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Clark Smith, Winemakers Showcase to Highlight the Winemakers Co-Op
Spring Portfolio Tasting, May 19, 2019
RINGOES, NJ — The Winemakers Co-Op kicks off its 2019 season with its Spring Portfolio Tasting, a sampling of over 40 premium New Jersey wines, Sunday, May 19, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery in Rio Grande of Cape May. Guests will sample select wines from five New Jersey wineries in an intimate, relaxed setting with winemakers and proprietors of the Co-Op wineries. Special guest and renowned wine consultant Clark Smith will provide presentations on wine education. With live music and upscale casual food offerings, this event should not be missed by any avid follower of the New Jersey wine industry, or any wine enthusiast looking to delve into the local scene. The Co-Op, comprised of Beneduce Vineyards, Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery, Unionville Vineyards, William Heritage Winery, and Working Dog Winery, encourages and promotes fine wine production in New Jersey. All wines poured at the event will be 100% New Jersey grown from the classic grape varietals native to Europe.
The event will be highlighted with presentations by Clark Smith, famed winemaker and oenologist whose critically acclaimed book, Postmodern Winemaking, debunked misconceptions related to continuously practiced winemaking techniques. Hailed as one of the preeminent wine consultants in the United States, Clark Smith was named as one of IntoWine’s Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. wine industry. Presentations will cover the rise of small boutique wineries, the future of the New Jersey wine industry and a lecture on wines place as a historically revered beverage.
Musical entertainment will be provided by Hot Club of Philadelphia, a gypsy jazz quartet influenced by the original Hot Club of France. Gourmet a la carte dishes will be available for purchase during the event.
VIP admission will include one hour early entry, with exclusive access to another hallmark of Co-Op wine events: a panel discussion with the winemakers. The talk and guided tasting will focus on the collaborative project of the Co-Op’s Open Source Chardonnay. This talk will also give VIP patrons a chance to ask questions and discuss New Jersey winemaking with the vintners as a group. Afterwards, VIP patrons will have special access to a flight of reserve wines not offered elsewhere throughout the tasting along with a complimentary gourmet cheese and charcuterie spread. Furthermore, both VIP and non-VIP patrons will have access to a new featured event this year, the Winemaker’s Showcase, where winemakers from each winery will pour a select wine of choice to be discussed and shared.
Tickets will be $39 both online and at the door. VIP admission is $70 per person and is limited to 75 patrons. Youth tickets are available for guests 21 and under at $10 per person. The event is rain or shine, with ample indoor and outdoor spaces for patrons to taste, learn, discuss, and enjoy! The event is limited to 500 patrons and will sell out!
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