New Jersey Wine Tastings & Events
The sixth annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival (www.njwinefoodfest.com) will honor legendary New York chef David Bouley as the Guest of Honor at Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, NJ. Chef Bouley will create a mutli-course menu for the annual Wine Cellar Dinner (March 28) and serve a dish in the VIP section of The Grand Tasting (March 29). The Wine Cellar dinner will be paired with rare back vintages of Ornellaia, one of Tuscany’s top producers. Ornellaia winemaker Axel Heinz will be the Featured Winemaker during the weekend and will select some special wines from the winery’s collection for the Friday dinner (March 28). Proceeds from the Festival benefit the educational programs of the James Beard Foundation.
Taste premium and specialty fruit wines at Cream Ridge Winery. Complimentary wine tastings are offered daily: Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; tours given most weekends. Cream Ridge Winery, 145 Route 539, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514, 609-259-9797.
Valenzano Winery in South Jersey offers complimentary wine tastings daily: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Fridays 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Valenzano Winery, 1090 Route 206, Shamong, NJ 08088, 609-268-6731.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Edgewater, NJ, offers a "5 For $6 'Til 7" bar menu featuring five appetizers, five cocktails and five wines by the glass, each priced at $6 and served nightly until 7 p.m. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 90 The Promenade, Edgewater, NJ 07020, 201-313-9463.
Monday through Friday
Happy hour is weekdays from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at Grand Cru Winebar in Englewood. Enjoy $5 house wine, $5 small plates, $5 cocktails and $4 beer. Grand Cru Winebar, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood, NJ 07631, 201-568-3939.
Every Friday night is Foodie Friday at elements in Princeton, NJ. Enjoy a seasonal five-course tasting menu with wine pairings for $99 (or $69 without wine). Sample menus have included dishes like New Jersey lamb with sweet potato, maitake and celery, Long Island surf clam with pickled radish and citrus aioli, sweet Maine lobster with warm ginger scallion custard and day boat scallops prepared with parsley, potato and crab. elements, 163 Bayard Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540, 609-924-0078.
Fridays & Sundays
Every Friday the farm-to-table five-course tasting menu with wine pairings at The Frog & the Peach is available at the discounted price of $150 for two (normally $105 per person). On Sundays bottled wine is one-third off. The Frog & the Peach, 29 Dennis St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901, 732-846-3216.
For additional information
on wine events, please contact:
Wine & Marketplace
Madison, NJ 07940
Livingston, NJ 07039
Bernardsville, NJ 07924