Taylor Brooke Winery: Because Connecticut Wine Is A Thing
If you’re from New England, you’ve heard of Taylor Brooke Winery
At least that is what I am guessing. Taylor Brooke Winery is well known in the Northeast for their fruit-infused wines that are often staples at the dinner table for the holidays. Think cranberry, raspberry and pomegranate flavors spiked into your favorite red or white wines.
If you are not familiar with Taylor Brooke, then let me introduce you to this quaint winery and vineyard operation located in northeast Connecticut. The operation began as a passion project by couple Robert and Linda Auger. Robert worked and traveled in the biotech industry, all the while fine-tuning his winemaking skills with the help of his wife. Eventually, they were able to pursue the business of wine full-time – Robert as the head winemaker and Linda as the tasting room manager. Their daughter, Nikki, learned the trade as a teenager. With the passing of Robert in early 2017, Nikki assumed the role of head winemaker and works as co-owner of the winery with her mother.
Tasting at Taylor Brook Winery
The tasting room at Taylor Brooke Winery 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
My boyfriend and I were visiting family in Massachusetts for the Thanksgiving holiday, and decided to visit during one of their special holiday hours. It was a cold and rainy winter day, and we drove through twisted roads in the middle of the quiet Connecticut woods until we saw the sign directing us up the driveway.
The winery is perched atop a hill, surrounded by vines behind and beside the building. The patio and pavilion is located to the left, with two tasting rooms front and center. As you walk in, you are greeted with rustic wood charm, a long tasting bar, plenty of Taylor Brooke wines to haul home with you, and an assortment of other wine accessories and gifts for purchase.
We met Nikki, who guided us through our 10 sample tasting. You can choose the wines you wish to sample, which are typically based on seasonal availability. Nikki, as you may recall from earlier, is the current owner and winemaker of Taylor Brooke Winery. She was so friendly and pleasant, and answered all of our questions regarding the property, the grapes, the winery operations, and everything in between. If you have the opportunity to visit the winery, ask for Nikki – she’s the best!
Grapes Grown In The Taylor Brooke Winery Vineyard
Just a few of the grape varietals grown on site in the New England vineyard include:
- Corot Noir
- St. Croix
So What Did We Drink At Taylor Brooke Winery?
Check out Part 2 of my Taylor Brooke Winery Series here, for 11 of the wines Matthew and I tasted during our visit!
Check Out Taylor Brooke Winery Yourself!
You can visit their website here. Unfortunately, they do not ship their wines. So if you happen to find yourself in the New England area, make sure to stop by their tasting room and try before you buy!
Do you have a local winery you love to visit or are waiting to explore?
I’d love to hear from you below in the comments!