Sunday, July 12, 2009

New Jersey Wine Events

Summer Brimming with Wine Events
July 09, 2009 06:45 PM ET | Guerra, Sue
There are more than 40 wineries in the Garden State. Many are taking part in some fun wine events this summer. Here’s a sampling.

July 11-12, Statewide: The Garden State Wine Growers Association holds its annual “Walk In the Vineyard,” from noon to 5 p.m. Most of the association's 34 wineries will be participating in the event, inviting visitors to tour vineyards and sample newly released wines for $5. Winery visitors will be eligible to win a free trip for two through French wine country. For more information and a list of participating vineyards visit:

July 18, Milford: Alba Vineyards Grand fireworks display features food vendors, children's activities, and live music by Cairo. Alba wines will be available for purchase (no sampling is available at this event). Parking is complimentary and admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under. Rain date is July 25. Alba Vineyards: 908-995-7800;

July 24-26, Summit: The first Summit Wine & Food Festival will showcase the talents of winemakers, chefs, and sommeliers for three days of cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, seminars, and food- and wine-pairing dinners. Individual events start at $45 with discounts for multiple events purchased as packages. A three-day unlimited pass costs $999. The Grand Summit Hotel: 908-277-6565;

July 30-August 2, Atlantic City: The 2009 Food & Wine Festival at Bally’s Casino features four days of events, food and wine tastings, and celebrity appearances. Chefs from the Food Network and Bravo will host, demonstrate, and mingle with guests at more than twenty events throughout the weekend that range in price from $30 to $1,000.

August 1, Toms River: The Annual Harvest Kick-Off Party at the Bacchus Winemaking Club will include a roasted pig and other food and entertainment. Taste the different wines that you can make yourself in the upcoming winemaking season. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for non-members. 732-505-6930;

August 8-9, Richwood: The Garden State Wine Growers Association sponsors the Jersey Fresh Wine & Food Festival at Heritage Vineyards. Wine tasting, winery tours, food, crafts, hayrides and live classic rock, jazz, and blues concerts will take place from noon to 5 p.m. each day. Tickets are $20 with free admission for anyone under

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