Friday, June 13, 2014

Five Reasons to Sip Into Summer at the Washington Lake Park Wine Festival 2014

I like wine. I like the instant warmth that spreads through my entire being when I take my first sip. I love the flavor, the smell and the slow ritual of sipping a beautifully created glass of wine. Plus, it's fun to sample new wines and pairings and act all classy while sipping a pinot.

I am so excited to check out the 2nd Annual Washington Lake Park Wine Festival next weekend! The festival is taking place Saturday and Sunday June 21-22 from Noon- 5 p.m. each day at Washington Lake Park in Sewell, NJ. Produced by GPS, Inc, the weekend event features wines from 18 Jersey wineries, live music, artisan crafters and great local eateries. There are also great kids activities. (A bonus if you are without a sitter for the day! Although, I plan to ditch the littles and spend the day with my husband!)

The Washington Lake Park Wine Festival will feature some of New Jersey’s finest wineries: Amalthea Cellars, Auburn Road Vineyards, Bellview Winery, Cava Winery, Cedarvale Vineyards, Chestnut Run Farms, Coda Rossa Winery, DiBella Winery, DiMatteo Vineyard, Heritage Vineyards, Monroeville Vineyard, Plagido’s Winery, Renault Winery, Sharrott Winery, Tomasello Winery, Valenzano Winery, and Wagonhouse Winery.

(Note: because I have three children, I've sampled wine from almost every winery listed. And it is good stuff.) 

Without further adieu, here are my Top Five Reasons why you must Sip into Summer next weekend:

1. Wine makes the heart light. 
(This is even in the Bible. Which pretty much means God is telling you to go.)

2. Jersey wine is good. 
(There is a reason why this is called the Garden State and a reason why everyone's Italian Grandpop made wine in their garage--the soil, the sun and the South Jersey air is just right for grapes.)

3. Snow day decompression.
(Those snow days were months ago, but my kids have been in school forever. I need a little wine to get through the last days of homework/folders/dress down days and the school parking lot.)

4. You get a cute souvenir wine glass. 
(Which you will fill with wine. Then you will drink. Then repeat. Fill. Drink. Repeat. Easy.)

5. The price rocks. 
(Tickets can be purchased in advance at the discount rate of $15 and at the gate for $20. Spectators and those under 21 are free.   Paid admission to the Washington Lake Park Wine Festival includes wine tasting of more than 300 New Jersey wines and a souvenir wine glass.)

And a bonus reason to go: there are some cool sponsors including Giggles, Gobbles & Gulps; NJ.com; The South Jersey Times & The Washington Twp Times.

Excited to get your wine on? Get all the details and purchase your advance tickets here. You can also get the scoop on last year's Festival here. 


Disclosure: Yoke was given free tickets to the Washington Lake Park Wine Festival. But, my love of wine and New Jersey is deep and genuine. Cheers to you! 

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