Atlantic City hosts its first Winter Wine Festival this weekend

Tropicana Atlantic City will close out February with its first-ever Winter Wine Festival, Feb 27 through Feb. 28. The two-day event showcases South Jersey’s flourishing viniculture.

The area is emerging as a serious wine region, thanks to a new generation of winemakers, said Phillip Silverstone, a television and radio “wine-tertainer” best known for his Emmy-nominated PBS series, “One on Wine” and weekly satellite radio show, “Time Out with Phillip Silverstone”.

“They are creating phenomenal wines,” he said.

Silverstone, together with wine expert and author, John Mahoney, will be on hand to host the festival’s educational wine seminars.

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South Jersey vineyards have shed the stigma of inferiority and are slowly gaining national recognition for producing extraordinary wines as they’ve begun to organize and promote themselves. Local support, especially from area restaurants, however, is crucial for their success, Silverstone noted.

The event will feature twelve area winemakers, including DiMatteo Winery, Sharrott Winery, Plagido’s Winery, Salem Oak Vineyards, Bellview Winery, Renault Winery, Tomasello Winery, Villari Vineyards, Valentano Winery, Wagonhouse Winery and Monroeville Winery.

Festival attendees can sample more than 150 wines among the feature artisan crafters and live entertainment.

Tickets cost $25 and include a tasting glass, cheese and fruit plate and the optional wine seminars. Attendance is restricted to those age 21 years and older.

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 28, noon to 5 p.m. – 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ.

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