Hopkins Winery

Whenever I think of nearby wineries, my mind goes right to the North Fork of Long Island.  I'm not even sure I knew any wineries existed in Connecticut until my friend Carrie invited me to visit back in February.  Hopkins Winery is located in Warren, CT just a short drive from the city and in the gorgeous Litchfield Hills.  The best thing to do is try out all of the wines in their tasting room...

...then take choose your favorite one upstairs to their Hay Loft wine bar.  The space has such a homey, rustic feel with incredibly friendly service and some delicious food.

We had a cheese and chocolate platter that was excellent.  All of the cheese were from nearby farms and the chocolate was made by the winery.  When the local musicians began playing some tunes I couldn't help but forget about all the stress in life and just relax...this is a perfect spot for a little escape from the city.

Hopkins Vineyard