Though Lorelai would undoubtedly choose coffee over wine any day, Sookie St James, chef at the Independence Inn, and then Dragonfly Inn in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, understands the importance of a good wine and food pairing.
Considering that the Gilmore Girls series was based in a fictional Connecticut town in Litchfield County, characters in the show may have been familiar with local wines. Right? We could only hope. Especially if you’re Taylor Doose, owning the town’s only market, or Sookie, making sure her food is best-represented.
In honor of the new Netflix revival that debuted November 25, we’ve put together a few pairings from Litchfield County wineries that even Sookie would be proud of.
The idea for the Connecticut Wine Trail came from Sherman P. Haight, of Haight Vineyard, in Litchfield, Connecticut, in 1988. It wasn’t until 1992, however, that the state dedicated the trail, and five wineries became official members. As the years went on, more wineries and vineyards have joined the “trail of happiness”, and now the Connecticut Wine Trail is home to 25 unique wineries/vineyards.
Connecticut chocolatier, Munson’s Chocolates, has released a 12-piece collection of non-alcoholic truffles made with wines from Holmberg Orchards and Winery in Gales Ferry, Jerram Winery in New Hartford, DiGrazia Vineyard in Brookfield, and Sharpe Hill Vineyard in Pomfret. Each wine has a signature flavor profile, which the company artfully captured into a single taste experience.
Whether you fancy red, white or bubbly, pairing Connecticut wines with a holiday meal adds sparkle to the occasion. Local wine experts from vineyards along the the CT Wine Trail celebrate the season by offering recommendations that complement holiday dishes. From different winemaking methods and artistry, to the varying terroir across the state, each CT Wine Trail winery crafts an unexpected taste that you and your guests are sure to enjoy.
Learn about the Wellness Workshop event, a collaboration between Jonathan Edwards Winery and Farm to Gold ghee in North Stonington on November 12. The event combined yoga and meditation practice, a vineyard hike, healthy lunch options, a wine tasting, an introduction to Ayurveda, and more. An educational and mindful day!
“I’m not a connoisseur, but I know what I like,” replied my husband as he sipped the 2013 Merlot, a medium red from Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington, CT. It was early November, sunny and surprisingly warm; a perfect time to take a break from the highly contentious presidential race and have a conversation that didn’t involve WikiLeaks, Anthony Weiner or conspiracy-mongering. We enjoyed a beautiful ride through the back roads of North Stonington, past the meandering stone walls that line the fragments of old farm fields, past the downtown village with remnants of the old mills, to the winery that years ago used to be the Chester Maine farm.
Thanks to those who have served to protect our freedoms, we have the opportunities to do things like travel, enjoy fine food and wine, start or support local businesses, give thoughtful gifts to friends and family, self-reflect through yoga and meditation, and prioritize our health and happiness. All of these freedoms come together in one weekend at Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington, as they host The Harvest Table and a Wellness Workshop.
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Sunset Meadow Vineyards is nestled in the scenic and beautiful Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. Family owned and operated, they grow 14 different varieties of grapes spread over 50 acres of sloping hills. Lauren Scorzafava of Petite in Pearls shares facts and tasting notes about this family vineyard & winery in Goshen.
I am sure you can think of a handful of scenarios when you’ve asked a friend or two to check out a new movie, catch a concert, or visit a winery, and unfortunately they were busy. After a few tries, you most likely feel a little defeated, throw on some sweats and plop on the couch for the rest of the night. El Stevens provides 5 Tips to go to the movie, catch the concert, or go to the winery – GASP – alone! What do you have to lose? It has to be more exciting than the Keeping up with the Kardashians episode you have seen 10 times.