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Your One Stop destination for Specialty and Craft Beer, Lowest Price Spirits and the Finest Wine Selection in Central Connecticut. Easy off/Easy On Exit 18 I-84W.

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  • TONIGHT'S WINE CLASS ON PORTUGAL HAS BEEN CANCELLED. The Portugal Class is rescheduled for next Tuesday, April 29th. Please call the Good Life at (203)754-5554 for details. Thanks and sorry for any inconvenience!

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  • The Spoken Word at 1249

    The third Wednesday of each month at 7pm

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  • 1249 Wine Bar is THE PLACE TO BE Friday nights!

    Free entertainment at 1249 Wine Bar every Friday from 7 to 10pm

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  • CT Taproom at 1249

    Stop by 1249 Wine Bar to sample 50 different Connecticut Craft Beers!

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  • La Cana Albarino

    An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes white peach, melon, white flowers and baking spices. Orchard and pit fruit flavors are given spine by juicy acidity and pick up a dusty mineral quality on the back end. La Cana Albarino is rich but dry and nervy, with strong finishing cut and lingering spiciness.


  • Caymus Cabernet

    Abundantly layered with flavors of brown spice, toasted oak, white pepper and creme de cassis, Caymus Cabernet is very rich yet harmonious and supple. The palate shows ripeness of mature grapes and fruit impressions while the nose is assertive with a vibrant array of showy characteristics: cassis, vanilla, cranberry, French oak, coffee and potpourri.


  • Conundrum

    What is that wonderfully robust, floral and bright tropical taste? Is it green apple, tangerine or honeysuckle? Or, could it possibly be apricot, melon, pear or light vanilla? Our proprietarily secretive blend of California white grapes creates a lush, creamy texture that begs the mouth-watering question: “Mmmm, what’s in there?” We’re not saying. Can you guess?


  • H Pinot Noir

    In 1978 Vance Rose enjoyed a bottle of 1959 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze and has since been pursuing great pinot noir. Together with Tom Habbick, Rose has paired his deep-rooted passion for pinot noir with their shared belief that exceptional wine is grown in the vineyard, not made in the winery to bring you this rich, ripe, full-flavored expressive pinot noir.


  • Black Coyote Reserve

    Aromas of blackberry, kirsch, crushed roses and chocolate truffle open this wine. Its palate is tightly wound around an intensely structured core of dark fruit, nutmeg and green cardamom but is balanced with sandalwood and a thread of cassis. Firm but open grained tannins deliver these flavors that turn to black cherry, cedar, and dusty cocoa as the wine finishes.


  • My Big Fat Greek Red Wine

    Wine Enthusiast 88 Points This intriguing red starts with blackberry, cedar and earthy forest aromas, leading into flavors of cola, fruit and spice. Linear, clean and elegant the wine is food friendly and can age. A stylish choice for myriad palates.


  • My Big Fat Greek White Wine

    Wine Enthusiast 89 Points This elegant, aromatic white combines pear and flowers with a crisp, citrusy lift. Good minerality and depth with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. A unique, pretty white that is standout as a solo sip or with lighter fare.


  • 2008 G.D. Vajra Freisa "Kye" Red (96pts WA)

    Robert Parker - Wine Advocate "The 2008 Langhe Freisa Kye is insanely beautiful. Layers of primary dark fruit burst from a big, powerful frame as the wine opens up in the glass. A complex array of menthol, tar, and spices follows, adding further dimensions of nuance and character. Everything is so beautifully delineated here. The fruit remains primary and the tannins are firm, so readers will need to be patient, but boy, is this a gorgeous bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028."


  • 2005 Chateau Peyros Madiran

    Considered to be one of the most heart-healthy wines in the world! A famous Tannat-Cabernet mix wine from Gascony France. "A delicious wine whose richness is matched by great texture and big, juicy fruits." R.V. - Wine Enthusiast.


  • 2007 Bodega Teso La Monja Victorino (92pts WA)

    "The 2007 Victorino was sourced from 45-year-old vines and aged in new French oak for 18 months. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it is bigger, more structured, and more concentrated than the Almirez but with slightly rustic tannins. Give it 5-7 years and drink it from 2016 to 2027." - 92 Points Jay Miller - The Wine Advocate


Nelson Veiga

Nelson S. Veiga, owner and Maitre Sommelier Diplome, is a Waterbury native and son of Dr. and Mrs. Adriano and Rita Veiga, upstanding Waterbury citizens for over 60 years. He attended St. Mary's school and graduated from Holy Cross high School. Nelson went on to study Hotel Management in Switzerland, and continued his studies of oenology in Lyon, France. Nelson returned to the United States and became a professor... More +

The Good Life Philosophy

Life is to be enjoyed! We can’t think of a better way to truly enjoy your day, but to end your day with those you love most – your family and friends. There aren't as many precious moments as those in which we share enjoying good food and wine with our loved ones. This is how we look at each moment when a customer comes in to select wine with us and says "tonight we're making my favorite dish...what do you recommend?" More +