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Perfect Connecticut Wine Pairings for the Holiday Season

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.

Dog-Friendly Wineries along the Trail

Traveling and experiencing new places is always fun and exciting, but there is a big downside when you are a pet owner. Leaving a four-legged friend who is part of the family behind can be heart-breaking, knowing you are bound to have a great time. Sometimes you don’t get to spend as long as you would… Read more »

CT_Uncorked Reviews The Connecticut Wine Festival

Summertime means warm weather, beach fun, and of course – the Connecticut Wine Festival. The CT Wine Festival attracts wine lovers from across the Nutmeg state with the promise of plentiful wine tastings, unique food, and the all-important stamp on the Connecticut Wine Passport. While the tastings are the main attraction, the festival has something for everyone.

“Best Atmosphere” Survey

13 day and weekend trips, hundreds of glasses of wine, and countless new wino friends later, the people of the CT Wine Trail have spoken. The five vineyards that earned the voters choice as having the “Best Atmosphere” on the Connecticut Wine Trail are…

Chamard Merlot 2006

Looking back to 2011, this is a piece pulled out of the East Coast Wineries archives:
“I have been going to wineries a long time on the east coast. And one of the dominant ones in Connecticut has always been Chamard. It was started as a quality winery from the very begining, no picnic wines here. And it’s pretty much stayed that way.”

Hopkins Vineyard in Warren, CT

Looking back to 2011, this is a piece pulled out of the East Coast Wineries archives. Hopkins is still getting better with age:
Back in the day, when I was first started going to wineries, more than 20 years ago (gulp! is it that long ago?) I took my then girlfriend and another friend, and we drove up Route 7 to Hopkins Vineyards in Warren, CT. Set on the northern shore of Lake Waramaug, Hopkins Vineyard, a family-owned Connecticut Century Farm, proudly maintains a tradition of making fine wines of award-winning quality.

A Visit With Grayson Hartley of Haight-Brown Vineyard

Looking back to 2011, this is a piece pulled out of the East Coast Wineries archives:
In 1974 Sherman Haight Jr. bought the Wall Street Journal and read all about Dr. Konstantin Frank’s abilities to grow vinifera wines in the Finger Lakes, and thought he would like to do the same in Connecticut. He was so inspired, he flew to Rochester, met with Frank, and decided he would plant vines himself. Today, Haight-Brown Vineyards, Inc. is Connecticut’s oldest winery, opening its doors in 1975. In 1978, the State Legislature passed a Farm Winery Act and Haight Vineyard became Connecticut’s first established winery. He is considered the pioneering father of the Connecticut wine industry. The winery is located in Litchfield, CT, in the northwest part of the state.