Above: Needless to say my eye is immediately drawn to anything with a butterfly, check out this butterfly wine corks holder!
Above: Transport your wine in style with this super cute mini guitar case Wine Holder!
Above: I love the soft leaves pattern on this Wine Decanter and Matching Wine Glasses by An Etch of Glass
Above: For those carrying the wine theme through this grape decanter and matching glasses would be perfect!
Above: These caught my eye as they totally remind me of 'The Scream' painting by Edvard Munch, these would be perfect for that art loving wine lover in your life.
Above: Hanks Rub Seasoning is a dry rub you can use on practically anything!
Above: Hanks was offering a 'Hot Sauce Tasting' and you know I wasn't passing that up!
Above: I love the 'mystery batch' idea, this one is called 'Witches Brew'
Above: Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski is a Jewelry Home Party concept that is a great way to earn extra income!
Above: Needless to say the butterfly jewelry box caught my eye, sadly it was a display and not for sale!
Above: Taste Artisanal Market presented their Herbal Infused Honey, Marinated Asiago Spread, Southern Pimiento Spread, Spicy Smoked Bacon Pub Cheese and Blue Cheese Walnut Spread - these were delish, perfect for your crackers when hosting an at home wine tasting too!
Above: These funny napkins from Top Shelf Specialties caught my eye!
Above: These funny tees are also by Top Shelf Specialties, definitely a fun idea when you and crew visit a winery so you can easily spot each other if you get separated! LOL :-)
Above: The team at Salem Oak Winery was fun, we tasted from white to red and they were all a slam dunk which for me is pretty rare!
Above: One of my standout faves from Salem Oak Winery was their 'Julia-Marie' White Table Wine (Cayuga, not too sweet, not too dry, this one is very balanced)
Above: Monroeville Vineyard and Winery also had a great display
Above: We also tasted from white to red with DiMatteo Vineyards, featured is Traminette - a sweet-spicy white wine produced from a new American variety of grape - a cross between gavertz and sevval, a great compliment to seafood, poultry, pork, fresh fruits and desserts. Definitely a great hostess gift!
Above: The CranCherry is a perfect accompaniment to your Thanksgiving and Holiday Meals and certainly an interesting choice with Easter coming up.
Above: I had a great tasting with Tomasello Winery and my standout from the tasting was their Sparkling Blueberry Wine (you all know I am a 'bubbles' girl first and foremost! So it was no surprise to me or my palate that this one would be my fave!)
Above: Gourmet Creations presented an assortment of their Veggie Dips and Wine Spreads
Above: Bellview Winery took us through their wines as well, I am partial to their 'Dry Whites'
Above: Fin Seafood Restaurant was on hand with some soul-warming soups!
Above: Fin's Award Winning Lobster Bisque and Cape May Clam Chowder was available for purchase. And after tasting enough wine, an eats break is a *MUST*
Above: Amalthea Cellars took us through tasting from white to red, and again I found myself drawn to the white.
Above: We tasted through some great offerings by Valenzano Family Winery and their Vidal Blanc 2014 (crisp with hints of grapefruit, pears, and peaches) was my standout choice!
I love how most Wine Tastings have expanded their offerings to include seminars, tastings, live concerts during the tasting, and an assortment of food and accessories.
I got a strong sense of the passion that each winery puts into their wines, many are family owned, and many of the wineries also shared their food menus.
Tropicana utilized the space well and there was a good deal of walking room (which is one of the complaints I usually have at tastings, the booths tend to be so crammed it's hard to maneuver), and I thought there was an excellent variety of vendors. It was great seeing local wines featured and I want to add some of these New Jersey Wineries to my list, there is nothing more fun than a tasting at the actual winery.
Atlantic City on the whole has seen so many closings in such a short period of time that one of the things I feared was that the remaining Casinos would rest on the fact that they are still standing, Tropicana continues to reinvent itself and offers a wide variety of events and experiences, in fact this spring Ivan Kane's Kiss Kiss a Go-Go is set to launch at the Tropicana (I got invited to the Press Conference for it, but sadly couldn't take the time off!) and will be located inside The Quarter at Tropicana. (You may remember me mentioning Ivan Kane's Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub that was inside the (now closed) Revel Casino.) This is nightlife as art and I can't wait to see it for myself. Will report back on it once I have had the opportunity to visit.
Have you attended a Wine Tasting Recently? What is your Favorite Wine? What will you be sipping this Wine Wednesday?
Stay Thirsty My Friends!
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