Mother’s Day 2017 Specials: How to wow mom

Three generations of women enjoy glasses of wine and food at an outdoor picnic setting

Reminder: Mother’s Day is on Sunday May 14! You know… that day when you treated mom to breakfast in bed as a kid, or send her a gushy card with a tiny gift box full of… wait.  What do you get for a mom in 2017?  With all the “Best gifts for Mom’s” blogs and Pinterest boards, it’s getting hard to decide what memory foam slippers or handmade birthstone jewelry is right for your mom…am I right?  How do you “Wow” her?  Whether the mom in your life pretends to navigate a “choo-choo”spoon into her kid’s mouth, has seen her kids off to college, or anywhere else along the path of motherhood, the CT Wine Trail can help show her a wonderful time!

All weekend long, vineyards and wineries across the state are hosting budget-friendly special events for the foodie, the live music groupie, the lifelong learner, and the nature lover. Jump on the Trail for live music, Mother’s Day picnics (pre-order), chocolate and wine pairings, painting classes, self-guided vineyard tours and more. Plus, take advantage of special deals for Mom! Think: BOGO wine tastings. So go ahead and take mom to “taste the adventure” and make memories to last a lifetime!

Bonus – the Passport to CT Farm Wineries program starts May 5! Mother’s Day weekend is a great time to get 2 or 3…or maybe even 5 stamps taken care of! Each CT Wine Trail vineyard and winery has a unique atmosphere and wine styles.

Many are hosting special events or offering great tasting deals for moms during Mother’s Day weekend:

Bishop’s Orchard Winery, Guilford
Chocolate & Wine Pairing – Saturday 5/13 and Sunday 5/14 12-5pm (Flower bouquets available!)

Chamard Vineyards, Clinton
Live Music with Jim Schribert and Scott Rosen – Friday 5/12, 5:30-8:30pm (Free, plus cost of wine/food from bistro)
Live Music with Hugh Birdsall and Dana Takaki – Saturday 5/13, 4-7pm (Free, plus cost of wine/food from bistro)

Connecticut Valley Winery, New Hartford
Tastings Friday-Sunday 12-5pm

DiGrazia Vineyards, Brookfield
Tastings $10 for 6 wines. Friday-Sunday 11am-5pm

Gouveia Vineyards, Wallingford
Tastings Friday, 11am-8pm, and Saturday-Sunday 11am-6pm

Haight-Brown Vineyards, Litchfield
Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Pairing Class – Saturday 5/13, 3:30-5:30pm ($35/ea)
Moms Drink Free on Mother’s Day – Sunday 5/14, 12-5:30pm (with purchase of one tasting or glass of wine)
Release of Strawberry Bliss Wine – 5/13 and 5/14

Hopkins Vineyard, Warren
Vino & Paint with Patty & Mom – Friday 5/12, 11am-1pm (Tickets $35/ea) and 3-5pm (Tickets $35/ea) as well as Saturday 5/13, 1-3pm (Tickets $25/ea)
Night Owl Game Night – Saturday 5/13, 6-9pm (Free, plus cost of wine)
Sunday Yoga – Sunday 5/14, 10-11am ($20)
Night Owl Live Music with Lee-Ann Lovelace and George Lesiw – Sunday 5/14, 1-4pm

Jerram Winery, New Hartford
Tastings Friday-Sunday 11am-5pm

Jonathan Edwards Winery, North Stonington
Club Member Pick-up Day – BBQ Lunch and complimentary pour/tasting for Grape Nuts/JED’s Reds wine club members and guests. POSTPONED to June 11

Jones Winery, Shelton
Specialty Wine & Food Pairings – Saturday 5/13, 11am-5pm
2-for-1 Tastings and specials: Harvest Kitchen food pairings, Featured Wine pairing, and Sangria – Sunday 5/14, 11am-5pm

Land of Nod Winery, East Canaan
Tastings Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm

Maugle Sierra Vineyards, Ledyard
Live Music with The Cartells Trio – Friday 5/12, 6-9pm
Live Music
with The Cartells Trio – Sunday 5/14, 3-6pm

mother and daughter together in the park enjoying wine

Miranda Vineyard, Goshen
Chocolate & Wine Pairings – Friday 5/12, 12-5pm and Saturday 5/13, 12-2pm
Art Opening for Jim Kopler
– Saturday 5/13
Mother’s Day Picnic Lunch
– Sunday 5/14, 12-5pm (Must order online or call 860-491-9906 by 5/10)
Free Tasting for Moms (with purchase of one tasting) – Sunday 5/14, 12-5pm
Live Music with the Carol & Nick Duo – Sunday 5/14, 1:30-4:30pm

Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery, Wallingford
Live Music with Carrie Ashton – Friday 5/12, 5-7:45pm
Live Music with Martin Kelly – Sunday 5/14, 2-5pm

Preston Ridge Vineyard, Preston
Live Music with Dave Sobol and Curb Your Appetite Food Truck on-site – Friday 5/12, 5:30-8:30pm
Live Music with FrankenPhil and Rollin’ Reds Food Truck on-site
– Sunday 5/14 12-3pm

Priam Vineyards, Colchester
Vine to Table Picnic Lunch – Sunday 5/14, 11am-3pm ($25. Orders must be placed by Thursday 5/11 at 9am. Place your order online)

Saltwater Farm Vineyard, Stonington
Tastings Friday-Sunday 11am-3pm

Savino Vineyards, Woodbridge
Tastings Saturday and Sunday 12-6pm

Sharpe Hill Vineyard, Pomfret
Tastings Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm
Lunch and Dinner reservations can be placed at 860-974-3549

Stonington Vineyards, Stonington
Live Music with Guido Falivene – Sunday, 5/14

Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen
Mother’s Day Picnic Lunches – Sunday 5/14, 11am-5pm (Must order from menu before 5/12 at 5pm by calling 860-201-4654)
Chocolate & Wine Pairing Tastings – Saturday 5/13 and Sunday 5/14, 11am-1:30pm

Taylor Brooke Winery, Woodstock
Tastings Friday 5/12 11am-6pm and Saturday-Sunday 11am-5pm

Walker Road Vineyards, Woodbury
Tastings Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm

White Silo Farm & Winery, Sherman
Tastings $8, 4 wines plus Sangria and a souvenir glass, Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm
Gourmet picnic lunches ($20, must reserve in advance by calling 860-355-0271)
Art Show with Angelo and John Perrone, Abstract Impressionists (5/5-5/28)

No matter what Connecticut vineyard or winery you visit, you’re going to make memories with mom that will last a lifetime.


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.