Tag: Haight-Brown

WWSD: What Would Sookie Do? Wine Pairings Fit for your Favorite Gilmore Girls Characters

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.

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.