GSWGA Wine Tasting and Pairing Events at New Jersey Restaurants

New Jersey Wine Industry News and Events

New Jersey Wine Industry News and Events: The Garden State Wine Growers Association (GSWGA) is launching the New Jersey Wines Culinary Series bringing leading New Jersey chefs and winemakers together, to create wine tasting and wine pairing events at leading restaurants and other locales throughout the state, introducing a new audience to New Jersey’s wine industry.

The first event in the New Jersey Wines Culinary Series will be held on Thursday, April 25th at Drew’s Bayshore Bistro in Keyport teaming Chef Drew Araneo with Mark Carduner, co-owner and winemaker at Working Dog Winery in East Windsor. This inaugural event will feature two dinner seatings at 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm. Each seating will include a five-course dinner. Each course will be paired with a different wine from Working Dog Winery. Due to limited seating, the meal will be served community-style. View menu and wine pairings and purchase tickets.

The second event will be held May 23rd at A Toute Heure in Cranford with Conor Quilty, winemaker at Unionville Vineyards and Chef AJ Capella.  Additional events will be announced shortly.

To develop the Culinary Series, the GSWGA teamed up with the Garden State Culinary Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides unified, comprehensive statewide support to New Jersey’s food ways, economy and professionals in the culinary, hospitality and beverage enterprises.

The GSWGA received funding for the New Jersey Wines Culinary Series through a grant from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel & Tourism.

“We’re excited to launch the New Jersey Wines Culinary Series that will introduce new individuals to our award-winning wines and winemakers and also create long-lasting relationships with the state’s finest chefs and restaurants,” said Tom Cosentino, Executive Director of the GSWGA.

“New Jersey’s culinary community is hitting its heights right now, with progressive, creative chefs mining the best farms and fishes from our own waters for exquisite, peak ingredients, and vintners cherry-picking grapes from Garden State vineyards making a range of wines that reveal terroir and mastery of technique,” said Andy Clurfeld, veteran food critic and advocate through the Garden State Culinary Arts Foundation for New Jersey’s foodways. “There’s an elite core of professionals – winemakers and chefs, farmers and food artisans – who stand second to none, anywhere. This series of dinners, pairing Garden State wineries with Garden State chefs, showcases those talents, those wines, those foods. Having Drew Araneo and Mark Carduner as the headliners of the first dinner in the series will make it a four-star experience.”

The GSWGA is a coalition of over 50 wineries, grape growers and vineyard owners across New Jersey, dedicated to raising the quality and awareness of the New Jersey wine industry. For more information visit