“We had a good turnout for an educational and fun afternoon
at McLaughlin Vineyards in Sandy Hook, CT on Saturday, June 5. The
afternoon began with a beautiful stroll through the Nature Preserve
property that adjoins the vineyard. As soon as the intrepid hikers
returned, they were met by Morgen McLaughlin who provided an insightful
and enjoyable wine tasting seminar for all. The winery produces
of a variety of wine each year from crisp Chardonnays to subtle
Merlots, and often has some more unusual yet refreshing varieties
such as apple wine. We were able to taste a wide range of wines
and purchase a few bottles to bring home. Following the wine tasting
we stepped outside to the patio for a wonderful brunch, with which
we were able to enjoy more of the wines that we had tasted. The
event was a great success and we are grateful to Morgen and the
McLaughlin family for graciously hosting the event for us. We hope
to return next year.”
Boston College Alumni Association, Fairfield County Chapter News
sampling the vintages to hilltop views, a weekend on the wine trail
is a road trip for the senses. - by Jeanne Ricci Yankee Magazine
The skies have cleared,
which makes the entrance into the awe-inspiring Housatonic River
Valley and McLaughlin Vineyards -- via a tree-lined dirt road --
all the more dramatic. A sense of serenity overtakes me as I approach
the attractive winery, established in 1979 and located on a 160-acre
estate. Inside, the tasting room is tranquil, and the usual wine
accessories are for sale along with a variety of maple syrup products,
which are produced on-site. You can easily spend all day in the
area, mountain biking or hiking through several nearby state forests.
The lawn and perennial gardens surrounding the winery are ideal
for picnicking, and there is plenty of space for kids to run around.
In July and August, visitors drop in on the summer jazz series.
If you fall in love with this spot as much as I did, you can spend
the night in the winemaker's cottage for a cost of $150 and up,
depending on the season.