Wines, like a comfortable T-shirt or a hard candy left to ripen under the couch, only get better with age. Taste the passing of time with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a wine tasting for two and two Riedel wine glasses at Chamard Vineyards in Clinton (a $30 value).
Specializing in the art of chardonnay, Chamard cultivates varietal grapes on 20 acres of gently rolling vineyards, unleashing an assortment of palate-pleasing wines. Bring a guest and relish the ambrosial aromas and mouth-uplifting flavors of chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, merlot, and cabernet franc blends created with time-honored winemaking methods and state-of-the-art graping equipment. Grasp a Riedel glass and try five wines while overlooking the pond on the deck, warming up by the tasting room's fire, or hiding in one of the cellar's wine barrels. After sampling fermented grape serums, customers can activate the power of a 15% discount to purchase a bottle of wine ($12.99–$24.99) for enjoying at home or christening a new caravel.
Situated on a beautiful piece of coastal property, Chamard's sumptuous winery greets patrons with finely crafted stonework, an elegant wine cellar ornately accentuated with exposed wooden beams and stacked barrels, and a luxurious wine shop. On Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Chamard enthralls ears with live music (a $10 cover will apply), filling them with delicious sonic sweets to match the rich flavors that mouths refuse to share with them.
The wine at Chamard Vineyards was voted the best Connecticut Wine by Connecticut Magazine and was reviewed in Connecticut Food and Wine and the Other 46. Seven Yelpers give Chamard Vineyards an average of four stars and more than 600 Facebookers like the business.
- In summary, Chamard understands Chardonnay. It’s not overdone with oak and butter, but instead finds a nice balance between California and Burgundian Chardonnays. – Brian Kirby, Other 46
- The actual grounds are beautiful though, the vineyards are surrounded by forest and is very picturesque. After the wine we took a walk around the perimeter of the actual vineyard. – Jordan D., Yelp, 8/20/10