The sixth annual Kent Spring Wine Tasting, hosted by Kent Wine & Spirit benefiting the Kent Land Trust, will take place April 9 in Kent.

A Taittinger champagne preview reception will run from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by the tasting from 5 to 7:30.

Festivities will be at the Kent Barns Gallery, 8 Old Barn Road.

“In 2010, we hadn’t imagined that the spring tasting would become such a tradition,” said KLT President Bill Arnold.

“We’re thrilled with how quickly the event was embraced by the Kent community and well beyond,” he said.

New for this year is the Taittinger champagne preview hour.

“With the depth and variety of wines shown, our guests have asked for some ‘quiet time’ to stroll the 7,000-square-foot space,” said Ira Smith, owner of Kent Wine & Spirit.

He cited last year’s overwhelming response and sold-out attendance as reason enough to include this extra ticket option for a more intimate experience.

Christian Dalbavie, from Taittinger, will be on hand pouring three different Taittinger champagnes.

“We love that the folks at Champagne Taittinger are as committed to the well-being of our community as we are,” said Connie Manes, KLT executive director.

“And we really appreciate their support,” she said.

With over 50 wines to experience, the spring tasting remains the largest, most varied wine tasting in Litchfield County, according to organizers.

An extensive array of wines, including selections from over 25 regions, will be available.

Wines will hail from the classic regions of Europe, like France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Austria, as well as from Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Wines will range from $8 to $150 per bottle.

“Ira takes a highly curated approach to selecting wines for this event,” said presenter Jim Phelps, a wine portfolio manager from New York City.

“We must have tasted over 20 wines to select the four or five I’ll be presenting,” he said.

Tickets to the champagne preview are $95, and include the main tasting. Tickets to the tasting are $35 in advance and $45 at the door.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kent Land Trust, which has protected over 2,500 acres in the town.

In 2010, KLT was one of the first Connecticut land trusts to be awarded accreditation, a distinction renewed this spring.

Accreditation independently confirms KLT’s adherence to best practices in both land conservation and nonprofit management.

In 2015 the Land Trust Alliance honored KLT with the national Award for Land Trust Excellence, recognizing KLT’s service to the community, in particular its acquisition and protection of the 260-acre East Kent Hamlet Nature Preserve.

“Funds raised from the tasting will support KLT’s stewardship program,” Manes said.

“Our staff, board and more than 60 local volunteers help oversee KLT’s properties and assist in maintaining trails, clearing invasive weeds and restoring plant and wildlife habitat,” Manes said.

“This work ensures that our lands will be protected and available for the community to enjoy forever,” she said.

For information and to register, call 860-927-3033, or visit or