• Don’t Just Eat Local; Drink Local Too

    POSTED February 28, 2017

Are you looking for a fun way to incorporate local flavor into your next event? Check out some of the local New Jersey wines. Located in Hightstown in central New Jersey, Working Dog winery has some of the best bottles in the state. In fact, in a blind taste test, Working Dog wines beat some of the top European competitors. Read that again: A New Jersey winery is producing wines that best the European ones! It’s a fun talking point and ice breaker for groups to do a wine tasting. Eating local foods is a much-talked-about trend, but drinking locally is quickly catching up. While New Jersey wines were once overlooked for California or Oregon, our state’s wines are starting to build a serious reputation for themselves. Whether you choose to bring your guests straight to the winery for an outing or simply want to order a case or two for your next event, inject a little NJ pride with Working Dog wines. Workingdogwinerynj.com

The New Jersey Wine Trail is part of the Garden State Wine Growers Association and counts 45 different wineries up and down the state in its collection. From the north of the Garden State to the tip of Cape May, there are a wide variety of vineyards to experience. The Passport program is a fun way to fit in visits to all of the state’s wineries and be entered for a chance to win a wine-themed trip somewhere else in the world. The 2016 winners were whisked away to Willamette Valley, Oregon, while former years’ winners visited Austria, Hungary and Portugal. While all are equipped to handle small groups, others are well-suited to larger groups for tastings and events. To stay abreast of all news, check out their blog for more information on upcoming events and to get in touch with one of the wineries for your next event.

Retreats and off-site meetings present wonderful opportunities for groups to collaborate, strategize and build relationships away from their normal office environments. With proper planning, these sessions can be highly effective and even pivotal in setting a new direction. However, off-sites may present some unforeseen challenges that can quickly deflate the energy in the room if not anticipated and addressed in advance.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday recommended that all gatherings of more than 50 people be cancelled or postponed for the next eight weeks, in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The recommendation covers events like parades, concerts, festivals, conferences, sporting events, weddings and more.