Even if you aren’t an oenophile, the Napa experience can be fun. This weekend in Montclair, there’s no need to travel because the wineries will be coming to the Village. Dubbed the Montclair Jazz and Wine Festival, this is the place to hang out on Sunday, from 11am to 6pm.
The entertainment lineup features five jazz acts, including New Orleans stylings from Brass Monkey Brass Band, organist David Matthews (not that one) who backed Etta James, vocalist Clairdee, saxophonist Vincent Herring & Earth Jazz Agents, and percussionist Pete Escovedo with his Latin Jazz Orchestra.
Wines will be poured starting at 1pm, and you pay $30/head or $50/couple for all tastings – along with commemorative glasses to use and keep. Bring this $5 coupon for a discount, too. You will be able to sample wines from Napa and beyond, with 29 different wineries on hand.
The crowds are large but worth battling. This is the sixth year the Montclair Village Association has sponsored the event, and they have even invited the Guardian Angels to keep things orderly. Wine is the main draw, although there’s beer and kids activities as well.
Most of the wines come from Northern California, or are strongly influenced by us. To whet your appetite, here’s the complete list of who pours this Sunday: Concannon, JC Cellars, Wente Vineyards, Tamas Estates, Twisted Oak, Aubin Cellars, Robert Keenan Winery, Dashe Cellars, Andrew Lane Winery, Urbano Cellars, Carica Wines, R&B Cellars, Cycles Gladiator, Esterlina Vineyards & Everett Ridge, Honig Vineyard & Winery, Lolonis Winery, Tarrica Wine Cellars, Mark West Winery, Watts Winery, Benzinger, L de Lyeth, Bouchard Aine & Fils, Dogwood Cellars, Unti Vineyards, Rock Rabbit Winery, Enat Winery, Beaucanon Estate Vineyards, Bonneau Winery, Chateau Beauchene.
Montclair has finally found its niche with this event. Even with the crowds, stop by and check out the scene. There’s free bicycle parking so you can get a little exercise, too.