Beer, Wine & Spirits in North Branford

Wine Tasting with Cheese Plate and Souvenir Glasses for Two or Four at Arrigoni Winery (Up to 50% Off)

Arrigoni Winery

Portland

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

$28 $15

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Brewery Tour with Souvenir Glasses for 2, 4, or 10 at Shebeen Brewing (Up to 51% 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 $10

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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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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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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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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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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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$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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$199 for Prost! A German Beer Tour for Two from Long Island Beer Bus by Tapped Enterprises Inc. ($300 Value)

Long Island Beer Bus by Tapped Enterprises Inc.

Lake Ronkonkoma

7-hour tour includes food and beer at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant plus beer flights at Black Forest Brew Haus and Barrage Brewing Company

$300 $199

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Wine Tasting with Cheese-and-Cracker Plate for Two or Four at Pugliese Vineyards (Up to 50% Off)

Pugliese Vineyards

Cutchogue

Enophiles sample estate-bottled wines served with plates of cheese and crackers

$29 $15

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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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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.

2 Sybil Ave.
Branford,
CT
US

SBC Restaurant & Brewery lines up an inviting smorgasbord of comfort food to be devoured alongside an arsenal of brewed on-site beers. Take in the expanse of the appetite-assassinating lunch menu (served from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.) and try not to set off the fire alarms while your head smokes with indecision before easing yourself in with the SBC calamari, which comes prepared three ways: crispy with marinara and rémoulade, fried with hot peppers and artichoke hearts, and sticky with a sweet chili Sriracha glaze ($6.99). Follow that up with the crispy chicken salad, festooned with mandarin oranges, grape tomatoes, gorgonzola, and honey white balsamic vinaigrette ($12.99), or the margherita pizza topped with sliced fresh tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella and basil ($10). SBC burgers are 8 ounces of natural custom-quality beef served on a handmade roll and topped with american, provolone, cheddar, swiss, fontina, or mozzarella cheese ($7.99).

850 W Main St
Branford,
CT
US

Named for a small archipelago off the Branford coast, Thimble Island Brewing Company began with the home-brewed concoctions of Connecticut Natives Justin Gargano and Mike Fawcett. Though they lacked formal training, the duo tirelessly spent nights and weekends tinkering with their recipes until they sold their first pint of American Ale to KC's Pub in Guilford. Today, American Ale is one of the brewery's three mainstay beers, which Justin and Mike craft along with specialty batches such as a dark pumpkin porter. The twosome keeps four beers on tap at Thimble Island's tasting room, where visitors can drop in to fill up a growler, buy a t-shirt, or take a tour. Outside the brewery, Justin and Mike's beers grace many local establishments, including pubs and grocery stores.

53 E Industrial Rd.
Branford,
CT
US

Bishop's Orchards was established in 1871, when the first of six Bishop generations began filling shoreline bellies with fresh-from-the-farm fruits and vegetables. Today, having withstood 140 years worth of technology changes and weather disasters, the orchard continues to thrive, currently growing crops on more than 320 total acres—313 of which are family-owned. In 2005, the orchard stretched its homegrown empire into potable territories with the birth of a winery, which produces more than 15 wines using the farm's fruit. Not to be outdone, the orchard's market is still a year-round source for fresh produce more than a century after it sprouted into a humble roadside stand from a single appleseed.

1355 Boston Post Road
Guilford,
CT
US

At The Wine Press, aficionados crush, press, rack, and bottle their own brand of wine. Overseen by the shop's staff, amateur winemakers craft their silky reds with the same process as modern-day wineries. Through this process, they learn how much time and care goes into winemaking. They can produce varietals such as sangiovese or pinot noir or create hybrids such as a cabernet-merlot or a sentient pinot-human. To show off the possibilities of winemaking at their facility, The Wine Press also leads guided tours and wine tastings during the summer months.

118 Quinnipiac Ave
North Haven,
CT
US

Stephanie O, the charismatic celebrity talk show host on Long Island's News Radio 103.9, has teamed up with Clear Vision Productions to host smashing events along the Atlantic coast. Backed by a combination of national and local vendors, each event features amenities such as food and drink samples, top-shelf entertainment, and celebrity appearances in VIP areas. Guests are also treated to red carpet photos and interviews before being sent home with goodie bags and other surprises.

60 Connolly Parkway
Hamden,
CT
US