Drink

As the cool autumn air begins to sweep through New England’s trees, plucking leaves from their roots, the yearly metamorphose of color reminds us of something that the animals won’t soon forget: eat well now- for winter will be here soon. With that, it’s time to re-examine everything apple, pumpkin, roasted or baked. A particularly delicious accompaniment to a hearty meal for us New Englanders is a…

Bogle Vineyards is consistently one of our favorite California value wines, and their latest offering- a 2009 called “Essential Red” is our new favorite. Released in June 2012, this juicy juice has spent the last 18 months in both American and French Oak. It’s an unorthodox blend of Old Vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Syrah. Blends like this are a great way for producers to…

Hopkins 2010 Vineyard Reserve is a blend of 80% Seyval Blanc and 20% Traminette grapes, which creates a dry wine with characteristics similar to Viognier. This white is quite acidic- and as a result- that acidity cuts through spicy dishes beautifully such as curry, Thai foods, Indian, and others where exotic peppers are used. I highly recommend chilling this wine before serving, which really tones down the…

Down in the small community of Lyme, Connecticut lies a family farm nestled half way between the banks of the Connecticut River and Rogers Lake. What once was land for dairy cattle has been replaced by free range beef steer, a state of the art coffee roasting operation and a cozy neighborhood cafe with a view. [Above: Local carpenters Jason, Adam and Dave relax after work on…

Today we came across this amazing video showing a text message enabled espresso coffee machine created by the Seattle company Zipwhip. Their cloud data texting service is the software behind the mechanics that allow a text message sent from any smart phone to trigger a robot that serves up fresh espresso. It gets better. After the coffee is brewed, a number unique to the person sending the…

With Memorial Day weekend ahead of us, it’s a time to celebrate the military men and women currently serving, and to remember those who served in the past. For most Americans, this is the official start of summer and a time to fire up those grills for the first time this season. Beef, burgers, steaks, pork and other summer delights will fly off store shelves as shoppers…

Block Nine’s 2011 Pinot Noir from Caiden’s Vineyards is a very light bodied Pinot, one of the lightest we’ve seen in several months. It’s so light in fact, that it could be mistaken as a rose wine, with it’s beautiful sun-kissed strawberry pink color. With strong notes of earth and that characteristic tar aroma we’ve grown to love from some Pinot Noir, this wine will go well…

Beringer’s cheapest Chardonnay offering currently retails for a mere $8 to $10, and while we’ve found outstanding wines in the past at the $10 range, will Beringer provide the same value? The first thing we noticed about the new Founder’s Estate bottles are their beautifully designed labels. They have that letter pressed style texture on quality paper with a new black seal stamped on the center. The…


Eat

According to a May 29th CNN Post on their food blog, Eatocracy, Anthony Bourdain is now officially part of the CNN family: “World-renowned chef, bestselling author and Emmy winning television personality Anthony Bourdain will join CNN as host of a new weekend program, creating a signature showcase for the network’s coverage of food and travel. The announcement was made by…

Eric D. Lehman is a contributor to Connecticut Food & Wine. He is the Director of Creative Writing at the University of Bridgeport, and is the author of many books about Connecticut, including A History of Connecticut Wine, the Insiders Guide to Connecticut, and the forthcoming History of Connecticut Food. He lives in Hamden with his wife, poet and author…

Amy Nawrocki is a contributor to Connecticut Food and Wine. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Potato Eaters, Nomad’s End, and Lune de Miel (forthcoming). Her two prose works, A History of Connecticut Wine: Vineyard in Your Backyard and A History of Connecticut Food, were written with Eric D. Lehman. She teaches English and Creative Writing at…

The Olympics are often a golden opportunity for companies to solidify their message and strengthen their brand image on the international stage; but can the sponsors actually damage the Olympic brand itself? Recently, the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges in London expressed outrage at the fact that McDonalds is the official sponsor for London’s Olympic Park, an area where a…

No, these are not your standard ice cream cones, these are cupcake cones. Cupcake cones are very simple to make and are fun for the whole family to get involved with. Yesterday we baked them and photographed the entire process to share with you. The total cost to make 24 cones was only $9 including the purchase of vanilla cake…

Eric D. Lehman is a contributor to Connecticut Food & Wine. He is the Director of Creative Writing at the University of Bridgeport, and is the author of many books about Connecticut, including A History of Connecticut Wine, the Insiders Guide to Connecticut, and the forthcoming History of Connecticut Food. He lives in Hamden with his wife, poet and author…

Last week Anthony Bourdain appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, to promote tonight’s season debut of No Reservations on Travel Channel. Bourdain discusses his past seven seasons with Stewart who jokes about having diarrhea merely from watching the things Bourdain eats while traveling abroad. Season 8 promises to be a blast for foodies and travel junkies alike, so…

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Living

This weekend brings us a special fall treat from Jonathan Edwards Winery. They will host their 11th annual Harvest Festival, which is packed with gourmet food, live music, and wine- it just doesn’t get better than that. Enjoy grape stomping contests, hayrides, pumpkin painting and more this weekend October 6 and 7 from noon to six.

This weekend, July 21 and 22 brings an awesome weekend of food, wine and live music at Stonington Vineyards. Tickets are $14 in advance or $16 at the door, and promises to be a blast for all who attend. To purchase tickets now, click here. Consider this a warm up (let’s call it training) for next week’s huge Connecticut Wine Festival in Goshen taking place July 28 and 29.

The high sun and summer heat can only mean one thing for us in New England: fairs, festivals, BBQ and lots of wine. In two weeks the 2012 Connecticut Wine Festival presented by the Connecticut Wine Trail will take place offering a chance for the uninitiated to get a taste of many vineyards in one day. While you won’t be able to get your wine trail passports stamped by each vineyard here, there is a page in the book for the wine festival event itself….

On Saturday and Sunday, June 9th and 10th, Olde Mistick Village will host our Second Annual International Food Festival! Hours for the Festival will be 11 am to 8 pm on Saturday, and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday, rain or shine. Showcasing numerous local restaurants and executive chefs, featuring: Beachside Catering, Bestemors, Chet’s Italian Ice, Gourmet Galley Catering, Harp and Dragon, Johnny’s Peking Tokyo, Meriano’s Bake Shoppe, Munchie Food Truck, The Pita Spot, Pizza Grille, Portuguese Fisherman, Rice Box, A Taste Of India,…

This weekend, June 2 & 3 Jonathan Edwards Winery is having their Spring Festival which will feature wine, live music and all the food you can hope for. There will be an antipasto station, brick oven pizza, chowder, a gourmet grilled cheese truck and cupcakes. Bring some extra cash if you’d like to shop for fine art, jewelry and more. This should be a fun filled event where you can picnic at the vineyard with friends and family. Tickets are only $20 in advance but…

Eric D. Lehman is a contributor to Connecticut Food & Wine. He is the Director of Creative Writing at the University of Bridgeport, and is the author of many books about Connecticut, including A History of Connecticut Wine, the Insiders Guide to Connecticut, and the forthcoming History of Connecticut Food. He lives in Hamden with his wife, poet and author Amy Nawrocki, and their two cats. Just off the verdant square of the Guilford Green, people gather on a fenced patio under green umbrellas, sipping…

From the Press Release: Whether you love dogs, great food, supporting local businesses or all three, the 3rd Annual Taste of Manchester is for you. The event brings hundreds of people to 16 participating locally owned and operated one-of-a kind restaurants in greater downtown Manchester. With affordable ticket prices, free and stylish transportation, a feast of food, and proceeds that benefit a new dog park, The Taste of Manchester is a true community celebration that offers something for everyone. The 3rd Annual Taste of Manchester…