One of the things I love about New England travel, from where I live, is that I can get anywhere around the six New England states with only a few hours of travel required. It makes traveling a breeze! My latest trip brought me and my mother and sister-in-law to Goshen, CT, which is located in the always beautiful Litchfield County. We were anxious to pick-up our CT Wine Trail Passports and embark on our wine tasting journey through the Connecticut Vineyards. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. It wasn’t too hot and it wasn’t humid, the clouds were big and puffy, and the sky was blue. It was a perfect day for travel and enjoying the outdoors!
We started the day off at Sunset Meadow Vineyards. Sunset Meadows was recommended to me, by a friend, who not only frequents it a lot, but who told me I would love the wine because I am a sweet white wine drinker. We arrived there a little after 12 pm, and it wasn’t very crowded, which was nice. The vineyard was very charming with a gorgeous exterior and a very rustic tasting room. They had a beautiful outdoor patio that we sat at for a little bit chatting away while enjoying our wine slushies and the view of the vineyard. The wine slushies come in either red or lemon. We got both, and I preferred the red. They were sweet, so if sweetness isn’t your thing, you may want to pass on the slushies, but they kept popping up on my Instagram feed and I was dying to try one 🙂
The staff at SMV was really friendly and our bartender was nice enough to take a group shot of us during the tasting! I ended up bringing two bottles home after the tasting – the Blustery Blend (white) and the Root 63 (red). I’m not a big red wine drinker, so I always look for those sweet reds to try. If you feel the same way, Root 63 is a great red wine for you to try! Sunset Meadows does have events, so you can go to their website and check out their calendar for those that are upcoming. They were doing a Chocolate and Wine pairing that day, but we missed it by about an hour.
It was about 1 pm by the time we left SMV and we were famished. My husband wanted me to bring him home some Maple Bacon from Nodine’s Smokehouse, so we picked up a few sandwiches and chips while we were there. If you’re in Goshen and you’re looking for Nodine’s, it’s important to note that you will see the sign in front of a house, but the actual building is behind the house and you get there by following a driveway past the house and into the back. Just typing this is making me crave the sandwich I got: turkey and pastrami with provolone, lettuce, tomato, and mayo! It was a HUGE sandwich and well worth the $8. They also had samples out and I tried their gruyere cheese and boy was it amazing! If you’re in the area and like a good sandwich, you must stop in and visit them!
While we were at SMV, the bartender asked us if we were in the mood for chocolate. Me? In the mood for chocolate? I’d say yes, probably about 24/7! I’m a chocoholic! She told us about a farm down the street, on a dirt road, near Miranda Vineyards, which was our next stop on the CT Wine Trail. So naturally, off we went to the farm. I was really excited when we pulled up to Thorncrest Farm and found that there were cows, and not just cows, Longhorns! And there was also a gorgeous barn that I was dying to go inside. The chocolate shop was off to the side of the barn (near the Longhorns). We walked in and found out that they had a cheese making class going on, which I thought was pretty neat. Besides being a chocoholic, I’m also a cheeseaholic as well. I missed the cheese class, but I did get a great education on how Thorncrest Farms operates.
Thorncrest is a natural farm that harvests their hay and makes sure that their cows are in a stress-free environment where they are fed natural feeds. Their chocolates are to die for; they are melt in your mouth decadent chocolates that leave you craving more of their creamy goodness. I highly recommend stopping by if you’re visiting the vineyards or are in the area. There’s so much to choose from!
I also love how they name their chocolates after the cows that produce their milk… yup, you heard me right, milk from specific cows is used for specific chocolates! Crazy right? I think they’re on to something because that chocolate was nothing short of amazing! The one thing the girl at the counter told us was that we should probably not pair the chocolate with our wine, so we saved the chocolate for when we got home.
Their barn is really spectacular and I was lucky because I got to see a cow and her calf who was only four weeks old. He was an adorable little Holstein, and it made me wish my husband would just give in and buy me that cow I want… oh well, moving on…
Miranda Vineyard in Goshen was another great vineyard that provided an experience, unlike the others. It had the whole package, great wine, a great piece of property, and a really friendly staff. Their staff had personality! The vineyard is family owned, and I believe one of the owners was hosting our tasting, and I ended up having two more tastings of wine then I checked off, just because he loved it so much and wanted to share. We had a lot of fun at our tasting, to say the least. You can tell that he is really passionate about what he does and he loves sharing their creations with their guests. He shared stories about his Portuguese heritage, which was interesting, and of course, tied in with the wines such as the Vinho Novo and Vinho Fino.
I liked their award-winning Cayuga White, so I bought a bottle of that to take home, and we also bought another bottle to enjoy outside while we sat at one of their picnic tables and ate our lunch. We had such a great time!
Their views are so beautiful, and they have an old Ford truck that I just had to take a picture in front of. It’s pretty much my dream truck, only I want it in turquoise 🙂
After we were done at Miranda, we had a little more time left before heading home, so we drove over to Haight Brown Vineyard in Litchfield. I have to say, I loved the exterior of the vineyard, I felt like I was walking into the Hobbit Village, but it didn’t have that welcoming feeling like SMW and Miranda. Honestly, their wines really weren’t for me. Keep in mind, a lot of people go to Haight Brown and their tastes are probably a lot different from mine. My reasoning for not liking their wine was simply that I didn’t feel that any of it hit my sweet palate, maybe with the exception of their Strawberry wine.
The inside is very pleasing for those who like medieval architecture, but if that’s not your cup of tea, they also had seating available out on their deck overlooking the vineyards.
Have you gone to any of these vineyards or would like to recommend another vineyard I should visit on the CT Wine Trail? Let me know in the comments below!
Travel Locations Mentioned in this Post:
Haight Brown Vineyard | 29 Chestnut Hill Road, Litchfield, CT 06759
Miranda Vineyard | 42 Ives Road, Goshen, CT 06756
Nodine’s Smokehouse | Route 63, 39 North Street, Goshen, CT 06756
Sunset Meadow Vineyards | 599 Old Middle Street, Goshen, CT 06756
Thorncrest Farm | 280 Town Hill Road, Goshen, CT 06756
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