Feb 4, 2011
11:10 AM
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Priam goes Solar

 

Did you know that Priam Vineyards in Colchester recently became the first vineyard in Connecticut—and all New England—to be completely solar-powered? In September, they finished installing panels that provide all the power needed to run the winery, as well as all wine production. We think that’s pretty cool. The winery was built into a hillside at the base of the vineyard, as a New England style barn, specifically to make use of the earth’s cool temperature in the wine cellar, and gravity was employed to feed juice from the crush pad to the tanks to help reduce the impact on the environment. The winery propagates bluebirds for pest control in place of insecticides, and has been certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a natural bird and wildlife habitat. Hear, hear! And add a visit to Priam to your fantasies of what you’ll do when the weather gets warm again. 

In the meantime, on Feb. 7, Priam Vineyards' wines will be featured at a series of shellfish and wine tastings at Max Fish in Glastonbury. Meet winemakers Gloria Priam and Gary Crump, try their Barrel Select Chardonnay, Riesling, Dry Gewurtztraminer and Late Harvest Riesling and see how well these wines go with oysters and a lobster parfait. Mmmmmmm. 

Cost: $35. Seatings are at 6, 7 and 8. Call 860/652-FISH to reserve a seat; if you choose to have dinner before or after your tasting, it will be 20% off.

 

Priam goes Solar

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