Previously known simply as The Hershey Wine Festival, the event showcases 115 different vintners pouring more than 500 different brands of both domestic and international wines — enjoyed among 100 antique and classic cars, buses and motorcycle exhibits.
Vintage & Vineyards features three different tasting opportunities:
VIP Tasting: 5-6:30 p.m. Taste select exclusive wines from more than 100 global vintners available only during this session. Butlered heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Price: $95 per guest.
Grand Tasting: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sample from more than 500 different brands both international and domestic varieties. Price: $45 per guest.
Introductory Tasting: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Designed for ages 21-40, this tasting will consist of an introductory wine tasting seminar where attendees will enjoy a guided tasting of six Chairman’s Selection wines, presented by Steve Pollack, a Buyer for the Chairman’s Selection Program. Attendees will then join the Grand Tasting from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Price: $35 per guest.
All attendees will also receive a souvenir glass, neck wallet, tasting cards and have the ability to download a custom event mobile app loaded with information on each vintner.
Tickets for Vintage & Vineyards are available online and also will be sold at the door the day of the event.
This week, we’re giving away 2 Grand Tasting tickets to Vintage & Vineyards ($90 value). To enter, leave a comment below.
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I hadn’t realized that Bricco’s butcher shop, Olewine’s, had been closed for a year — oops. Luckily for me, however, I was invited to attend a media preview dinner in that space this past Saturday — which is now known as Table at Bricco, a private dining room affording Chef Jason Viscount an opportunity to play with prix fixe menus and to go beyond the limits of the larger scale restaurant.
The space is cozy, with a long table seating just 14 at its center. It’s own private entrance is on Chestnut Street (or, a Bricco employee will kindly lead you through Bricco’s kitchen to the space if you – like me – didn’t pay proper attention). The opposite wall from the entrance is decorated with wooden wine crates and an enclosed vertical wine display. Peek between bottles, and you’ll see part of the restaurant’s kitchen.
Chef Viscount said he sees the space as ideal for specialty dinners, like craft beer pairing dinners and tequila dinners, tapas and BYOB events, as well as privately booked events and dinners.
To entice us, Saturday’s dinner was a multi-course prix fixe dinner and wine tasting. Our wine guide was Todd Hopwood, territory manager for Terlato Wines, which is based out of Chicago. Todd was excellent company on our food and wine journey, generous both with his selections and knowledge.
Since the last downtown tour in ’08, the area has been enhanced with new businesses, restored and renovated buildings and residences. This year, the tour will highlight some of those distinctive venues between Forster and Chestnut Sts. Downtown dwellers will open their doors to tour attendees, each featuring food and beverages from local restaurants, as well.
Following the tour, join HYP for a Block Party at City Island’s Skyline Sports Complex. The party feature food, live music from All Jacked Up and more. It runs from 3-7 p.m. (A Home Tour ticket is required for entry to the Block party.) Attendees also score admission to the City Islanders soccer game, which begins at 7 p.m.