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Kim Knox Beckius

Sun WineFest 14 Tips

By January 26, 2014

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Heading to Sun WineFest at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun today (tickets are still available)? My friend (and personal astrologer!) Janet Booth and I spent six hours at the Sun WineFest Grand Tasting yesterday, and here are our tips on the 2014 "musts" at this extraordinary wine, beer, spirits and food event:
  • MUST-Try Free Food Sample: Wicked Kickin' Savory Cheesecakes from New Bedford, Massachusetts: especially the Buffalo Chicken!
  • Best Reds to Try: Bravium Lucky, Casey Flat Ranch Estate Red, Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Jonathan Edwards Lodi Zinfandel
  • Best White to Try: Bread & Butter Chardonnay (Pair it with a lobster salad roll from Rhode Island's Matunuck Oyster: It's $15, but loaded with enormous pieces of lobster meat and large enough to share. Ask, and they'll cut it in half for you.)
  • Best Wine Novelty: Zipz Wine in single-serve disposable glasses: Perfect for picnics in New England!
  • Best Spirit to Try: Reyka Vodka (It's made in Iceland and filtered through ancient volcanic rock. They are serving it with ginger beer and a slice of lime in the lobby outside the Grand Tasting.)
  • Best for Valentine's Day: Arrigoni Chocolate Love (a Connecticut-made red wine with a subtle chocolate finish)
  • Better Than You'd Expect: 50 Shades of Grey wine: Really! Author EL James custom-designed these blends to reflect the main characters: A white for Anastasia and a red for Christian.
  • Wines to Skip: Mimosa Mango NV, Drops of Jupiter, Eppa Superfruta Red Sangria
  • Must-Have App for Navigating Sun WineFest and Keeping Track of Your Favorites: Drync
See my Tweets from Sun WineFest for more tips.
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