The Connecticut Wine Trail: Fifth Stop
The fifth stop on our trip through Connecticut’s wine country saw us spending the 4th of July at Litchfield’s Haight-Brown Vineyard. Founded thirty-five years ago, Haight-Brown is Connecticut’s oldest vineyard and was the first to plant Chardonnay and Riesling varietals on the slopes of the Litchfield Hills. Those first pressings earned the winery gold and silver medals at the prestigious Eastern Wine Competition.
Our holiday visit to the winery found us trying several excellent wines worthy of those medals. Some of the best were the Covertside White, a crisp blend of Chardonnay and Seyval Blanc, and their most popular wine; our personal favorite, the Riesling, made from grapes from the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York and an excellent, semi-sweet drink; the Merlot, dry and mellow and a good steak wine, and the Big Red, made from 100% Syrah grapes, full-bodied and spicy and also a good wine for accompanying grilled meat. Another interesting wine was the Honey Nut Apple, an apple wine blended with pure honey and a hint of cinnamon.
Another special treat they had for the holiday was a selection of special Sangrias colored for the occasion, red, white and blue. by far our favorite was the red Sangria, based on one of their estate red wines and very similar to a traditional Sangria. After our wine tasting, we retired to the sitting area with a carafe of Sangria and enjoyed a light lunch. We were joined that day by a friend and fellow Realtor®, Annemarie McPherson and we enjoyed her company immensely.
While enjoying our Sangria, I was surprised to hear someone call my name. I looked for the source and was amazed to find that it was a new Facebook friend, Rose DiCicco. She saw my status update on Facebook about visiting the winery and decided to join us! Just another indication that social media works for meeting new people!
Haight-Brown Vineyard is located at 29 Chestnut Hill Road in Litchfield, CT. Their hours are Monday – Saturday 11AM to 5PM and Sunday 12PM to 5PM; they may extend hours on Fridays and Saturdays if demand warrants. This was one of our favorite stops on the wine trail to date, and surely justifies a visit if you’re a wine lover!
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