Saturday, February 07, 2015

A Great February 2015 for Garden State Wine Lovers!

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Well, it looks like New Jerseyans have been bitten by the love bug.

Now, you can join New Jersey wineries from Sussex to Cape May, and everywhere in between across New Jersey for two weekends of your favorite pairing- wine and chocolate! Each winery will have its own features for the trail weekend, but most will have something CHOCOLATE related to enjoy! You’ll find special wine tastings and new releases, pairings, entertainment, specials and sales. Be sure to grab something special for your squeeze. Held over two weekends, rain, snow, or shine. Check with each winery for hours.

Villa Milagro Vineyards, 33 Warren Glen-CR627, Finesville, NJ 908-995-2072
Concert Series - Jazz, Saturday, February 7, 6-9pm
The powerful voice of Vicki Doney on keyboards accompanied by Walt Bibinger on guitar will offer an unforgettable evening of extraordinary jazz.  These legendary artists have performed with the best names in the business.  $20 admission includes music, wine tasting and a gift wine glass.
Wine & Chocolate Trail Weekends, February 7-8 & February 14-15, 11-5
Celebrate “El Dia de Amor” with the decadent taste of chocolate, the romantic twinkle of lights and delicious Villa Milagro wines on the GSWGA Chocolate Wine Trail.  $5 admission includes wine tastings, chocolate treats, gift monogrammed glass and a special gift for sweethearts.
St. Valentine’s Dinner Dance, Saturday, February 14, 2015, 6-whenever!
Limited seating for this very personal, romantic event.  Start your magical evening with hors d’ouevres served in the Vintner’s Residence.  Meet Chef John Connor, Old River House, as he prepares your dinner.  Then waltz among twinkling lights as you enjoy three more courses paired with Villa Milagro’s exceptional wines.  An amorous evening to remember!  Reservations required.  Priority to vineyard customers. www.VillaMilgroVineyards.com/ValentineDance.html
Wine & Cheese Tasting, February 21-22, noon-5pm
Join us as we break bread together to enjoy with delicious samples of local artisan cheeses. You will taste creamy cheddar made from pasture fed cows, raw milk organic gouda and other melt-in-your-mouth delights!  Clear your pallet with delicious, handcrafted ciabiatta bread and wash it all down with our exceptional European style blended wines.  Admission: $10 adults, $5 children over 10    www.VillaMilagroVineyards.Wine-Cheese.html
Jazz Concert Series, Saturday, February 21, 6-9pm
Having performed at the White House, the Kennedy Center and the United Nations, the Eric Mendel Quartet comes home to NJ for a command performance at Villa Milagro.  Four outstanding musicians, each with stellar credentials will fill our small tasting room with fantastic jazz.  $20 admission includes music, wine tasting and a gift wine glass.
Boot Camp for your Tastebuds®, February 28 & March 1, 1:00pm
Can’t tell a chardonnay from a Chablis?  Can’t taste the “leather, prunes, raspberry” or other flavor notes that other’s claim to taste?  We will train your tastebuds!  Learn how to discern the subtle flavors that make wine the complex and fascinating beverage that it is.  $20 per person
www.VillaMilagroVineyards.com
 
Beneduce Vineyards, 1 Jeremiah Lane, Pittstown, NJ 08867 (908)966-DUCETuxedo Release/Valentine's Day Dinner, Friday, February 13th, 6-10pm
Join us for our 3rd Annual Tuxedo Release/Valentine's Day Dinner. At this unique event held inside our beautiful winery, we will pair our finest wines with delicious gourmet fare; the five decadent courses culminating with the first tasting of our 2013 'Tuxedo' (White Pinot Noir). Tickets are $150/person and can be purchased by calling the winery.
 
Old York Cellars, 80 Old York Road, Ringoes, NJ 08551 (908) 284-9463
Wine and Chocolate Trail Weekends
February 7th & 8th, February 14th & 15 th open 12-5pm, Live Music 1-4pm
Grab someone special and enjoy some sweet things to eat and drink! Sample the 2013 Merlot and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon before it is even released. Specialty chocolates by Laurie’s Chocolates, red wine hot chocolate, $1 chocolate shots, and our Sweet Hearts custom label booth. Get your picture on a bottle of wine you can take with you, or give as a gift. Festivities will continue over both weekends, plus live music in our Vista room from 1-4pm each day.
Winter Wine and Yoga Series- Winter Warm-Up with Tosia February 21st, (3/21 & 4/18) 11am
Stay healthy and warm this winter with yoga and wine! Join Tosia for a guided vinyasa practice by our crackling fireplace. Build inner heat with sun salutations and release those bottled-up, snowed-in blues. After class warm up some more with a wine and chocolate tasting of some of New Jersey's finest wines. $30/person per class, $25/class if you purchase all three.
Wine and Jazz Brunch, Sunday, February 22nd | 12pm
Come out to the winery and join us for a special Wine and Jazz Sunday Brunch. Dine on a delicious brunch buffet from Jamie Hollander Gourmet while listening to the smooth sounds of local musician Larry Barbee and Christy Colato. Ticket price includes a glass of one of our special wine cocktails, wines will also be available by the glass and bottle. $35/person
Wine and Comedy Night, Saturday, March 7th 7:30pm | $15/person
This event hosted by award-winning comedian, Helene Angley, will feature guest comedians Bob Marsdale, Regina DiCicco and Phil Porter. This fantastic line-up of comics has been featured all over the East Coast and are set for a great night of comedy right here at Old York Cellars. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and wines will be available by the glass and bottle. No outside alcohol. $15 per person
 
Unionville Vineyards 9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes, NJ 08551 908-788-0400  Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekends, 02/7-8 and 02/14-15, 12-5pm Celebrate your love for wine & chocolate at Unionville. Enjoy selected pairings from Carol's Creative Chocolatez, LLC with your tasting. The tasting room is open 12-5pm, with winery tours Saturday and Sunday at 230pm each day. 
Live Music and Open Mic, 02/27/15, 630-930pm Once a month, Unionville hosts live music and open mic night with local songstress Tina Margot. Bring your instrument and stretch your vocal cords. It's a great night with family and friends. We have snacks and wines by the glass or bottle. Outside food is permitted. Outside alcohol is not permitted. No cover.
http://unionvillevineyards.com/
 
Terhune Orchards Vineyard & Winery 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 609-924-2310
Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend, February 7 &8 and 14&15, noon to 5pm Visit us in the Terhune Orchards Vineyard and Winery tasting room as we join other wineries across the state for a weekend of wine and chocolate.  Sample our award winning wines, enjoy a glass in our 160 year old barn, or take home a bottle.  This weekend we will be offering some chocolate treats made from scratch in our bakery to taste along with our wines.  Warm up with a sample of our hot mulled wine. Tastings are $5.
http://www.terhuneorchards.com
 
Working Dog Winery 610 Windsor Perrineville Road, Hightstown, NJ 08520 (609) 371-6000
Wine & Chocolate Trail Weekend, February 14 & 15 12-5pm Enjoy a weekend of delicious wines, great music, tempting treats, and of course lots of fun!  Scott Belgard will be back with his magical food truck, preparing chocolate-infused entrees and sweet-tasting selections as well.  As part of the premium tasting, sample wine from the barrel with our winemaker.  Whether you choose to enjoy your wine by large windows overlooking the vineyard, listening to music, or warming up by our crackling fire, this weekend will prove to be a memorable experience for all. $5 per person, tasting & entertainment included. Live Music- 2/7  Craig Lieboff, 2/8 Acoustic Road, 2/14 Williamsboy, 2/15 Vic Della Pello.
 
4JG’s Orchards & Vineyards, 127 Hillsdale Road, Colts Neck, NJ 07722 (908) 930-8066Wine & Chocolate Trail Weekends- February 7 & 8 and 14 & 15, 12-5pmSt. Valentine’s Day is the annual celebration of love and affection.  Show your loved one just how much you care by spending the afternoon at 4JG’s.  Learn how chocolate and wine can pair to create a romantic experience.  4JG’s and Chocolate Legends have paired their award-winning products to create a sumptuous experience.  We are releasing a tasting room favorite- Chambourcin Riserva, vintage 2013! There will be live music and vineyard pruning tours for the cold hearty if weather permits.  $10 per person
 
Salem Oak Vineyards, 90 N Railroad Ave, Pedricktown, NJ 08067 (856) 889-2121
Wine Glass Painting Party, February 8th, 12-2pm - We have paired up with local social art studio Uncork Your Art to host a Wine Glass Painting Party at our winery! Each guest will paint one of the pre-created designs on two wine glasses to keep. The cost is $50/guest, which includes the wine glasses, class instruction, a cheese plate, a glass of wine to enjoy while you paint, and A LOT OF FUN! Space is limited, so register now by visiting the following link: 
Candlelit Valentine's Day Jazz Dinner, February 14, 7-9pm – Spend Valentine’s Day listening to smooth jazz while enjoying a candlelight dinner and wine! Our Valentine's Day Menu includes: Chocolate and wine tasting, Garden salad with Italian dressing, Chicken Parmigiana with Penne Alla Vodka from Vesuvios, Garlic knots from Deebs Bread, and Fresh homemade rice pudding.  Only 20 seats available! Call for reservations. $35.95 per person.
Birthday Bash and Jazz Duo, February 28, 7-9pm – Join us to help celebrate all February birthdays! During the birthday bash, you will see an orchestra duo play the upright bass and guitar. These professionals are amazing jazz performers!
 
Heritage Vineyards, 480 Mullica Hill Road, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062 (856) 589-4474 Valentine’s Day Wine Trail Weekend, February 14 & 15, 2015, 12-5:30pm Start off with a welcome Moscato Spritzer to cleanse the palate then transition into your wine and chocolate pairing.  Dry or sweet wine tasting will also be available for the cost of your admission. Timed tickets will be limited. Event will take place on our covered wine patio & fully covered & heated wine tent.  Live acoustic music will be provided by Dave Kelly, playing a mixture of smooth mixture of jazz, blues & classic rock tunes.  Our guests will be offered complimentary coffee and or espresso being provided by Impact Office.  We don’t encourage children to be in attendance as our event is intended for adults. However, they’re not prohibited and must be under adult supervision at all times.  Tickets are $15 per person. http://www.heritagewinenj.com/event/wine-and-chocolate-weekend/
 
Southwind Vineyard & Winery  385 Lebanon Road, Millville,NJ 08332 856-391-5524
Chocolate & Wine Trail Weekends February 7&8 and 14&15 noon-5pm
Acoustic Guitar Music Saturdays 3-7:30pm Sundays 1-6pm Come relax to David Spoltore’s acoustic stylings of oldies to today. Bring a snack relax a while.
Art & Wine Night February 12 7-9pm Join us, get creative, and paint up your own version of “Starry Night.”
 
Sharrott Winery 370 S. Egg Harbor Rd., Winslow, NJ 08037
(609) 567-WINE
Wine & Chocolate Trail Weekend-  February 7 & 8 and 14 & 15 from 12-5
Treat your Valentine to a Wine Tasting of Sharrott’s hand crafted wines, featuring delicious chocolates and our popular chocolate fountain. We will also have flowers for the ladies, while supplies last. Tastings are $10 and include chocolate fountain and a souvenir glass.
Valentine’s Day Barrel Room Wine Tasting- February 14 & 15
Treat your Valentine to a special seated wine tasting and food pairing in our candlelit Barrel Room, transformed just for this romantic holiday. This year we have partnered with Kitchen 19 in Hammonton, to bring you a truly unique wine experience. Enjoy 5 courses, served small-plate style, expertly paired with Sharrott’s wines for a special, very romantic experience! Space is limited. Seatings are available at 12:30, 2:00 and 3:30 Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15. Reservations and advance tickets are required, call the winery to reserve. $20 per person.
 
Plagidos Winery 570 N. First Road, Hammonton, NJ 08037 (609)567-4633Wine & Chocolate Trail Weekend , February 7th & 8th and 14th & 15th ,  11- 5pm Join us to celebrate wine and chocolate weekend.  Wine Tasting, souvenir glass, light fare, and of course chocolate for dessert.  $10.00 per person, and $5.00 for designated drivers and visitors under 21.
 
Bellview Winery, 150 Atlantic Street, Landisville, NJ (856) 697-7172
Wine and Chocolate Trail Weekends, February 7th, 8th, 14th, & 15th, 12-5pm If there really is a true language of love, it is most certainly forged in wine and chocolate. Celebrate St. Valentine and all his delights with a weekend of local wine! Bellview will be serving delectable treats in wine and chocolate form. You'll find a special dessert waiting for you with every tasting. Featuring an acoustic guitarist and toasty fire pits, indulge in all that New Jersey wine has to offer this Valentine's Day!
Free event admission; Tastings are $5 per person, including commemorative glass and chocolate treats.
 
Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery 600 South Railroad Ave., Rio Grande, NJ 08242 (609) 846-7347
Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekends, Feb 7th, 8th, 14th, 15thBring your Valentine to Hawk Haven Vineyard for a wine tasting paired with a selection of gourmet chocolates. We will also be offering artisanal cheeses, terrines, and charcuteries to snack on as you listen to live music (2-5PM). Wine & chocolate tasting is $12 and includes a souvenir glass.
New Wine Release, February 7th-8th, 12-5pmNew wines are coming to Hawk Haven! On Saturday, February 7th we will be releasing our limited edition 2011 “Lot B” Merlot, and two new Signature Series vintages: 2012 Tempranillo and 2013 Viognier. All three wines will be available for tasting.
Barrel Tasting & Futures Sale, February 21st-22nd, 12-5pmVisit our barrel room for a taste of wines to come during a complimentary barrel tasting of some of our 2014 vintage whites. Be among the first to sample these wines straight from the barrel, which were harvested in the fall of 2014 and will be bottled later this spring. These wines will also be available for advanced purchase this weekend only.
Premium Wine Tasting, February 28th, 12-5pmAn experimental farmer, our wine maker takes chances and pushes the envelope. Our estate vines are his most prized asset. Those that rise to the challenge, producing what he considers worthy, earn the Signature Series label of his limited production, artisan wine collection. Taste these wines, along with a few other limited production and cellared wines, during our Premium Wine Tasting. $15 per person includes gold logo wine glass and seven wines.
Vineyard & Winery Tour, every Saturday, 1pm - Taste through our wines as your guide leads you through every step of the wine making process from the vineyard to the vast steel tanks and French oak barrels. Discover what makes each wine unique and how our wine maker achieves every flavor and aroma. Learn the history of Hawk Haven while you sip. The tour concludes with a selection of gourmet cheeses to enjoy on the vineyard view crushpad or our cozy barrel room. Call for reservations. $25 per person includes tour, wine tasting, cheese, and souvenir glass.
 
Willow Creek Winery 168 Stevens St. West Cape May, NJ 08204 609-770-8782
Five Course Wine Paired Valentines Dinner- Saturday, February 14th 7-10pm
Hosted by Willow Creek winemaker Kevin Celli and Master Chef Brian Parker of the Southern Mansion of Cape May. Enjoy this incredible dinner with our fine wines paired to 5 courses of delicious food. This is a very special event enjoyed by all who attend! $100.00 per person. Only 100 seats available for this wonderful experience! Reservations are required, call for more information and reservations.
 
William J. Moore Scholarship Fundraiser- Saturday, February 21st 6-9pm
Help celebrate the legacy of William J Moore while raising some much needed funds for some of our local Cape May County kids to pursue higher education with a night of wine tastings, live music and some light fare snacks. Our goal is to raise funds for the foundation that has helped over 60 Cape May County students peruse their dreams of college. Founded in 1972, with your help we can continue to celebrate such a brilliant legacy. Tickets are $35.00 in advance ($45 at the door) and include 4 wine samples, live music, light fare and access to our silent auctions prizes and our 50/50.
 
Fire Pit Fridays- Every Friday night (through March) 5:30-9:30pm 
Enjoy a performance by different local musicians each week while enjoying great wines, sangria and delicious foods from our tasty tapas menu. We will also have one of the local oyster farmers offering same-day harvested, Cape May oysters each week. It is free admission to attend but guaranteed seating is by reservation only and we do fill up very quickly. This is an indoor/outdoor event so please dress appropriately. Pets are welcome, outside only. Reservations are strongly suggested, this popular event occasionally exceeds capacity.