A Beautiful Day for a Glass of Wine
Along on our voyage, Taz and I stopped at Priam Vineyards, which is part of the CT Wine Trail, thus, part of my Bucket List for 2013. Since it was very close to the hikes I was doing that day, I decided I may as well knock that out at the same time. We needed a break between hikes, we were due for a snack, and we were parched! I really like this vineyard because it’s really dog friendly. Taz, of course, did not come inside while I did the tasting, but that only took about 5 – 10 minutes, so I left him in the car to relax (and by relax I mean I let him freak out, thinking that I have left him for life) for a minute. A young guy guided me through the tasting. I have actually been to this vineyard before with my sister and bestie. Funny story: it was at this vineyard that my sister told me and Liz that she “doesn’t even like wine”…oh how times have changed since then.
Address: 11 Shailor Hill Rd Colchester, CT 06415 (860) 267-8520
Cost For Tasting: $7 – $14. For $7 you get a smaller glass and less variety of wine, for $14 you get a larger glass as well as a bigger variety of wines to taste. (It’s worth it for the larger glass – the small glass is kind of dinky and isn’t what you’d want to drink wine out of at home. The larger one is really pretty and has a nice shape).
Ranking: $10!! The staff is SUPER NICE and friendly, and the vineyard itself is dog friendly! Awesome!
How the tasting works at Priam is that there are 2 “levels” of tasting. (apparently there are actually 3 levels, per the website, but I was only offered two, so that’s all I’m going to talk about). So Level one included a smaller glass and only a couple wines for $7, and level two included a larger wine glass and more of a selection. I did level 2, but only because I did level two before, and this wine glass is my favorite, so I reallllyyyy wanted another one. My favorite was the Blackledge Rose’. I ended up buying a bottle, and I was happy about this particular purchase because this certain wine donates 15% of all proceeds to the Backus Hospital Breast Cancer Survivors Fund. It also won the Bronze Medal at the 2013 International Easter Wine Competition! Yumm!
I liked all the wine. I feel like I’m actually learning things from going to these vineyards because I actually could pull out the flavors in the wine’s description many times before actually reading it. How pretentious is that? Anyways. I was going to get a glass and go sit outside with Taz and have our snack, but I got talked into a bottle because a glass was $10 and a bottle was $17…so for only $7 more I got 3 more glasses. Don’t worry, I only drank one glass there, but I’m sure the rest will not go to waste! We sat for a little bit, then walked around the grounds and took some pictures, since it was a beautiful day!