Vermont Summer Wine Festival Season

June 11, 2013

burlingtonwine2013It’s that time of the year again my friends, when all sorts of summer festivals abound around the state, and for those that like wine, there is a regular set of events that are sure to please your palate, and open your mind to new experiences. Next weekend there is the overlapping lapping up of fine wine, with the three days of Stowe Wine & Food Classic (June 21-23, 2013), and two sessions of the Burlington Wine & Food Festival (June 22, 2013) on the Lake Champlain waterfront. Next month is the Killington Wine Festival (July 19-21,2013), and in September ( Vermont’s secret summer ) the Vermont Life Wine & Harvest Fest (September 20-22, 2013) wraps up the season.

These are just the major milestones around which the calendar is filled with local festivities such as Woodstock’s Summer Fest andstowe2013Middlebury’s annual party on the green. Each festival has its own unique attractions, and in the cases of these big events, the focal points are folks from parts elsewhere, who come to visit with us and share the fruits of their hard work in a glass. I’m especially stoked to see that Randall Grahm is on the schedule, flying in from Bonny Doon Vineyards in California, to light up the places with his Cigares Volant and Blanc at both festivals. Dr. Ernst Loosen from the steep Mosel slopes of Germany will also be letting loose with some very nice Rieslings, to remind us of which is the greatest of all grapes, in both Burlington and Stowe.  Both of these guys will not only be pouring their wines, but will also be giving seminar talks on how and why they do what they do.

Vermont’s wine distributors are the organizing forces behind these events, which focus on fun and also help serve  to raise funds for non-profits. While they work hard all year long to bring the right wines to our tables on a daily basis, this is their chance to have some extra fun, and put on a display that brings greater attention to the deep and diverse wine selections that our tiny state warrants.  Recent press in Seven Days and the Valley News discuss how Vermont is emerging on the wine culture scene, but with all due respect, this VT Wine Media project was started in 2009 to tout just this point. Vermont is a wine buying state, high up there in the per-capita purchase ratings, and this is precisely why we are fortunate to receive emissaries from much lauded locations, in the very wide wine world.

The wine selection list is enormous.  Just what is advertised at Stowe: Eden Ice Cider, La Spinetta, Duckhorn, Bonny Doon, Neyers, Dr. Loosen, Schramsberg…there will be more. Then there’s the list of participating wineries and portfolios at Burlington.
So, if your calendar is not already full, make some space for the Green Mountain Bacchanal to kick off the summer, get your tickets, and make your way to the locations mentioned.  Make the best of these opportunities to taste wines from all points, as well as to show our guests how much we care about what they do.
Cheers, and taste responsibly.

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