Jul 23, 2012
12:04 PMDiscover Connecticut
On July 28 and 29, Connecticut oenophiles will once again be gathering in the heart of the Litchfield Hills to celebrate the bounty of local vineyards and wineries.
The fourth annual Connecticut Wine Festival—co-sponsored by Connecticut Magazine—will be popping corks later this month, drawing thousands of wine connoisseurs, sommeliers (professional and amateur) and those who just simply enjoy a fine glass of vino.
“Connecticut has a lot of good wines and good wineries, and I think this is a great opportunity to showcase that,” says Sherrie Palmer, the event’s coordinator, who admits she had no idea how many local wines were available before volunteering at the first Connecticut Wine Festival in 2009. “This event also helps bring attention to the Wine Trail, and is a great example of just how much a little state like Connecticut has to offer.” The festival drew 8,000 visitors last year, and Palmer expects that number to increase this time around—as long as the weather cooperates.
The event, which returns to the Goshen Fairgrounds and runs from noon to 7 on Saturday and noon to 6 on Sunday, features wines from 13 of the state’s wineries. Each winery will have four different varieties of wine available, and visitors who buy a tasting ticket will enjoy unlimited tastings. Wine will also be available for purchase by the glass ($5) as well as by the bottle or case—at a 15 percent discount—for those who want to bring their favorites home.
Festival goers will enjoy live music, receive a commemorative festival glass and a tote bag, and be able to sample locally produced food or buy handmade crafts from the dozens of participating vendors. Wine appreciation classes will also be offered throughout the weekend.
Those with a 2012 Passport to Connecticut Wineries will be able to collect their “CT Wine Festival” stamp; however, individual wineries will not be stamping pages.
For more info, call (860) 677-5467 or visit ctwine.com.