Bishop’s Orchard

Bishop’s Orchard is a fun place to visit when you’re in Connecticut. Located in Guilford, CT, they are a farm and orchard and offer pick-your-own, a market which has food and plants, animals, ice cream, and wine!! They make their own fruit wines and ciders, along with offering popular CT wine brands. The winery wasContinue reading “Bishop’s Orchard”

Priam Vineyard

Located in Colchester, CT, Priam Vineyard is a beautiful spot well worth visiting! Established in 1998, Priam is the first vineyard in New England to go fully solar powered in 2010. They have 40 acres of sustainably cultivated farmland and grow 10 different grape varieties. On offer are 16 wines (all certified vegan – alsoContinue reading “Priam Vineyard”

Gouveia Vineyards

Gouveia Vineyards, located in Wallingford, CT, is a perfect place to visit on a lovely day for some outdoor wine tasting. They have a sprawling terrace that wraps around the main building, overlooking the pond on one side and the vines and tree covered hills on the other.  Wine is available by the glass andContinue reading “Gouveia Vineyards”

Schioppettino

Schioppettino is a red grape varietal native to Italy. Not only is it fun to say, it’s fun to drink!! I recently had the pleasure of being introduced to this fantastic grape, and the wine it created reminded me of a cross between Pinot Noir and Syrah. It has the light and playful fruitiness ofContinue reading “Schioppettino”

Cinsault

Cinsault is a red grape varietal noted for its heat tolerance and drought resistance. Originating somewhere in the Mediterranean region, it is grown in many countries, and while it can be used on its own, Cinsault is primarily used for blending and making large volumes of wine, due to its early ripening and high yields.Continue reading “Cinsault”

Central Otago, New Zealand

On par with Burgundy in terms of quality Pinot Noir production, Central Otago is a gem of a wine producing region, located at the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island. Vineyards are nestled in a number of different valleys situated on the foothills of the Southern NZ Alps and are divided into 6 sub-regions: CromwellContinue reading “Central Otago, New Zealand”

Carmel Valley AVA

Carmel Valley is an American Viticultural Area (AVA) located within the larger Monterey County AVA and lies 100 miles south of San Francisco. It’s home to over a dozen wineries and tasting rooms and is responsible for some of the best quality Cabernet Sauvignons in the country.  Designated an AVA in 1983, Carmel Valley isContinue reading “Carmel Valley AVA”

Willamette Valley

Oregon, USA is gaining attention as a top wine producing region. Willamette Valley, located west of the Cascade Mountains and stretching south from Portland, is the most prestigious wine growing AVA in Oregon, with over 2/3rds of the state’s production happening here, along with housing nearly 700 wineries.  The Valley follows the Willamette River forContinue reading “Willamette Valley”

Pip Goowin – CEO of Palliser Estate

Palliser Estate is one of my favorite wineries. It’s located in Martinborough, New Zealand, about 1.5hrs drive from Wellington. It’s a small estate focused on sustainability, hard work, and excellent wines, and it’s presided over by Pip Goodwin; a local herself, having grown up in the Wairarapa area.  Having spent over ten years in theContinue reading “Pip Goowin – CEO of Palliser Estate”

Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay is a wine growing region located on the North Eastern side of New Zealand’s North Island. It is NZ’s oldest and second-largest growing region (it boasts over 200 vineyards), producing about 10% of the country’s wine. There are 70 wineries (30 with cellar doors where you can actually go and taste) located throughoutContinue reading “Hawke’s Bay”