Inaugural event to feature New Jersey wines, tastings, culinary pairings, wine tutorials and live music

Jersey City, NJ (August 28, 2017) – Just as the harvest season winds down this fall, the inaugural After the Harvest Wine & Food event presented by Provident Bank, will be launched at the Culinary Arts Institute at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City on Saturday, October 28 from 1-6 p.m. when member wineries of the Garden State Wine Growers Association and the Culinary Arts Institute and Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development team up for this new fall event.

After the Harvest Wine & Food will feature wine sampling from at least six New Jersey wineries; tastings, culinary pairings, wine tutorials and live music.  The event is the first element of a new partnership between the Culinary Arts Institute of Hudson County Community College and the Garden State Wine Growers Association. Each ticket is $25 and entitles you to a wristband and a FREE wine glass, which you will pick up on the day of the event (proper ID required).  There is also a non-drinker ticket priced at $10 that can be purchased. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at All attendees must be at least 21 years old and must be present in order to pick up their wristband.  There will be a maximum of 500 tickets sold for this event. Attendees will be admitted at 12.30 pm and wine tasting will begin at 1 pm.

“We are very excited to launch this partnership with the Culinary Arts Institute and to have Provident Bank as an event sponsor and to bring New Jersey wine to the Jersey City region,” said Tom Cosentino, executive director of the Garden State Wine Growers Association, the advocacy group for the state’s wine industry. “By teaming with the Culinary Arts Institute we are not only producing a unique wine and culinary experience with this event, but also establishing a long-term relationship with the school that will allow us to have our winemakers visit and give talks on New Jersey wines and to also have our product introduced to the great restauranteurs in the region through this relationship with the Culinary Arts Institute and the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development.”

“New Jersey Wineries produce some wonderful wines. Having a chance to educate the public in a fun format is exciting for the Culinary Arts Institute, said Dr. Eric Friedman, Vice President for Academic Affairs for Hudson County Community College.

Garden State Wine Growers Association member wineries will sample in the Scott Ring conference room on the second floor of the Culinary Arts Center from 1-6 pm and attendees will be able to buy wine by the bottle and case and also enjoy cheese and charcuterie samples and other finger foods.

Educational wine tutorials will be held from 1-4 pm in the meeting rooms adjacent to the Scott Ring conference room.  Hourly talks will feature topics such as the Health Benefits of Drinking Wine, History of New Jersey Wine and the 5 S’s of Wine Tasting. On the third floor in the Culinary Arts Center kitchens, guests will be able to sample dishes paired with a wine from each of the participating wineries. There will also be an ice sculpture demonstration. Other elements of the event will include musical entertainment, vendors and other refreshments.

New Jersey wines continue to achieve great acclaim and awareness. New Jersey wines regularly win Best of Show, Double Gold and Gold Medals in such prestigious competitions as the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, Tasters Guild International Competition, Beverage Tasting Institute World Wine Championship and Indianapolis Wine Competition among others.

The Garden State Wine Growers Association is the statewide organization for the advocacy and promotion of the New Jersey wine industry. Founded in 1984, the association has driven exponential growth through wine education initiatives, cooperative marketing campaigns, and a slate of annual events dedicated to taking our wines across New Jersey, and encouraging enthusiasts to visit our wineries. Comprised of over 50 members, the GSWGA produces wine events and wine trail weekends in participating winery tasting rooms statewide, to market the locally produced wines of the Garden State.  The Association also addresses the legislative affairs and public relations of the state’s wine industry.

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