Valentine’s Pairing Ideas: Chamard Vineyards

Valentine’s Day is a great time to show someone you love them with a bottle of wine, a wine tasting experience, or a special event at one of the local CT vineyards.

Here’s some pairing suggestions from Chamard Vineyards in Clinton, CT.

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photo via 9orange photography

If you’re in the mood for Dark & Decadent… 2014 Chamard Vineyards Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon pairs wonderfully with dark chocolate. The bitterness of the chocolate brings out the fruit in the wine, giving you a scandalously flavorful experience.

If you’re in the mood for Sensual & Sweet… 2015 Chamard Estate Reserve Chardonnay is the perfect choice for white chocolate, butterscotch, or caramel desserts. The buttery notes in the barrel aged Chardonnay compliment the savory sweetness of these deserts – leaving a lingering sweet feeling in your mouth as well as in your heart.

If you’re in the mood for Bubbles… Chamard’s Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc compliments your everyday milk chocolate bar. Just as sparkling wines always bring the party, sparkling wine + chocolate = a match made by cupid!

No matter what vineyard you visit — they’ll have the perfect pairing for you and yours!

Interview with Cru Podcast – “Empowering Women Winemakers in Connecticut”

 

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{pictured above – The Founding Members of the Women Winemakers of Connecticut}

{photo credit: 9orange Photography}

Today is kind of surreal. I was featured on the Cru podcast speaking about my family’s business – Musto Wine Grape Company, LLC., The Connecticut Wine Industry, and The Women Winemakers of Connecticut Group I helped create. Such an amazing opportunity, I feel so grateful to have been featured. I had a great time discussing all of these topics with Chappy and I hope he is able to taste some of Connecticut’s delicious wines soon!

Chappy’s podcast focuses on “Stories from the People Behind the Wine”. And if you look at the people he has interviewed so far, the stories are insanely inspiring! He has interviewed the McBride Sisters, Brian McClintic, and Dustin Wilson just to name a few.

It was incredibly kind of him to take the time speak to me and share our conversation with his listeners. Connecticut is a small winemaking and wine growing region but we have a lot to offer any wine lover.

To hear more about The Connecticut Wine Industry, Making Your Own Wine at Home, and The Women Winemakers of CT, You can listen to the full interview below….

Empowering Women Winemakers with Christina Musto 

I hope you enjoy the podcast and make sure to sign up for the Cru Podcast Newsletter. Lots of fun Wine Loving podcasts and new finds will be sent to you every Friday.

Cheers!

Companies mentioned in this podcast:

Cru Podcast

Musto Wine Grape Company, LLC.

CTWine.com

Women Winemakers of CT

Southern Connecticut Wine Company

Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery

Chamard Vineyards

Ceja Vineyards

Women Winemakers of CT Featured in Winemaker Magazine

Finally! Now everyone can access our article in Winemaker Magazine! So excited to have been able to create this article and highlight these amazing winemaking ladies.

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Check out what The Women Winemakers of Connecticut are all about HERE. You will probably see some familiar CT Wine Trail faces so make sure to support your local Winery and Winemaker. 🙂

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If you are interested in joining the Women Winemakers of Connecticut please contact me at cmusto@juicegrape.com.

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Cheers!

Happy National Zinfandel Day!

Happy National Zinfandel Day! Enjoying some 2014 “Mischeivous” Lodi Zin from Macchia Wines. The wine has a lovely smoky-cigar nose with notes of blueberry and blackberry on the palate. A Medium bodied wine, it is very well balanced especially for it’s 15.7% alcohol content. Hope you are able to enjoy a delicious Zinfandel today! Cheers!

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Here are few ideas on how You can celebrate National Zinfandel Day via ZinfandelEvents.com. Cheers! 🙂

1. Share a Bottle with Your Friends
2. Visit a Tasting Room or Wine Bar
3. Explore Zinfandel’s Food Pairing Abilities
4. Visit a Zinfandel Winery
5. Get Social with #ZinDay

 

#ThrowBackThursday – Suisun Valley Sauv Blanc

As harvest comes to an end I find myself missing the vineyards. Harvest is fast and furious with crazy ups and downs. I wouldn’t miss a minute of it no matter how grueling or stressful, but I do enjoy some chill vibes. We had our last delivery of Suisun Valley grapes to Hartford, CT and I can’t help but think about the great times at Wooden Valley Winery in Suisun Valley. Suisun Valley is a fantastic up and coming wine region just outside of Napa. They are well known for their interesting wine varieties such as Petite Sirah and Cabernet Clone 169.

A few months back my friends and I had a little down time and were able to enjoy some Sauvignon Blanc at Wooden Valley. The Sauvignon Blanc was incredible. Delicious notes of guava, tangerine, and lemon. The wine was easy to drink and had a balanced finish. An easy and tasty drinker no matter what time of year.

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Wooden Valley – Known for their Sweet Whites, Sauvignon Blanc, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy a tasting of 5 wines of your choosing. The friendly tasting room staff is happy to help you pair the wines to your palate preferences. Enjoy a glass or bottle of wine out on the patio or visit for one of our Food Truck Fridays. {walk ins welcome}

Tasting Room Hours: 11:00AM – 5:00PM Everyday (closed for specific holidays)

Tastings: Walk Ins Welcome

Tasting Fee: $10.00 to taste 5 wines, the fee is refundable if you purchase a bottle of wine

Tours: By Appointment

Location: 4756 Suisun Valley Rd, Suisun Valley, CA 94534

After a few glasses of SB we decided to take few pictures out in the vineyard. It was such a beautiful day we couldn’t resist!

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Wearing:

Top: Tobi 

Necklace: BlogShop SF gift bag

Skirt: JCrew Outlet

Shoes: Justfab.com

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Cheers!