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.