Gouveia Vineyards

The view from Gouveia Vineyards is breathtaking and one that I would love to see from the bay window of my own home.

The view from the tasting room for the livestock in the area and the hills in the distance, one thing for sure this vineyard is in a picturesque setting.

Once inside the tasting room there was ample room for everyone to either do a tasting or to just browse their gift shop which was quite extensive.

The tasting fee which includes their signature wine glass is $7, however in CT remember to add the tax bringing the total cost of the tasting fee to $7.44. This is one of the few CT wineries not to incorporate the tax into the total tasting fee instead adding on top of the fee.

Stone House White – $15: On the nose there was a lot of minerality and stone which was actually overpowering. However, the nectarine and peach flavors made up for the bouquet.

Chardonnay Steel – $18: Red grapefruit aroma was very pleasing and the grapefruit flavor was nice too but again this had too much minerality for my tastes.

Whirlwind Rose – $15: This light colored rose wine is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Seyval Blanc, and Chardonnay that opened with a light floral bouquet with flavors of raspberries but again there was an overabundance of minerality on the finish. Again, I’m not a fan of a mineral aftertaste.

Stone House Red – $20: A delectable blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon with black cherry and pepper aroma. The flavor was much the same as the aroma only the pepper was more pronounced and missing was the mineral aftertaste.

Merlot – $20: Red cherry and pepper both on the nose and palate with a subtle chocolate finish.

Epiphany Reserve – $25: Raspberry aroma and flavor. Rich, silky, smooth with a nice mouth feel.

The ones I didn’t try:

Oaked Chardonnay – $18

Cayuga – $18

Seyval Blanc – $15

Cabernet Franc – $22

Rosedale Farm & Vineyard

Arriving at Rosedale Farms & Vineyard there was ample parking and even though the parking lot was quite full I had to park closer to the vines than I did the tasting room. But that was okay as I got to take a closer look at the grapes.

Just outside the tasting room was an outdoor covered seating area with picnic tables to have some food and wine of your choosing. It was a very warm summer afternoon with temperatures around the 90 degree mark but I didn’t find it too warm as I’m like a lizard on a rock and I just love the hot weather.

Inside the farm market which included their wine bar for tasting it was rather cool with the doors opened and a warm breeze blowing in made it quite comfortable. Seated at the wine bar with room for around ten wine tasters and as I was waiting for the sommelier to pour my first wine, I noticed a sign above me that had the following inscription on it Live Well, Laugh Often, Live Much. Pretty good saying. I must say that I am very pleased with the “Farm Wineries” this year as the wines have been very good and not what I expected out of a farm winery.

Here are the wines I tasted:

Simsbury Collection: The 2010 wine is 100% Estate grown, this is great to see instead of wineries importing their grapes. I see this more and more, as the Connecticut grapes are Estate grown. This had a tropical fruit aroma. The palate found melon and citrus flavors with a hint of apricot and a touch of mineral.

Three Sisters: This wine is made from the Cayuga grape and I found melon and apricot aromas with a hint of pear. On the palate were smooth crisp apple and pear flavors with a fresh lemon zest finish.

Serendipity: A blend of Vignoles, Traminette and Vidal grapes produced a pear aroma with tart green apple flavor.  This would go well with seafood dishes.

Lou’s Red: A blend of St. Croix, Marchal Foch, and Marquette crafted with California Merlot, Sangiovese, and Mouvedre grapes produced a good amount of earthiness with blackberry and smoke aromas. Boysenberry and pepper flavors followed with a long finish.

Farmington River Red: I don’t often buy Connecticut red wines as they are not of the quality of the wine produced in California, Italy, Spain, France, Argentina, or Chile, but I did pick up a bottle of this one. The deep garnet color had a great looking clarity and a purplish rim indicating it was a young wine and I was excited to try this one. This wine was quite robust with a black currant aroma with a hint of blueberry. On the palate I found dark cherry flavors with a hint of chocolate. What’s not to like with this one?

Summer Bouquet: Made from the Cayuga grape infused with raspberry juice gave the wine a raspberry wine jam aroma. This was really a great aroma so I savored this for a good minute before tasting it. The raspberry flavor was sweet but not to sweet and you know how I feel about sweet wines although they do have their place in the wine hierarchy.

Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends…

Diamond Hill Vineyards

Traveling to the Northeast hills of Rhode Island I decided to take as many back roads as I could muster meanwhile prompting the GPS (of which one of my children has affectionately named Delores) well, I believe I may have upset Delores quite a bit as she kept saying “Re-calculating” over and over, but I have to hand it to her, she never lost her cool. Then I found the “setting” button where you could actually turn off certain options like “avoiding highways”. Anyway, it was an enjoyable trip after all. Then again, I can’t remember when I didn’t have a great time on any wine trip I’ve taken:)

Don’t know if you noticed the “Free Tastings” under the winery name but not often do you come across a winery that does not charge at least a few bucks for their tastings. So I was mildly pleased when I saw this on the sign to the Diamond Hill Vineyard.

On to the tasting room where you walked up the back stairs to enter the winery tasting room. The house was typical New England coastal right down to the the color gray house with white trim that often line the coastal villages along the Atlantic Ocean.

Once inside the tasting room you walked just past the wine bar which could accommodate only 2-3 tasters at a time, but I, along with several others managed quite well shuffling out wine glasses and by the way because there were no tasting fees, you didn’t get a signature wine glass either.

However, the other tasters allowed me to stay close to the wine bar as they noticed I was taking quite a few notes on each of the wines we were trying and as it was easier to utilize the wine bar than to juggle my pad, pen, and wine sample, so I was quite appreciative of this kindness. And of course they had a great little gift shop area with many wine accessories to purchase.

Claire, the sommelier and owner of the winery was a most pleasant individual complete with many stories both on the winery and other subjects. I’ll let you visit the tasting room here at Diamond Hill Vineyards to hear her stories as they were way too numerous and I couldn’t write that fast. It will be a trip worth taking. So, on to the wines that were available on the day I arrived.

2005 Pinot Noir: This dry medium ruby colored red wine opened with a cherry and raspberry aroma. Aged in French oak for one year than cellared for two more years found black cherry on the palate with a hint of raspberry on the finish.

Scarlet Run: A Merlot with no oak found raspberry and strawberry patch aromas with a blend of raspberry and strawberry flavors and a smooth silky finish with undertones of chocolate.

Cranberry Apple: The nose opens with an explosion of cranberry. It was sweet but not too sweet with a cranberry flavor with a tart apple finish. This is their best selling wine. It was very good.

River Valley White: Lemongrass and fresh cut hay on the nose led into tropical fruits flavors. I expected a lot of minerality here but didn’t get any.

Peach: Obvoiusly I got peach aromas with apricot undertones on the nose. The predominately peach flavor was more of ripe peaches at their peak of freshness. The winery recommends you have this served over chocolate or vanilla ice cream as well as fresh fruit. They also recommend putting this in a white wine Sangria – now that sounds delectable.

Blueberry: This wine is made from 100% blueberries that are organically grown on their own land. The taste was more like a Port wine with a blueberry aroma and flavor. Although I liked the Port nuances the blueberry didn’t do it for me. I guess because there was way too much blueberry for me, not that it was a bad wine but too much blueberry.

Raspberry: A lot of raspberry going on here as the aroma, flavor, and finish were all the same – raspberry. Although this did strike me more of a raspberry liqueur than a raspberry wine.

Spiced Apple: Upon first aroma I got mulled spices reminding me of New England in the autumn months especially when it’s apple picking season. The flavor was of apple pie. This was a nice tasting wine but in their wine notes it is recommended to serve this heated with a tad amount of brown sugar. This might be nice to substitute this for apple cider when using mulling spices for the autumn fall classic drink.

Entering and leaving Diamond Hill Vineyards there is a “traffic light” welcoming and thanking you for visiting as the driveway at one point is a one lane road for several hundred feet. When I first entered and saw the stop light I chuckled and had a great big smile on my face as I left.

 

Miranda Vineyard

A short hop from Sunset Meadows, Miranda Vineyard is located just down the street with the iron gates opened to invite you along for a wine tasting event. After you have visited the vineyard just off the parking area and you get ready to enter the tasting room just to the left of the door is an antique wine press greeting you with whispered stories.

Inside the building was a modern decor with a small wine bar that would fit maybe 4-5 tasters although I do not know how comfortable it would be. Off to the right of the wine bar are several tables that fit four each (I guess in waiter/waitress slang is known as a four-top) to accommodate a few small parties.

The tasting fee is $7.00 for seven wines of which you got to pick from eight selections. It would seem to me that they would offer all eight wines for the same tasting fee. You could also taste their white Port style wine for an additional $2. I did and was glad I had done so.

Here are the wines I tried:

Seyval Blanc: This crisp white wine opened with pear, apricot, and nectarine aromas and had a nice pear flavor.

Chardonnay: A much more full bodied white wine produced apricot and peach aromas.  On the palate all I could taste was butternut squash. This truly did not sit well with me at all. This is the first time I have tried any wine that had a butternutty flavor -no, not for me, sorry this wine will not be in my cellar.

Woodridge White: A blend of Seyval Blanc and Chardonnay grapes and aged in oak for one year revealed a grassy marsh aroma like being close to the ocean with a ripe pear flavor. Again, this did nothing for my palate. Well, on to the next wine.

Cayuga White: Now this was more like it. It started with an apple orchard aroma at around dusk and was followed by apple and pear flavors with a nectarine finish. Oh yeah!

Goshen Farmhouse Red: A garnet colored wine had blackberries on the nose with the same flavor and was very fruity.

Merlot: This was quite a different Merlot than what I’m used to. It started with dark cherry and a hint of fennel on the nose. The palate revealed a forward cherry and licorice flavor which blended well with each other. After consuming a dark chocolate morsel, the licorice seemed to blossom.

Rose: With melon and fresh cut watermelon on the nose, the palate revealed a strawberry finish that had sweetness without being sweet. A nice summer sipping wine.

Vinho Fino: This white Port style wine had an apricot aroma with a peach flavor and a sweet lemony finish. This was the gem of the winery.

 

Heritage Trail Winery & Cafe

Located just off of Rte 169 in the scenic area of Lisbon, the Heritage Trail Winery & Cafe tasting room is just in back of the original house with both inside and outside seating areas. The house is the historic John Palmer House – 1790. The outside seating area had ample tables for tasting with a great view into a lawn area leading to the vineyards. Given the right circumstances you could spend a quiet afternoon just sipping wine and tasting the many cheeses they offer at a modest price.

It has been a while since I last visited here for a couple of years and under the new management they have brought this winery up a couple of notches. If you choose to stay indoors for the tasting they have eight or nine tables to accommodate quite a crowd not to mention the air conditioning which is quite pleasing in hot weather although I tend to be like an iguana on a rock – just love that hot weather. If you haven’t visited this winery yet then be sure to put it on your list as I’m sure you will have an enjoyable time.

The wine tastings are $7 and you can buy their signature wine glass for $5 which is stemless. It took me quite a long time to warm up to stemless wine glasses. I prefer the stemmed ones but there occasions when stemless is the way to go such as when you’re having a cook-out, the stemless glasses have less of a chance of being knocked over and breaking. Can’t tell you how many stemmed wine glasses I’ve broken over the years. It really hurts when you break a Riedel. They’re not cheap and more expensive than some of the wines I have in my cellar. Anyway if you’re looking for an extra wine glass this one had a large bowl to swirl and get the ‘ol schnozzola in there to savor the aromas. For me, it was worth the $5 cost.

Here are their wines:

Quinebaug White: Made from a blend of Cayuga and Vidal grapes this wine had crisp notes of citrus with pear flavors. I’d like to try this with pesto whole wheat pasta and bay scallops. Or even a fish chowder, not to mention a few cheeses.

Chardonnay: Both pear and melon aromas and flavors were abound in this yellowish colored wine but the best part was the buttery finish at the end. I love a buttery finish in a Chardonnay.

Winthrop White: 100% Cayuga grown entirely in Connecticut yielded ripe pear and apple aromas with a hint of lemongrass. The apple and pear was also found on the palate. A really nice crisp white wine. Probably good with spicy Asian dishes.

Sweet Reserve: A 70/30 blend of Cayuga and Seyval white grapes with nuances of dried fruit. Sort of like when I’m at Whole Foods market and I walk down the dried fruit aisle. A little tough for me to pick out the specific aromas but found apricot, orange, and pineapple to be the more dominant ones.

Shetucket Red: Made with the Rubiana grape which is a creation from the cross of Buffalo and Baco Noir grapes. This wine had deep ruby colors and very fruity both on the nose and palate with a hint of cherry. Yeah, have this with pasta.

Rochambeau Red: This garnet colored wine is a blend of Villard Noir, Chambourcin, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Black berry and smoke aromas with black currant flavor with a hint of dark chocolate. I love blends. Have this with a Filet Mignon seasoned with Worcestershire pepper and sea salt – nothing more.

Cabernet Franc: A delicious red with typical cherry aroma and flavor with a hint of chocolate. I don’t care what you have this with just make sure you have it. Maybe a chocolate cake!

Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends…

Stonington Vineyards

Driving down a rock road (I’ve come to realize that many of the Connecticut wineries are on rock roads) you can view the vineyards off to the left and on a beautiful afternoon the sight is just gorgeous. After parking the car and walking down to the tasting room door I was greeted by a myriad of bees. They were out in full bloom and although I didn’t get stung I was glad when I entered the tasting room.

Once inside there were two tasting areas and I was directed to the one in the back area which provided a lot more room. The bar area consisted of several wine barrels standing on end with a table top connecting each wine barrel. It was very simple but provided a great atmosphere to talk not only about wine but whatever comes to mind. The day I visited there were two other couples and the sommelier would pour our wine samples and would give us her rendition of the wine. Then something magical happened – all of us started conversing with each other about travel. We talked about Europe, China, national parks within the United States, weekend trips to Canada. We had a great time talking and the wine was good too. Anyway, the tasting fee was $10 for the six wines they were offering plus you got to keep their signature wine glass.

You never know what will happen when you are on a wine trip. You never know who you’re going to meet, what you’ll talk about, or if you’ll even enjoy the wine. But I do know that wine trips are very interesting because “stories” make it all worth while. It’s a pleasure to be part of the “stories” and I’m sure the same “story” is never told the same way twice.

Here are the wines I tried:

2007 Sheer Chardonnay: This was a very good Chardonnay that had floral and apple aromas. The flavors consisted of freshly cut apple with a mineral finish.

2008 Chardonnay: Aged in oak for about a year this wine opened with apple and pear aromas leading into an apricot flavor with a hint of vanilla. This was quite nice as it was slightly chilled. I usually drink Chardonnay at room temperature. Guess I’ll have to start experimenting with this a bit. Ah, experiments – takes me back to my science labs back in high school. Scary!

2008 Vidal Blanc: This grape varietal is one of my favorites and this wine didn’t disappoint. It opened with citrus and floral notes on the nose with a hint of lemongrass. This dry white wine also had citrus flavors.

Seaport White: Upon first raising the wine glass to the nose I got a concoction of fruit aromas which was hard for me to distinguish the differences so we’ll just go with fruit aromas. However, on the palate I found a nice apple flavor with a subtle hint of pear. This is one of those wines that will go really well on a hot summer night with or without food.

2008 Triad Rose: The wine is a blend of 20% Cabernet Franc, 40% Vidal Blanc, and 40% Chardonnay. I detected fruity aromas with crisp apple with hints of red raspberry and spice on the palate. Again, this wine would be a good sipping wine on a hot night.

2007 Cabernet Franc: Black raspberry, black currant, leather, pepper, and tobacco aromas – wow, I was surprised to pick out so many aromas in this wine but they were there. The flavors consisted of red raspberry with mocha. Personally, this is one of the top three red wines produced in Connecticut. The Connecticut wineries are not famous for their reds, whites – yes, reds – no, but this wine is exceptional.

Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends…

 

Sharpe Hill Vineyard

I turned into the driveway around 3:30 pm  to visit Sharpe Hill Vineyard and immediately heard the roosters crowing in the background and I decided to just listen to them for a while as I came to realize this would be my last stop of the day and I was certainly going to enjoy the moment.

Making my way across the road to one of their vineyards, still hearing the roosters crowing, I walked along a stone wall and one of the entrances to the vineyards (which were gorgeous by the way) had an ornate iron gate. The stone walls were classic New England boundaries so each farmer knew when he reached the end of his property. It’s remarkable that it was in such good shape as you could tell they had been there for some time.

Back on the winery side of the road to the rock road entrance I was greeted by two large wooden roosters beckoning me to come and try the wines inside. Inside the enormous barn like structure was a very small bar that maybe could fit three tasters. Just beyond the tasting room was a patio with a few tables and chairs. Sharpe Hill also serves dinner for which you usually have to make reservations a month in advance and if you haven’t been here for dinner you’ve missed out. I have been three times and I’ve always had great meals. My quest is to go enough to try all of their menu entrees.

Anyway back in the tasting room. The tasting fee is $7 for five wines or $12 for eleven wines which includes their signature wine glass which is more suited for dessert wines. I have been here several times so I opted for the $7 tasting and tried the following wines.

Ballet of Angels: It’s a crisp, semi-dry white wine that has floral aromas with citrus flavors with a grapefruit finish. This is one of my favorite wines to have with spicy foods. Serve well chilled though.

Cuvee Ammi Philips 2007: Pear and melon notes lead into nice tropical fruit flavors with a hint of lemongrass.

Dry Summer Rose: Both the aroma and flavor hinted of strawberries but not overpowering.

Select Late Harvest: This dessert wine open with pear and apricot aromas and finished with nectarine and pear flavors. Sweet but not excessively sweet. It ended with a hint of honey.

Pontefract 2007: A smooth Port wine with blackberry fruit in the nose and plum and raisin on the palate. Although a good Port I would only want about two to three sips after dinner.

Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends…

Cassidy Hill Vineyard

Driving to Cassidy Hill Vineyard I went through the farmlands of Connecticut complete with nuances of cow manure in the air: you either love the smell or despise it. Driving down the last turn from the secondary road I almost felt like I was in the Twilight Zone episode, Walking Distance. Eerie, but not spooky. Anyway I decided to have lunch here as it was around 12:15 pm and it was such a gorgeous day I opted to eat outside with a sandwich and bottle of water I brought along before going in to taste the wines.

Coming into the Cassidy Hill parking lot the vines are viewed from your left (unless, of course, you drove in backwards, then they would be to your right) and the day I arrived I found the parking lot quite full and had to park on the lower level. It was a gorgeous afternoon and I wasn’t going to let an extra 250 feet distance keep me from enjoying some wine. On the patio to the entranceway there were picnic tables and iron cafe tables with chairs for you to enjoy the warm sun with a chilled glass of your favorite Cassidy Hill wine. Entering the tasting room, the decor included a stone fireplace with seating for several parties. It was an open, high ceiling room and the walls were light pine paneling but well done.

Cassidy Hill’s tasting fee is $5 for six wines and if you wanted a signature glass they sold for $3. And you got to taste the wines at a long bar that accommodated about 20 tasters.

Winding Brook: A blend of the Chardonnay and Viognier grapes open with tropical and floral aromas then into melon and peach on the palate. This was crisp and well chilled.

2010 Chardonnay: Fruit aromas with mostly pineapple flavors.

2009 Riesling: Floral, honeysuckle, orange peel aromas led into honeydew melon, tangerine, and nectarine with a hint of cantaloupe. This was very pleasing to the palate.

2010 Summer Breeze: Wow! This wine exploded with strawberry aromas. Strawberry and citric flavors abounded upon the palate. I could have taken a bottle of this wine and sat on their patio all afternoon enjoying the wine and fine weather. It was an exceptional wine.

2009 Malbec: Red berry, clove, and smoked bacon aromas even Cousin Carl would appreciate were on the nose while flavors of red berries and earth tickled the taste buds. This wine was quite like the Argentinian Malbecs I love so much. I was mildly surprised a CT red could be so good.

2009 Coventry Spice: Spice (what did you expect) and boysenberry aromas were the dominating aromas, there were more but I couldn’t detect them. Spice (what did you expect) and fig flavors rounded out this decent red wine.

Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends…

Priam Vineyards

Located in Colchester the winery is a barn-like structure with an outdoor seating area. There were a few picnic tables out in the lawn area so visitors could eat their picnic lunch along with their favorite Priam wine. The vineyards are just to the left of the tasting room as you enter from the parking area. Upon entering the tasting room you get the sense that wine making has just finished as the staff is bustling about getting ready for the day with abundant wandering wine tasters from within the state and surrounding neighbor states. In the parking lot I saw vehicles from New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, and I thought I was going to be the first one in but as it turned out my car was the only one with Connecticut plates.

The sommelier greeted me cheerfully and was eager to explain the wine tastings. You have your choice of three tastings. Tasting level one included five wines (Barrel Select Chardonnay, Salmon River White, Riesling, Westchester Red, and Salmon River Red) for $7, tasting level two included the wines from level one and four additional wines (Cayuga, Blackledge White, Late Harvest Riesling, and a St. Croix – PV) for $14. There were two reserve dessert wines (Salmon River Red – PV, and Essence of St. Croix) for $2 each, and you get to keep the signature wine glass as part of the tasting fee.

Priam also sponsors a dinner with a chef from a Hartford area restaurant paired with each of their wines. In July they host an “unWINED Concert Series” featuring music genres of folk, blues, rock, acoustic, alternative, country, and Americana. I believe I’ll make a couple of these venues. In the latter part of July they host a New England clam bake where part of the proceeds go to the American Heart Association and the New England Seafood Council.

Here are the wines I tasted:

Barrel Select Chardonnay: This wine was well chilled and had an oaky aroma with a hint of vanilla. On the palate I found melon and grated lemon peel. It finished with a peach flavor. This was a really very nice wine – I hope my red wine drinking readers are just skipping over these as I don’t want them to think I’m going soft on my white wine drinking readers.

Salmon River White: This barrel fermented Gewurztraminer/Chardonnay blend opened with fruity aromas leading into apple and peach flavors with a hint of honey. I think I would pair this with Asian cuisine.

Riesling: Floral and fruit captured your schnozzola immediately upon lifting the glass to enjoy the aromas from this wine. Tropical fruits hit the palate much the same way a German Riesling does. As a matter of fact, I thought I was enjoying a German Riesling. I would also pair this with spicy food.

Westchester Red: Black cherry and fig awakened your proboscis leading into European chocolate, cherry (more black cherry than red cherry, but both were there), a hint of vanilla and there were some smokiness, like when you smell a BBQ somewhere in your neighborhood, yeah like that.

Salmon River Red: This is a Bordeaux style wine. The aromas were of smoke, leather, and black cherry. Although I detected black cherry on the palate I found raspberry to be the more prevalent flavor. Not sure if the wine had chocolate undertones or it was because I had a piece of chocolate with the wine; probably the latter.

Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends…

McLaughlin Vineyards

McLaughlin Vineyards located in Sandy Hook which was in an out of the way place and if it weren’t for the GPS this vineyard would have been a bit tougher to find than most. Driving down the long and winding road (Deja Vu?), a rock road I might add and on the last turn of the road up a slight but steep hill I came upon an old-style baseball game complete with the bases, the battery, the infielders and outfielders all dressed in the early 1900’s baseball garb. I thought I was watching a movie scene called “Batter Up” starring good ‘ol Abner Doubleday (although Alexander Cartwright was credited with inventing baseball and not Doubleday).

The entrance to the winery is preceded by a steep rock stairway and you needed to watch your step here as the stairs were a bit uneven. Just outside the tasting room was a nice picnic area overlooking the vineyards and a good view, albeit a long one, of the vintage baseball game in progress. Once inside you entered a small gift shop with a couple of wine racks displaying their wines. You walked through this room into a small hallway leading into the tasting room. There isn’t a whole lot of room, so 15 occupants would be considered crowded.

The tasting fee was $8 plus tax and you tasted all six of their wines – three whites and three reds. You also got to keep their signature wine glass. The wine bar was approximately 4 feet wide which limited the number of tasters that could surround it and was modern in style not the rustic feel I was hoping for. Luckily I was the only one in the tasting room and there were two separate couples outside in the picnic area seemingly enjoying their wine and the vintage baseball game.

Here are the wines I tasted:

Chardonnay: This wine was aged in stainless with oak added to enhance the flavor. I got a lot of pear both in the aroma and flavor of the wine. I also detected apple and had a nice smooth finish. I would venture to say this would go well with a creamy chicken dish or a good casserole.

Blue Coyote: Made from the Vidal Blanc and Aurore grapes. This wine opened with spice on the nose with flavors of apple (probably green apple I would think) and a hint of smokiness. This was my favorite wine at this tasting. I would probably enjoy this with a spicy dish, preferably an Asian style dish. I think it would pair well.

Snow Goose: This is a blend of estate grown Connecticut grapes and had citrusy fruits in both the aroma and flavor. It was fairly fruity semi-dry to dry wine. I liked this but not as much as the Blue Coyote.

Red Fox Rose: This was a fairly dry red wine with hints of strawberry and good acidity. This might go well with the favorite backyard cook-out in the heat of the summer and well chilled.

Vista Reposa: This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and the Cabernet Franc grape varietals. This opened with red raspberry with hints of mint on the nose. The flavor also consisted of red raspberry with pepper and spice mixed in.

Merlot: The last wine I tasted was their Merlot which opened with a red and black cherry aromas and lead into a black cherry flavor with a fairly smooth finish.

Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends…