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11 Wines To Try In The Taylor Brooke Winery Tasting Room

11 Wines To Try In The Taylor Brooke Winery Tasting Room

Let’s Drink Wine In The Taylor Brook Winery Tasting Room!

Please note that all images in this post are property of Taylor Brooke Winery.

In Part 2 of my Taylor Brooke Winery Series, I’ll be giving you a glimpse into some of their offerings in the tasting room.  In case you missed Part 1 of the 2-Part Series, you can check it out here.

 

Before we dive into the wines, I just want to recap some things you may want to know before you plan your Taylor Brooke Tasting Room experience, and some tips to help you with wine tasting.  And some of these tips are not exclusive to Taylor Brooke, either – they are helpful for any winery you may be thinking about attending!

 

Before we dive into the wines, I just want to recap some things you may want to know before you plan your Taylor Brooke Tasting Room experience, and some tips to help you with wine tasting.  And some of these tips are not exclusive to Taylor Brooke, either – they are helpful for any winery you may be thinking about attending!

 

TAYLOR BROOK WINERY TASTING ROOM

Taylor Brooke Winery Tasting Room is open Friday through Sunday between April and December, with limited hours during the winter months and holidays.  There is also a patio and pavilion that are open during the warmer months.  Tours are available by appointment only, and last about an hour.  Guests have the option of tasting the following if visiting the tasting room only:

  • 2 samples are complimentary
  • 5 samples are $5
  • 10 samples are $10
  • Brandy samples are $3
  • Winery logo glasses are $3

 

WINERY TASTING ROOM TIPS

  • Drink plenty of water!  Not only do you need to cleanse your palate in between samples, but you need to stay properly hydrated if you will be swallowing all your samples.
  • It’s OK to spit!  If you expect to be doing a lot of tasting in a short amount of time, there is no shame in the spitting game.
  • Nibble on the crackers or other foods left out.  The crackers act as palate cleansers, but the nuts and chocolates help to accentuate the flavors and characteristics of certain wines.  The staff will inform you if this is the case.
  • Take notes!  You often get a hand out with information on the wines you are drinking but each experience is unique.  Write down what YOU are smelling, seeing, tasting, and are reminded of.  Rate it on a scale of 0-5, 0-100, A-F if you can.
  • Ask questions!  This is what the staff is here for.  They know their stuff, so don’t be shy.
  • Share with a friend!  This is a great way to maximize the wines you get to try.  Even though Taylor Brooke only offers 10 tastings, Matthew and I opted for different dessert wines so we could share the final glasses.

 

Riesling grapes are harvested from and crushed in Washington, then transported back to CT to be fermented and vinified.  The results show a clean, crisp traditional style Riesling, rich with yellow and orange stone fruits, and a hints of floral and honey.  It is off-dry and does have a bit if sweetness to it.  A great option for Riesling lovers who aren't huge fans if the "petrol" notes. | Visit thegloriousgrape.com for more wine reviews!

Taylor Brooke Riesling

Woodstock, CT $13.99

3/5

Riesling grapes are harvested from and crushed in Washington, then transported back to CT to be fermented and vinified.  The results show a clean, crisp traditional style Riesling, rich with yellow and orange stone fruits, and a hints of floral and honey.  It is off-dry and does have a bit if sweetness to it.  A great option for Riesling lovers who aren’t huge fans if the “petrol” notes.

 

 

Made primarily with estate grown Vignoles and a bit of Cayuga White, this is sweet with a pronounced pineapple flavor, some orange, and freshly pollinated spring blossoms. The finish shows a bit of minerality and acidity. | Visit thegloriousgrape.com for more wine reviews!

Taylor Brooke Woodstock Hill White

Woodstock, CT $15.99

3/5

Made primarily with estate grown Vignoles and a bit of Cayuga White, this is sweet with a pronounced pineapple flavor, some orange, and freshly pollinated spring blossoms. The finish shows a bit of minerality and acidity.

 

 

One of my three favorites of the tasting. Made entirely with estate grown Cayuga White, which was developed at Cornell University and thrives in New England climate and soil. Refreshing, fruity and off dry, with plenty of pineapple supported by tangerine and fresh summer peaches. Taylor Brooke rescues dogs from local shelters, and produced this wine to help give back. $1 of every bottle sold is donated to the Worcester Animal Rescue League. Drink for a cause! | Visit thegloriousgrape.com for more wine reviews!

Taylor Brook Wine Dog 1

Woodstock, CT $16.99

4/5

One of my three favorites of the tasting. Made entirely with estate grown Cayuga White, which was developed at Cornell University and thrives in New England climate and soil. Refreshing, fruity and off dry, with plenty of pineapple supported by tangerine and fresh summer peaches.

Taylor Brooke rescues dogs from local shelters, and produced this wine to help give back. $1 of every bottle sold is donated to the Worcester Animal Rescue League. Drink for a cause!

 

Traminette is related to Gewürzt, and originally comes from Indiana. This wine uses estate grown Traminette to produce a wine with shades and initial flavoring of hay. Highly aromatic and flavorful like it's relative,you will find pineapple and spice layered onto a medium + fruity body. | Visit thegloriousgrape.com for more wine reviews!

Taylor Brooke Traminette

Woodstock, CT $14.99

3.5/5

Traminette is related to Gewürzt, and originally comes from Indiana. This wine uses estate grown Traminette to produce a wine with shades and initial flavoring of hay. Highly aromatic and flavorful like it’s relative,you will find pineapple and spice layered onto a medium + fruity body.

 

Taylor Brooke is well know in New England for their fruit infused wines. I've had many before I was ever seriously into wine, but this was my first experience with this one. Made with the winery's Riesling, a natural green apple essence is infused into the wine to provide a tart and acidic kick to the off sweet Riesling. Tastes like a candied apple, but what is really intriguing about this is it possesses a funky cheese nose. Would pair perfect with cheddar or brie. | Visit thegloriousgrape.com for more wine reviews!

Taylor Brooke Green Apple Riesling

Woodstock, CT $13.99

3/5

Taylor Brooke is well know in New England for their fruit infused wines. I’ve had many before I was ever seriously into wine, but this was my first experience with this one. Made with the winery’s Riesling, a natural green apple essence is infused into the wine to provide a tart and acidic kick to the off sweet Riesling. Tastes like a candied apple, but what is really intriguing about this is it possesses a funky cheese nose. Would pair perfect with cheddar or brie.

 

Taylor Brooke Lazy Day Red

Woodstock, CT $16.99

3/5

Sorry for the lack of photo on this one!  A very limited release, and very much a summer sipper. Blended with Frontenac Gris (white) and St Croix (red) from both the estate and other CT vineyards, this is best served with a light chill. Dry and low in tannins, with lots of red fruits such as cranberry, cherry and plum.

 

Corot Noir was a hybrid grape developed at Cornell and is similar to Pinot Noir. It has a gentle earthiness on the nose, with pleasant acidity and easy tannins. Flavors show cherries, red currants and blackberries. | Visit thegloriousgrape.com for more wine reviews!

Taylor Brooke Corot Noir

Woodstock, CT $19.99

3.5/5

Corot Noir was a hybrid grape developed at Cornell and is similar to Pinot Noir.  It has a gentle earthiness on the nose, with pleasant acidity and easy tannins.  Flavors show cherries, red currants and blackberries.

 

This was actually our Thanksgiving dinner wine! It is a pleasant choice for the holidays due to it's fruit-forward flavors, sweet yet balanced acidity, smooth tannins and hint of spice.  Burgundian in style, with jammy red fruit flavors favoring currant, and dried berries sprinkled in holiday spice. | Visit thegloriousgrape.com for more wine reviews!

Taylor Brooke Woodstock Valley Red

Woodstock, CT $19.99

3.5/5

This was actually our Thanksgiving dinner wine! It is a pleasant choice for the holidays due to it’s fruit-forward flavors, sweet yet balanced acidity, smooth tannins and hint of spice.  Burgundian in style, with jammy red fruit flavors favoring currant, and dried berries sprinkled in holiday spice.  100% St. Croix.

 

Taylor Brooke Sunny Sangria

Woodstock, CT $14.99

3/5

Also do not have a photo of this one!  If you are into Sangria but hate premixed stuff like I do, this might just change your mind. Made with CT grown Frontenac Gris and estate grown St. Croix, this is full of cinnamon and ginger aromas and flavors, along with plenty of citrus favoring blood orange. You can use it as a base for your own homemade sangria, or sip it straight. Even better, in the fall it serves as a great starter for mulled wine!

 

Another one of my three favorites of the tasting. This dessert wine was served with dark chocolate and it was a divine pairing. The estate grown Traminette is harvested late in the season so the grapes have extra concentrated juices bursting with sweet dried yellow fruit and trail mix flavors. A touch of acidity adds balance. | Visit thegloriousgrape.om for more wine reviews!

Taylor Brooke Late Harvest Traminette

Woodstock, CT $25.99

4/5

Another one of my three favorites of the tasting. This dessert wine was served with dark chocolate and it was a divine pairing.  The estate grown Traminette is harvested late in the season so the grapes have extra concentrated juices bursting with sweet dried yellow fruit and trail mix flavors.  A touch of acidity adds balance.

 

For the final sample, we finished up with the perfect ending. This is a chocolate infused Merlot Port-style wine, with grapes harvested in California. The nose is filled with fresh chocolate shavings and cocoa powder, and the palate is smooth with flavors of cherry, raspberry and liquid silk chocolate on the finish. Pair this with anything chocolate if you can't get enough of it. One of the three favorites of the tasting! | Visit thegloriousgrape.com for more wine reviews!

Taylor Brooke Chocolate Essence

Woodstock, CT $29.99

4/5

For the final sample, we finished up with the perfect ending.  This is a chocolate infused Merlot Port-style wine, with grapes harvested in California.  The nose is filled with fresh chocolate shavings and cocoa powder, and the palate is smooth with flavors of cherry, raspberry and liquid silk chocolate on the finish.  Pair this with anything chocolate if you can’t get enough of it.  One of the three favorites of the tasting!

 

What are your favorite local wines?  Do you have a winery close by that you are curious to try out?  Let me know below!


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