The Winemakers Co-Op Fall Portfolio Tasting
Sunday, October 14th, 2-6pm at Unionville Vineyards
VIP Session at 1pm
**Rain or shine, with ample tented spaces**
The Winemakers Co-Op Fall Portfolio Tasting will feature 40 fine wines from some of New Jersey’s top producers including our newest member- Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery of Cape May. Attendees will mingle with winemakers and proprietors, with specific opportunities to learn how these wines were crafted, and what makes New Jersey wines unique. Enjoy live music and delicious foods available from Princeton-area restaurants Agricola Eatery, Cargot Brasserie, and Two Sevens. Live jazz will be performed by the Eric Mintel Quartet, in trio format.
At the Co-Op’s Spring Tasting this past June, the group’s collaborative wine- “Open Source Chardonnay” was debuted. At 3:30pm, Executive Director John Cifelli will give a slideshow talk on the creation and evolution of the Open Source Chardonnay. Wineries that still have some of the original 20 cases each produced will bring their versions of this wine to this tasting.
VIP patrons will enjoy early admission with a 1pm winemakers’ panel discussion titled: “Every Year Can’t be 2015: Making Wine in Challenging Vintages.” Co-Op winemakers will discuss the critical decisions made in the vineyard and in the winery when nature presents a less-than-ideal growing season. Wines from the 2009 and 2011 vintages will be tasted during this talk.
The Winemakers Co-Op holds two large public tastings each year. All wines poured at these events adhere to the Co-Op’s standards for NJ fine wine- that they are classic Vitis vinifera varieties, dry or classically off-dry, and from 100% New Jersey grown grapes. These wines are terroir-driven — true expressions of what New Jersey climate and soil can represent! Most are estate grown, and several are single vineyard bottlings.
General admission includes admission to the grounds, 4 hours of wine tasting, entertainment, and bottled water. Gourmet foods will be available at the event for an additional price. No outside food or beverage are allowed. Children 13-20 will be admitted with a ticket at the $10 designated driver rate.
The Winemakers Co-Op and its member wineries endorse responsible behavior and reserve the right to refuse pouring for any patrons believed to be intoxicated.