Like choosing a prom date, choosing a favorite wine necessitates sampling a variety to determine which one will produce the nicest bouquet. Enjoy the fruits of competitive courting with today's Groupon to Haight-Brown Vineyard in Litchfield. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get a wine-tasting package for two people (a $30 value).
- For $25, you get a wine-tasting package for four people (a $60 value).
Each package includes the following for each person:
- Wine tasting
- Three artisanal cheeses
- Three chocolates
- One keepsake glass
Haight-Brown Vineyard opened the doors to its rustic, cottage-like wine house in 1975 and since then has taught aspiring oenophiles about a variety of vintages and techniques for pairing each one with gourmet chocolates and cheeses. Hosts inform learners about the winery’s Vinifera and French-hybrid flavors, imbuing guests with knowledge, just as alcohol imbues karaoke singers with confidence. Sippers taste one of each wine on Haight-Brown’s menu, which may include a riesling, chardonnay, AppleCrannie, and Railway white. Instructors set three artisan cheeses and hand-selected chocolates alongside the beverages, obviating the need to shove entire wine bottles through chocolate-chip cheesecakes. After the tasting concludes, visitors can part with a keepsake glass to remember their wild night of learning about wines and the vineyard whence they were cultivated, a 16-acre property that churns out 2,000 cases of grape-based libations every year. Exposed brick, wood accents, and a cozy fireplace inform the interior’s aesthetic and attest to its inviting, pro-wrestler-lacking nature.
Since opening in 1975, Haight-Brown Vineyard has churned out 2,000 cases of grape-based libations each year from its nearly 10-acre vineyard and welcomed visitors into its rustic, cottage-like wine house. Emphasizing vinifera and French hybrid grapes, the state’s first-established winery creates a selection of wines that include the Big Red, a bold syrah; the Morning Harvest, a rich malbec; and Honey Nut Apple, a traditional apple wine that incorporates local honey and cinnamon. Vintners share their time-tested expertise during regular classes that teach aspiring oenophiles about a variety of vintages and techniques for cheese and chocolate pairing. Amid the tasting room’s wood accents and crackling stone fireplace, customers sample vintages and attempt to describe taste sensations with adjectives such as “silky” or “very different from milk.”
began the tasting by teaching the group how to properly taste wine, and did an awesome job … explaining the rationale behind each new pairing.Sarah S., Yelp, 1/25/11
It was so quiet and peaceful out there and the vineyard grounds were so quaint.Christina, These are a few of Christina's favorite things..., 5/27/11
29 Chestnut Hill Rd.
Litchfield, Connecticut 06759