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Heritage Trail Cafe at the Winery
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed December 22, 2012

This place is horrible. No wonder the service sucks. The owners take your tips, take most for themselves and then give servers 20 for 11 hours of work. Plus the wine is gross.

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

We stopped into Heritage Trails for a wine tasting. Unlike other wineries, where you step to the bar for the tasting, here you are seated at a table in their restaurant section. This is mainly because they don't have a bar. It may seem like it is going to be great, but your tasting is done as the wait staff serves other tables.
We ordered our tastings, which consist of five wines. We also ordered the "Grand Pairing", which is a dish of various cheeses and crackers, etc. Unfortunately the "Grand Pairing" didn't arrive at our table until we were on the third of the five wines, so it wasn't much of a pairing. On top of that it consisted of a few small dollops and meager slices of cheese with no explanation of what the cheeses were for $27. It was highly overpriced.

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1  Thank ContestWinner
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Visited on one of our wine trail weekends. We thought the wines were over priced (in comparison to other places we have visited). The waitress forgot about us... So the wine tasting took long than it should of. The place is cute though-all the food is pretty pricey. The grounds are rustic-the place looks like it needs a little tlc! But it wasn't terrible. Def in the middle of no where- pretty decent tasting wines.

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Reviewed October 5, 2012

Let me begin by saying we have visited many of the CT wineries over the last few years. We went on a wine trail tour recently with friends and last minute decided to add Heritage Trail Cafe to our agenda. We only went in for the wine tasting but you have to sit at tables even for this. It was a Saturday night and there were only 2 twosomes in the restaurant which should have warned us that this place is not well received. The place was cute but the staff was not interested in doing their job. It took over 45 minutes to taste 5 wines, and it would have been even longer but we kept trying to grab someone's attention to take care of us. As a group, we purchased four bottles of wine and also purchased the glasses (rather different than most) which the waitress and the wine tasting list said were $5 each. When our bills were rung up we were charged $10 a piece for the glasses and management (?) said this was the price. We pointed out the price on the menu and the fact the waitress told us the price and got the price back to $5 but were told never to come back. Needless to say, we won't. The wine was good but definitely not worth the attitudes of the establishment. If you're going to visit a winery or two, skip this one. There are plenty of excellent wineries to visit without adding this to your list.

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3  Thank BANA413
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Reviewed September 8, 2012 via mobile

We stopped by the Heritage trail winery this afternoon for a tasting not realizing that they also had a restaurant and cafe. We opted to do the grand pairing tasting of wine and cheese which was a very nice cheese and fruit plate for 2 along with tastings of 2 white wines, one blend and 1 red wines. For $25 this was a nice way to spend the afternoon. Unlike most CT wineries, there was no sales pitch to purchase the wines which were quite good. Our server did forget our last wine in the tasting but when I questioned it, made up by double pouring.

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1  Thank MM8803
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