Best of Summer 2017

Happy summer ’17, everyone!
I hope you all enjoyed the first day of summer properly… with a glass of Connecticut Wine. Although I was exhausted by the end of my work day Wednesday, I shared a bottle of a red blend with my fiancé while watching Netflix on the couch. Whether enjoying CT Wine at home is your favorite summer ritual, or you get out and about as often as possible to take part in Daily Tastings, collecting Passport to CT Farm Wineries stamps, picnicking while listening to weekly live music or attending chocolate pairing events, sometimes you need to mix it up!

Set your calendar reminders and promise me you’ll check out one (or more) of these summer highlights along the CT Wine Trail:

Wine Festivals

The annual Connecticut Wine Festival in Goshen is July 22-23 this year. There are a record 16 wineries participating in this year’s festival. Get your early bird ticket before July 15 for just $27! After 7/15, tickets are $35. Learn more about participating vendors, under 21/designated driver tickets, and other FAQs here. Get Festival tips from blogger Christina Musto here. Reminder: this Festival is a page in your Passport to CT Farm Wineries!

Soon after, head down to Guilford for the Shoreline Wine Festival, hosted by Bishop’s Orchards Winery on August 12-13. 21+ tickets range from $30-60. Buy tickets here.


Concerts at Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington are no joke. Check out the lineup! G Love and Special Sauce, Cash is King (Johnny Cash tribute show), Martin Sexton, Amy Helm, Donavon FrankenreiterJonathan Edwards (the singer!) and more. Ticket prices vary. Visit their website for more information.

Live Local Music – many wineries across the Trail have weekly music. Check out the event schedules from Stonington Vineyards, Priam Vineyards, Haight-Brown Vineyard, Chamard Vineyards, Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery, Maugle Sierra Vineyard (pictured), Miranda Vineyard, Hopkins Vineyard and many more.


Brunch at Preston Ridge Vineyard. Who doesn’t love brunch? I’ve heard such great things about this decadent spread at PRV in eastern CT. The second brunch of their summer series with On The Spot Catering is Sunday, July 9 from 10am-12noon. Tickets are $32-38.

Lobster Bake at Jonathan Edwards Winery. You can’t get more New England than this! A full lobster dinner in a big tent out on the lawn, then burn off all the food dancing the night away with the party band SUGAR. $80pp is worth it!

Farm Dinners at Chamard Vineyards in Clinton. The bistro at Chamard partners with a local farm to prepare a farm-to-table five-course meal. The next event is with July 30 from 5-7pm with Four Mile River Farm in Old Lyme. Blogger Michelle Griffis writes it best in her recap of the Sepe Farm Lamb Dinner, “I know I will be first in line to attend the next dinner, and I recommend you visit to keep informed about when the next five-course meal will be offered. You won’t want to miss it!”

Cheese and Wine Night at White Silo Farm & Winery. Saturday, July 8 from 6-8:30pm, White Silo Farm & Winery in Sherman will host a special event featuring unique cheeses from small producers in Spain and Italy. Each cheese will have a suggested wine pairing. The format of this event will be different than past events. There is free admission but they will charge for cheese platters and wine. Cheese platters will include their farm-made jam, membrillo, mustards, and local honey. Live music with Guy Tino. No reservations are necessary. Then, head back to Sherman on Saturday, July 29, for a Barbecue in the Vineyard from 6-8:30pm. There will be live music with Marty Meyer and Kayla Schine. Menu details and a reservation link for the BBQ will be posted on their website on July 17.

Food trucks, everywhere! Keep your eyes peeled. Because everyone knows that wood-fired pizzas, tacos, and other food-truck treats make great pairings for a crisp class of wine in the summer!

Wine Releases

Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery Washington Trail Rosé Release on 4th of July! Washington Trail Rosé is a fruity, refreshing bottle of wine. A festive wine, with beautiful color, hints of strawberry and a delightful finish. Perfect for Summer! Special Offer on July 4th only: 10% off Bottles and 15% off a Full Case.

Sunset Meadow Vineyards‘ SMV Reserve Wine Tastings. July 27-31 during normal hours only. Visit their vineyard in Goshen to try one or all four! Specials on Reserve Wines.


Stonington Vineyards’ 30th Birthday Party! When SV turns 30, you have to go big! Join them Saturday, July 22 from 11am-7pm. Admission is FREE. They’ll be live music on the patio by Azalea Drive from 3-6pm, food trucks, Thistle & Reed Mobile Boutique, yard games, wine, and more! “We’ll supply the party hats and chilled wine, but be sure to bring your dancing shoes,” the invitation reads. Count me in!

Movie Night on the Lawn at Stonington Vineyards. Come watch one of the greatest modern comedies Bridemaids on the lawn on August 26. Tickets $22 in advance, $25 at the door includes a glass of wine, popcorn and the movie! They’ll be a food truck on site. Arrive early to set up your spot! Movie will start around 7:40pm.

Vino & Paint Classes. Happening across the Trail – from canvas masterpieces to custom wine glasses. Great girls night out (GNO) idea!

#MyCTWineTrail social media contest. It’s baaaack! Enter simply by using the #MyCTWineTrail hashtag in your social media posts about your CT Wine Trail winery visits now to October 9 (Columbus Day). Members of the Trail will pick their four favorites to win a $25 CT Wine Trail gift certificate!

Ambassador meet-ups. Yes, you heard me right. On a monthly basis, or so, some of us bloggers (AKA CT Wine Trail Ambassadors) meet at a vineyard for a little vino, picnic, wine chatter, and a meet & greet with the vineyard owners/winemakers. Join us!

Need a ride? A place to lay your head? Some other travel ideas? Make sure to give our Tourism Partners some love!

Attend one of more of these events? Shoot me an email if you want to write about your experience and have it published on!


Kayla Hedman

A Connecticut-native, Kayla recently moved back to southeastern CT from Burlington, VT. While in VT, she frequented local wineries, where a number of her friends worked as tasting room staff and event coordinators. She hardwired her palette and learned to appreciate wine for the sake of her friends. Unfortunately, after finding out she has an intolerance to gluten, Kayla stepped away from being a part-time representative for a brewery and grew to love wine even more. She works full-time as a brand manager at a marketing agency, and enjoys supporting local small businesses in her spare time.