Last weekend Dan & I got to go to the Connecticut Wine Trail Festival in Goshen, CT. I’d been excited for this event for months! The wine trail festival highlights various vineyards that are a part of the Connecticut Wine Trail. There are also all kinds of local vendors there offering various locally made goodies & food!
We were a little sad to see that it was dark & cloudy as we made the hour-long drive to Goshen. By the time we got to the Goshen Fairgrounds for the event, it started to sprinkle. Luckily, we managed to get into the first barn of vineyard vendor tables before it really started to pour![caption id="attachment_864" align="alignnone" width="960"] my free wine glass![/caption]
Each person got a free wine glass & wine botte tote bag! I didn’t realize we would be getting them, so I was really excited. :)
The first vineyard we checked out was Bishop Orchards. I went for the Honey Peach Melba & Dan got the Apple Raspberry Blush. Both were a little sweet, but very refreshing![caption id="attachment_865" align="alignnone" width="960"] the honey peach melba.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_866" align="alignnone" width="960"] dan’s apple raspberry blush in the foreground.[/caption]
Quickly after we got our first glasses of wine, the storm really picked up. I was impressed by how quickly the people working and volunteering for the festival were able to get all attendees into one of the “wine barns.” They ensured that everyone was inside and safe!
Everyone stood in their wine barns, happy to be stuck in a barn full of wine instead of in the rain. :)
Okay so you can’t really see the rain in this picture, but it really was pouring.
I’ve got to say that if you are going to be stuck inside during a bad storm, the best place to be is in a barn full of wine with people who are a little tipsy. Everyone was SO friendly, and we had fun hanging out in our barns. :)
It turns out that it was a good thing they moved everyone into the barn because a HUGE bolt of lightning struck the bathroom building! It was so powerful and loud that we could feel it inside our chests, and the lights in our building shut off for a few seconds. Later I went to use the bathroom and asked the bathroom attendants about it–they said they were in the building, and sparks flew out of the lights when the lightning hit! Luckily, everyone was okay.
Eventually, the rain let up, and just in time–after all that wine tasting, I really needed a cheeseburger.waiting ever so elegantly for my cheeseburger to be ready. :)[/caption]
Can we talk for a second about my calf in that last picture? Take a close look. What is going on there? I think it’s muscles, but man, do they look weird.
As expected, wine + waiting for a cheeseburger = silly fun.[caption id="attachment_871" align="alignnone" width="960"] sippin’ on “ghost wine”[/caption]
People started to venture back out to check out the vendors, but since we had plans for later that evening, we continued on with the wine tasting after our burgers to ensure we got to try each vineyard.
There were 13 vineyards at the festival, and we tried a little wine at each one!
Overall, the event was really fun! The only thing that I didn’t like was the fact that out of the four wines that every vineyard had available for tastings, I’d say that 98% of them were sweet wines. Very few wines had “normal” kinds of wine. I didn’t see a single Merlot, Cabernet, Chianti, or Sauv Blanc! There were a few Chardonnays available, but I wasn’t a big fan of any of them.
Still, we found three wines that we purchased full bottles of:
- Rhubarb wine from White Silo Winery
- Summer Peach wine from Taylor Brooke Winery
- Autumn Spice wine from DiGrazia Vineyards
We’ll definitely be back next year, but I do hope that the vineyards bring a few more traditional wines…and that it’s sunny. :)
Here’s a list of the vineyards we got to “visit” at the festival:
- Bishop’s Orchards Winery (Guilford)
- Priam Vineyards (Colchester)
- Miranda Vineyard (Goshen)
- Jonathan Edwards Winery (North Stonington)
- Sharpe Hill Vineyard (Pomfret)
- Gouveia Vineyards (Wallingford)
- Sunset Meadow Vineyards (Goshen)
- DiGrazia Vineyards (Brookfield)
- White Silo Farm & Winery (Sherman)
- Jones Winery (Shelton)
- Taylor Brooke Winery (Woodstock)
- Stonington Vineyards (Stonington)
- Hopkins Vineyard (Warren)
Have you ever been to the CT Wine Festival, or other wine festivals?
Do you enjoy sweet wines, or more traditional wines?