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March 21, 2008

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Curious: What was the Connecticut wine? I'm from CT and of the 14 or so wineries, there are really only 3 or so worth visiting. For Chardonnay, the only places I've experienced that have had any luck have been Chamard and Jonathan Edwards. I lot of the wineries in CT make fruit wines or non-vinifera, so I'm curious what your class chose.
Dave

The Ascot Reserve Chardonnay from Strawberry Ridge. I don't know much about CT wines, but I've heard good things about JE and look forward to checking it out at some point.

Sasha,

Your instructor should have made a stop at Vintage New York in Soho (we also have a second location on the upper west side)www.vintagenewyork.com
All New York wines. We have a $15 tasting flight of five wines, so it's easy to find something. Maybe next time! I also recently heard about a new NY-only wine store in Brooklyn, so good things are on the horizon for NY wine.
Meanwhile, I admire your perseverance in getting the class to taste a local wine.

I've heard about Strawberry Ridge before but have not been there myself. I checked out their website and they make a Cab and Merlot - both from purchased California Grapes. Their website says their Chard is all estate grown in Litchfield County (but I think they used to use New York grapes in the past.)
It's interesting that your notes indicate that the oak was disjointed, since the wineries own website claims to avoid over-oaking. They also seem to win quite a few awards for this Chard and are on numerous wine lists around the country (and even outside the country now according to their website). Check it out:

https://www.strawberryridge.com/proprietors_news.asp

As a CT resident, I'm going to have to make the trip up towards the Nortwest corner and check this out myself. Any decent wine I've tasted in CT before has only come from the South East corner along the shore - - - I've never tasted anything good from interior CT.

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