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Sep 18, 2014
Terri Judson

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Catch the NYC Autumn Wine Festival at the Broad Street Ballroom, November 22 - 2 sessions, 3-6pm  8-11pm.

New York WIne Festivals hosts the 2nd Annual NYC Autumn Wine Festival at the Broad Street Ballroom in lower Manhatan on Saturday, November 22, 2014.

The extensive wine selection curated by Vintry Fine Wines, our all-new VIP upgrade, entertaining live jazz, and the stunning setting of the historic Broad Street Ballroom will provide our guests with a memorable wine and entertainment experience

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 17, 2014

New York Wine Festivals will host its 2nd Annual NYC Autumn Wine Festival: A Celebration of Wine Downtown at the Broad Street Ballroom in lower Manhattan on Saturday, November 22, 2014. The autumn tasting will feature 200+ wines curated by Vintry Fine Wines, light fare including hors d’oeurves, cheese and cracker selections, and pasta, plus artisan food sampling tables. Guests will also enjoy live contemporary jazz performances during each session from internationally acclaimed guitarist Matt Marshak and his band.

Tasting tables located throughout the venue will offer a wide array of high-quality wines from around the globe including lush reds, crisp whites, intriguing grape blends, and more. Festival attendees can choose from two tasting sessions, Afternoon: 3-6pm or Evening: 8-11pm, and sip wines from a complimentary tasting glass that is theirs to take home after the event.

This year, a VIP level ticket (limited to 40 people per session) has been added to the event that includes the main tasting plus admission to a private VIP wine tasting lounge featuring 20+ high-end wines and a premium selection of butler passed hors d’oeuvres including caviar, foie gras, and filet mignon. Varietals and regions will include Bordeaux (France), Rioja (Spain), Super Tuscans (Italy), and Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel (California).

Guests may also add an exclusive wine class to their festival experience to enhance their wine knowledge. Classes feature additional selections and are led by a wine expert who will provide tasting and pairing notes as well as intriguing facts about the varietals. Two class times are featured during each session.

“We’re excited to return to downtown Manhattan for our autumn wine event,” notes S.W. Kimball, Founder, New York Wine Festivals. “The extensive wine selection curated by Vintry Fine Wines, our all-new VIP upgrade, entertaining live jazz, and the stunning setting of the historic Broad Street Ballroom will provide our guests with a memorable wine and entertainment experience,” he adds.

Located in the heart of Wall Street, the Broad Street Ballroom was built in the late 1920s as the Headquarters of the Lee-Higginson Bank. Today, the spacious site is recognized today as “the most impressible building on Broad Street” and is one of the premier event spaces in New York City.

Musical guest, guitarist Matt Marshak has built a sound based on inspiration, improvisation and spontaneity, one that infuses new energy into the golden era of contemporary jazz and RB. He recently completed a world tour, invited to play at prestigious events like the Dubai International Jazz Festival and the Mallorca Jazz Festival in Spain. Stateside, Matt is a familiar figure on the US jazz circuit, performing at Jazz on the Vine in Wisconsin (opening for Fourplay), the Rehoboth Jazz Festival in Delaware, and the River Raisin Jazz Festival in Detroit, and regularly performs at such clubs as Yoshi’s in San Francisco, Scullers in Boston, and many other respected venues nationwide.

Sponsors to date include Brotherhood Winery – America’s Oldest Winery, Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, and OneHope Wine; more to be announced shortly.

Standard tickets for the NYC Autumn Wine Festival are on sale now, priced at $99. (Final week: $109) VIP tickets including admission to the VIP tasting area are $199 (Final week: $219). An additional $25 fee applies for those adding a wine class to their festival experience. Space is limited at the festival, classes, and for the VIP option; advance purchase is recommended.

For more details or to purchase tickets to the 2nd Annual NYC Autumn Wine Festival, visit http://www.nywinefestivals.com.

About New York Wine Festivals

New York Wine Festivals hosts elegant wine tasting events at first class venues around the city. The company’s goal is to provide a wine tasting experience that allows guests to sample as many diverse wines as possible while enjoying great music and the company of other wine lovers. Visit http://www.nywinefestivals.com.

About Vintry Fine Wines

Vintry Fine Wines brings fine wine to NYC’s revitalized downtown. With 2,500+ selections focusing on both collectibles and drinkables, Vintry is a destination in bourgeoning Battery Park City. Featuring iconic design marrying classic and modern elements by architecture firm Rogers Marvel, this indicates what the store is all about: the best wines from both old and new world regions. Visit http://www.vintryfinewines.com.

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Sep 18, 2014
Terri Judson

As grape harvests come to an end, fall wine festivals flourish

By Ron Saikowski / Wine WalkThe grape harvest in Texas is nearing an end with the wineries at their very busiest.

The grapes are fermenting in vats with many wineries working 12-to-18 hour days during this very busiest of times for wineries. Wines are being transferred from stainless steel tanks to thousands of oak barrels for aging wines. Although the romance of making wine is in the air, the reality for winery operations is that 90 percent of winery work is cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing for the various winery operations.

However, all during these 60-hour weeks at wineries, the harvest festivals abound in our Texas with wineries invited to pour wines and host tastings at a multitude of fall harvest festivals. For those hard-working winemakers, our Texas winemakers will still find time to join in the festivities and provide Texans with the ongoing fruits of their labors. We have several local wine festivals that I suggest you consider over the next few weeks such as:

Saturday – Historic Montgomery Wine Festival features 16 Texas wineries paired with outstanding Texas music and foods. Wineries include Bernhardt Winery, Chisholm Trail Winery, Circle S Vineyards, Cork This! Winery, Dionisio Winery, Flat Creek Estates, Griffin Meadery, Haak Vineyards and Winery, Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards, Messina Hof Winery, Peach Creek Vineyards, Pleasant Hill Winery, Red 55 Winery, Saddlehorn Winery, Sweet Dreams Winery and Windy Winery.]]

• Oct. 11-12 – Old Town Spring Wine and Art Festival pairs Texas wines and art in one free-flowing event. Wineries include Bernhardt Winery, Calais Winery, Clear Creek Vineyard, Dionisio Winery, Fall Creek Vineyards, Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards, Maydelle Winery, Messina Hof Winery and Pleasant Hill Winery.

• Oct. 18 – Madisonville hosts the 13th Annual Mushroom Festival with Texas wineries attending this festival including Bernhardt Winery, Dionisio Winery, D’Vine Winery, Granny Muffin, Landon Winery, Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards, Messina Hof Winery, Maydelle Winery, Perrine Winery, Peach Creek Winery, Pleasant Hill Winery, Red Wine Dove, Sunset Winery and Texas Legato Winery.

With the weather cooling down, now is the time to enjoy the fruits of the harvest at these various festivals.

October is Texas Wine Month

Join us in celebrating October as “Texas Wine Month” as designated by the Texas Department of Agriculture. There will be many celebrations of Texas wines throughout our state of Texas. Texas wine trails in the Texas Hill Country, Houston Hill Country (north and west of Houston) and throughout Texas will provide you with opportunities to enjoy a huge variety of wines. SPEC’s will be celebrating through the month of October with many specials on Texas wines.

They pride themselves on their wide range of Texas wines. Another great venue to enjoy wines is at the Texas State Fair in Dallas. More than 40 Texas wineries will be featured over the course of the Fair. There will be a new vintage to try at the State Fair Wine Garden presented by GO TEXAN and Texas Monthly. Each day, fair attendees over the age of 21 can sample three to four wines from featured Texas wineries. Samples may be purchased by the tasting, the glass or the bottle. You might even have the opportunity to chat with the wine makers.

In addition to some great Texas wine, the State Fair of Texas Wine Garden is also a great place to sit and relax. Nestled in a courtyard of Nimitz Drive under a huge oak tree between the Food and Fiber Building and the Pan Am Arena, the Wine Garden is the perfect spot to escape the bustling Fair before your next adventure.

Ron Saikowski may be reached at rsaikowski@comcast.net.

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Sep 17, 2014
Terri Judson

Newport Food and Wine Festival begins Friday

Newport Food and Wine Festival begins Friday




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Tickets are $350 for the opening night VIP party 6:30-11 p.m. at Red O, 143 Newport Center Drive. $195 per day, or $350 for an all-weekend pass, for events 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive. Online at newportwineandfood.com

The Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival hopes to deliver first-rate cuisine and stimulating jazz. Best of all, foodies will have an opportunity to get up close to chefs such as Bravo’s “Top Chef” winner Richard Blais and contestant Sue Zemanick, Food Network “Cutthroat Kitchen” winner Jamie Gwen and others presenting cooking demos, with all proceeds benefiting Project Hope Alliance and the Hoag Hospital Foundation Circle 1000

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Sep 17, 2014
Terri Judson

Number of wineries in North Carolina continues to increase – WECT

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

North Carolina was the leading wine-producing region in the nation at the beginning of the 20th century, but an act of Congress almost 100 years ago forced many of the state’s wineries to close. 

The Tar Heel state has, however, once again gained national attention for the variety of wines that are produced here, and Governor McCrory has proclaimed September as “Wine and Grape month.”

In the late 1500s, North Carolina became the home to our nation’s first cultivated wine grape when explorers for Sir Walter Raleigh first noticed wild scuppernong grapes growing on Roanoke Island.   

During the 17th and 18th centuries, the wine industry flourished. Things were going well in the state’s wine business until 1919. That was the beginning of prohibition and the state’s alcoholic beverage of choice to be produced turned from wine to moonshine.  

But when prohibition was repealed in 1933, growing grapes for wine production picked up again, and along with new rules and regulations and formation of the North Carolina Grape Council, the wine industry has now grown to play a major role in the agricultural income totals in North Carolina.

“Over 400 vineyards in the state and last count by the state ABC Commission, there were 151  wineries in North Carolina,” said Whit Winslow of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.  

A large part of that growth began ten years ago, when the federal tobacco buyout program was implemented. It left many farmers looking for an alternative crop for farm land they once used to grow tobacco. That is when fields like this one in Bladen County were converted from growing tobacco into grape vineyards.   

Today, a variety of grapes can be produced in North Carolina. In eastern North Carolina, the sweet Muscadines are grown on hundreds of acres of sandy soil. In the Piedmont and western part of the state, a grape that is not as sweet as Muscadines are being produced, called Venifera grapes. 

Duplin Winery is North Carolina’s oldest Muscadine winery, beginning bottling operations in 1976. This year, according to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, the will produce 90 thousand gallons of wine thru 17 different varieties. 

Today, the number of wineries in the state exceeds 150.  John and Maryann Azatto opened Silver Coast Winery in 2002, becoming only the 22nd winery to begin operations.  

“I have to say you have to consider it more like your lifestyle, it is life any other job, you have to really want that type of work,” said Maryann Azzato, owner of Silver Coast Winery. “Let’s say it like my father used to say, go into a job that you really enjoy because you want to be happy going to work everyday.”

Regardless of the type of grape produced and sold, it all translates into more money generated from a crop that grows exceptionally well in the rich agricultural fields of North Carolina.

Not all of the grapes grown in the state wind up in wines and other specialty products. During the fall months, when grapes are harvested, there is a large demand for grapes at farmer’s markets and road-side stands.

Several wine festivals are held annually, but the North Carolina Muscadine Harvest Festival, honors the official state fruit, will be held September 26 and 27 in Kenansville.

Copyright 2014 WECT. All rights reserved.

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Sep 16, 2014
Terri Judson

New vintages, medieval fun at Wine Fest in Shamong

New vintages, good-old medieval fun and plenty of food and live entertainment will mark Valenzano Winery’s annual celebration of all things grape this year.


The New Jersey Renaissance Faire and five new wines will debut at Wine Fest 2014, a three-day fete in Shamong that begins with a fireworks show from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday night at the sprawling Indian Mills Road destination.

What started out as a harvest festival 12 years ago has “grown into much more than that,” according to Anthony Valenzano, who runs the winery with his father, Tony, and brother, Mark.

“Wine Fest is just a big party. We were really able to get creative once we realized that we should focus on the ‘party’ and not pretend to be an uppity wine tasting event like many other outdoor wine festivals,” he said.

But tasting is still a highlight of Wine Fest, which runs from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine, and has drawn as many as 7,000 people since its debut in 2002.

The winery’s new reds are the 2013 Old Indian Mills Blend, a big-bodied, slightly tannic proprietary blend of oak-aged chambourcin and merlots, and Plums Up, a slightly tart-but-sweet wine made from fresh plum juice. White wine enthusiasts can indulge in the 2013 Vidal Blanc, a crisp, citrusy wine with hints of grapefruit and apricot — many consider it the “Pinot Grigio of the East Coast,” said Valenzano — and Bine Vine, a cold fermented chardonnay infused with premium citra hops.

For Pine Barrens fans, there’s Jersey Devil Labs Batch No. 1, honey-aged in bourbon whiskey barrels atop cracked vanilla beans and hand-grated orange zest.

The other participating wineries are Old York Cellars of Ringoes, Hunderdon County; Hawk Haven Vineyards of Rio Grande, Cape May County; Four JG’s Winery of Colts Neck, Monmouth County; and DiBella Winery of Woolwich; Monroeville Winery of Monroeville and Coda Rossa Winery of Franklinville, all in Gloucester County.

Visitors can create unique culinary pairings with a smorgasbord of vendors, ranging from barbecue to ice cream: Pic-A-Lilli Inn and Tony Dom’s Texas Corn Roast, both of Shamong; The Whirly Pig and The Cow and the Curd, both of Philadelphia; The Kind Kettle of Mount Laurel; Jeremiah’s Mobile Concessions of Berlin and Star of the Sea Seafood of West Berlin, both of Camden County; Upper Crust Pizza of Tabernacle; and Cups and Cones of Evesham.

Valenzano said it’s also the “fun factor” that draws individuals, families and various social groups to the annual event, where attendees often bring beach chairs and set up picnic tents.

“The goal is to make the event more fun, more comfortable and more entertaining each year, so we always are tweaking little things that we think would provide for a better customer experience,” Valenzano said.

The Fireworks Festival runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and features pyrotechnics; live music from BullzEye Band, Sara O’Brien’s Community Rocks, and DJ Brian Basara; and food from half a dozen vendors. Cost for the fireworks display is $10 for general admission and $5 for those under 21.

During Wine Fest’s regular hours on Saturday and Sunday, the new attractions include fire breathers, illusionists, aerialists, comedians, magicians and sword fighters, all courtesy of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire.

Six bands will provide live music, with Sara O’Brien and the Honey Babes, and Queen Helene 2 on both days. BullzEye and the Blitz Band will take the stage on Saturday, and Gas House Gorillas Band and The Heartbeats will perform on Sunday.

Tickets are $20 at the door. The winery is located at 1320 Indian Mills Road. For information, call 609-268-6731 or visit www.valenzanowine.com.

The winery is also offering a new lodging and transportation feature in partnership with Aloft Hotel Mount Laurel on Route 73. The “Sip and Shuttle” rate is $129 a night on Friday and Saturday, and includes transportation to and from the winery. Reservations can be made by calling 856-234-1880.

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Sep 12, 2014
Terri Judson

Garden State Wine Growers to Hold Jersey Skyline Wine Festival September …

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Lucy loves NJ Wine at a GSWGA festival

Stretching along the Hudson, Overpeck Park provides an ideal setting for local wine enthusiasts to toast the harvest season, and savor the last whispers of the summer.

Ridgefield Park, NJ (PRWEB) September 09, 2014

The Garden State Wine Growers Association will hold the 2nd annual Jersey Skyline Wine Festival this weekend at Overpeck County Park, in Ridgefield Park, NJ. The festival will be open from 12-5pm each day, featuring 12 terrific NJ wineries, local foods, arts and crafts and live music each day. This will be the third of five annual statewide wine festivals produced by the GSWGA this fall. The event gives northern NJ and New York City residents a chance to enjoy and learn about the award-winning wines being produced right in their back yard, from the Highlands of northwest New Jersey to the sandy shores of Cape May.

The skyscrapers of Manhattan etch the skyline upon entering the park, which sprawls over 800 protected and preserved acres in 5 neighboring municipalities. Stretching along the Overpeck Creek near the Hudson River, it provides an ideal setting for local wine enthusiasts to toast the harvest season, and savor the last whispers of the summer. NJ wineries have exploded in number, from 10 in the early 2000’s to nearly 50 today. With a wide range of soil and weather across the state, local wineries produce a equally broad spectrum of wines, from dry traditional European varieties, to sweeter native grapes. Some producers even ferment other local fruits such as blueberry and peach. With hundreds to sample, the festival guarantees a wine to suit every palate.

Overpeck County Park allows responsible consumption on the property, so attendees can enjoy their favorite wines on the lawn in front of the bands. On Saturday, Abraham The Groove will play RB and reggae. On Sunday, Total Soul returns from last year to play on Sunday. The band was wildly popular, playing Motown, RB, and today’s pop covers. The bands play from 12-5 each day.

Foodies will feel at home with food trucks offering delectable bites from flatbread wood-fired pizzas and BBQ, to seafood soups. “The Empanada Guy” will be on site in one of his food trucks, fresh off an appearance on Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay.” Artisan food and craft vendors will have their wares available; with everything from spices and sauces to chocolates and other seasonal treats. The event is family friendly, with a crafts activity tent for kids to enjoy as well.

Tickets are $25 for adults; while those under 21 are free. Designated drivers receive complimentary admission to the festival. Tickets can be purchased online in advance at a $5 discount, which is available through Saturday the 13th. Admission includes a souvenir wine glass that can be used to sample the wines. Overpeck County Park has entrances at 199 Challenger Road in Ridgefield Park (best for approaching from NJ) and 40 Fort Lee Rd in Leonia (easier for driving from NYC), or a 20 minute bus ride from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Manhattan will drop visitors from New York City at the southern entrance. The park will operate a shuttle from the parking areas to the festival grounds each day as well. The Jersey Skyline wine festival will run from noon to 5 p.m. each day. Ticket information, a festival guide, and the full list of winery participants can be found by visiting http://www.newjerseywines.com.

The GSWGA is a coalition of nearly 50 wineries and vineyards across New Jersey, dedicated to raising the quality and awareness of the New Jersey wine industry. For more information, please contact Executive Director John Cifelli at 908-866-6529 or John(at)newjerseywines(dot)com.

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Sep 12, 2014
Terri Judson

2014 wine harvest festival guide

As major wine regions around the country prepare for harvest season, the celebrations are starting as soon as this weekend. If you live or travel near these popular wineries, plan to participate with this breakdown of harvest happenings.

CALIFORNIA

These are the biggest celebrations to catch in the extensive wine countries of The Golden State, mainly around the harvest weekends of late September and early October.

Napa Valley

Castello di Amorosa Harvest Celebration and Stomp, September 20

This ancient-styled Tuscan castle winery is holding its seventh annual wine stomp competition with wine harvest demos, food and wine stations, live music and underground cellar tours to ring in the season. Reservations are required and tickets start at $95 for members and $115 for guests.

4045 North Saint Helena Hwy, Calistoga, Calif., 707-967-6272, castellodiamorosa.com

Peju Winery Harvest “La Masquerade: Rouge et Noire”, September 20

Unlike other harvest parties, this one takes place at night upon the lit up Peju signature 50-foot tower. The night of dancing in the garden entails an unveiling of barrel samples and new releases by the Peju family, a blessing of the grapes under the stars and an outdoor four-course dinner with select wine pairings. Tickets are $205 for members and $225 for guests.

8466 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford, Calif., 800-446-7358, peju.com

Clif Family Winery Farm Fest, September 27

The Clif Family Winery is throwing its sixth annual Farm Fest for the harvest on their bountiful farm in Pope Valley. Guests can taste wines, tour the farm, and enjoy food and wine pairings from the farm and local food artisans. Children’s activities will keep the kids busy while you sip. Tickets start at $50 for members and $75 for guests.

709 Main St., St. Helena, Calif., 707-968-0625, cliffamilywinery.com

Crush Party at V. Sattui Winery, October 4

Learn about the art of winemaking, cork making and barrel building at the V. Sattui Winery harvest open house. Along with the old-fashioned grape crush, guests can taste 45 different wines including older vintages. The party will also feature live music and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $85 for members and $105 for guests.

1111 White Ln., St. Helena, Calif., 707-963-7774, vsattui.com

For a complete look at individual winery harvest events in Napa Valley, visit the Napa Valley Vintners website. Schweiger Vineyards is having an Old Fashioned Harvest Stomp on September 13 and 18, Trefethen Family Vineyards is holding a Harvest Boot Camp on September 27 and the Markham Vineyard is throwing an evening celebration on October 11.

Sonoma Valley

The Sonoma Valley Crush, September 26-28

The easiest way to experience the wine harvest in Sonoma Valley is by attending the Heart of Sonoma Valley Winery Association’s three-day crush and harvest experience. Fifteen participating wineries will host harvest activities like grape sampling among vines, crush pad tours, wine tours, fresh juice tastings and a full look at the winemaking process. The Crush Wine Tasting Pass is $35 and permits access to harvest activities and wine tastings at all 15 Kenwood and Glen Ellen wineries.

Other Sonoma happenings include an Italian Country Harvest Party at D’Argenzio Winery on September 20, the Dutton-Goldfield Winery Harvest Party of tastings on October 18, and the Buena Vista Winery Morning Crush Brunch on September 21.

Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara Vintners Celebration of Harvest Grand Tasting, October 11

Explore the bounty of Santa Barbara wines at the county’s largest harvest taste. The Festival Grand Tasting features the more than 100 winery members with their winemakers pouring for you, along with dozens of local food purveyors to sample from. A wine seminar will take place that morning, the popular silent auction will be held, and a concert will entertain in the evening. Tickets for general admission are $75.

Old Mission Santa Ines, 1760 Mission Dr., Solvang, Calif., 805-688-0881, celebrationofharvest.com

Plus, the Grassini Family Vineyards Annual Crush Cookout and Coquelicot Estate Vineyard Harvest Party both take place on October 12.

SEE MORE: California wine country travel inspiration

NEW YORK

The harvest weekend in The Empire State seems to hover around late September, with a few surrounding events. Here are five harvest parties in the state’s three main regions to check out.

The Finger Lakes

Keuka Lake Wine Trail Harvest Celebration of Food Wine, September 13-14

Explore the seven member wineries of the Keuka Lake Wine Trail for a full taste of the Finger Lakes wine country harvest season. The celebration allows guests to taste newly released wines of the trail, learn a thing or two from the tasting room staff and indulge in delicious bites made from the region’s local produce. Each winery will showcase a seasonal menu of dishes. Tickets are $30 for a weekend ticket or $24 for Sunday only.

Harvest in the Square at Union Square Park, September 18

If you’re in the city and can’t make it to wine country, this year’s 19th annual Harvest in the Square celebration is showcasing 17 wineries from the 2014 Finger Lakes Wine Alliance. The city’s original wine and food tasting festival will pair local wines and microbrews with foods served by chefs from 40 of the area’s best restaurants using the freshest produce right from the Union Square Greenmarket. The event brings in more than 1,200 visitors from near and far, and tickets to attend are $125.

Union Square Park North Plaza, New York, N.Y., harvest.unionsquarenyc.org

25th Anniversary Hunt Country Harvest Festival, October 4-5

Join Hunt Country Vineyards for classic activities like grape stomping, hay rides, cellar tastings, a winemaking facilities tour, wine tastings, cooking presentations, musical performances, and food from local chefs and restaurants. Hunt Country will also be releasing five new wines at the event for tastings and for sale. Guests can taste foods like Lake Country egg rolls, lamb Barbacoa burritos and sausage samplers prepared by culinary arts students of Penn College’s School of Hospitality. Admission is free and various events are priced separately.

4021 Italy Hill Road, Branchport, N.Y., 315-595-2812, huntwines.com

Other events in the region include the Harvest Game Dinner at Glenora Wine Cellars on October 25 for a five-course meal and wine pairing, the Montezuma Winery Hoedown Harvest on September 13 for an evening of dancing, and the Six Mile Creek Harvest Festival on September 13 for tastings, performances and autumn activities.

Long Island

Martha Clara Vineyards “Chateau La Feet” Stomp Party, September 21

Welcome the season in the North Fork of Long Island by stomping on grapes at the vineyard’s third annual Stomp Party. The activities will take place in the vineyard’s Northville Barn with Winemaker Juan E. Micieli-Martinez, and guests will automatically be given a complimentary glass of wine to start the party with. Tickets are $30 for club members and $35 for general admission.

6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead, N.Y., 631-298-0075, marthaclaravineyards.com

Additional Long Island events are Lieb Cellars’ Harvest Party at The Tasting Group on September 13 offering music, food from Noah’s on the Road Food Truck and wine tours, and the Brooklyn Oenology Winery’s Harvest Party in the tasting room on October 2 with upcoming vintage samples of not-yet-released wines.

Hudson Valley

Millbrook Vineyards and Winery Harvest Party, October 18

Millbrook’s Grand Harvest Party is a luncheon equipped with a culinary mini wine class led by instructors of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), plus four courses prepared by the restaurants of CIA. Each course is paired with a wine to accompany detailed meals by Bocuse Restaurant, Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici, American Bounty Restaurant and Apple Pie Bakery Cafe. Tickets are $125 for members, $135 for non-members.

VIDEO: Tour the CIA and see a taste of each restaurant

26 Wing Rd., Millbrook, N.Y., 845-677-8383, millbrookwine.com

The region is also holding grape stomps through Benmarl Winery’s Harvest Grape Stomping Festival September 27-28 and October 11-12, and through Brotherhood Winery every weekend from now ’til October 12.

OREGON

The big wine harvest celebrations are scattered throughout September and October, so pick one (or a couple) of the five that fit your travel schedule.

Willamette Valley

The Carlton Crush Harvest Festival, September 13

The Willamette Valley Wineries’ Annual Carlton Crush features 17 area wineries, a Grape Stomp Competition, a Wine Thief Relay, Barrel Rolling Race, helicopter rides, a watermelon eating contest and various activities for kids. An artist market and food will accompany the delicious local wine, cider and beer tastings. Admission is free for all guests.

Upper Park, Main St., Downtown Carlton, Ore., 216-533-6968, carltoncrush.com

Oregon Grape Stomp Championship and Harvest Celebration, September 20-21

This annual competition at the Estate Vineyard brings in participants from all over the country in groups of two, Stomper and Swabbie, for the title to compete at the World Grape Stomp Championships in Santa Rosa, Calif. The event includes Willamette Valley Vineyards tastings, a vineyard tour, live music and food pairings served by the winery chef. Admission is $10, stomping is $10 per team and other activities cost extra.

8800 Enchanted Way S.E., Turner, Ore., 503-588-9463, wvv.com

St. Josef’s Estate Vineyards Winery Grape Stomp Festival, September 20-21

St. Josef’s Grape Stomp is the Northwest’s original grape stomping event. Celebrating 32 years, the festival derived from the German harvest traditions of a “crush” season kick-off. Aside from grape stomping in a 1,200-gallon oak barrel, enjoy music from an “Original Donaumusikanten” German Band, more than 400 pounds of St. Josef’s sausages and homemade sauerkraut, and wine tastings and tours with the winemaker. Admission is $10.

28836 S. Barlow Rd., Canby, Ore., 503-651-3190, stjosefswinery.com

North Willamette Harvest Trail, October 4 and 11

Experience the harvest of the North Willamette Valley in one day during the guided bus tour of three area wineries and a bonus Kura tour at SakeOne Brewery. Guests will be tasting wines and pairings while learning about different stages of harvest at each stop and enjoying a lunch at one of the vineyards. The tour moves from vineyard to crush pad to winery, allowing guests to pick grapes, press fruit, help with punch downs and join other hands-on harvest activities. Tickets are $95.

508-941-0609, nwvintners.org

The Columbia Gorge

The Crush: The Combination of Columbia Gorge Wines and Fine Art, October 4-27

The Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Association and Columbia Center for the Arts are throwing a month-long harvest celebration. Visit the exhibit, The Crush, for wine tastings from eight area wineries every Friday. On October 25, winemakers from the region will come to discuss the harvest and winemaking in the Gorge.

215 Cascade St., Ore., 541-387-8877, columbiaarts.org

Other attractions for harvest include the Domaine Meriwether Winery Bounty in the Vineyard Harvest Festival on September 27 and 28 in the South Willamette Valley, Montinore Estate’s Fifth Annual Crush Party on September 27 in Willamette, and the Hood River Valley Harvest Fest October 17 through 19 in Columbia Gorge.

VIRGINIA

Harvests are taking place throughout October and early November at these four Virginia locations.

Western Virginia

Mountain Rose Vineyard Harvest Festival, October 4

This grape stomp and harvest festival has a lineup of events, like wine and grape tastings, winery and vineyard hayride tours, a grape stomp contest, a luncheon, a corn hole tournament, and vendors providing sweets and kettle corn. Admission is $5 and lunch is $16.

10439 Reservoir Rd., Wise, Va., 276-328-2013, mountainrosevineyard.com

Northern Virginia

Doukenie Winery Harvest Festival, October 18

During Virginia Wine Month, bask in the harvest with barrel tastings, new wine releases and live music by The Short Hill Mountain Boys. Monks BBQ, voted the “best food truck in Washington, D.C,” will provide the event’s food. Admission is free for club members and $15 for guests.

14727 Mountain Rd., Purcellville, Va., 540-668-6464, doukeniewinery.com

Eastern Virginia

Ingleside Vineyards Harvest Celebration, October 18

Join Ingleside for their 35th Harvest Celebration with a tour of the vineyards and winery, wine tastings, live music, hayrides, dancing, food and artwork. This year’s focus on local brings area farms’ products and Denson Market and Oyster Bar to the event to shuck fresh Chesapeake Bay oysters on the half shell. Admission is $15.

5872 Leedstown Rd., Oak Grove, Va., 804-224-8687, inglesidevineyards.com

Central Virginia

Harvest Wine Trail, November 1-2

Grab a passport ticket and tour six of Central Virginia’s premier wineries. While the wine trail is open year-round, hitting the trail this time of year allows visitors to experience the region’s wineries, releases and events during harvest. Passports are $20.

Various winery locations, hovawinetrail.com

Other Virginia wine events include the 22nd annual Rockbridge Vineyard Harvest Festival on October 4 in the Shenandoah Valley, Saude Creek Vineyard’s Autumn Harvest Stomp on September 13 in Eastern Virginia, and the King Family Vineyards’ Annual Harvest Dinner on October 3 near Northern Virginia.

WASHINGTON

Below are four harvest tours and “stompings” at varying wineries in the state starting this weekend and trailing ’til November.

The Olympic Peninsula

Olympic Peninsula Wineries’ Harvest Wine Tour Scarecrow Contest, November 8-9

Tour the region’s seven artisan wineries in two days in the heart of fall traveling through the towns of Port Townsend, Sequim, Chimacum and Port Angeles. The tours are self-guided and tickets are $30.

Various winery locations, olympicpeninsulawineries.org

Yakima Valley

Alexandria Nicole Cellars’ Harvest Party in the Vines at Destiny Ridge Vineyards, September 13

Celebrate the vineyard’s 10 years as a winery and the harvest at the Hollywood Glamour-themed event. Enjoy a steak and lobster dinner, wine tastings with fall releases, a wine balloon toss, grape stomp, barrel rolling competition and skeet shooting. Tickets are $75 and certain activities are an additional cost.

158422 W. Sonova Rd., Paterson, Wash., 509-242-9979, alexandrianicolecellars.com

Catch the Crush, October 11-12

This extensive event celebrates the harvest with exclusive wine tastings and releases, grape stomps, harvest crush activities, tours, hors d’oeuvres and live music at the many participating wineries. Forty-two wineries from the Yakima Wine Community, the Zillah Winery Community, the Prosser Wine Community and the Red Mountain Wine Community are each holding harvest parties during the weekend. Premier passes are available online for $30.

Various winery locations, wineyakimavalley.org

Wenatchee Valley

Taste of the Harvest, September 20

Sample 20 of the best wines from award-winning makers in North Central Washington at the Wine Tasting Garden in downtown Wenatchee. Other activities include live music, a heritage tractor and car show, artisan and food vendors, Yoga in the Streets, and a film festival. Last year more than 15,000 attendees joined the fun. Tickets are online for $15.

Historic Downtown, Wenatchee, Wash., wenatcheewines.com, wendowntown.org

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Garden State Wine Growers hold ‘Jersey Skyline Wine Fest,’ Sept. 13-14 in … – The Star

The Garden State Wine Growers Association will hold the second annual Jersey Skyline Wine Festival this weekend, Sept. 12-13, at Overpeck County Park, in Ridgefield Park.

The festival will be open noon-5 p.m. each day, featuring 12 New Jersey wineries, local foods, arts and crafts and live music each day. This will be the third of five annual statewide wine festivals produced by the association this fall.

The event gives northern New Jersey and New York City residents a chance to enjoy and learn about the award-winning wines being produced right in their back yard, from the Highlands of northwest New Jersey to the sandy shores of Cape May.

Overpeck County Park allows responsible consumption on the property, so attendees can enjoy their favorite wines on the lawn in front of the bands.

On Saturday, Sept. 13, Abraham The Groove will play RB and reggae.

On Sunday, Sept. 14, Total Soul returns from last year to play. The band was wildly popular, playing Motown, RB, and today’s pop covers. The bands play noon-5 p.m. each day.

Food trucks will be offering delectable bites from flatbread wood-fired pizzas and BBQ, to seafood soups.

“The Empanada Guy” will be on site in one of his food trucks, fresh off an appearance on Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay.”

Artisan food and craft vendors will have their wares available; with everything from spices and sauces to chocolates and other seasonal treats.

The event is family friendly, with a crafts activity tent for kids to enjoy as well.

Tickets are $25 for adults; while those under 21 are free. Designated drivers receive complimentary admission to the festival.

Tickets can be purchased online in advance at a $5 discount, which is available through Saturday, Sept. 13. Admission includes a souvenir wine glass that can be used to sample the wines.

Overpeck County Park has entrances at 199 Challenger Road in Ridgefield Park (best for approaching from New Jersey) and 40 Fort Lee Rd in Leonia (easier for driving from NYC), or a 20 minute bus ride from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Manhattan will drop visitors from New York City at the southern entrance.

The park will operate a shuttle from the parking areas to the festival grounds each day as well. The Jersey Skyline wine festival will run from noon to 5 p.m. each day. Ticket information, a festival guide, and the full list of winery participants can be found by visiting www.newjerseywines.com.

The GSWGA is a coalition of nearly 50 wineries and vineyards across New Jersey, dedicated to raising the quality and awareness of the New Jersey wine industry.

For more information, contact Executive Director John Cifelli at 908-866-6529 or John@newjerseywines.com.

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Brooklyn Goes Grape: New York Wine Festivals Presents the Brooklyn Crush …

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The Brooklyn Crush Wine Artisanal Food Festival featuring a vast selection of 250+ wines comes to the Factory Floor at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Presented by New York Wine Festivals, tickets are on sale now at NYWineFestivals.com for 2 tasting sessions, 3-6pm and 8-11pm.

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 10, 2014

New York Wine Festivals will host its inaugural Brooklyn Crush Wine Artisanal Food Festival at the Factory Floor at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn on Saturday, November 15, 2014. The fall tasting event will feature 250+ wines curated by Vintry Fine Wines along with light fare including hors doeurves, cheese and cracker selections, plus artisan food tables sampling gourmet pizza, decadent chocolates, and more. Attendees will also enjoy live jazz performances during each tasting session.

Tasting tables will be located throughout the expansive venue and feature an eclectic mix of bold reds, awesome whites, and some sparkling selections. Guests will find grape varietals from wine regions from around the globe including the United States, France, Italy, Spain, South America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and more.

New York Wine Festivals popular winter and autumn tastings have sold out for the last five years, and the newest Brooklyn Crush edition is slated to do the same. Festival attendees can choose from two tasting sessions: Afternoon: 3-6pm or Evening: 8-11pm.

Were thrilled to take our popular wine events across the river and add a Brooklyn twist, notes S.W. Kimball, Founder, New York Wine Festivals. An extensive wine selection curated by Vintry Fine Wines will complement this new setting and pair wonderfully with the numerous artisan food samples featured.

Brooklyns Industry City once served as an industrial hub in the 20th century. Now revitalized as 6 million square-foot 21st century innovation and manufacturing district situated on the waterfront in Sunset Park, it also serves as home to one of the boroughs most spectacular event spaces. The 22,000 square foot Factory Floor offers sprawling space, dramatic large industrial windows, and is adjacent to Industry Citys planted courtyard and exceptional food hall. The venue, located in Building 1 at 233 37th Street, is easy to reach via the D, N and R train to the 36th Street subway station, there is also convenient parking one block west of the building

Early Bird tickets for Brooklyn Crush Wine Artisanal Food Festival are on sale now, priced at $59 for a limited time only. (Standard tickets are $69 and Final Week tickets are $79) Space is limited at the festival, classes; advance purchase is recommended.

For more details or to purchase tickets to the Brooklyn Crush Wine Artisanal Food Festival, visit http://www.nywinefestivals.com.

About New York Wine Festivals

New York Wine Festivals hosts elegant wine tasting events at first class venues around New York City. The companys goal is to provide a wine tasting experience that allows guests to sample as many diverse wines as possible while enjoying great music and the company of other wine lovers. Visit http://www.nywinefestivals.com.

About Vintry Fine Wines

Vintry Fine Wines brings fine wine to NYCs revitalized downtown. With 2,500+ selections focusing on both collectibles and drinkables, Vintry is a destination in bourgeoning Battery Park City. Featuring iconic design marrying classic and modern elements by architecture firm Rogers Marvel, this indicates what the store is all about: the best wines from both old and new world regions. Visit http://www.vintryfinewines.com.

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Preview: Fall food, wine and beer festivals

It’s hard to say “so long” to summer, but there’s plenty to look forward to this fall — including wine festivals, Oktoberfest celebrations and artisan food pop-up markets. Here’s what your taste buds can expect to experience.

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