Jay and I returned today from an overnight stay with my cousin Lisa and her husband, Sean, in Avon, Connecticut – complete with a visit to a local winery.
My other cousin, his girlfriend, and my sister joined us on the trip. This was our first time visiting Lisa and Sean at their beautiful home. We had been planning this trip for a while, but due to all of our busy schedules and different places we live, sometimes getting all together is like an act of Congress. However, we finally made it happen!
We arrived late afternoon, and after touring Lisa and Sean’s house, we set out to the Connecticut Valley Winery for a wine tasting. The wine here was amazing! We tasted five of their wines while the owner told us about his process for making each one. The wines were very different that many others I have tasted in this region, and most of them are multiple award winners. Their “Deep Purple” (pictured) was my favorite, and the collective favorite of the group.
Their tasting room is very cozy, so after our tasting we purchased a bottle of the Deep Purple and sat down at a table to enjoy, and also purchased a couple of different bottles to take home with us. They also have multiple outdoor seating areas for when the weather is nice. We soon learned that we had gotten very lucky timing wise because as of today, they are closed for the season (reopening in mid-February).
After finishing that bottle of wine, we headed back to Lisa and Sean’s house for…you guessed it…more wine. (If you come from a big Italian family like we do, you know that wine is just a way of life!) We had appetizers, or “pickies” as we call them, and hung out with their two adorable Wheaten Terriers before heading to a great dinner at an Italian restaurant in nearby West Hartford called Bricco.
We are hoping to make this an annual get together, and I can’t wait to try many other wines around this area of Connecticut.
Photos taken by Jay Brodeur and Alicia DeAngelis.