Everyone else's wine racks will be stocked with California cabernet sauvignon and French champagne this holiday season. Why not serve something different – and closer to home? Connecticut is home to more than 30 wineries, which produce unique wines that reflect the growing regions and specific terroirs around the state. Wines made from grapes that thrive in cooler temperatures are common, and varietals from coastal-area wineries often reflect the ocean's impact on the climate. Some Nutmeg State wineries skip grapes altogether, producing farm wines made entirely from apples, pears, berries and other fruits.
Wine Testing Tour Whether you're hosting a cocktail party with fancy hors d'oeuvres or a Christmas roast with all the trimmings, there's a Connecticut-made wine for every occasion.
Wine Testing Tour India "As the holidays come, it is nice to celebrate more traditionally using local ingredients and local wines," said Michelle Niedermeyer of Lost Acres Vineyard. A top seller at the North Granby winery is its Old Orchard Apple, a slightly dry wine made from apples grown at neighboring Lost Acres Orchard. "Think Granny Smith, not Red Delicious," Niedermeyer said, adding that the apple flavor goes well with all components of a turkey dinner with stuffing, mashed potatoes and vegetables. Apple with pork "is also a no-brainer," she said.
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Photo: Lacy Atkins / The Chronicle John Lockwood mastered a distinctive style of Chardonnay for his Enfield label.
White Wine India Photo: Russell Yip, The Chronicle Enfield Wine Co. 2012 Chardonnay is seen on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 in San Francisco, Calif.
White Wine In India Talking about Chardonnay these days has become complicated, mostly because of the lingering aftereffects of what we’ll call its Baroque era. That era of excess butter and oak — with its many lovers and many haters — still lingers in the mind, even though the state of the art with this grape has moved on.
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The "pope" of Arbois, Jacques Puffeney has abdicated and his vineyards have been taken on by Guillaume d'Angerville.
Indian Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) Domaine du Pélican, the Jura estate belonging to the Marquis d'Angerville, has taken over 4.25 hectares (10.5 acres) of vineyards belonging to one of the region's most famous vignerons, Jacques Puffeney.
White Wine India Known as the "pope of Arbois ", Puffeney announced earlier this year that 2014 would be the last vintage that he would make and that, at almost 70 years old, he was semi-retiring.
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Although in the same genus as other grapevine species, Vitis muscadines belong to a separate subgenus (Muscadinia) and species (V. rotundifolia). All have 40 chromosomes, rather than 38, and are generally not cross-compatible with other Vitis species.
Indian Chenin Blanc The Carlos cultivar comprises a large portion of Spiriterra’s muscadine vineyard. This self-fertile cultivar is extremely productive, disease-resistant and, most importantly, known for producing excellent wine.
Indian Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) Muscadine is a late-harvest grape. Spiriterra’s dark-berried muscadines go through veraison (color change phase of ripening) in late August.
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