To know me is to know I’m a huge wino!  I hate to say it, but hell it is what it is.  I’m fortunate enough to have a great wine guy I work with through Forks & Fingers, so he hooks me up with great wines all the time.  Shout out to Phil at Winebow!

I’m not a wine snob by any means but I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of our local wineries.  I believe it’s the soil here in CT.  The backdrops are beautiful, but the wines themselves seem to be on the sweeter side.  I have noticed lately that some of the local wineries are smartening up.  Yes, there are grapes they can grow and make decent wines with, but the smart ones outsource grapes from as far as Italy to create a blend that’s actually superb.

Enter Jones Family Farm.  I would consider them one of the smarter ones as many of their wines were blends.

We’ve frequented this farm for years during the holiday season to cut down our Christmas tree, but never for anything else.

Here’s the back story.  We live in Orange, half way between Jones Farm in Shelton and Bishop’s Orchard in Guilford.  It’s just been second nature over the years to visit Bishop’s for our pumpkin and apple picking.  We’ve been doing that since the girls were born.

It wasn’t until this year when schedules, ugh! for the first time ever, prevented us from pumpkin picking together, that Chloe suggested we go to Jones farm to pick pumpkins and visit their winery.  Ha, perks of having “of age” children :)  Today’s family clan consists of myself, Chloe, Ali and Steve Callahan.  Ava, you were greatly missed!

Great idea.  Wow, I thought Bishops was busy, this place was swarming with people.  I mean hundreds upon hundreds of people.  They had great pumpkin and fall vegetable offerings as well as a myriad of fall decorations.  We were quite impressed and walked away with some very unique pumpkins.  They even had pink ones!  Well that was fun….onto the winery

The walk we usually take to go to the christmas village was now adorned with welcoming fall decor.  The building that hosts the wine tastings is in the heart of this area.  It  has a section where you can purchase a cheese and charcuterie plate for the patio and obviously a tasting area.  The room is very inviting.

When you begin your tasting you are asked to choose between dry or sweet wine.  Fortunately for us, there were four of us, which meant sharing.  As with any tasting you go down the line with increasingly stronger wines as you go.  There were some really good ones.  I have to confess, those are the ones with grapes mixed in from outside wineries.  But, if it works, it works.  I think it’s better to offer a great product than to offer something based on principal.

Want to know what impressed us the most???  Their dessert wine.  Not that I’m a huge fan of dessert wines, but in their Raspberry Rhapsody, you could certainly taste the berries.  The best part, those smarties coupled the wine with a piece of dark chocolate!  The combo was heaven!  Bravo!

If you’re in the area and you’re looking for a way to spend a beautiful fall afternoon, I recommend you spend it here.  Enjoy the wine, a hayride, scenery and some good old fashion fun that won’t break your bank.  If you’re smart, you’ll bring your own picnic to enjoy on their patio ;)