Specializing in the art of chardonnay, Chamard cultivates varietal grapes on 20 acres of gently rolling vineyards, unleashing an assortment of palate-pleasing wines. Bring a guest and relish the ambrosial aromas and mouth-uplifting flavors of chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, merlot, and cabernet franc blends created with time-honored winemaking methods and state-of-the-art graping equipment. Grasp a Riedel glass and try five wines while overlooking the pond on the deck, warming up by the tasting room's fire, or hiding in one of the cellar's wine barrels. After sampling fermented grape serums, customers can activate the power of a 15% discount to purchase a bottle of wine ($12.99–$24.99) for enjoying at home or christening a new caravel.
Recently named the state’s best family dining restaurant by Connecticut Managzine, Chips’ Pub III fills the bellies of its guests with steaks, seafood, and other homestyle dishes. An impressive list of 15 hand-pressed burgers, each char-broiled over an open hearth, dominates the menu, which also features Chips’ specialties such as the Primo prime rib with housemade horseradish, and platters of scallops, shrimp, and calamari.
Shoreline Times writer Karena Garrity didn’t seem surprised that readers chose Whitfields on Guilford Green’s food as the Best American Cuisine in 2011. She was sold on the eatery’s “imaginative and mouth-watering” menu, which encompasses both surf and turf. But Garrity seemed equally as impressed with the restaurant’s cozy setting. It sits on the first floor of a fully restored Victorian home, complete with a leaded-glass picture window from which guests can peer out onto the Guilford Green.
At Quattro's Italian Restaurant, the chefs accent their Northern Italian cuisine with more than 50 sauces. That includes the smoked-tomato sauce that tops the housemade gnocchi, the Grand Marnier sauce that glazes the duck breast, and the sherry lemon-butter sauce that glistens in the breaded nooks and crannies of the tilapia florentine. Italy isn't the only influence, though. Quattro's also has a tapas menu with clams, chorizo, and filet mignon and a long wine list with selections from South America and Neptune.
Ballou’s Wine Bar revolves around three prized delicacies: chocolate, wine, and coffee. From those staples, dozens of indulgent dishes ensue, including chocolate, Nutella, and peanut-butter-chocolate fondues and homemade truffles developed by Debbie, half of the husband-and-wife team that runs Ballou’s. Her chocolate fondue and homemade truffles are so deliciously decadent that they’ve earned the wine bar a spot on the Best of New Haven Reader’s Poll list for best desserts. In addition to rich desserts and froth-capped cups of cappuccino, guests can order wines from local and international vineyards, as well as a wide selection of pastas, sandwiches, and flat breads.