Tasting Room & Vineyard
Our tasting room is now open to the public year-round! See hours below.
Wines may be purchased by the glass or by the bottle to be enjoyed on our patio, pavilion, or picnic tables overlooking the vineyard (excluding dessert wines and brandy – these you must take home to enjoy). We have locally produced cheeses and other snacks to enjoy during your visit, but guests are always welcome to bring their own food. If you’re looking to pick up some prepared foods for your picnic, we recommend Sweet Evalina’s Stand, Coriander Cafe, and Jessica Tuesday’s, to name a few.
Guests are invited to enjoy our small communal pavilion. Tables are not be be moved, but additional chairs may be added to your table. Sharing tables and seating is often necessary, and sometimes required. All guests must leave the pavilion and grounds 1 hour past posted closing times, unless otherwise indicated. Due to space limitations, groups of 12 or more are not permitted on the pavilion. No other alcohol other than TBW wine may be consumed on the property. All bottles must be opened by a staff member per CT Law.
*Logo glasses are not included in the price of the tasting and are for sale at an additional cost of $3 plus sales tax.
Things to Know Before You Visit
Nikki Auger, Winemaker/Owner
Nikki is an owner and the Winemaker at Taylor Brooke Winery. She began making wine in the kitchen with Dick when she was 16, and joined him as his assistant making wine and directing operations of the vineyard and winery in August 2016. She has spent over 15 years in the food and beverage industry working at top restaurants in Boston, as well as wineries in Northern California. During the week she can be found in the cellar tasting, testing, strategizing with the vineyard team, and overseeing winery operations. On the weekends, her focus is on assisting Linda with the management of the tasting room. She is also in charge of events.
The Vineyard Manager
Paul Crowley, Vineyard Manager
Paul has been in his position at the winery for over 6 years now. He started his second career in wine by studying viticulture and enology at a local institution. He works with Nikki to oversee vineyard as well as cellar operations. Paul helps to assess and maintain the health of the grapes in the vineyard identifying and anticipating pests and problems. In the cellar, Paul keeps us on schedule guiding grapes from harvest to bottle.
When you visit Taylor Brooke Winery for the first time, you will probably notice the column of dog portraits on the wall of the main tasting room stone bar. They were painted by a former employee, Jessica Machnicki Daigle. The “top dog” was Zima, who died at 12 years old in March 2012. We rescued Zima at the age of 1 ½ from the Worcester Animal Rescue League (WARL). You will also notice one of our most popular wines is named in her memory; Wine Dog 1 and we donate $1 per bottle sold to the WARL.
Zima was an “only child” dog until we rescued Georgia in 2006 from a rescue located in the state of Georgia. Georgia had obviously been abused and was extremely shy and skittish with people, but loved Zima. After Zima figured out that people could love more than one dog at a time, they became friends and loved hanging out on the couch together.
After Zima passed away, we rescued Addison (April 2012) at age of 2ish from The Good Dog Rescue in TN. Addison is our social butterfly that hasn’t met a person she doesn’t love (she especially loves belly rubs), but is territorial with dogs other than Georgia. Addison has a special relationship with one of our resident hawks, Taylor, and can be heard barking at it while out on walks. When Addison joined the family, she seems to have given Georgia the security and confidence to come out of her shell and not be as frightened of people as she was for much of her life.
When you do come in for a visit, Addison may be in the tasting room, so we ask that you do not let her out, since she is a runner who is hard to catch! Go ahead and click on the pictures below to learn more about our wine dogs.