Sipping the afternoon away on a Connecticut farm winery is perhaps one of the most relaxing experiences you will encounter.
No need to take a flight out to California to taste some of the finest wines in the world, it’s all right here in the California of the east, and our local farm wineries are quick to ensure that you have the very best experience possible.
As a wino, I’m known as soon as I walk through the door of almost any winery in Connecticut. Is that a bad thing? I haven’t figured that out yet. Perhaps I’m the one keeping them all in business, but I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that is hooked on all of the delicious blends of flavors that Connecticut wineries have to offer.
So, when I discovered a new winery had opened out in western Connecticut near my hometown, I just had to take the drive out there to discover it. I had been watching their progress on Instagram over the past year, and was delighted when I discovered that the finishing touches were put on and that they were officially open for business during a time when our wineries flourish.
Hawk Ridge, located on nearly sixty acres of land in scenic Watertown, is perhaps one of the best spots to not only sip and savior the wine, but also take in the majestic views of the sprawling countryside that surround it that are seemingly untouched by human hands.
I don’t know about you, but I love my wine with a view.
I took to a tasting immediately upon my arrival as I stepped inside the awe inspiring cabin like facility with it’s relaxed porch complete with rocking chairs and large windows for folks on the inside to take in the views. With a building so majestic, the wine would have to be equally as impressive, and sure enough it was.
While I couldn’t decide on an actual favorite through my tasting, two of the wines that could instantly come to mind were the Rose Buble, a sparkling raspberry wine that is just as decadent as it sounds, and the Hawk Ridge Sangria that was blended with perhaps some of the freshest fruits and best spices I have ever encountered in a wine.
Once I was through with my tasting, it was to the porch to sip a glass of the sangria while rocking away on a rocking chair as I indulged in the panoramic views. It’s a winery such as this that just gets everything right. The wines. The views. The hospitality.
Who needs to spend a couple grand to get to Napa Valley when all you need is a tank of gas and a few good friends and a vineyard that is sure to impress.
Winery Rating: 5 out of 5.
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