Saturday, May 28, 2011


Seems like this is the year of regional wine books! First the Finger Lakes got their shot, with two books this season, and now Connecticut is getting in the act. A former son of Connecticut, I am pre-disposed to like this book.

Wine has been meticulously crafted in Connecticut ever since colonists discovered wild grapes growing on their land. At first glance, the New England climate appears inhospitable for this fastidious fruit, but a number of varieties thrive here, including pinot gris, chardonnay, cabernet franc, cayuga white and st. croix. These carefully cultivated grapes have produced wines of unique characteristics and surprising quality. Join local wine enthusiasts Eric D. Lehman and Amy Nawrocki as they explore the intricacies of the region s local blends, the vintners who craft them and the people who taste them.

This is a great little book (only a very readable 128 pages). Lehmann and Nawrocki affably tell the history of wine in the state, and interview numerous people in the bargain. A truly wonderful little tome, filled with all the interesting anecdotes one might expect.

Praise for this book:

"Do You Know Where Your Wine Has Been?...Thanks to University of Bridgeport English professors Amy Nawrocki and Eric D. Lehman, now you do. Their new book, "A History of Connecticut Wine: A Vineyard in Your Backyard," published last month by The History Press, illuminates the past and present of Connecticut winemaking. With more than 30 vineyards in our state and a longstanding history of wine-producing vineyards dating back to the colonial days, there's plenty to tell. Read the whole story in their book. You might just find a new favorite grape growing in your own backyard." --Meaghan Morelli, The Daily

"Nutmeggers and visitors alike can unearth the industry's history, meet the winemakers and enjoy some food for thought--all paired with a Connecticut wine perfect for the occasion." --Jaime Ferris, Housatonic Times

It's a great book. If you like wine and live or are visiting New England, you should buy a bottle of Connecticut wine and read this book, either in a Adaronack chair by Long Island Sound or the Atlantic Ocean, or on the porch of some lovely back country summer home or inn. A fun, wonderful read!