Beer, Wine & Spirits in Middletown

$20 for Tour, Tasting, and Pint Glasses for Four at Thomas Hooker Brewery ($36 Value)

Thomas Hooker Brewery

Bloomfield

Touring and tasting at local microbrewery on Saturday afternoons

$36 $20

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Brewery Tour with Souvenir Glasses for 2, 4, or 10 at Shebeen Brewing (Up to 60% Off)

Shebeen Brewing

Wolcott

Tour a brewery started by two avid home brewers, which features creative beers such as the bacon Kona stout with oatmeal, coffee, and bacon

$20 $8

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$14 for a Brewery Tour with Tastings for Four at Thimble Island Brewing Company ($28 Value)

Thimble Island Brewing Company

Branford

Craft brewery with four beers on tap, including the signature American Ale and seasonal specialties

$28 $14

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Brewery Tour with Beer Flights and Glasses for Two or Four at Broad Brook Brewing Company (Up to 50% Off)

Broad Brook Brewing Company

East Windsor

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

$22 $12

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Full House Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Take-Home Glasses at Haight-Brown Vineyard (Up to 50% Off)

Haight-Brown Vineyard

Litchfield

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

$24 $13

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Italian Cooking Class for One or Two at Dalice Elizabeth Winery (Up to 52% Off) 

Dalice Elizabeth Winery

Dalice Elizabeth Winery

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

$75 $37

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Wine Tasting with Cheese Plate for Two or Four at Clovis Point Winery (Up to 61% Off)

Clovis Point Winery

Jamesport

After tasting seven wines, guests select a favorite vintage to enjoy in a logo wine glass alongside artisan cheese.

$71 $29

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With two locations and 140 acres of picturesque land, Duck Walk Vineyard remains a popular presence on the Long Island Wine Trail, having been voted in 2013 as one of the top wineries in Long Island by "Best of Long Island". Tastings of the winery's many vintages, including reds, whites, ice wines, and fruity dessert wines, draw crowds of visitors to both of Duck Walk's spacious facilities, where live music dramatically shatters listeners' emptied glasses. The festive atmosphere here also makes it a prime setting for weddings, rehearsal dinners, and other private events.

231 Montauk Highway
Water Mill,
NY
US

As the sun rises and falls on the Connecticut River Valley, its rays streak across the trellised vineyards of Arrigoni Winery. The winery creates a variety of crisp whites and luscious reds, both characterized by their soft, approachable fruit flavors. In addition to these traditional offerings, the vintner also makes wines blended from orchard-fresh apples, tart cranberries, and even maple syrup. After enjoying a glass of wine on the scenic outdoor patio, visitors are encouraged to peruse the onsite gift shop?s collection of Yankee Candles, wine-themed presents, and baby photos of budding grape clusters.

1287 Portland-Cobalt Road
Portland,
CT
US

Glasses lift into a treble-laden symphony of toasts and from a distance, many of the elixirs they contain seem nearly the same. Up close, 28 wines by the glass and more than 75 unique varietals by the bottle span a rainbow of hues, from reds deep and earthy enough to appear almost black to white wines barely kissed with a delicate straw color. In The Hidden Vine Wine Bar and Lounge's dedicated room for tastings and classes, guests further hone noses and taste buds to make nearly imperceptible distinctions in flavor and bouquet.

Drawing upon family recipes held close to their hearts, culinarians fill two dining areas with inventive dishes including bruschetta draped in paper-thin soppressata, peach honey, and hanger steak. Beneath diamond-shaped burgundy paintings, forks chatter against plates of fresh pasta and patrons sidle up to the marble bar for a chilly cocktail. A patio begs diners to let the warm sun aid in digestion or in calming outraged bulls delivering pamphlets to the eatery's crimson ceilings.

1052 Main St
Newington,
CT
US

If you had passed by in 1978, you probably would have missed Vito's Pizzeria. The storefront was completely invisible from the street, an unfortunate reality that might have been the death knell for a lesser business. But the 600-square-foot, strictly-take-out pizzeria managed to survive and even thrive based solely on word of mouth.

It's been more than 30 years, and people are still talking. Thankfully, the pizzeria has expanded quite a bit in terms of space and menu. Today, Vito's chefs craft everything from deep-dish pies to Italian grinders, which, as their name suggests, taste just as good when ground up and served with a straw.

673 Silas Deane Hwy
Wethersfield,
CT
US

Whether you're searching for a new go-to table wine or trying to stock away a bottle worthy of celebration, finding your favorite wine can be a time-consuming process. Fortunately, the staff at The Wine Cellar Outlet makes this search a little easier on the wallet with their large selection of wines. The shop carries a range of vintages and varietals, from Sauvignon Blancs to bottles of Bordeaux, Pinot Noirs and Cabernet Sauvignons. Each wine is bottled and aged in notable regions around the globe, allowing tasters to sample the subtle differences in international growing conditions without taking a job as a traveling scarecrow. Reflecting the breadth of styles found in the world's wines, the shop's stock ranges from the obscure to the award-winning, with some bottles even bearing a gold seal of approval from the International Wine Challenge.

42 Capital Dr.
Wallingford,
CT
US

Located in the quaint town of Wallingford, Connecticut, The Crush Club gives visitors the opportunity to make their own wine. Grapes are sourced from across the globe?from Chile during the spring and from California, Washington, and Italy during the fall. Over the course of a year, students crush and press grapes, clean their barrels, then bottle, cork, and custom label the resulting wine before taking it home with them. During blending experience classes, participants taste five different wines, learn about the winemaking process, and experiment to create their own blend, custom labeling and bringing home one 750mL bottle.

65 S Colony Rd
Wallingford,
CT
US