wine and Cheesecake
February 5, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
Admission: $5
Looking for something different to give your sweetheart this Valentines Day? Then come to Old York Cellars for our wine and cheesecake Saturday. Maddalenas will be on hand to sweeten your day with their famous cheesecake. Nothing says, “I love you” like a Maddalenas cheesecake and Old York Cellars wine. Visit www.oldyorkcellars.com or call 908.284.9463 for more information, or for more information on Maddalenas visit www.maddalenascatering.com

Wine And Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 to 13, 2011
1:00 pm
Admission: $5
Join Old York Cellars, along with wineries all over the state, for the Garden State Wine Growers annual Wine and Chocolate Weekend. We will be pairing our wines with sweet treats from The Chocolate Box of Lambertville. Call 908.284.9463 or visit www.oldyorkcellars.com for more information.

Tank Tasting – Reds
February 19, 2011
1:00 and 3:00 pm
Admission: $7.50
Preview the 2010 reds before anyone else. This is a unique opportunity to sample the new vintage of the Old York Cellars reds, with our winemaker, as they make their journey from vine to bottle. Following the tank tasting you will get the opportunity to compare 2009 with 2010 and decide if it is time to stock up, or make room in the cellar for 2010. Call 908.284.9463 or visit www.oldyorkcellars.com for more information.

Wine and Dine To A Healthier You!
February 26, 2011
1:00 pm
Admission: $10.00
It’s the New Year and time for the resolutions to eat and live healthier. What better place to start than eating great food and wine, and learning how you can incorporate these foods into your diet. Dr. Deborah Neiman, M.D., medical director of Step Ahead in Bedminster, will be on hand to answer all your questions and share ideas on how to make this a healthy year. She will be bringing with her personal trainer, Noelle Iusardi to help breathe new life into your fitness routine, and Lauren Triglia, registered dietician, to answer any of your nutrition questions. Don’t miss this special, healthy addition to our food and wine series. Reservations are required and seats are limited so call 908.284.9463 or email laurin@oldyorkcellars.com to reserve your spot. For more information visit www.oldyorkcellars.com or to learn more about Step Ahead visit www.stepaheadnj.com

PLAGIDO’S WINERY
Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 and 13, 2011
Noon to 5:00 PM
Admission: $5.00 includes souvenir etched wine glass
Sample our award winning wines and choose from a wide variety of desserts to sample from milk and white chocolate dipped strawberries and other dipped desserts along with éclairs, cream puffs, cakes and cookies. The owner of Creative Confections, Cheryl Pirrera from Toms River, will be at the winery Saturday and Sunday sampling and selling her sweet creations. She will also be dipping Plagido wine bottles in her chocolate. Cheryl wraps each bottle in cellophane and puts a small string along the entire length of each bottle. She then decorates the outside of the bottle with different chocolates. At the same time customers pour wine from the bottle they also tug at the string, allowing the chocolate to fall off and be eaten with the wine.

RENAULT WINERY
Renault Dinner Theater “Game Show”
January 28, 2011
6:30 pm
Cost: $59.95 plus tax and service charge
You’re the next contestant on “Cash a La Carte”!!! Get ready to play all of your favorite game shows from TV land in this new interactive comedy. Whether it’s spinning a wheel, guessing a price or answering trivia, in this show…you’ll play, you’ll laugh, and you’ll win!!! So what are you waiting for? Come on down to Renault Winery Resort & Golf open wine bar, cash bar for beer or liquor. Reservation Requested. Ask about special hotel rates!

Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 & 13, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
Renault will be participating in the Wine and Chocolate trail weekend, featuring some special tastings including hot mulled May wine punch served with crackers and imported cheeses, followed by Renault Pink Champagne served with chocolate covered strawberries. and capped by Renault’s award winning American port served with dark Belgian chocolate chips. Renault’s two award winning restaurant will also be open for lunch and dinner.

SHARROTT WINERY
Wine & Cheese Pairing Class
January 28, 2011
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
This is one of our educational series classes taught by our winemaker and sommelier. This course will teach you how to pair wine and cheese through tasting examples prepared by our certified sommelier. A fun night of learning, drinking great wine and eating wonderful cheese. Tuition for the class is $25 and advance registration and payment is required. Please call the winery at 609-567-9463 to register.

BYOG Weekend
January 29 and 30, 2011
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Bring your own glass to Sharrott Winery and get a free tasting. Prizes will be given for unique wine glasses. No beer steins allowed! Glasses must have stems to qualify for a prize.

Deliciously Decadent Wine & Chocolate
Every Weekend in February at Sharrott Winery
February is Wine and Chocolate month at Sharrott Winery in Blue Anchor. It’s the perfect pairing for the chills and thrills of the year’s coldest season. Each weekend we are featuring tempting treats to enjoy with our enticing wines. Whether visiting with the love of your life, cultivating a budding romance or coming in from the cold on your own or with friends, there’s no better way to warm the soul than a visit to the vineyard. For details, visit us at www.sharrottwinery.com.

Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12, 2011: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
February 13, 2011: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Admission: $10 (includes wine tasting, treats, flowers for the ladies and an etched souvenir wine glass)
Rediscover the road that led you to love on this year’s Valentine’s Day Wine and Chocolate Trail. We will be fanning the flames of romance by pairing each of our award winning wines with decadent local treats, featuring Bayards Chocolates, desserts from Sweet Jonz and a range of savory and spicy cheeses.

SILVER DECOY WINERY
Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 and 13, 2011
Noon to 5:00 PM
Admission: $5.00 (complimentary glass, live music)
Enjoy a weekend of award-winning wines and delicious treats with us at Silver Decoy Winery. Sample some of our exciting 2010 wines hourly with the winemaker, the best vintage in decades. Come and visit our expanded tasting area. Whether you choose to enjoy your wine by large windows overlooking the vineyard, listening to Dan’s beautiful music, or warming up by our crackling fire, this weekend will prove to be a memorable experience for all. Decadent chocolate and baked goods; as well as Brian’s masterful grillwork, will surely satisfy all your cravings. Our 2009 Sangiovese and 2008 Retriever (2nd release) will be released this weekend! We look forward to seeing you then. If you need directions or further information you can call us at 609-371-6000 or look on our website, www.silverdecoywinery.com. Hope to see you then!

TERHUNE ORCHARDS & WINERY
NOW OPEN!
Welcome to one of the Garden State Wine Growers Association’s newest wineries!
Tasting room open Wed through Sun 12-5pm. Come visit us for a wine tasting. For more information, visit: www.terhuneorchards.com. We hope to see you soon!
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 609-924-2310

TOMASELLO WINERY
Fourth Annual Tomasello Wine Lovers’ Valentine Dinner Dance
February 12, 2011
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Advance ticket purchase required for this evening of dining, dancing and good wine. For $69.95 a couple, guests can enjoy a sit down dinner with salad, choice of prime rib or chicken cordon bleu and a chocolate mousse dessert. Music is by Diamond DJ’s. Cash bar is required for Tomasello’s award winning wines and champagne cocktails.

Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail
February 12 & 13, 2011
Noon to 5 p.m.
Please come enjoy Tomasello’s Valentine Chocolate Fountain in our tasting room.

TURDO VINEYARDS & WINERY
CLOSED – SOLD OUT OF WINE
Will reopen April 2011

UNIONVILLE WINERY
Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 11 through 14, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
ADMISSION: Free. Wine tasting: $5 and $10
Unionville Vineyards will host a series of special events all through Valentine’s weekend, Feb. 11 through 14. We will host special dessert, cheese and dessert wine tastings and discounts in our tasting room. Winery tours will be conducted Saturday and Sunday, and winery staff will give a presentation on dessert and wine pairings. Additionally, stay tuned for Unionville Vineyards’ inaugural ‘Wine and a Film,’ the first in an ongoing series of wine-and-food-themed movie screenings. The first screening will be of a very special movie mixing wine, food and romance on Saturday, Feb. 12, details and time to be announced. Please check out our website calendar at www.unionvillevineyards.com, or call the winery at 908-788-0400 for details.

VALANZANO WINERY
Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 11, 12 & 13, 2011
Friday night from 7 to 11 p.m. is the Oldies Concert Dinner and Dancing in the brand new Winemakers Ballroom. This is New Jersey’s largest winery complex and the ballroom is a state of the art dining and entertainment facility. The evening features dinner and dancing and music by The Cameos, as nine-piece vocal harmony group doing music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Reservations are required and cost is $60 plus tax per person.

Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., Valenzano Winery will be offering a lunch buffet, live entertainment from noon – 4pm, special discounts on cases of wine, chocolate pairing with Dessert wines by “Our Sweet Place”, a cheese tasting by Cabot Creamery, and book signing by local writer, Kathy Rowe, author of Dragonslayers series. Browse our large selection of wine gifts and accessories, and gourmet olive oils and vinegars by JD Gourmet. Cost with wine tasting, sales, lunch buffet and piano bar entertainment is $10 per person. Wine tasting and sales only is $5 per person.

VENTIMIGLIA VINEYARD
Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail
February 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
ADMISSION: $ 5.00 includes wine tasting and specialty chocolate tasting.
A local chocolate maker, Diane Ross of “Chocolate Inspirations”, will join us in the tasting room. Her delectable chocolate truffles made with a selection of our most flavorful wines will be available for sampling and purchase. Our delicious wines make a romantic meal even more wonderful… from appetizers through dessert. Discover the delightful “marriage” of wine with chocolates! Enjoy the awesome winter beauty of our Sussex County farm.

VILLA MILAGRO VINEYARDS
Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
February 12 & 13, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
ADMISSION: $5.00
Treat your Sweetheart to wine tasting and a special Valentine gift from Villa Milagro. Ignite your wine passions with our Fuego; tease your taste buds with our Sabroso, still your emotions with our Casi Dulce……and more. Enjoy tasty tidbits to accompany your wine and local cheese from Holland Valley Dairy. Admission includes wine & cheese sampling, monogrammed gift glass, free parking, a free Valentine gift and a quick lesson in the language of love!

CHEF’s Secrets Cooking Class
February 19, 2011
How can chefs prepare multiple meals and menus in minutes? They have secrets!! You can learn them. Taught by Dr. Audrey Cross, a television personality and food consultant, the course includes all food and instructional materials. Best of all, you get to enjoy your results and along with Villa Milagro’s delicious wines. Please check our website for details and registration for our Chef’s Secrets Cooking Class at www.VillaMilagroVineyards.com/OurEvents.html.

WAGONHOUSE WINERY
Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail
February 12 & 13, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
Complimentary wine tastings.
Please note that the only address for Wagonhouse Winery Tasting Room is: 353 Wolfert Station Road, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062. Refer to www.newjerseywines.com for actual location confirmation and we encourage you to call in advance for hours and directions.

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4th Annual New York Wine Expo

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The 4th annual New York Wine Expo will be held February 25th- February 27th, 2011, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.  “A First Class Wine and Food Event for Both Consumers and Trade.” The event will be open to the public Friday the 25th from 6:00 – 10:00 PM, Saturday the 26th from 2:00 – 6:00 PM, and Trade only on Sunday the 27th from 12 – 4:00 PM. Visit over 150 wine producers in a day. Sample over 600 wines from around the world and speak with the winemakers and winery owners as they pour for you at the Grand Tasting. Pick up tips on serving and selecting wines, enjoy guided tastings and seminars. A wine lovers must visit that includes a souvenir glass and a 4-color glossy program listing exhibitor locations, schedules for guided tastings/seminars and show facts. The latest in wine accessories and specialty foods will be available for sample and purchase in the Grand Tasting. For more ticket purchase and information visit the web site at:

 http://www.wine-expos.com/Wine/NY/

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ZD Wines to Host Wine-Pairing Cooking Series

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Watch a demonstration of seasonal dishes being prepared in the demonstration kitchen and sample them paired with ZD wines every Sunday beginning September 12, and running through October 31, 2010.  The event is hosted from 9:30am – 11:00am and incorporates eggs gathered from the chickens that roam the vineyard and produce grown from their winery gardens.  Enjoy food, wine; meet the chef, take a tour of the facility, and surrounding vineyards all for $60 per person.  Call 800-487-7757 for more information.

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Robert Mondavi 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Release Party

Book your reservation now for the Robert Mondavi 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Release Party!  Join the winery on Saturday, September  18, 2010 at the Robert Mondavi Winery Vineyard Room, West Patio from 3-5 pm.  Enjoy winery exclusive as well as older vintage Cabenert Reserve paired with the current release.  Food will be prepared by winery chef, Jeff Mosher.  The event also offers live music and fantastic discounts!  Call 1-888- RMONDAVI (888-766-6328); opt 2 for reservations or visit robertmondavi.com

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Grand Harvest International Wine and Food Festival

Come join New Jersey’s Alba Vineyards, PNC Bank, Safeco Insurance and Gary’s Wine and Marketplace as they sponsor the third annual benefit for Norewescap and the ARC. Guests will be served wine samples from the very best vineyards and wineries around the world. Along with activities for the whole family including the wine tastings, great food, vendors, tethered hot air balloon rides, horse drawn carriage rides through the vineyards and children’s activities. Live music will be ongoing all day. Tickets are $25 at the gate which includes an etched wine glass and $20 in advance.

Dates: Saturday September 25th and Sunday the 26th 2010

Time: Noon to 5pm

For tickets and sponsor information, please call NORWESCAP at 908-454-7000 X 110 or The ARC at 908-689-7525 X212.  (Tickets are not yet available at Alba Vineyard.)

For more information and directions visit: http://www.albavineyard.com/calendar.php

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The Wine Festival at the Plains

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Enjoy World-Class Polo and 275 award winning wines for tasting in one spectacular weekend September 11th-12th 2010, at the Great Meadow Event Center as Virginia hosts The Wine Festival at the Plains. With fancy food, fine arts and culinary seminars, along with many of Virginia’s best award winning wines. This two day event with two Polo matches each day is one you will not want to miss. Polo matches will be held from 1:00pm to 600:pm each day. For ticket information, a list of wineries attending and event schedules be sure to visit http://www.winefestivalattheplains.com/harvest.html

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Date: September 11th-12th

Time: 11:00am-6:00pm each day

Price: $35 online $40 at the gate for a tasting ticket, $20 online $25 at the gate non-taster.