Beer, Wine & Spirits in Plainville

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

Thomas Hooker Brewery

Bloomfield

$36 $20

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Touring and tasting at local microbrewery on Saturday afternoons

Beer- or Wine-Making Course with Take-Home Bottles at Brew and Wine Hobby (50% Off)

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

Harvest Festival Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Haight-Brown Vineyard on September 20 or 21 (Up to 50% Off)

Haight-Brown Vineyards

Litchfield

$50 $25

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Family-friendly fall festival; wine tasting includes keepsake glass

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

$22 $12

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

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

Thimble Island Brewing Company

Branford

$28 $14

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

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

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

Premium Wine Tasting with Pizza for Two or Four at Diliberto Winery (Up to 50% Off)

Diliberto Winery

Jamesport

$45 $25

Wines crafted with old-world techniques and served in a tasting room with Tuscan murals

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

Clovis Point Winery

Jamesport

$71 $29

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

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Inside Cork & Brew, a husband-and-wife team infects customers with their passion for brewing, judging, and, of course, drinking wines and beers. Primarily, they hope to de-mystify home brewing and winemaking with classes, winemaking parties, and even homebrew get-togethers at a residence or office. They stock all the necessary equipment, including fresh hops, grain, and malt, as well as wine must from all over the world. The duo’s hookup with a custom-labeling source allows their clients to brighten up bottles before giving them away as gifts, displaying them on wine racks, or using them to christen newly-purchased ocean liners. Guests also may mingle through the newly opened banquet and party facility, which hosts soirees of 10–80 people.

35 N Main St
Southington,
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

For more than 90 years, the same soft morning sunlight has poured over the fields of yellow sunflowers, tasseled stalks of sweet corn, and rows of grapevines growing at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards. In that span of time, five generations of Rosedales have tended to the farm’s fresh vegetables, fruits, and flowers, sharing them with the Simsbury community and even earning a nod in the Washington Post. It wasn’t until 2005, however, that the family produced its first vintage from its 4-acre vineyard of French hybrid grapes. Since then, the winery’s estate-grown vintages have earned several awards, including a double gold at the 2010 Vineyard & Winery International Eastern Wine Competition. Today, at the winery’s onsite bar, staff members pour samples of varieties such as the Simsbury Celebration, which distinguishes itself with a creamy structure, mineral overtones, and a penchant for hiding beneath lampshades. Additional events include fall farm fests that include free hayrides and corn mazes. Partnering with the Max Restaurant Group, Rosedale Farms & Vineyards also features chef-to-farm dinners, during which chefs prepare four- to six-course banquets using ingredients plucked straight from the fields.

25 E Weatogue St
Simsbury,
CT
US

For 40 years, customers have flocked to Avon Clock & Lighting to acquire ticking and radiating accouterments for their homes, snatching up timepieces and fixtures from renowned manufacturers such as Seiko Clocks, Hinkley Lighting, and Hanover Lantern. The sprawling showroom brims with a shimmering trove of table lamps and chandeliers. Kitchen clocks calmly rotate their hands around a perfectly round face, and grandfather clocks chime stories of walking 3 miles uphill in the snow to get repaired by one of Avon's knowledgeable employees. Each of Avon Clock & Lighting's products comes with a one-year guarantee, and the accommodating staff offers free home consultations.

144 Simsbury Rd
Avon,
CT
US

Shebeen is the Irish Gaelic word for illegal brewhouse, or speakeasy. But for Irish-born head brewer Rich, Shebeen Brewing is the formalization of 25 years of homebrewing. That's 25 years experimenting with unique flavors and ingredients; so in addition to classic styles such as irish pale ales and rye porters, Shebeen offers a rotating roster of specialty beers.

The brewery's most famous is the cannoli beer, made with vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and served with a dusting of powdered sugar and shaved chocolate. Like the cannoli beer, many of Rich's creations focus on sweeter or spicier ingredients as opposed to aggressive use of hops. This results in concoctions such as the bacon Kona stout, or the wine-like saison made with concord-grape extracts. But Rich doesn't shy away from bolder flavors?one slightly green-hued brew pairs the cooling flavor of cucumbers with hot wasabi. Customers can sample the range of creative beers during tastings or tours, or carry home growlers for a more fun, rewarding alternative to lifting weights.

1 Wolcott Rd
Wolcott,
CT
US

With the exact same management, cooking staff, and emblematic painting since its founding in 1989, Mona Lisa Restaurant has had nearly three decades to perfect its Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. It was three decades well spent. Today, the eatery serves veal piccata, new york strip steaks, and a rack of lamb brushed with dijon mustard. They also serve rich pasta dishes such as penne ala vodka with prosciutto and light cream, the angel hair and shrimp adriatico with sweet peppers and a white wine sauce, and the Southern Italian sampler, made up of manicotti, ravioli, eggplant, meatballs, and sausage. The fine food is matched by an equally excellent drink selection, which includes dry, sweet, and fruity martinis, vintage ports and cognacs, and a top-tier scotch selection that includes Bordeaux-finished Bowmore and an 18-year Glenlivet.

10 Wakelee Rd
Wolcott,
CT
US