WALLINGFORD — Paradise Hills Vineyard and Winery is releasing a new red wine on Jan. 25.
The wine — called “Maestro” — was blended on site at the vineyard. To celebrate the release, the vineyard is offering 10 percent off each case, which has 12 bottles.
Unfortunately there will not be a wine tasting.
“We are not doing any wine tasting because of COVID,” said Marcelo Mena, the vineyard’s general manager and wine maker.
According to Mena, guests can expect the wine to taste fruity with intense oak flavors. Mena called it a “long wine” — meaning the flavors last in your mouth for a while after swallowing.
“The wine has so much body, it helps keep the flavors,” he said.
The general manager expects the wine to do very well, considering the last new wine released sold out in two months.
The winery at 15 Windswept Hill Road continues to offer indoor and outdoor seating but noticed online sales have taken off.
“Online shopping has become very popular,” Mena said. “Peo
ple can order what they want and receive it within a few days.”
Although the winery has heaters for rent for outdoor seating, walk-in business is definitely not the same during the summer and early fall.
Paradise Hills is open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Other local wineries like, Gouveia Vineyards, doesn’t have a new wine coming out, but according to their website is serving the vineyard’s Mulled wine, a red wine infused with cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange.
Gouveia Vineyards is open Monday to Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 pm.
The Wine Press, 118 Quinnipiac Ave., North Haven, allows customers to make their own wines.
According to Lori Iannucci, daughter of the owner of The Wine Press, the wine-making facility is preparing for their spring harvest with Chilean wines for their customers. Contact The Wine Press at firstname.lastname@example.org.