New Jersey's wine festivals blossom as the state wine industry booms.
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New Jersey’s many wine festivals offer a tasty way to spend a day or a weekend learning about Jersey’s wines. The following events are sponsored by the Garden State Wine Growers Association. For participating winery locations and further information, visit newjerseywines.com.
May 12-13: Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend
May 26-27: Blues & Wine Festival, Natirar Park, Peapack-Gladstone
July 14-15: Barrel Trail Wine Trail Weekend
September 1-2: Jazz It Up Wine Festival, Allaire State Park, Farmingdale
October 6- 7: Cape May Wine Festival, Cape May-Lewes Ferry, Cape May
October 13- 14: Grand Harvest Wine Festival
Additionally, from March 31 to April 3, Restaurant Latour at the Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg will host the New Jersey Food and Wine Festival. For information, call 973-827-5996; crystalgolfresort.com.
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