Beer, Wine & Spirits in Ludlow

Up to 50% Off a Tour Package at Broad Brook Brewing Company

Broad Brook Brewing Company

East Windsor

$22 $12

Groups of two or four tour brewery with 15-barrel system and sample classic as well as seasonal brews

50% Off Beer- or Wine-Making Course

Brew and Wine Hobby

East Hartford

$50 $25

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In laid-back classes, hobbyists learn flavor theory before getting their hands dirty brewing their own beer and wine

44% Off Brewery Tour and Tasting for Four

Thomas Hooker Brewery

Bloomfield

$36 $20

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Touring and tasting at local microbrewery on Saturday afternoons

Up to 50% Off Wine Tasting for Two or Four

Haight-Brown Vineyard

Litchfield

$24 $13

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Guests sample the vineyard's entire wine portfolio; wine tasting includes keepsake glasses

Arrigoni Winery – Up to 50% Off Wine Tasting

Arrigoni Winery

Portland - Route 66

$28 $15

Visitors sample five of this vineyard's wines before enjoying a cheese plate—and more wine—on a scenic patio or in the pavilion

Up to 52% Off Italian Cooking Classes 

Dalice Elizabeth Winery

Dalice Elizabeth Winery

$75 $37

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Using Mediterranean sea salts and ingredients from local farmers, chefs teach the basics of preparing homestyle Italian cuisine

Up to 51% Off Beer- or Wine-Making Supplies or Classes at Strange Brew

Strange Brew

Marlborough

$30 $15

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Stock up on malt, barley, or other brewing essentials, or take a class on the basics of making your own batches of beer or wine

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Founded by certified beer judge Michael Bernier, DIY Brewing Supply equips and educates patrons in the arts of at-home fermentation procedures and food construction. Beginner's brewing classes steer students through four hours of crafting an extract beer and ingesting significant brewing concepts. Aspiring homebrewers learn to settle down yeast and barley for a midday nap in the mashtub, as well as how to perform simple troubleshooting should a batch end up tasting like lasagna. Winemaking classes help students study grapey elixirs on the journey from fermentation to sanitation to staining cashmere sweaters. Students can also round out their education with a mozzarella-making class and a one-hour coffee-roasting class, where they roast 1 pound of coffee.

After learning the tricks of the brewing trade, guests can stock up on the tools with DIY's extensive selection of wine and beer-making equipment. Homebrewers can create their own batches of booze with kegs, recipe lists, yeasts, and plenty of literature and books.

289 East St
Ludlow,
MA
US

Casa Di Lisa enchants eaters with a broad steak-and-seafood driven menu of authentic Italian cuisine. For starters, keep temperamental taste buds from shouting fashion advice to strangers with a distracting starter of beef carpaccio ($8), plated with capers and reggiano parmesan, or opt to begin with an order of clams casino ($7), cousin of the less-refined three-card-Monte oysters. Deep-sea divers can recapture the freshness of ocean-floor feasts with dishes such as swordfish au poivre and baked Atlantic cod (both $18) or lobster fra diavolo ($26). Inch-and-a-half-thick bone-in pork chops ($17) and a 24 oz. Italian-style rib eye ($26) inflame protein-powered passions; optional add-ons to the grilled goodies—such as jumbo stuffed shrimp ($8) and scallop and shrimp scampi ($10)—bring the opposing forces of surf and turf together for an appetizing armistice.

801 Springfield St
Feeding Hills,
MA
US

Voted the area's best place for tapas in 2012 by readers of the Valley Advocate, Ibiza Tapas Wine Bar swells with the aroma of Spanish small plates crafted by owner Sonia Blanco's culinary team. They craft traditional dishes with ingredients sourced from local farmers when available, serving up fried spiced potatoes and spanish veal and pork meatballs alongside modern creations such as tempura zucchini served with romesco sauce. Their menu also includes paellas, fideuas, and gluten-free, Catalan-style crème brûlée, which guests can wash down with beer, sangria, or a wealth of white and red wine options from the dramatically lit stone bar. Orange and burgundy walls enliven Ibiza's lounge-like dining room, adding a celebratory spark to dinners, birthday get-togethers, and peace conferences between rival roller-skating crews.

7 Strong Ave
Northampton,
MA
US

Established to draw awareness to the growing industry of craft wines created in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Farm Wineries & Growers Association has represented more than 20 local wineries since 2007. In the warmer months, wineries are featured at local famers markets, and two summer events showcase all the wineries under one roofless roof.

54 Fair St
Northampton,
MA
US

Whole Foods Market's commitment to the interdependent network of sustainable farms and organic producers can be seen in its carefully selected product lines. The homegrown 365 Everyday Value brand makes it easy to eat naturally, organically, and economically. It features an array of items from all product categories, including groceries, vitamins, household items, and more—each manufactured to meet the rigorous quality standards woven into the fabric of Whole Foods Market, which itself is made from 100% alpaca wool.

327 Russell St
Hadley,
MA
US

A fountain's mists drift over a cool, quiet water outside the windows of Vito's By the Water, where chefs have been cooking up traditional Italian food for many years. Following recipes that have been in the owner's family for years, they craft traditional entrees such as New York strip steak with demi-glace or lobster ravioli with vodka-cream sauce. They also adorn thin and Chicago-style deep-dish stuffed crusts with quality toppings such as baby clams, breaded eggplant, and seasoned ricotta.

Vito’s has also sponsored a “So You Think You Can Cook” competition, handing the kitchen over to nine aspiring chefs for a three-day cook-off. Like many timed cooking competitions, this one required the chefs to create a dish using a mystery ingredient, such as bacon or love. The winner received a farm-to-table dinner for 10.

1936 Blue Hills Avenue Ext
Windsor,
CT
US