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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Beer- or Wine-Making Course with Take-Home Bottles at Brew and Wine Hobby (68% Off)

Brew and Wine Hobby

East Hartford

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

$50 $16

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$22 for a Brewery Tour with Tastings for Four at Thimble Island Brewing Company ($44 Value)

Thimble Island Brewing Company

Thimble Island Brewery

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

$44 $22

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Full Wine Tasting with Cheese and Take-Home Glasses for Two or Four at Haight-Brown Vineyard (Up to 42% Off)

Haight Brown Vineyard

Litchfield

Tasting of complete wine portfolio accompanied by cheese, plus wine glass to take home

$24 $14

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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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Premium Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Souvenir Riedel Crystal Glasses and a Cheese-and-Cracker Plate from GrapesWine.com (62% Off)

GrapesWine.com

South Salem

Wine experts Jim Winston or Jay Boland will lead guests through an entertaining and educational two-hour wine-tasting event

$90 $39

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$19 for a Wine Tasting with Chocolates and Souvenir Glasses for Two at Miranda Vineyard ($36 Value)

Miranda Vineyard

Goshen

Samples of six award-winning wines prepared according to family traditions, plus hand-crafted chocolates and two take-home souvenir glasses

$36 $19

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Full Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Souvenir Glasses at Sharpe Hill Vineyard (40% Off)

Sharpe Hill Vineyard

Pomfret

Winemaster Howard Burnsen draws on 25 years of experience to create an eclectic variety of wines

$30 $18

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Winery Bike Tour for One or Two with Private Tasting, Lunch, and Souvenirs from Pour & Pedal (Up to 62% Off)

Pour & Pedal Bike Tours

Multiple Locations

Leisurely bike tour boasts tastings at two wineries, wine & cheese pairings, gourmet lunch, access to private barrel room & take-home gifts

$237 $99

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Wine Tasting with Chocolate and Souvenir Glass for Two or Four at Clovis Point Winery (Up to 59% Off)

Clovis Point Winery

Jamesport

After tasting available wines, guests select a favorite vintage to enjoy in a logo wine glass alongside a chocolate platter

$80 $35

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Wine 101 Tasting Experience for Two, Four, or Six at Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard (Up to 61% Off)

Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard

Peconic

Sample wines paired with pieces of chocolate and cheese; includes take-home crokscrew

$85 $39

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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

The Coastal Wine Trail draws together a variety of coastal producers, whose vines speckle hillsides along the southern coasts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut: Truro Vineyards, Travessia Winery, Coastal Vineyards, Running Brook Winery, Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery, Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard, Greenvale Vineyards, Newport Vineyards, Langworthy Farm Winery, and Stonington Vineyards. A passport grants visitors passage for 2 to 10 wineries, where they may learn about and perhaps purchase each producer's favored libations?mostly whites and sparkling wines but a few reds?which are characterized by their growing proximity to the coastline and the dual-climatic influences of Gulf Stream waters and the screams of passing water-skiers.

523 Taugwonk Road
Stonington,
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