National Give a Wine Club Day falls on December 15, 2017, and celebrates gifting wine clubs over all else to those 21+ to support agriculture and the art of winemaking. Wine clubs give the recipient flexibility to try new wines, order their favorites, or get limited vintages before the general public. Often customizable via different tiers – you pick the type of club/wines included, the number of bottles, shipping preferences and frequency, and more – there is a type of wine club for every palate and budget. In this post, we explore Wine Club offerings at Connecticut wineries.
Autumn means many things. Our favorites: harvest season, peeping foliage, apple picking, and a new wealth of cool-weather vegetables that have appeared to create some perfect pairing dishes. We love sweet potatoes, acorn and butternut squashes, but pumpkin is an easy pick because of its versatility. Find out some of our favorite pumpkin and wine pairings right here.
National Rosé Day, the second Saturday in June, is a wonderful reason to visit a Connecticut winery! This year, National Rosé Day falls on Saturday, June 10, 2017. And – because we love lists – we made a list of 10 things you should do and have ready to bring along with you this weekend! Don’t forget to share your Rosé Day escapades on social media using #NationalRoseDay and #MyCTWineTrail.
Blogger Christina Musto pairs wines from Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery in Wallingford with SkinnyPop popcorn… a pairing inspired by Olivia Pope’s vino/popcorn pairing on the hit show ‘Scandal’.
Carlo DeVito, blogger of East Coast Wineries, shares an update from his recent visits to Saltwater Farm Vineyards in Stonington and Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington. He masterfully describes various estate-grown wines and informs readers of the background of each vineyard.
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.
Every year Sunset Meadow Vineyard in Goshen holds a “Meet the Grapes” event which allows attendees to get up close and personal with their vines, winemakers, and winery story. The 90-minute tour features a tractor ride throughout most of their 38 planted acres, a Q&A session with the winemakers accompanied by a glass of wine, and a tour of their winemaking areas. Typically hosted in late summer, this is an event you should definitely attend to not only learn about their vineyard and practices, but about winemaking in Connecticut in general.
Christina Musto shares a great recipe for a refreshing Rosé Spritzer. It starts with a bottle of Summer Bouquet Rosé from Rosedale Farms & Vineyards, and ends with a refreshing “Ahhhh.”
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. According to Trail-goers, the five vineyards with the “Best Wine” on the Connecticut Wine Trail are…
Looking back to 2014, taken from the East Coast Wineries archive:
Hopkins Vineyard in Warren, CT, continues to be a favorite of mine. Recently, I tried their Hopkins Vineyard Apple Cider Off-Dry Cider. This relatively still apple wine is made from locally grown apples. Lots of beautiful fruit up front. Nice middle, with bright acidity and lovely mouthfeel. Very pretty. A little different because it is mostly still.