Mohegan Sun WineFest 2012 and $100 Gift Certificate Giveaway

19 Jan

Update:  there were 17 entries and we used to generate a random winner.  #2 won so that means we should congratulate Melissa OBrien, the winner of the $100 gift certificate!

Danny and I have been to Mohegan Sun a whole lotta times, and thankfully our money has come back with us most of the time.  Yeah, my dad taught me well and I’ve pulled out some sweet wins at the blackjack tables.  But one of the best weekends we had at Mohegan Sun didn’t involve gambling at all. It was two years ago when we attended the Mohegan Sun WineFest.  There were seemingly endless tables upon tables (and floor upon floor) of wines, liquors, and food with celeb chefs like Robert Irvine and others doing demos.  Well, next weekend WineFest is back from Friday 1/27 to Sunday 1/29 so you can go get your drink on!

Here’s why, silly:

• Too many wines to count, ready for sampling.  Yeah, six pages worth!

•  Lots of beer and speciality liquor to try.  Yum!

Local restaurants and Mohegan Sun restaurants giving out food samples!

• Main stage demos (buy Grand Tasting ticket) by Food Network stars Bobby Flay, Iron Chef Marc ForgioneDonatella Arpaia and Robert Irvine

• Mohegan Sun WineFest Grape Stomp presented by Ciroc Ultra Premium Vodka

•  Oyster Open presented by Bud Light Lime

• An amazing amount of talks, demonstrations, and general culinary awesomeness.

Want another reason to go?  We’re giving away $100 for you to use at ANY restaurant at Mohegan Sun. Yup, Bobby Flay’s Bar American, Todd English’s Tuscany, the brand-spanking new Ballo from John J. Tunney III, and so many more.  Just tell us your favorite beer (brewer and name) or favorite wine (vineyard and name) that doesn’t break the bank in the comments below.  The contest will end at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, 1/24/12. Oh, and the gift card can be used any time, not just during the WineFest.

38 Responses to “Mohegan Sun WineFest 2012 and $100 Gift Certificate Giveaway”

  1. John K January 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Lately I’ve had a strong liking to Calvary Brewing’s Nomad Stout. One, because the brewery is local to me so I can find it at all my favorite places, and two, because it’s a solid beer that comes in a 6 pack for just under $8.


    • Dan Del Ferraro January 24, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

      Nice! I’m a big fan of stouts, too. We’ll add this one up to our list, too. :)


  2. Melissa OBrien January 24, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    Every time I head up to the White Mountains, we have to make a trip to the Woodstock Brewey. I’m a big fan of the samplers as you get to try a little bit of everything, then choose your pleasure. They always have new seasonal beers to try as well. My go to would be the Pemi Pale Ale with my second being White Mountain Raspberry Weasel Wheat (it’s a mouthful to order but totally worth it). Looking forward to a fun weekend at Sun Winefest!


    • Dan Del Ferraro January 24, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

      Have a great time there this weekend Melissa. Maybe they’ll have some WMRWW for you to drink. :) I love the little sampler flights you can order when they come by on those fun little paddles. :)


  3. Wendy January 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    Natty Green Buckshot Ale – it is local to Raleigh, NC and we just sampled it this past week. It was delish!


    • Dan Del Ferraro January 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

      Love that name…Buckshot Ale. Do you know any place nearby to find this?


  4. Meghan January 24, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    I may be biased having gone to high school in Woodbridge, but I love New England Brewing’s Sea Hag IPA – 6-pack costs about $8.99.


    • Dan Del Ferraro January 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

      Yeah, not being biased, it’s just that good there. :) It’s just funny to look at the building from the outside and not imagine anything amazing. But, you go inside and it’s pretty amazing in there. :)


  5. Jimmy C January 24, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    I am a huge beer fan, particularly with IPAs. With that said, I have to tip my hat to Rob and the boys at New England Brewing Company in Woodbridge, CT for their Ghandi Bot IPA. It was both hit and miss last year, but this current batch is straight up dank piney hops full of luscious flavor that can definitely compete against the IPA Kings of Russian River Pliny the Elder, Ballast Point Sculpin and Three Floyds Dreadnaught. Plus it is local and east coast. A bit price at $3-$4 per 12oz can, but worth every penny in my books! Just wish it was produced year round for fellow hopheads like myself…


    • Dan Del Ferraro January 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

      Gandhi Bot is not only fun to look at on the tap and their different logos through the years, but it tastes so good. :) What a fun bunch of people at NEB! I liked the Stout Trooper a lot, how about you?


      • Jimmy C January 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

        Yes, besides the price and limited availability, definitely one of my top 10 imperial stouts! Perfect for this time of year too…


  6. ryanprescott January 24, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. Can’t find it in liquor stores in CT, but of course, Gerard has it at CH.


  7. Kyle M January 24, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Lets talk about some real beer here! Ballast Point – Sculpin IPA.


    • Dan Del Ferraro January 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

      Sweet! That’s going on our list Kyle and Ryan! We’ll just have to stop and see Gerard ;)


  8. Michael Barone January 23, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    My go-to red, lately, has been Free Range Red by Rex Goliath from California. Big fruit, big, flavor, & $6.50 a bottle doesn’t break the bank.


    • Dan Del Ferraro January 23, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

      $6.50 a bottle! SWEET! And, if you get a case of that, you can get 10-15% off the price of it all! We’ll add another one to our list.


  9. Kelly S January 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    Millbrook Vineyard in NY. Love the 2009 Chardonnay Proprietor’s Special Reserve.


    • Dan Del Ferraro January 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

      Kelly, that’s pretty awesome…had no idea there was a vineyard there. Now we’ve gotta go when we’re up that way. Thanks.


  10. Sarah January 23, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    I love Ballet of Angels wine from Sharpe Hill Vineyard! I’m so happy to be back in CT where I can more easily purchase this joyful and refreshing treat!

    Also, to show love for my years in the Midwest, I have to mention MN based Crispin, which is my absolute favorite hard cider. (Not technically a beer, but an awesome fizzy alternative for us non-beer drinkers or those gluten intolerant!)


    • Dan Del Ferraro January 23, 2012 at 10:17 am #

      Ohh, had the Crispin’ a few months ago…was very good! :) Totally surprised me. And, the Ballet of Angels was really good. Remember going to that vineyard and that was their big wine, right?


      • Sarah January 23, 2012 at 11:16 am #

        Oh yes, it’s amazing! Although, VT’s Woodchuck is in my top five ciders as well.

        Yes, Ballet of Angels has created a pretty big buzz for Sharpe Hill, from what I hear. I think because it’s a very accessible taste for all levels of wine lovers!


        • Dan Del Ferraro January 23, 2012 at 11:19 am #

          See, I’m a major cider guy. Love the stuff. Ever have Irish Velvet at a bar? It’s cider with Guinness!


  11. Sarah M January 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    I love the Milford Red from SBC! & I also really like New Castle :)


    • Dan Del Ferraro January 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

      You ever try the sampler brews from SBC? It’s cool. It’s around 7 or so and you get little shots of different kinds of their beer to try.


      • Sarah M January 23, 2012 at 9:48 am #

        I’ll have to check it out next time I go!


  12. Rachel Konstantin January 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    Delicious Chateau Montaud- Cotes de Provence Rose! Anytime of the year!


    • Dan Del Ferraro January 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

      Ever take a strawberry and put it in a rose? That’s good stuff! :)


  13. John Barone January 20, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    My two favorite beers that I have tried over the past few months both Magic Hat: Hex (Octoberfest) and Ravell (Porter). I have been a fan of the brewery since I tried #9 at a local bar and I love the seasonal variety packs that they put together. I recently visited the brewery in Burlington, VT and I put down as many free samples as I could in the time that I was there, fantastic!!


    • Kristien Del Ferraro January 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

      haha Nice John! We actually went to a tasting dinner at Coalhouse in Stamford that was put on by Magic Hat. We got to try like 8 different beers. Some really great stuff. #9 seems to be their most popular. We haven’t tried Ravell yet, we’ll have to get on that!


  14. legend38 January 20, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    One of my favorite beers is a seasonal beer called Southampton Pumpkin Ale. They were making Pumpkin Ale before making Pumpkin Ale was cool. I first sampled it at the Westchester food and wine festival and was hooked. It runs about 8.99 for a 6-pack and I look forward to it every year. The venfor told me they use actual pumpkin pie and vanilla ice cream during the brewing process somehow. No idea how they accomplish that, but it works.


    • Dan Del Ferraro January 20, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      What? I’d love to know how they work in pumpkin pie and vanilla ice cream! How cool is that? :) Most of the pumpkin ales that we’ve had have been disappointing, but we haven’t had this one yet. Will put on our list, tnx.


  15. Eliza January 20, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    Yay, WineFest! As for beers, I like grabbing a growler (or two if we’re extra thirsty) of Olde Burnside’s Ten Penny Ale. Good stuff.


    • Dan Del Ferraro January 20, 2012 at 11:00 am #

      Growlers!!! Got an awesome one a few weeks ago. Where do you get your growler filled?


  16. Ryan K January 20, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    Yuengling Lager – Pottsville, PA’s greatest contribution to the country – $16/case
    Ramon Bilbao Crianza Rioja – get the 2007, if you can still find it – less than $15 for a great bottle of red that goes with just about anything


    • Dan Del Ferraro January 20, 2012 at 11:01 am #

      I think we’ve had that Rioja…it’s a nice wine indeed. Also, gotta love $16 for a case! ;)


  17. Monica January 20, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    I love Mohegan Sun! It’s difficult to narrow, but I’d say one of my favorite beers is Alpine Black IPA by Otter Creek. It has delicious notes of citrus, pine, chocolate, and toffee..and it’s only $7.99 for a six pack!


    • Dan Del Ferraro January 20, 2012 at 8:18 am #

      Yeah, so much fun to have at Mohegan Sun! Good luck to you! As for Alpine Black IPA, that sounds great. I had a black IPA a few months ago and liked it. Actually, think it was that one! Yeah, that was a nice one. ;)



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