Updated: Nov 7, 2019
Imagine this, you’re sitting outside on a beautiful summer night, sipping an exquisite rosé from France or maybe even a robust red wine from Italy and just a few yards away horses are racing down the stretch. This past weekend we got to experience it all at the 2nd Annual Summer Wine Festival, which was held in the Backyard area of the Meadowland Racetrack. Before the races began, we had time to expand our knowledge of wine as we went from table to table sampling the many varieties offered.
The tastings, which included selections from over 25 different wineries, continued on during the races and ended at 9:30pm. This gave us plenty of time stop by and enjoy all of our favorites including the FitVine Sauvignon Blanc from California, 19 Crimes Chardonnay from Australia and the Maison de Grand Espirt Rosé Blend from France. The Summer Wine Festival features wine from all over the world, but also includes some local varieties; such as a Riesling from one of our favorite New Jersey wineries, Alba Vineyard. The wine festival is also a great place to learn about new, different and exciting wines like the Rosé Piscine, which draws you in with a unique bottle and creative approach to enjoying rosé . This is the only rosé that is designed to be purposely served with ice without diluting the flavor or compromising the structure of the wine.
The Backyard is a unique outdoor space that wraps around the eastern end of the racetrack and provides ample seating, easy access to betting and concession stands. The tasting tents were spread out nicely throughout the Backyard so the wait time for wine was never too long and the communal spaces werenot overly crowded. If you’re looking to spend a day at the horse races, going to any event at The Backyard is certainly a way to enhance your experience. But you don’t have to just take our word for it. You can visit http://playmeadowlands.com/to learn more about the upcoming events scheduled at the Meadowland Racetrack this summer. There are a lot of fun events planned,including a Wiener Dog Derby on July 7thwhere you can enjoy $1.00 hot dogs, popcorn & soda. A BBQ Battle is also scheduled for July 14thwhere teams will compete for the title of best ribs, brisket chicken and pulled pork.Hambletonian Day, on August 4th, is a family focused event centered aroundworld’s biggest harness racing, with pony rides, carnival games and face painting for the kids.