Beer, Wine & Spirits in Willimantic

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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Beer- or Wine-Making Course with Take-Home Bottles at Brew and Wine Hobby (48% 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 $27

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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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Wine Tasting and Take-Home Logo Glasses for Two or Four at Leyden Farm & Winery (50% Off) 

Leyden Farm & Winery

West Greenwich

Christmas-tree family farm offers crisp green-apple-infused white wine; watermelon blush wine; and smooth, complex merlot

$26 $13

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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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While many brothers grow up as rivals, Paul and John Nunes instead became partners. With a love of wines and wide-open spaces, the two siblings decided to establish a winery rather than surrender 60 acres of family farmland to real estate developers. Today, their labor of love, Newport Vineyards, extracts an impressive roster of reds and whites from the trellises that crisscross the farm, spilling emerald floods of vines. The vineyard team nurtures the grape-heavy plants and keeps them from being recruited by gangs of raisins. The fruit eventually becomes wines such as the In The Buff chardonnay, which is fermented in stainless steel tanks to draw out a bouquet of aromas. The Gemini, one of John Nunes's favorite bottles, is a smooth blend of merlot and cabernet.

Most of the wines spend stints in French-oak barrels, which John points out as he leads tour groups across the grounds. At the rough-hewn wooden tables in the tasting room, glasses click together as the vineyard's staff shares anecdotes about each bottle's origins, aromas, and ideal food pairing. Newport Vineyards also carries a variety of holiday gifts, such as wine, wine accessories, and custom labels.

909 E Main Rd
Middletown,
RI
US

A crack rings out from the jousting arena as armored knights clash in the pursuit of honor, while sword-swallowers thrill crowds with their death-defying art, jesters spin windy jokes, and townspeople in 15th-century garb roam the grounds tearing into turkey legs with their teeth. The Connecticut Renaissance Faire hosts these medieval-theme blowouts every year, including the Robin Hood Spring Festival and King Arthur’s Fall Harvest Faire. Under the themed umbrella of each gathering, actors caper about a constructed medieval village, engaging in Old English–flavored conversation and clapping games with fair-goers. In a tented marketplace, vendors sell beaded crafts, art, and tyrannical-king repellent alongside stands serving mead, beer, and other satisfying sundries. Although the shows and events vary at each fair, past spectacles have included archery displays, pub sing-alongs, and costume parades.

347 Gilead Street
Hebron,
CT
US

Soft breezes skip off the shores of Amos Lake, rustling through trees and across the grassy acreage that surrounds Dalice Elizabeth Winery, where second-, third-, and fourth-generation Italian Americans share the secrets of their polished craft. Having dispersed its all-natural specialty foods and wines internationally, the winery's founding family continually impresses the palates of casual indulgers and contest judges alike, churning out grape-to-bottle chardonnays, merlots, and sauvignons that cannot be found on the shelves of local stores. In addition to tastings, the winery hosts winemaking and cooking classes, during which glasses clink between aspiring chefs and vintners as they learn to entertain houseguests or polite burglars with style and ease.

6 Amos Rd.
Preston,
CT
US

BurgerFi's founder envisioned a timeless, casual American eatery, evoking the feel of a 1950s diner while adhering to the best modern food preparation practices. BurgerFi's unique menu and furnishings emerged from that equation. Cooks form each burger patty from all-natural, free-range beef, raised without chemicals or hormones. They also grill up similarly conscientious specialties, such as their Kobe beef hot dogs or the brisket burger, featuring 28-day dry-aged ground brisket beneath a combination of swiss and blue cheeses. They serve these creations alongside craft beers and wines.

The decor owes just as much to the owner's penchant for sustainable practices as the food. At each location, dining rooms features chairs made from recycled Coke bottles, recycled wood tables, and large fans that move plenty of air while consuming less electricity, putting less efficient fans out of a job.

1062 Tolland Turnpike
Manchester,
CT
US

Sharpe Hill Vineyard may sit in the sleepy town of Pomfret, but that hasn't done anything to diminish the winery's international profile. Its wines have racked up more than 250 medals over the years, and with good reason. The Ballet of Angels vintage alone has won 15 awards; critics far and wide have spoken highly of the semi-dry white's citrusy blend with notes of peach, pear, and grapefruit.

But that's just one of the vintages crafted by winemaster Howard Burnsen, who draws on 25 years of experience to create an eclectic variety of wines. The rich Cabernet Franc, for instance, pairs nicely with chocolate desserts and chocolate-covered vegetables, while the St. Croix, a dry red, pairs best with beef and lamb. Try out any of these pairings at the winery's own Fireside Tavern restaurant.

108 Wade Road
Pomfret,
CT
US

Brewing wine or beer at home can seem daunting, similar to growing your own food or bathing your own toddler. But for nearly 40 years, the hoochmasters at Brew and Wine Hobby have been making that dream a reality. Besides supplying everything a casual enthusiast needs to get started fermenting, beer and wine enthusiasts lead educational classes that cover chemistry, ingredients, brewing techniques, and how they all affect the final product.

12 Cedar St
East Hartford,
CT
US