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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Rediscover Connecticut


5. An Oddball Day

Chamard Vineyards  

Southeastern Connecticut is no Napa, but its vintages rival most of what’s coming out of North Fork, New York. Plus, you don’t have to deal with throngs of tourists at the area’s mostly undiscovered wineries. Start 30 miles east of the Connecticut River at Stonington Vineyards with some of the new Triad Rosé, a nice spring refresher. Pass back across the river to Clinton's Chamard Vineyards, where you can sip and swish some Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc on the winery's grand deck, overlooking twenty acres of budding grapevines. Fill up your belly with antipasto and Sicilian pastas at NuNu's Bistro in Colchester before finishing the wine tour at nearby Priam Vineyards. Award-winning wines include the semi-sweet Jeremy River White and the full-bodied Bordeaux blend, Salmon River Red.

Published on Apr 11, 2007 as a web exclusive.

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