Yesterday my mom, my sister and I went outlet shopping and since we were already in Clinton I thought it would be a great idea to cross off the vineyard in Clinton since it’s on my bucket list and is literally about a stone throw away from the Clinton Crossing Outlets. So – down to the reason of this post: Charmard Vineyards.
Address: 115 Cow Hill Road Clinton, CT 06413 (860) 664-0299
Cost for a tasting: $15 for a 6 wine tasting (includes a white wine glass) $25 for a 8 glass tasting (includes a red wine glass)
Ranking: 2 (NOTE: this is my personal ranking, so please feel free to make your own personal judgement)
OK, so here’s the deal: usually when you go to a vineyard, it’s $5-7 per tasting and you make an afternoon of it. You do the tasting with a few friends, buy a bottle of wine, and then post up at a table where you can eat all the munchables you brought with, sit, relax and chit chat. This winery, however, is different. Though a few years ago they allowed you to bring in outside food, they no longer do. Now if you’d like to eat you have to purchase food from the vineyard itself. Since this tasting was so expensive you’d think that the wine would be spectacular. It wasn’t horrible, however there wasn’t any that I was willing to pay $22 – $30 a bottle for. The vineyard itself is very pretty, but since it’s winter we only got to enjoy the inside, not the beautiful outdoor property. The inside was cozy with exposed wood, high top tables, a fireplace and cool wall architecture to hold the wine bottles. It would have been a bit nicer if the fire place was actually lit, but even without the inside had a nice cozy feel. Overall, I’m glad that we went (heck, it’s wine, I’m always glad that we went!), however, I’m also glad that we did it the way we did: On the way home from shopping, rather than making a whole hour trip down there for some very expensive mediocre wine.
Check out our pics from the day!