We’ll Drink To That

French wine is a great reason to celebrate Bastille Day this week in Long Branch; plus other events.

Think there aren’t any summer holidays worth celebrating with food and drink now that Fourth of July is in the rear-view mirror and Labor Day is weeks away?

Guess again. How about a Bastille Day Bash?

Bastille Day is this Friday, July 14, and a popular Shore venue is toasting it in style with a free sampling of French wines.

Organic wines from France will be in the spotlight at Court Liquors, as the mecca for artisan wines, spirits and beers celebrates Bastille Day, a landmark in the French Revolution.

Court Liquors will offer a complimentary sampling of French wines from premier importers that include Kermit Lynch, Neal Rosenthal and Louis Dressner on Friday, from 4 to 6 pm at the store (146 West End Court, Long Branch).

Led by Court’s vice president Nick Pizzonia, a finalist for Wine Professional in the 2017 Garden State Culinary Arts Awards, the tasting of small-production artisan organic French wines will be accompanied by small bites of food.

Court’s collection of fine artisan wines, beers and spirits has been curated by Pizzonia during the course of his 20-year career at the recently renovated shop located near the Atlantic Ocean in the enclave of West End.

The French wine sampling is free and open to all age 21 and older with valid I.D. Information: 732-870-9859.

Also on tap:

Organic Wine Dinner
Wednesday, July 12 at Halifax, 225 River Street, Hoboken. Presented in conjunction with Massanois Merchants of Fine Wine, the three-course, farm-to-table dinner, with wine pairings, begins at 6:30 pm. The chef is Seadon Shouse. Cost is $75 per person, including wine. Reservations required. 201-253-2500.

Vino & Vibes in Mullica Hill
Heritage Vineyards, 480 Mullica Hill Road in Mullica Hill, plays host every Thursday in the summer to a food truck and music festival. This Thursday, July 13, the spotlight musician is Dave Kelly and the food truck is Carolina Blue. The event runs from 6 to 9 pm; tickets are $5 per person purchased in advance or, if still available, $7 at the door. Wines by the bottle and the glass will be sold by Heritage. To secure advance tickets, visit heritagewinenj.com.

Bound Brook Food Truck Festival.
Saturday, July 15 from 11 am to 7 pm at Billian Park, East Main Street, Bound Brook. A benefit for the Bound Brook Revitalization Partnership, this event also will help support the local food pantry. Bring donations of nonperishable food items to the festival. Music, beer and sangria are available at the event. Information, justjerseyfest.com.

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