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.
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 »
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.
I am sure you can think of a handful of scenarios when you’ve asked a friend or two to check out a new movie, catch a concert, or visit a winery, and unfortunately they were busy. After a few tries, you most likely feel a little defeated, throw on some sweats and plop on the couch for the rest of the night. El Stevens provides 5 Tips to go to the movie, catch the concert, or go to the winery – GASP – alone! What do you have to lose? It has to be more exciting than the Keeping up with the Kardashians episode you have seen 10 times.
Evamarie Gomez of Connecticut Uncorked shares tips and tricks for the CT Wine Festival, including: Buy your tickets early and online; Get there before or after peak time; Have a Designated Driver, and more!
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.