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.
Michelle Griffis takes a day-trip to Stonington Vineyards and Jonathan Edwards Winery on the southeastern corner of the Trail. See what makes them definitely worth the trip!
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.
Looking back to 2012, this is a piece pulled out of the East Coast Wineries archives:
“When I was a college student and just in the few years after my graduation, one of the first wineries I visited (among those in Connecticut and New Jersey) was Digrazia Vineyards. As a young wine drinker, despite the finer wines my family drank (Nebbiolos, Bordeauxs and Burgundies) I did enjoy the lighter and brighter whites of some of the east coast wineries. And I liked semi-sweet whites. Once of my favorites was Autumn Spice, a pumpkin wine, which I later recommended in the mid-2000’s. It made for a great Thanksgiving Wine. Back in the 1980s there were few wineries, and Dr.Digrazia was one of the pioneers of east coast winemaking, certainly in New England, let alone Connecticut.”
Looking back to 2009, this is a piece pulled out of the East Coast Wineries archives:
“I cut my teeth on local wineries back when DiGrazia was one of four or five wineries in the whole state back in the early 1980s. When I first went there, it was among a handful of small wineries that opened up my eyes to a whole world of new possibilities. I tried all their wines. And I am still a big fan of Autumn Spice. Still an absolute winner.”
More than two decades ago, Haight-Brown Vineyard was among the first to plant Chardonnay and Riesling near the historic Town of Litchfield, Connecticut. In 1978, the State Legislature passed a Farm Winery Act. Haight-Brown Vineyard became the first established winery.