Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Connecticut Wine Festival August 1 & 2, 2009
The Connecticut Wine Festival will celebrate the bounty and diversity of Connecticut wines at the Goshen Fairgrounds in Goshen, CT. Support Connecticut agriculture by sampling fine local wines and delectable specialty foods. Peruse fine arts and crafts while relaxing to the sounds of various local musicians. This year’s festival offers the rare opportunity to purchase bottles and cases of wine directly from the wineries at the festival.Festival Hours are Saturday, August 1st from 12pm-7pm and Sunday, August 2nd from 12pm-6pm. The Goshen Fairgrounds are located approximately ½ mile south of Goshen center on Route 63.
http://www.goshenfair.org/directions.htm Parking is free.Ticket cost at the gate is $25 daily for general admission, $10 daily for designated drivers and those under 21. A two-day ticket is available for $40. Tickets may be purchased in advance at a discounted daily rate of $20 from the following CT Vineyards: Jones Winery, Shelton, CT; McLaughlin Vineyards, Sandy Hook, CT; DiGrazia Vineyards, Brookfield, CT; White Silo Winery, Sherman, CT; Hopkins Vineyard, Warren, CT; Haight-Brown Vineyard, Litchfield, CT; Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT; Miranda Vineyard, Goshen, CT; Land of Nod, Canaan, CT; Jerram Winery, New Hartford, CT; Rosedale Farms & Vineyard, Simsbury, CT; Gouveia Vineyards, Wallingford, CT; Priam Vineyards, Colchester, CT; Sharpe Hill Vineyard, Pomfret, CT; Heritage Trail Vineyards, Lisbon, CT; Jonathan Edwards Winery, North Stonington, CT; Stonington Vineyards, Stonington, CT; Maugle Sierra Vineyards, Ledyard, CT; Chamard Vineyards, Clinton, CT; and Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT. http://www.ctwine.com/
Admission includes a commemorative festival wine glass and tote bag, 20 wine tasting tickets, specialty food samples, entertainment and the opportunity to purchase bottles/cases of wine and artisan crafts. Additional tasting tickets are available for purchase at the festival.
Connecticut farm wineries occupy more than 1500 acres of open space in the state offering award-winning artisan wines. Connecticut grapes are cultivated from first bud through fermentation and wines are blended in small batches to produce extraordinary wines. Connecticut wines range from dry, barrel fermented Chardonnays, Cabernet Francs, Dry Rieslings and Seyval Blanc, to fruitier, sweeter whites, reds and late harvest Vidals, Vignoles and fruit wines.