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Main & Vine Wine Tasting on the New Meriden Green

10/1/2016

Nites in the City hosted the 16th annual Main & Vine wine tasting at the Meriden Green Thursday evening, part of the first two-day event in the park’s history.

The 19th annual Silver City Brewfest beer tasting will be held on the green Friday evening, weather permitting. The park formally opened earlier this month.

“We’re thrilled that we’re able to show off Meriden’s new beautiful park,” Nites in the City committee chairwoman Yvonne deAngeli-Fontanez said. “First two-day event that’s taking place since the opening, we’re happy to have that honor.”

For the past 10 years, the wine and beer tastings were held in the Courthouse Plaza and the Meriden Senior Center on West Main Street.

“I’m very excited about when the lights come on and the bridge is going to be lit up, it’s going to be fabulous,” deAngeli-Fontanez said.“I think people are going to have more of a treat than they typically have.”

DeAngeli-Fontanez said a larger crowd was expected due to the event being held on the green.

“This is the place to be,” she said.

About 30 different types of wine were available for tasting. Guests were also provided with a free wine glass.

Mayor Kevin Scarpati entertained guests by singing several songs at the amphitheater throughout the night.

Melanie Baribault was volunteering on behalf of the Maloney Band Boosters and was pouring a chardonnay.

“It’s pretty good, not too sweet,” she said. “Sometimes a white wine can be sweet, they (attendees) were surprised at the taste.”

Jay and Agnes Vega found the new location of the tasting to be refreshing.

“It’s (a) nice way for people to explore the park and see what it’s about,” Agnes said. “It has a lot more space. I think it’s nice scenery, nice change.”

Originally printed in the Meriden Record-Journal.  Written by Bryan Lipiner (blipiner@record-journal.com 203-317-2444 Twitter: @BryanLipiner)


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