Blogger Michelle Griffis attends Chamard Vineyards’ Walden Hill Acorn Pork Dinner; a five-course meal inspired by one of the Clinton winery’s favorite local farms.
CT Wine Trail brand manager reflects on her day spent completing the CT Coast & Country Winter Wine Trail, which includes Bishop’s Orchard Winery in Guilford, Gouveia Vineyards, and Paradise Hills Winery & Vineyard in Wallingford.
Blogger Michelle shares a recap of her tasting experience at Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery in Wallingford.
Carlo DeVito, blogger of East Coast Wineries, shares an update from his recent visits to Saltwater Farm Vineyards in Stonington and Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington. He masterfully describes various estate-grown wines and informs readers of the background of each vineyard.
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.
“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.
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.
If you’re looking for a vineyard with a family feel, look no further than Paradise Hills Vineyard in Wallingford. This Tuscan-themed winery is one of the most accessible wineries on the Trail, open every single day, even some holidays 11 AM – 8 PM (Sundays until 6 PM), making it a great daytime or evening destination.
I had the pleasure of meeting with Margaret Ruggerio Mena, winemaker and owner at Paradise Hills, on a late summer evening. We grabbed a table near the vines outside, sipped on Cayuga White and chatted about the vineyard before heading inside for a behind-the-scenes look at their winemaking.
Michelle Griffis takes a day-trip to Stonington Vineyards and Jonathan Edwards Winery on the southeastern corner of the Trail. See what makes them definitely worth the trip!
Every year Sunset Meadow Vineyard in Goshen holds a “Meet the Grapes” event which allows attendees to get up close and personal with their vines, winemakers, and winery story. The 90-minute tour features a tractor ride throughout most of their 38 planted acres, a Q&A session with the winemakers accompanied by a glass of wine, and a tour of their winemaking areas. Typically hosted in late summer, this is an event you should definitely attend to not only learn about their vineyard and practices, but about winemaking in Connecticut in general.