A simple concept, really. It turns out that when you visit a winery here along the Connecticut Wine Trail, and plunk down the 6 or 7 bucks for a tasting, they give you the wine glass.
I was bored today and decided to create a new list: Connecticut Wine Tour Complimentary Glasses in Various Parts of My Yard. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
1. Sharpe Hill Vineyard (Pomfret) Glass near eggplant blooms:
I’m not a fan of this free glass. It has an effeminate quality to it; like for an aperitif – which I hate. Nice font and clean logo score points though. 3 out of 5.
2. Jerram Winery (New Hartford) Glass on rock near oregano:
A rounded, nice glass – but hindered mightily by the old timey Gatsby-esque font. Also, the massive size of the Jerram name turns me off a bit as well; with good wine comes humility. 3 out of 5.
3. Sunset Meadow Vineyard (Goshen) Glass on mulch near some purple verbena plants:
A medium width to the glass gives it a slightly weaker look, but doesn’t ruin it. However the logo does, unfortunately. Teeny-tiny all-caps font pushed aside by the massive sunset & meadow etching on the glass. Poor design. 2 out of 5.
4. Miranda Vineyard (Goshen) Glass in front of potted lettuce varieties:
Nice solid glass (same as Jerram’s) with properly sized font and clean, neat logo which has a story. The vertical scroll is the only thing hindering a perfect score. 4 out of 5.
5. Gouveia Vineyards (Wallingford) Glass on deck as Damian yelps in sprinklered delight:
Could be the same glass as Miranda directly above, but the thin cursive etching with overdone curly-cues hinder this glass. Nice representation of the winery but not enough to overcome the weak script. 3 out of 5.
6. Chamard Vineyards (Clinton) We didn’t actually get a class from Chamard, as they weren’t very nice to us:
I’ll use this image for wineries that don’t give us the glass. Rating n/a
7. Rosedale Vineyards (Simsbury) Glass on edge of deck with baby snapping turtle I found under the rose bush in the background:
Does wine pair well with snapper soup? There is a deep red cursive “Rosedale” etching with block capital “VINEYARDS” font. Large rose depiction in center. Meh. I don’t like mixing fonts, personally, but the flower is a nice personalized touch. 3 out of 5.
8. Land of Nod Winery (Canaan):
We did get free jam samples here, however. Rating n/a
9. Connecticut Valley Winery (New Hartford):
I wish we got one… they use uniquely wide glasses for tastings. Rating n/a
10. Priam Vineyards (Colchester) Glass in front of large late-season tarragon plant:
Interestingly, I actually like the scripting here and the interplay with the classic all caps font works this time. The glass, however, shows noticeable seams for a minus point. 3 out of 5.
11. Heritage Trail Vineyards (Lisbon):
Great wine, great winery. Too bad no glass. Rating n/a
12. McLaughlin Vineyards (Sandy Hook):
My guess is that the wine glass delivery truck can’t make it across the beaver bog. Rating n/a
13. Digrazia Vineyards (Brookfield):
Ahhh, look at me, I’m a shattered… I’m a shattered… Look at me- I’m a shattered, yeah. Rating n/a
14. Hopkins Vineyard (New Preston): Wine glass perched on stone walkway I installed this year.
Love it. Clean, simple, to the point. Just as wine and stone walkways should be. 5 of 5
15. Haight-Brown Vineyard (Litchfield): Wine glass in front of Blue Spruce planted upon Damian’s birth.
I’m torn. I love the color/logo/font scheme, but the glass itself is weird. It’s more of a chalice, with a pentagonal stem that feels heavy and cumbersome. 3.5 if 5
16. Cassidy Hill Vineyard (Coventry): At the tasting.
Since this wasn’t complimentary, I snapped at shot from our tasting. I really like this one; simple logo of a tree and two watercolor brushstrokes and the all-important font is perfectly executed. Rating 5/5
17. Holmberg Orchards (Gales Ferry): On my framed garden in front of zucchini and eggplant.
I like this one a lot. It has the year (2009), a clean font and a not-too-cute bee logo. Nice shape as well. Rating 5/5
18. Maugle Sierra Vineyards (Ledyard): On top of Damian’s slide
Pedestrian look to this one; very similar to Priam’s glass with the scripted font and the blocked “Vineyard” below. Rating 3/5
19. Bishop’s Orchards (Guilford):
Reason: They’re tastings are FREE (at press time) so who cares about a glass!. Rating n/a
20. Jones Family Vineyard (Shelton): Autumn mum and fallen pine needles
Classic stemware shape, classy cursive font, Caps could have all retained same size. Rating 4 out of 5
21. Stonington Vineyards (Stonington): On the deck, fall foliage in background
Excellent. Nice shape, great font mixture and tasteful, understated logo. Rating 5 out of 5
22. Jonathan Edwards (Stonington) On the deck, with missing trees from Oct. ’11 storm in background
Beautiful glass; gossamer thin and nice script. (You get it with the pricier tasting). Rating 5 out of 5
23. Taylor Brook (Woodstock)
Lovely people, creative and delicious wines… No glass. Rating n/a
24. Saltwater Farms Vineyard (Stonington)
25. North Winds Vineyard (Stonington)
26. Dalice Elizabeth (Preston)
Because this is the type of glass we usually use at home, I love it.Rating 5/5
27. Paradise Hills (Wallingford)
Winery had just opened and maybe you get a signature glass if you want one, but I only drank from a plain glass.Rating 1/5
28. Lost Acres Vineyard (Granby) glass on edge of giant fig tree pot
I LOVE this glass! Artfully composed image of the mighty Granby Oak! Rating 5/5