Continuing our spotlight on great gifts from local Fairfield County producers, we turn our focus to Jones Winery located in the rolling hills of Shelton. And, when it comes to holiday gifts, is there anything that’s better than wine? You can bring bottles over to your family’s gatherings, give a bottle to a friend, or drink away your sorrows if the in-laws are over. But, seriously, Jones Winery.
Yes, we’ve been there many times just to check out the tasting room or have stopped in after heading over to Pumpkinseed Hill to stock up on pumpkins and all kinds of harvest goodies. For our first few times, we felt that their strongest and best wines were the sweet, fruit and dessert ones, but after a recent visit a couple of months back, we were impressed with their improved quality. We were particularly happy with the Stonewall Chard, their Rosé (we bought our own for Thanksgiving), the Ripton Red, and of course Harvest Time.
At the winery you can find:
- Pinot Gris 2012
- Stonewall Chard
- Woodlands White
- Rosé of Cab Franc (not many left)
- Cab Franc Vinter Select 2012
- Ripton Red
- Beacon Light 8
- Strawberry Serenade sparkling
- First Blush
- Harvest Time
- Raspberry Rhapsody (sold out as of now)
- Black Currant Bouquet (sold out as of now)
- Blueberry Bliss (sold out as of now)
- Seven Generations port-style (soon to be released)
Local stores also have Jones wines, so keep them in mind when you’re out searching for some wine. In addition, it’s always a fun time to stop by the tasting room. Each tasting is just $7.95 with tax for 7 tastes of wine that you pick and you get to keep a Jones Winery glass, too. When you find that perfect wine, you can order a glass if you’d like or buy a bottle or two.
Also, when you’re checking out, don’t forget to look around their shop for more local CT products that are hard to find. Here are the hours that you need to know about for visiting this holiday season:
Wine Sales: Monday-Saturday, 10-5:30 and Sunday, 11-5:30
Weekends: Complimentary tastings of selected wines Saturday, 10-5:30 and Sunday, 11-5:30
Weekdays: Wine tastings Monday-Friday from 12-5
Christmas Eve: They are open until 4, so you can stock up for the holidays.
December 27-30: Wine tasting and sales from 11-5
December 31: Wine tastings and sales 11-2 so you can stock up for New Year’s!