Sunday, October 30, 2011

NYWGF Launches New York City Promotion

Just yesterday the The New York Wine & Grape Foundation announced it had initiated a new program focusing on getting New York wines better established in the New York City market. The initial phase of the program will be concentrated in the first three months of 2012 as a launching pad for additional activities in the future.

The statewide trade organization headquartered in Canandaigua, NY has retained First Press Public Relations in Manhattan to create and coordinate the multi-faceted program, which will involve initial market research; "cellar visits" to the main wine regions by New York City media and trade representatives; a multi-day market visit to New York City by participating wineries; media outreach and advertising; and a dedicated web site for New York wines in New York City.

This is a great moment for new York wine. Now New York wine will be front and center in one of the world's major wine markets.

I want to laud Jim and the board of the NYWGF for this imaginative new strike out into promotional world. This is in fact the way other wine regions make their way in the competitive wine marketplace. It costs money to do it. The NYWGF, as I have been saying for some time, is under funded. To be in a room with sommeliers, restauarant owners, wine store owners and/or media is the ultimate audience. It is where we need to be. As a region and as a state. I want to congratulate and commend all those involved with the project. It is a great stepping stone for those who are interested in taking the next step in becoming wineries of importance.

I want to say I will do everything I can to cheer on this promotion on behalf of the NYWGF, as I think it is the promotion we desperately need. I thunderously applaud Jim for taking this step forward. I think it is the right opportunity. I cannot recommend this action highly enough, and again I want to thank and applaud all those involved in putting for this program together.

This kind of promotion puts New York wine on the same playing field with Oregon, Washington, Virginia, and other regions vying for the nation's number one market's attention.

"We are very excited about this promotion, and about working with First Press on it," said Foundation President Jim Trezise. "New York wines are poised to be a bigger part of New York City's renowned culinary landscape, and First Press's experience, talent, and savvy will propel us in that direction." Among many clients in the wine and food sectors, First Press has represented the Napa Valley Vintners Association, Wine Institute of California, Cakebread Cellars, and others.

Over the past several years, the quality of New York wines has improved dramatically, with many now routinely receiving scores of 90 or above in major wine consumer magazines and winning top awards in international wine competitions. Still, they remain vastly underrepresented in their major home state market, which also happens to be the world's most competitive.

More over, I am enthused because the NYWGF maintains that this will not be a one shot deal, but rather a recurring promotion. It is important that the promotion be repeated each year. It is the kind of activity that can only engender more interest in New York wines from media types, restaurant and store owners, and consumers.

"We're not urging New Yorkers to buy New York wines because they're local, but because they're high-quality products at reasonable prices," said Trezise. "But the added benefit of buying really good, affordable New York wines is that these consumers are also supporting their own state economy."

Thirty-eight New York wineries from various regions will participate in the promotion, including 21 from the Finger Lakes region, 9 from Long Island, 5 from the Hudson Valley, 2 from the Niagara region, and 1 from the Thousand Islands region. All New York wineries were invited to participate.

Finger Lakes participants include Anthony Road Winery, Atwater Estate Vineyards, Chateau LaFayette Reneau, Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, Eagle Crest Vineyards, Fox Run Vineyards, Glenora Wine Cellars, Heron Hill Winery, Hosmer Winery, Inspire Moore Winery, King Ferry Winery, Knapp Vineyards & Winery, Lakewood Vineyards, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, Pleasant Valley Wine Company/Great Western Winery, Red Newt Cellars, Sheldrake Point Vineyards, Standing Stone Vineyards, Swedish Hill Winery, Thirsty Owl Wine Company, and Wagner Vineyards.

Long Island participants include Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, Bedell Cellars, Channing Daughters, Macari Vineyards, Martha Clara Vineyards, Palmer Vineyards, Paumanok Vineyards, Raphael Vineyard, and Wolffer Estate Vineyard.

Hudson River region wineries are Benmarl Winery, Brotherhood Winery, Clinton Vineyards, Millbrook Winery, and Stoutridge Vineyard.

Niagara region wineries are Leonard Oakes Estate Winery and Spring Lake Winery; and from the Thousand Islands region is Thousand Islands Winery.

About a year ago, the Foundation sponsored a statewide strategic planning exercise to get industry input on potential programs, and a focus on the New York City market was one of the top priorities. This three-month program is intended to set the stage for a long-term effort to earn New York wines the place they deserve in the fine restaurants, wine bars, and wine shops of New York City.

Anyone hoping to find out more information can contact Jim Trezise, 585-394-3620, ext. 203,

Friday, October 28, 2011

Lake Erie Wine Country is Hosting Two Wine Weekends in November 2011

Lake Erie Wine Country will be hosting two popular Harvest Wine Weekends on November 4-6 and 11-13, adding Fridays to the schedule at no extra charge. The $35 ticket includes wine tastings and food at the 22 participating wineries, a souvenir wine glass, recipe booklet, a $5 voucher for wine purchase, and a hand-crafted pewter wine bottle coaster. For more information and tickets, visit

New York WIne and Grape Foundation Issues 2011 Harvest Report

2010 was a vintage for the ages, and tastings of new wines, both red and white, from 2010 have been astonishing. It will go down as one of the greatest vintages in recent memory.

But what about 2011? The New York Wine and Grape Foundation recently released this report on the grape harvest for 2011:0

A sure sign that the 2011 harvest is winding down is that next week will be the final, "wrap-up" edition of Cornell Cooperative Extension's "Veraison to Harvest" newsletter which keeps grape growers, wine makers, and many others informed about what's going on in the vineyards and how to deal with it. This week's edition indicated that it has been an unusual year that has varied by region, but for the most part with plentiful quantity and good to excellent quality.

Growers and processors in the Lake Erie region are the happiest, with a large crop and quality they describe with words like "excellent, great, and exceptional". One reason: they received none of the rains spawned by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Those storms devastated the Hudson Valley in particular, and while most vineyards were spared the horrendous structural damage of many other farms, all of the water has made for a challenging year in that region.

In the Finger Lakes, mid-harvest rains caused some growers to drop some fruit due to rot, and generally the grapes came in with lower sugar levels than normal, but the flavors were good and showed little green or vegetal aromas.

On Long Island, which fortunately dodged Irene and Lee but has still faced some weather-related challenges, the fruit quality of the red grape varieties "astonished" CCE's Alice Wise. That region's harvest always ends the latest, and there are still substantial quantities of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to be harvested, so we wish them sunny skies.

Statewide CCE Director Tim Martinson summed it up best: "Reports from around New York indicate a much better year than anyone could have expected--key factors being ample heat in spite of the overcast skies and rainfall that characterized the ripening seasons, and the response of vineyard managers and growers to adapt to this season's challenges."

To that Jim Trezise would add, "...and the timely, valuable information provided every week by Cornell Cooperative Extension through the Veraison to Harvest e-newsletter."

New Book Highlights Erie Wine Region

Guide book author Andy Dufresne (left) looks over a copy of Traversing America’s Grape Country with Jim Roach, Vice President, Falconer Printing & Design, Inc.

"Traversing America's Grape Country--A Personal Guide to the Eastern Lake Erie Grape Belt" is a new regional guidebook by Andy Dufresne, a 33-year veteran in the field of agricultural education including time at Cornell Cooperative extension. The 112-page book features more than 200 photos, maps and artwork accompanying the narrative, which incudes practical tips on how to discover and enjoy the region as well as lots of information about natural resources like where to gain access to Lake Erie, enjoy the hiking trials, follow the creek headwaters up to the contintental divide, and experience the footprints of Ice Age glaciers. The $34.95 book is being sold in some local wineries and can also be ordered directly from Andy (

Finger Lakes Distillery Expanding

Finger Lakes Distillery has broken ground on our new building! Site work is nearly complete and they poured their retaining wall. The new facility will be primarily used for storage, though they also plan on moving their bottling operation into the building.

Their contractor, Finger Lakes Construction, will start framing in another week or so. The new space (roughly 2,650 sq ft) will open up their existing production area so that they can add some new fermentation tanks and continue to increase their production.

They hope to finish construction before the end of this year.

Virginia Chesapeak Wine Festival This Weekend, Saturday October 29, 2011

Wish I could here, too! Going to be a great time!!!

Silver Decoy Celebrates Halo-Wine in New Jersey

Saturday, October 29
Noon - 5:00 PM
$5 admission (complimentary glass, live music)

No witch's brew here, but you will surely enjoy award-winning, estate bottled wine! Mark will have a special treat for you -- a barrel sampling hourly, and you won't even have to do a trick to get one. Brian will whip up some grilled delights for your snacking pleasure, and there will be cider and doughnuts to be enjoyed as well.

Dan Sufalko will be back playing his beautiful music all afternoon. Take advantage of our 2009 Cabernet Franc release special, one day only, $15.99/bottle and $180/case (cannot be used towards or with other discounts). If you can't be there, call your Cabernet order in and they will set it aside for you. Come in costume and receive a 20% off ticket to be used any one time that day.

Virginia Wine Excursion in Richmond, VA Oct 28 & 29, 2011

Sorry I myself will not be there this weekend, but this will be incredible fun! Enjoy!

New York Wineries Shine at New York Athletic Club Event

Last night the New York Athletic Club hosted five New York wineries in an event meant to feature local wine. Wolffer from Long Island, Ravines Wine Cellars and Shaw Vineyards from the Finger Lakes, and Hudson-Chatham Winery and Millbrook Winery from the Hudson Valley. The food was tremendous and the event was great fun!
Peggy Lauber of Wolffer Estate.
Lisa Hallgren of Ravines Wine Cellars.
Steve Shaw Jr. of Shaw Vineyards.

Hudson-Chatham Winery was there. Sorry, don;t have a photo of Millbrook. My apologies.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Esquire Raves About East Coast Ciders

Leslie Pariseau wrot a great article about cider for Esquire. In it she mentions many East Coast ciders.

Here are some she reviews in the article:
Foggy Ridge Serious Cider – Virginia
West County Cider, Baldwin – Massachusetts
Farnum Hill Extra Dry – New Hampshire
Doc's Hard Apple – Hudson Valley, NY
Slyboro Night Pasture – Hudson Valley/Saratoga, NY
Eden Cidre de Glace du Vermont Northern Spy – Vermont

Read more at:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Johnson Estate Dry Reds Are a Knock Out From the shores of Lake Erie!

Just beginning this review has not gone well. I took pictures of the labels as I always do, and then accidentally deleted them before I got a chance to write the review. And of course my wife threw out the bottles (as she should). And after that, I found out there are very few photos of the Johnson Estate labels for the wines I reviewed. So I went around and borrowed one from Lenn Thompson at NY Cork Report.

Now this is not one of those posts you read and know they blogger has never been there...I will say emphatically that I have never been there. I do know Fred Johnson though - he and I have been cc'd together on emails....but I have never met him nor conversed with him, although we have several friends in common.

The three I tasted were from his hybrids - Chancellor, Chambourcin, and Marchel Foch. I am a hard head and a sucker for hybrids.

But I have drank his wines. Wow!

There have been grapes grown on the land which makes up Johnson Estate since the late 1800s. This is when the Johnson family acquired the farm. Fred Johnson was the first to run this land as a commercial fruit farm. He called it Sunnyslope Vineyards. Along with grapes, he also grew peaches, apples, and cherries. The winery itself was once a cold apple storage facility! In 1960 his son, Frederick S. Johnson, came back to Westfield, NY after working in South America for Nelson Rockefeller. He bought the farm from his father and proceeded to remove the fruit trees along with the majority of Concord grapes, which covered the estate. In their stead he replanted the land with various French-American hybrid grapes, along with the Native American varieties of Ives and Delaware. A winemaking tradition was born. Over the years, many more acres and varieties of grapes have been added to this original selection, all carefully chosen for their excellent winemaking potential and their fit into the unique micro-climate which blesses the land.

The winery officially began production in 1961 which makes it the oldest family-owned estate winery in New York. The "estate" label is an important one. As an estate winery, the entire winemaking process takes place on the Johnson Estate property. In addition to the extreme attention and care this provides the winery, it also allows the grapes to be picked at their optimal moment of readiness and to be brought into the winemaking process before any unwanted deterioration can occur. Like all aspects of winemaking at Johnson Estate, this advantage makes itself known in every bottle.

Mr. Johnson passed away in April of 1998 and the winery and farm are now owned and operated by third generation of Johnsons. Fred Johnson is the latest patriarch.

The largest grape growing area in the East is found along the southeastern shore of Lake Erie. Combined here to produce classic wine-growing conditions and a northern latitude resulting in long hours of summer sunlight, well drained gravel and shale soils which grapes prefer, and a climate moderated by an adjacent body of water, Lake Erie. This “lake effect” on the local climate is held in and concentrated by the hills of the Allegany Plateau which parallel the lake shore. Located in the heart of this area, the 200 acre Johnson Estate overlooks the lake at the closest approach of these hills to the lake.

OK, onto the wines.

2010 Chancellor
The Chancellor winegrape (Seibel 7053) was developed in France during the last century, with nearly 100,000 acres of it now being grown there (approximately twice the total New York State grape acreage). As its popularity in France would indicate, Chancellor is a vigorous and fruitful vine that produces excellent dark, rich, wines. Johnson Estate Johnson Estate Chancellor has a velvety dark color. Rich plum and prune and chocolate come through beautifully. Big, big almost Califonria like in the beginning, this wine is a big mouthful, and a nice dry, classic finish. Very nice. As noted on their website, this Chancellor will greatly benefit from three to seven years of aging in the bottle.

2009 Chambourcin
The Chambourcin winegrape was developed in France in the late 1800's by French Scientist Joannes Seyve, who gave it the hybrid number J.S. 26-205. There was only a couple hundred acres planted in the United States in the 1970s. However, this grape has garnered considerable attention starting in the late 1980s and may now be the most widely planted red cultivar. Chambourcin has made great strides in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other eastern states. Johnson Estate Chambourcin has a rich deep velvet color. It has a big nose, full of strawberry, cherries, and plum. There's good acidity and nice tannins structure. A beautiful mouthfeel. And incredible bottle of wine. This is an excellent wine that will sit well in your cellar for the nest ten years, if you don;t want to drink it immediately. But let me tell you, it's good now. A wonderful wine!

2010 Marechal Foch
The Marechal Foch winegrape is the most widely grown red French-American hybrid variety. The vines are vigorous and relatively disease resistant. White Riesling was one of the grandparents in the cross-breeding of Marechal Foch. Along with Burgundy's noble grapes of Gamay and Pinot Noir, the hybrid number that was assigned to the Marechal Foch was Kuhlman 188-2. The Johnson Estate Marechal Foch has a bright bowl full of berries - strawberries, cherries, raspberries. A hint of vanilla on the nose as well. The fruit comes on strong, followed by a nicely balanced attack of acidity and tannin. This is a smooth, easy drinking wine. This is Pinot-ish. Very Burgundian in it's feel and taste. A super, super wine. A real winner! This is one of the best hybrids I've tried recently. Really wonderful. Excellent! Johnson Estate suggests this wine will keep for three years but I say it will last at least five. A classic wonderful Burgundian style wine.

These are three of the best hybrids wines I've had in a long time. Exceptional quality. For those who tell me that hybrids aren't any good, they haven't tried these wines. And if they tell me afterwards they're too foxy, I kno it's time to ignore their opinions. Great stuff!

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Patricia Savoie Raves About Hudson Valley Winery in Icon magazine

ICON is an arts and entertainment mag that is distributed to households in
Bucks County and Philadelphia, PA, and Hunterdon County and Princeton, NJ.

Pat Savoie is a wine and culinary travel writer living in New York City. She is a frequent contributor to Sommelier Journal magazine, and a regular contributor to Wine Enthusiast magazine since 2003, where she wrote a monthly feature on American Viticultural Areas until March. Pat has been the wine columnist for ICON magazine since 2003. Pat has been Co-Chair of the Wine Media Guild, an organization for professional wine writers, for three years. She helps organize all of the monthly tastings and the annual Wine Writers’ Hall of Fame induction dinner. She has been a member of the Society of Wine Educators for several years.

Her articles for Sommelier Journal include in-depth interviews with Randall Grahm, Neal Rosenthal and Michael Chiarello. She also has written for Wine Business Monthly.
She and a co-author have been asked by a partnership of Fairleigh Dickinson University and The New York Times to create and produce a multi-class course on wine that will be carried on the Times’ online Knowledge Network.

In the most recent issue of ICON Pat Raved about the Hudson Valley's wines.

Wine Festivals Throught NJ for Fall 2011

Other events in the Garden State:

Colts Neck, NJ

Harvest Weekend
October 2, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
We are pleased to announce a one-of-a-kind afternoon with Chef Nicholas Harary of the famed Restaurant Nicholas will join us at Four JG’s Orchhards and Vineyards for a cooking demo and book signing. Enjoy a perfect afternoon enjoying harvest foods and wine on an 18th century farm with a vineyard backdrop. Since 2001, Executive Chef and Co-Owner Nicholas Harary has made Restaurant Nicholas one of the premiere restaurant destinations in America. Located in Red Bank, NJ, Nicholas has garnered some of the highest praises from all avenues of the food industry including; four stars from the New York Times and a 29/30 in both food and service from the Zagat Survey (2005-2011). In 2008, AOL named Restaurant Nicholas one of the top 11 restaurants in the country. In 2011, Restaurant Nicholas was included in Gayot’s list of the Top 40 Restaurants in the US and Open Table’s Top 50 “Best Service” in the US. Reserve your seat now as space is limited - by email - $10 cover charge includes etched-logo wine glass, wine tasting, cooking demo.

Beginning Saturday October 22nd thru Sunday, December 18th, Four JG's will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-5pm. Come celebrate Fall with us!

Landisville, NJ

Italian Festival
October 22 & 23, 2011
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Admission $10 per person, kids free
Salut! Honoring our Italian heritage, we bring you a celebration of great Italian foods and live Italian music, wine tasting, winery and vineyard tours, crafters, bocce ball, an Italian Market and more. Bring your lawn chairs and be ready to mangia!

Third Annual Vampire Sprint 5K Run & 1 Mile Fun Walk/Run
October 29, 2011 (Rain or Shine)
Participants pay $20.00 pre-registration, $25.00 day of race - Friends and family free
A 5K Run/Walk through our vineyards to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Race time 9:00am. Refreshments, music. Register from 7:30 to 8:45am day of race at the winery, or pre-register online by 10/27 at Costume parade at 10:30, awards to follow.

Costume Party
October 29, 2011
11:00 am to 5:00 pm, immediately following the Vampire Sprint
Admission $5.00 per person, kids free
Eat, drink and be scary! Wear your best costume and compete for prizes. Food, wine tasting and Halloween fun for a great afternoon. For directions, or call 856-697-7172. Open daily 10am to 5pm.

Hamburg, NJ

Thirsty Thursday Social Happy Hour
Thursday evenings from 5pm to 9pm.
Admission: $10 cover fee includes Italian tapas buffet
$5.00 glass of wine

Fall into Cava Weekend
October 1 & 2, 2011
Noon to 6:00 pm
It is officially FALL. Join the Cava team to celebrate the season. Come enjoy our beautiful view of the mountains with a glass of our award-winning wines. We will be serving home-made pumpkin bread.

Cava Harvest Festival
October 8 & 9, 2011
Noon to 6:00 pm
Come join us for an outside cookout. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. “No outside food or alcohol allowed”. We will have live entertainment on both days.

A Toast to the Ta-Ta’s Weekend
October 15 & 16, 2011
Noon to 6:00 pm
The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Cava would like to support this awareness and encourage our customers to wear pink to the winery. 10% of all wine sales will be donated to National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Happy Pumpkin Weekend
October 22 & 23, 2011
Noon to 6:00 pm (Promoting with Sussex Wineries)
Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere. We will be serving a cup of Homemade Pumpkin Soup with a wine flight purchase.

Halloween Costume Weekend
October 29 & 30, 2011
Noon to 6:00 pm
Wear your Halloween costume to the winery and you will receive a free glass of wine. Also compete for best costume & most unusual costume, each will receive a Cava $50 gift certificate. Winners and pictures will be posted the following Monday on our Facebook Page.

Franklinville, NJ

Friday Night Movie at the Vineyard
Admission: Free
Every Friday starting at 7:00 pm
Come enjoy a relaxing evening at our vineyard with a glass of wine, popcorn and a movie. Wine for sale by the bottle or the Glass! Check our website for movie schedule and updates.
New Hours for Tasting Room - Friday 5:00-9:00. Saturday and Sunday 12:00-5:00

Pennington, NJ

Music and Wine Fridays
Every Friday Night
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Admission: Free
Live Music
September 30: Hopewell Valley Vineyards' Jazz Ensemble playing jazz
October 7: Eric Dabb playing jazz
October 14: Jung Wombats playing classic rock
October 21: Chris Baurer playing jazz
October 28: Hopewell Valley Vineyards' Jazz Ensemble playing jazz
Wine by glass or bottle available for purchase. Brick oven pizza available for purchase.

Music and Wine Saturdays
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Admission: Free
Live Music
October 1: Black Cat Habitat playing acoustic indie/pop
October 8: A&R Band playing vintage pop/jazz
October 15: Russell Norkevich & Kim Yarson playing original music
October 22: The Hiodbrandt Duo playing jazz
October 29: John & Carm playing classic rock
Wine by glass or bottle available for purchase. Brick oven pizza available for purchase.

New Egypt, NJ

Sunday Brunch at Laurita Winery
Every Sunday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Join us at Laurita Winery for our Sunday Branches Catering. Click here to view the Sunday Brunch Menu (varies slightly each week). Email reservation requests to or call 732-542-5050

Laurita IDOL Contest
Starting Thursday October 6, 2011, 7:00 pm
Laurita Winery welcomes talented musicians to an “American Idol Contest – Laurita Winery Style.” The top prize is $1,000.00 and attractive 2nd and 3rd prizes will also be offered. The three top finalists will be featured musical guests at an upcoming Laurita Winery entertainment event.

Movie Night at Laurita Winery
October 7, 2011, 7:00 to 11:00 pm
Admission: Tickets are $5.00 pre-registration and $7.00 at the door
Featured Movie: Sleepless in Seattle
It's Christmas Eve and radio talk show psychologist Marcia Fieldstone has asked her listening audience what they are wishing and dreaming of during this season of hope. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and warm clothing for cooler weather. Only Laurita wines and foods are to be consumed at these events. Sorry, no pets allowed. Adults Only. Tickets can be purchased in advance, Click Here

Ringoes, NJ

Wine and Music Under the Stars
October 7, 2011
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Our wine and music series continues as we welcome Gregg Parker back to the stage for an evening of great wine and music. Wines will be available for purchase by the glass and bottle, and you are encouraged to bring some food and friends for a fun night out. Reservations Suggested to guarantee seating. For more information or to reserve a table, call 908.284.9463 or visit

Wine and Art Series
October 7, 2011 (Opening Night 6-9pm)
Runs entire month
Old York Cellars is proud to announce that Photographer, Karin Belgrave will be our October artist in residence for our Wine and Art Series. Check our website for more details on our October artist as well as the series,

Master Chef Series
Jonas Gold of 55 Main in Flemington, NJ
October 9, 2011
We are proud to announce Jonas Gold of 55 Main in Flemington, NJ as our Master Chef for October. Jonas will be preparing a special menu just for our guests to highlight Old York Cellars’ wines. Check our website for more details and the menu. Reservations Required, and seating is limited. For more information or to reserve a table, call 908.284.9463 or visit

Delaware River Valley Wine Trail
October 15 & 16, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
Looking for a great day out? Then hit the trail. Visit Old York Cellars, Terhune Orchards and Winery, Hopewell Valley Vineyards and Unionville Vineyards for our Wine Trail Weekend. Each winery will have something special going on for the weekend. Contact each winery for details. For more information call 908.284.9463 or visit

Wine and Music Under the Stars
October 21, 2011
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Our wine and music series continues with Victor Fiore. Wines will be available for purchase by the glass and bottle, and you are encouraged to bring some food and friends for a fun night out. Reservations are not required, but suggested to guarantee seating. For more information or to reserve a table, call 908.284.9463 or visit

Anniversary Weekend
October 22 & 23, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
Come help celebrate our One Year Anniversary! We will have fun things going on for the whole family, plus a free gift to the first 50 people each day. Music, food vendors, winery tours, wine tasting, art exhibits, pumpkin painting, hayrides and much more. For more information call 908.284.9463 or visit

Jazz and Wine Brunch
October 30, 2011
1:00 to 4:00 pm
Join Old York Cellars and Iron City Jazz for our Jazz and Wine Brunch. Pack up your favorite brunch delights and spend the afternoon at the winery. In addition to our tastings, wines will be available for purchase by the glass and bottle. For more information call 908.284.9463 or visit

Blue Anchor, NJ

Wine Down Fridays
Noon to 6:00 pm
We feature $5 glasses of wine along with relaxing music to help end your week. Every Friday until closing.

Fall Harvest Festival
October 1 & 2, 2011
Noon to 5:00
Free admission. Wine tastings are $10 ($8 in advance) with souvenir glass
Join us for our Harvest Festival in the Vineyard to celebrate the coming harvest at one of the Outer Coastal Plain’s most highly regarded wineries. * Bring the family, a blanket and lawn chairs * Live music * Face painter and bounce house by Party Express for the kids * Local food and Crafts . Case Club members taste for free. Discounted advance tickets may be purchased by calling the winery at 609-567-WINE (9463) or buy online at No BYOB. By law only Sharrott wines can be consumed on the property.

Live Music Series Moves to Sunday afternoons in October!
2:00 to 5:00 pm
October 9: Eryn Shewell
October 16: Brian & Mindy
October 23: Laura Shay
October 30: Frank Cervantes
Admission – Free. Wine tasting $5.00 per person. Includes a Sharrott winery etched wine glass and samples of award-winning Sharrott wine.
Come enjoy live music every Sunday afternoon in October. Join us for a wine tasting then purchase a bottle to savor during the performance. Live music will be on our patio and lawn overlooking our vineyard. A nice selection of gourmet foods and cheeses are available for purchase in the tasting room. You are welcome to bring appetizers or a picnic dinner. Music is held weather permitting. Admission is free and wine tasting is $5.00 per person. The tasting includes a Sharrott Winery etched wine glass and award winning samples of Sharrott wine. No BYOB. By law only Sharrott wines can be consumed on the property.

Cancer Fund Raiser
October 7, 2011
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Tickets: $20 per person. Must be purchased in advance.
Sharrott Winery is proud to be hosting a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen 3 Day-Philadelphia supporting team “Lady Tata” ~ Jennifer Insua & Melissa Grasso. The event will be cocktail hour style including Wine tasting, Appetizer, and cash bar. To purchase tickets contact Jennifer Insua at or 856-404-3009.

Halloween Fun Weekend
October 29 to 30, 2011
Noon to 5:00
Celebrate Halloween this year by stopping by the tasting room in costume. All adults in costume will get free tastings this weekend. Of course our staff will all be in costume and we will have treats for the kids. Pick up your favorite wine for the other parties you may be going to this weekend.

Robbinsville, NJ

Happy Hallo-Wine
October 29, 2011 (Saturday)
Noon to 5:00 PM
$5 admission (complimentary glass, live music)
Spend a fun-filled afternoon at your favorite haunt, Silver Decoy Winery. No witch’s brew here, but you will surely enjoy award-winning, estate bottled wine! Mark will have special treat for you, a barrel sampling hourly, and you won’t even have to do a trick to get one. Brian will whip up some grilled delights for your snacking pleasure, and there will be cider and doughnuts to be enjoyed as well. Dan Sufalko will be back playing his beautiful music all afternoon. 2009 Cabernet Franc release special, one day only, $15.99/bottle and $180/case (cannot be used towards or with other discounts). If you can’t be there, call your cabernet order in and we will set it aside for you. Come in costume and receive a 20% off ticket to be used any one time that day. We can’t wait to see you then, should be a day to remember! If you need directions or further information you can call us at 609-371-6000 or look on our website, Hope to see you then! Don’t forget to come to our tent at the Cape May Festival, October 8 and 9!!

Hammonton, NJ

Harvest Opera Gala
October 2, 2011
2:00 pm
$65.00 per person
Tomasello Winery would like to thank everyone for making our 2011 Opera Galas a success. We invite you to experience another elegant afternoon of opera and dining with Tomasello Wines on October 2, 2011 for our Harvest Opera Gala. Advanced Payment is required when you reserve. For reservations and menu information, contact 1-800-MMM-WINE ~ 609-561-0567 or

Ringoes, NJ

Meet The Winemaker Dinner at The Crab House
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
6:00 pm
$29.95 per guest
For reservations, contact - The Crab House, 541 River Road, Edgewater, New Jersey 07020

Meet The Winemaker Dinner at Big Fish
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
6:00 pm
$29.95 per guest
Indulge the finest Jersey Farm Fresh Foods, Jersey Seafood and New Jersey's finest boutique winery. Reservations required, please contact Big Fish directly to make your reservation. Big Fish Seafood Bistro, Princeton Market Fair, 3535 US Route 1, Suite 370, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, 609-919-1179 For more information, visit:

Unionville Vineyards Wine Harvest Festival 2011
October 1, 2011
Noon to 5:00 pm
Stomp With Style at Unionville Vineyards! Grape Stomping A la Lucy throughout the day! Join us for a great day at one of NJ's finest wineries! The AJC Band is back for Unionville's 2011 Harvest Festival 1:30 & 3:30 Vineyard Tours/ 2:30 & 4:30 Winery Tours. Many activities for couples, friends, or families. Winery tours, tours of the vineyards, pumpkin painting for kids, great food, crafters, and of course live music, dancing, and fine wine! ­ For more information, visit:

Harvest NJ Farm to Table Dinner with Rats Restaurant at Unionville Vineyards
October 2, 2011
5:00 PM
$150 Per Guest.
Please call Rats Restaurant directly to make your reservation at 609-584-7800, For more information, visit:

Wine Harvest Day Camp, The Vine To The Glass All in a Day!
October 8
8:30 am to 1:00 pm
After a light breakfast of caffeine and sugar (coffee and donuts), we will enjoy a peaceful morning of harvesting grapes and bringing them in to be crushed for winemaking, we will taste the fruits of our labor in the form of freshly squeezed wine grape juice followed by a deli lunch and wine tasting. $25 per guest, reservation and pre-payment required. Please call the winery at 908-788-0400 to make your reservation.

Montague, NJ

IMPORTANT! Please note new tasting room address: 1401 Rt. 45 (Corner of Marl Road), Swedesboro, NJ 08085. (South Harrison Township)


WATKINS GLEN, NY – The American Bus Association (ABA) announced that the Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese, to be held on July 13-15, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2012 by an experience expert tourism industry selection committee. Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that the Finger Lakes Wine Festival offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to ABA.

With the release of the American Bus Association’s 2012 Top 100 Events in North America, ABA celebrates 30 years of the program. What began as a way for motorcoach operations to incorporate a new product into their itineraries has grown to one of the most sought-after lists by travel professionals, motorcoach operators and the general public.

“We are absolutely ecstatic to have the Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese recognized by the ABA for a second-consecutive year,” said Watkins Glen International president Michael Printup. “The festival continues to be recognized as one of the premier wine festivals in the United States as we provide an experience unlike any other by bringing over 80 of New York’s finest wineries to our historic road course. The beauty of the Finger Lakes Region in mid July is unmatched which further enhances the time tasters spend with us. Peggy Coleman and her team at the Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau put forth an incredible amount of effort working on our nomination and I cannot thank them enough.”

“The attractiveness of the Finger Lakes Wine Festival as a don’t-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for Watkins Glen International,” said Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, ABA’s president and CEO. “The real news is that the Finger Lakes Wine Festival has been recognized as a potential magnet for tourism dollars, at a time when reenergizing domestic tourism is so important to our spirit and economy. The honor gives the Finger Lakes Wine Festival an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners.”

According to studies completed by researchers at The George Washington University and Dunham and Associates, one overnight visit by a motorcoach group can leave from $5,000 to more than $11,000 in local destination’s economy. Those dollars are spent on lodging, meals, admissions, fees, shopping, souvenirs, services and local taxes.

“Motorcoach groups spend more and stay longer,” Pantuso said. “That’s why the Finger Lakes Wine Festival is truly a local economic asset. There is no better way to jump-start tourism than to attract motorcoach groups to a great event and convince them to extend their stay.”

ABA’s 2012 Top Events Selection Committee selected the Finger Lakes Wine Festival from hundreds of event nominations submitted by ABA members. Judges considered the event’s broad appeal, its accessibility to motorcoaches and skill at handling large groups of people, and a variety of other relevant criteria.

The Top 100 Events list is available online at http://www.buses.orgNews-Publications/Top-100.