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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.

Same Old DiGrazia Vineyards – Still a Winner

Looking back to 2009, this is a piece pulled out of the East Coast Wineries archives:
“I cut my teeth on local wineries back when DiGrazia was one of four or five wineries in the whole state back in the early 1980s. When I first went there, it was among a handful of small wineries that opened up my eyes to a whole world of new possibilities. I tried all their wines. And I am still a big fan of Autumn Spice. Still an absolute winner.”