Sunday we had plans to visit the Western path of the Connecticut Wine Trail. This is something I’d been wanting to do since I moved to the area. (A moment’s pause for the shock to dissipate from those of you who know me ) As for those of you who *don’t* know me…I love wine. Really love wine. All wines. (Well that’s not totally true, but *most* wines )
We packed a lovely picnic for later that day, had a slice of apple bread with our coffee and away we went…Gerry the GPS (as opposed to the INfamous Barry) is brilliant. It had each winery preprogrammed into its memory (you know, as opposed to lesser important points of interest, such as gas stations in Green Witch).
The winding country roads were absolutely breathtaking…
We’d already been to Jones Winerya few times, so instead we started with Mclaughlin Winery
The vintner’s home amongst the vines…
We enjoyed this small(ish) winery. The proprietors were personable and not pretentious. They offered a tasting of five wines for five dollars (with a complimentary embellished wine glass). Jon found a wine he especially liked, Blue Coyote; and at under $15, it was a steal.
Our next winery, DiGrazia Winery would be our favorite of the day. Nestled away in the beautiful grape vinyards, the DeGrazia Winery is a veritable haven for wine lovers.
This tasting was $6. For your money you were allowed to choose any six of their wines. As I said, this winery would prove to be our favorite…not only for the proprietors (who were lovely and friendly and just really “good people”) but also for their “generous” tastings (really, I swear, this was NOT the only reason they were our favorite!). Our vintner quickly learned our likes and dislikes, and several times offered us “extra” tastings simply because she thought we’d “enjoy them.” And we did. Every one of them. The Signature Blacksmith Port was devine. Absolutely devine. We purchased four bottles: 2 bottles of Anastasia’s Blush, 1 bottle of Blueberry Hill (a blueberry dessert wine) and 1 *GASP* bottle of their Reserve Port. The port was $40, and though it is, in fact, the most expensive bottle of wine I’ve purchased in my limited fascination…it was worth every penny.
We also purchased a couple of glasses of wine to enjoy out on their patio (along with some fresh cheese cubes and crackers I’d brought from home) before continuing on our way.