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Windsor Mansion Inn's New Bar Will Spotlight Wine


Published October 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
Updated October 26, 2016 at 1:24 p.m.

  • Courtesy of Windsor Mansion Inn
  • Windsor Mansion Inn

The late Juniper Hill Inn in Windsor — once visited by TV celeb Gordon Ramsay in an episode of "Hotel Hell" — sold last fall to Kenneth Lucci, who also owns the Sumner Mansion Inn in Hartland. He opened the doors of the renovated and newly named Windsor Mansion Inn this past June 10. Come November, guests will be able to visit the Red, White and Blue Bar, an in-house wine bar and tavern room.

The bar, says Lucci, will spotlight a carefully honed wine list drawn from small, family-run vineyards. With sources ranging from the States to Austria to Italy to Chile, the rotating roster of 20 or so wines will make small-batch bottles available at a price that doesn't drink up the wallet.

"We don't want to put the same old pedestrian wines on the menu and charge high by-the-glass prices," says Lucci. "We want to introduce people to new wines at an awesome value."

Also in store for the Red, White and Blue Bar is a stocked list of Vermont craft beers and a nightly Tavern Table, fronted by consulting chef Brent Battis of B&W Catering Company in Chester. The changing menu will feature 12 housemade items spread across a 115-year-old table in the inn's Great Hall. Lucci anticipates opening the bar on November 15 — perhaps with an ample glass of wine in hand.

The original print version of this article was headlined "Rich in Pours"