Next up – and next post – we finish with the Sweet Wines!
Hopkins Vineyard, located in New Preston, CT, sits on the north shore of Lake Waramaug, a short 20 minute drive from Litchfield and the nearby wineries: Haight Brown, Miranda or Sunset Meadow Vineyards.
Last month my friend Christy Sherard and I took off one Sunday afternoon for the Litchfield hills and the Haight-Brown and Hopkins wineries. After leaving the first winery, the Haight-Brown Vineyards, we decided to stop for lunch, so made our way back to the main road and headed into the town of Litchfield, Connecticut.
Founded in 1721, Litchfield is the home of the first law school in the United States, The Litchfield Law School (founded 1784), and an early school for girls, Sarah Pierce’s Litchfield Female Academy (founded 1791). Through the early 19th century it was one of the largest towns in CT and a commercial center in New England. Source: Litchfield Historical Society
Here are some of the wines that we consumed with our Christmas feast. Before you get too judgemental, there were five adults at dinner and it was a leisurely dinner. Most of the wines that we had were red, including a Tablas Creek Syrah, a Warm Lake Estate Pinot Noir (which didn’t get photographed) but also a Riesling from Luxembourg. These wines were drunk with my homemade Turducken (a chicken stuffed into a duck and then stuffed into a turkey), salad, scalloped potatoes, Cajun dressing and creamed spinach.
After dinner, it was coffee, a cranberry and orange trifle (made with pannetone) and my homemade liqueur, Fiori di Sicilia…
I hope that your holiday feasts turned out as well!
- $5 – your choice of 8 wines served in a plastic glass. Needless to say that option was quickly dismissed;
- $7 – your choice of 8 wines served in a HBV wine glass, which you can take with you at the end of the tasting, or
- $10 – a wine and cheese pairing: your choice of 8 wines served in a HBV wine glass and three cheeses specifically chosen to pair with the wines.
Next up on the list is the Covertside White. This wine was paired with a Goat Cheese with Figs from Celebrity Cheeses in Canada. The wine is a blend of Seyval Blanc and Chardonnay grapes and has a slightly fruity taste. It’s an interesting wine on its own, but paired with the cheese which was slightly sweet and absolutely divine, the wine really came alive. The tasting notes and website indicate this is HB’s most popular white wine – and I believe it. Even without the cheese pairing, it’s a very nice wine.