Monday, June 20, 2011

Miranda Winery in Goshen, CT

This is not the first time I have written about Miranda Winery. I discovered them back last year at the Connecticut Wine Festival where I fell in love with their Miranda Woodridge Red. But I recently decided to tour Connecticut a little more often and closely, and thought to stop in and see the place for myself.

As has been told before, some sons learn how to fish from their fathers.
Others learn how to play baseball. Manny Miranda learned how to make wine. Manny started making wine when he was a young kid. His yard was scattered with winemaking equipment watching and helping his father, and grandfather, make wine. Since he was a small boy growing up in Portugal, Manny dreamed of planting his own vineyard and building his own winery.

It took more than 50 years, but he and Maria finally did it. Recently they both retired, Manny from his own construction company, Maria as a school principal. And now they’re doing the opposite of what many retired couples would do. They’re starting all over again. It's a remarkable story.

So, we went in order. The Woodridge white was lovely. Bright, citrusy and well balanced. A versatile New England wine, blending chardonnay and seyval blanc grapes. Refreshing for a summer afternoon and elegant enough for an evening dinner party. Very, very lovely.

Next we had the Seyval Blanc. This was a refreshing, light and fruity crisp white wine. It was a classic, crisp, fruity, and citrusy seyval blanc. Just gorgeous.

The Miranda Chardonnay was also very good. It was a elegant, full-bodied white wine. A floral bouquet of apricot and peach came through as promised. Some spice on the end as well. Very, very nice.

The Rose' was also very lovely. HInts of strawberry on the nose. A hint of bright cherries as well. Great as a sipper or with cheese.

Unfortunately, the Woodridge Red wasn't available. But we bought a few bottles of some of the other wines, not to worry.

A lovely winery and some great wines. A fun place to stop!