Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive, E-lim-i-nate the Pretension

Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive, E-lim-i-nate the Pretension The Important things to remember when picking the right Wine for You !


For me, wine is like family. There are great times and difficult times. Much like family, wine can warm your heart and inspire the soul. Family takes compromise and hard work. As Sir Robert Scott Caywood said “Compromises are made for relationships…not wine.”

So on that note, how do you make the right choice and not compromise? This is not Harry Potter where the “Wand chooses the Wizard”, you choose the wine. Don't let pretentious wine ratings or the fancy bottles with pretty shapes and carvings sway you. If the wine comes in a box, jug or glass beaker don't let it sour your decision either way. There is only one thing you need to remember. TASTE is King, Queen & Vineyard.

Don't be anxious or nervous about picking a wine. You are not standing in front of those American Idol judges, you don't have a recording contract on the line. Choose what tastes delicious and inviting to you. If your choice happens to cost $7 a bottle, how perfect! If the Wine tasting Gods have chosen a bottle costing $30 or more for you, save your money, buy by the case and savor it when you can. Taste as many wines as you can from all regions of the globe and you are bound to unearth superb wine that is affordable for your budget. As in life, you should never do, drink or eat something you don't enjoy. Life is too short not to drink good wine.

So go and explore, wonderful wine awaits you. Eat, drink and taste your way to Positivity not Pretension. Still in a quandary about choosing a fabulous wine? Head to your local wine shop or vineyard and taste away. For free, or just a few dollars, you can try a plethora of wine and find the one for you. A few local suggestions:


 Suggested Wine Shops for tasting:

  • – Free Wine & Cheese tasting Friday from 5-8pm

  • – Free Wine tasting Friday & Saturday from 3:30-7pm

  • – Moodus, CT – Free various tastings 

  • – Haddam, CT – Free various tastings 

  • – Higganum, CT Free tasting Saturday 4-7pm 


Suggested Vineyards for tasting: 

  • , Ledyard CT – check website
  • – Clinton, CT Tuesday thru Sunday 11am-5pm

  • – Stonington, CT – Check website 

  • Jonathan Edwards Winery – North Stonington, CT – Check Website 

  • Hopkins Vineyard – Warren, CT – Check website 

  • Sharpe Hill Vineyard – Pomfret, CT – Friday thru Sunday 11am-5pm


As always check out the Connecticut Wine Trail site for vineyard information and events. Along the way you might get a cabinet full of wine glasses but I guess we all have to compromise a little...

à votre santé

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