My husband and I are spending only one night (on way from Detroit to Greenwich) at NOTL--staying,I think, at Harbour House Hotel. We collect wine at home. We do not like whites. We love pinots (our favorites recently being Rochioli, Sean Thackery, Dierberg '05,) and also like syrahs/cabs--no zins (anything too peppery or spicy). We also love port and ice wine. we would like to stop at 3-4 places, and would love an interesting, pretty route to travel--and recs for any little towns that are must stops. we love the smaller production, high quality, price no object, cool tasting rooms/vineyards.
We have looked at the big boys for ice wine and late harvest wines (Jackson Triggs, Inniskillin, Peller, and Hillebrand)--which are best--maybe 2 of these (or Crown's Bench, or Lailey) and two vinyards such as: malivoire, marynissen, henry of pelham, stratus, 30 bench, and hidden bench...please let us know which are your favorites. thank you!