Les Trois Emme

I was getting to the end of my day for wine tasting and Les Trois Emme was my last stop of the day. Located in Southwestern Massachusetts in the Berkshires, it was quite a drive from where I had to be for the evening but it was worth the stop. I spent about 2 hours and 15 minutes here and it will go down in my top memorably wine experiences.

When I first walked in this is what caught my eye right off the bat.

Disregard the pad and pen off to the right of the table as this wasn’t supposed to “get in” the picture. (Note to self: Pay more attention to where you place the writing instruments). I immediately enjoyed the color scheme of the purple walls and the green doors. The only thing missing is the black ceiling I remember from my college days.

I was greeted by a lady named Mary Jane and she came right up to me and wanted to know if I’d like to do a wine tasting. You know what my answer was. But before we got to the wine we took a walk in the back where they make and bottle the wines. Although I have been to many of the back rooms and they are all quite similar, it amazes me how each winery I visit, add their own charm to the surroundings.  I must have left my camera out in the tasting room area as I do not have any pictures of where the wine is made. (Note to self: pay more attention to where your camera is).

During my conversation with Mary Jane, she commented that the name of the winery was named after her first three granddaughters – Megan, Madison, and Mary Katherine – hence, Les Trois Emme. Mary Jane, with a pleasing voice, began telling me “stories” about a lot of interesting subjects. I was so mesmerized with the “stories” that I forgot to write them down. (Note to self: pay more attention to capturing the “stories” you hear).

Normally you get around five wines for a $6 fee but somewhere along the line it was decided I would get to taste all of their wines and do the food parings as well. I forgot to write down all of the food I paired with which wines (Note to self: pay more attention to food & wine pairings). About this time Mary Jane’s husband, Wayne (he’s the chemist), came in for a quick visit and we also chatted for a spell – no, I didn’t write what we talked about – yeah, I know “Note to self” time.

Okay, on to the wines I tasted and yes, I did remember to write my impressions of the wine as I tasted each one:

Kiyo’s Sparkling Wine – $20: This was a semi-sweet sparkler made from the Chenin Blanc grape. I found pear with a hint of apple on the nose with pear and apple on the palate. This was a very nice sparkling wine.

Splash of White – $16: A blend of several white wines from French-American hybrids, this opened with an apricot nose. Megan (not one of the granddaughters, but the wine staff and a radio host) gave me a shrimp cake that had sweet potatoes, cumin, and red bell pepper as the ingredients. This went very well with this wine which had a pear flavor.

Cayuga White – $16: This is one of their medal winners and it was predominately pear and apple aromas and flavors. This was paired with a pot sticker (don’t ask for the ingredients as I didn’t write it down).

Nick Jackson Blush – $16: A blend of 90% Cayuga and 10% Marechal Foch produced pear on the nose with red cherry on the palate with a slight peppery finish.

Julia’s Ruby Red – $18: Red berries on the nose and palate, this was served well chilled and had a bit of sweetness to it. This was paired with a quesadilla.

Shiraz-Cabernet – $18: 60% Shiraz and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon began with plum and boysenberry on the nose. On the palate I got plum and black cherry with a slight peppery finish.

Old Vine Zinfandel – $25: On the nose were hints of black and red cherry followed by red cherry and raspberry flavors. I liked this one a lot and was probably my favorite of all the wines.

Malbec – $20: I paired the other half of the quesadilla with this. Raspberry on both the nose and palate with a slight mocha finish.

Cabernet Sauvignon – $22: This had black cherry all over it. Although one dimensional it was quite tasty.

Berkshire Red- $18: This blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec produced mostly black berry fruit aromas and flavors.

Stingy Jack’s Pumpkin Wine- $16: I got pumpkin rind aroma, like when you’re carving a pumpkin for the Trick or Treaters, but not too overpowering. A subtle pumpkin flavor unlike a pumpkin ale which is way too much pumpkin flavor for me. This was a bit softer. It was paired with a warm pumpkin soup and it went very well. The wine complemented the soup tremendously.

Wizard’s Cranberry Wine – $16: A semi-dry wine infused with cranberry, hence you’ll get cranberry on the nose and palate.

As you can see from the above picture is was fairly light when I first arrived, however when I left, darkness had taken over the whiner-mobile. Their wine is made from the grapes that are located on their three acres in the vineyards as well as six acres from the Finger Lakes Region. They produce just over 2500 cases a year and Mary Jane is the taster and when she says says it’s ready, then it gets bottled. I’m going to take her word for it. (Note to self: take time to revisit Les Trois Emme).

Sunset Meadow Vineyards

 

Starting early in the morning and traveling through the Litchfield Hills a slight fog burned off quickly to reveal beautiful rolling hills along the secondary roads. I was in no apparent hurry as I’m trying to enjoy the “bud breaks” of the world. Upon entering the grounds here at SMV the vineyards are straight ahead and to your right.

From the parking lot is was a short walk to the tasting room. Once inside it is fairly spacious with room for 10-12 tasters at a time at the wine bar. There is a small but quaint gift shop off to the left of the wine bar. I spent about 15 minutes browsing through their wares alive with wine paraphernalia.

The wine bar staff were quite friendly. Amazingly one of the first things out of their mouths is “Would you like to do a tasting?” I could come back with “No, I just want a wine glass and oh, please stamp my wine passport.” However, I normally say energetically – “Absolutely.” And so it is with many of the wineries I visit in my eventual quest to visit all the New England wineries or at least, the vast majority of them.

 

The tasting fee is $6 which includes a sampling of any five wines on their tasting menu and their signature wine glass. For an additional $0.75 you can get a chocolate truffle with your red wine tasting. They also provide cheeses, sausages, and crackers with varying prices. I opted for the following wines. Dessert wines are an additional $1.50 plus tax.

Riesling: A semi-sweet wine opened with lemongrass notes on the nose with a hint of pear. The palate were of pear and apple with a mineral finish. This was a nice white wine.

Vidal Blanc: This was much better then the Riesling and the aroma was of fresh squeezed lemon with a wafting of lime on the nose. Flavors of lemon and citrus preceded a lime finish.

Sunset Blush: This wine exploded with fruit on the nose similar to having a bowl of fresh fruit sitting on the kitchen table, a very nice aroma with a hint of banana. Although their description says you’ll get peach, apricot, and plum I didn’t detect the apricot. Is it possible that my schnozzola is failing me?

Now for the two reds I tried…

Merlot: The wine was a light opaque red color and a medium bodied wine. The cherry aroma was quite pronounced as this was the only aroma I detected (is my nose off too?). I also got a cherry and pepper flavor.

New Dawn: A blend of Malbec, Merlot, Frontenac, and Landot varietals I found boysenberry and plum aromas coupled with blackberry and black cherry flavors was a more rounded wine than the Merlot. I’m kind of partial to blends though.

Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends…

Furnace Brook Winery

Furnace Brook Winery is located at Hilltop Orchards in Richmond, MA and I almost missed the turn but relied on my GPS to direct me to the right place. Located in the Western part of the Berkshires with great views, Furnace Brook Winery sells not only their wines but other delectable treats such as scones, cider donuts (yum), jams, and of course, fruit pies. My favorite of the bunch were some pickled garlic. I for one, love raw garlic just to munch on with some provolone cheese and crackers but the pickled garlic was really great.

Many of their wines were/are medal winners at the Big E Northeast Wine Competition for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 and upon visiting them the first wine is free and then for $5 more you get to try five more wines. And of course they bottle the wines in the Big Red Barn in the picture above.

Here are the wines I ended up ordering:

Chardonnay Special Reserve – $16.99: A pale yellow color yielded a lot of pear, apple, and grapefruit aromas on the nose. I also got pear and grapefruit on the palate with an apricot finish. I really like this wine as I’m not a real fan of Chardonnays but this was one I’d like to have more of.

Dry Riesling – $16.99: Now a dry Riesling is something I am partial to. I think of most of the white wines, a dry Riesling is one I look forward to trying each time I open a bottle. On the nose were nuances of apple and pear with neither one overpowering the other, a nice balance between the two. I got pretty much the same on the palate with a good touch of acidity.

Mead: This wasn’t for sale when I visited them but they had it on the tasting menu. According to the tasting staff, this is made from an Ethiopian recipe that opens with fresh cut hay and sawdust on the nose with hints of honey. Honey and golden raisin flavors followed and although a bit too sweet for me it tasted good nonetheless.

Cabernet Sauvignon – $18.99: Black berries and cassis on the nose led into red and black cherries on the palate with a neat little mulberry finish. I liked this but not as much as some Cabernet Sauvignons from France, Italy, and California. I’m not knockin’ New England reds mind you, it’s just that we’ve got a ways to go yet to be of the same caliber as those I just mentioned. We do well with white wines through.

Sparkling Blanc de Blancs – $16.99: One of my favorite white wines are of the sparkling kind. This had visions of a Brut Champagne with a pear aroma and apple and pear flavors. This was very effervescent like a sparkling wine should be. Really liked this one.

French Cidre’ – $12.99: This had a bit of sparkle to it but not like a sparkling wine and again it had apple and pear aromas and flavors too. I really liked this but thought it was a bit over priced as most ciders I come across are under ten bucks.

Seeing as it was chilly when I visited this winery they had the indoor fireplace crackling for the tasters to get close to while sipping some of the wines. It was real warm entertainment and quite enjoyable on a chilly afternoon, but where else would you go on a chilly afternoon?

 

Pioneer Valley Vineyard

The drive out to Pioneer Valley Vineyard was indeed, to say the least, a picturesque drive (sorry, didn’t take pictures along the way). It was a quiet drive along the back roads from where I hail to Hatfield, MA and upon arrival at the winery I found there was no tasting fee (see sign) for enjoying their wines.

Now when I first arrived I had thought the winery was through the front door of the white house (I think the flag threw me off),

but quickly realized the tasting room was located in the back of the house.

Now I was on the right track and could only imagine what may lie inside. I have found that many of the New England wineries are converted barns, out-buildings, stables, or any other combination of wood and nails to hold up the roof. So the inside looked like this.

Not a bad beginning to savor the wines I would choose.  I was greeted by Linda (one of the owners) and later Casey joined in the tasting festivities. Prodded by their son Josh (making home made beer for the lot to enjoy) and better half, Jen encouraged Ma & Pa to go into the wine-making business. Casey, being a farmer by trade, agreed and their wines are available October through December on Saturdays and Sundays.

Here are the wines I got to taste on a fairly warm day:

Frontenac Red (dry): This dry red wine is estate grown with blueberry on the nose and black cherry, almond, and pepper flavors followed.

Frontenac red (semi-dry): Same aromas and flavors as the Frontenac Red (dry) but with a bit of sweetness on the back palate.

Tomato Wine: This wasn’t on the tasting menu but they asked if I would like to try it. I didn’t know what to expect so…this was made from 50% Mountain Frost tomatoes and 50% Plum tomatoes. Well, you can definitely smell the tomato on the nose. This semi-dry acidic wine produced a distinctive tomato flavor. This would probably go good with cheese and crackers. Pasta wouldn’t be out of the realm either. I can’t put my finger on it, but I did like this wine.

Blueberry: Locally grown and the aroma and flavor said the same – fresh blueberries.

Raspberry: The only difference between the Blueberry and Raspberry wines should be obvious, but in case you want me to spell it out for you: R-A-S-P-B-E-R-R-Y both on the nose and the palate.

Strawberry: An orangy-peach color yielded strawberry on both the nose and palate – no surprise here.

Cranberry: Made from Cape Cod cranberries I found a nice subtle explosion of cranberry on the nose. This was listed as a sweet wine but thought it more of a semi-sweet one.

Blackberry: This was very nice with a rich dark berry aroma with a black berry flavor and a nice smooth finish.

Well, there you have it. Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends…

Mineral Hills Winery

I was able visit only two wineries on this wine trip and this was my second winery of the day. Mineral Hills Winery is located at Godard’s Red Hen Farm and the tasting room looks like a converted apple orchard building. If you look real close and just to the left of the “Open” flag you can see stacks of apples for sale.

But once inside the resemblance stops at the threshold and it opens into their tasting room with many of their products on display. They are members of the Hampden County Beekeepers Association as well as the Massachusetts Farm Winery Association.

When I arrived, one of the owners, Larry was in the back room of which I was able to visit (more on this later in this post).

The tasting fee was $5.10 (including the tax) for any five of their wines and I started my tasting with the following and Larry put out several cheeses for the tasting:

2010 Chardonnay: This opened with floral notes with fruity aromas. Distinctive apple and pear flavors followed.

Seyval Blanc: A white Rose that was slightly sweet with grapefruit on the palate.

Apple Wine: This fruit wine had the aroma and flavor of fresh apples on a dew drenched morn in the apple orchard early in the picking season. Can you see the apples falling from the tree?

Mead (honey wine): This had a nice honey aroma on the nose. Then I tried the honey that produced this mead and then another sip of the mead wine, wow! The first sip of wine was much different after tasting the honey and taking a second sip. And yes I did come home with a bottle of this wine.

Cabernet Sauvignon: Plenty of fruit on the nose, plum with nuances of earthiness. Plum and black cherry followed on the palate with a hint of mocha on the finish.

Then I tried the barrel tasting of his newest Cabernet Sauvignon and the tasting notes were very similar to the Cabernet Sauvignon and it had an even longer finish with subtle hints of vanilla which complemented the mocha. I can’t wait for this to get bottled in 2012. Note to self: get back to the winery for this wine:)

One of the most exciting aspects of getting to go into the back room is seeing the following…

Yes, these bottles represent the winemaker’s “experiments” and I found that Larry and Sue are very passionate about making wine, being in the wine industry, and learning about wine in general. They were easy to talk to and the four other tasters and I had a great time conversing with both of them in the back room.

Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends…

Hardwick Vineyard & Winery

Driving up to this winery I passed through some beautiful countryside scenes, however you could still see the devastation caused by both Hurricane Irene and winter storm Alfred. This was a really sad scene to see as so many tress were down across the area it’s a wonder they received power at all. But upon arrival at the vineyard the tasting room was in a big barn adjacent to the main house.

And when I arrived there was quite a crowd and the sommelier, Becky, wanted to know if I was there because of the show Chronicle and as I looked perplexed and asked “What’s Chronicle”. One of the other tasters wanted to know if I was from Connecticut and when I said I was they all knew that I did not see this local show. Seems that a local TV station highlights “stuff” in the area and Hardwick Vineyard and Winery was featured on the show, hence the reason it was so busy. Well, busy is a good thing as were their wines.

The bar area was quite ample and there is room for a lot of tasters at once. The tasting fee was $5 for six wines of your choice and you also received a signature wine glass. Most of the wineries I have visited will give you an ample pour of the wine for your tasting pleasure. Here at Hardwick Vineyard & Winery the pours were at least 2 oz each so make sure you stay there for awhile after you have finished the tastings. Here are the wines I sampled.

Giles E. Warner: This dry white wine opened with orange peel and citrus notes on the nose. Orange slice with a hint of apple found it’s way to the forward palate and had good acidity with a clean crisp finish. This wine is a blend of the Seyval and Vidal Blanc grapes.

Yankee Boy White: Pear was the dominant aroma with hints of green apple. Sweet apple (dominant) and pear nuances on the palate. I found it quite interesting that the aromas and flavors reversed in its complexity. It was a really nice combination and a pretty good wine too.

Yankee Girl Blush: A blend of Seyval, Vidal, and Pink Catawba varietals was a peach colored wine more so than a blush colored wine and produced peach and tropical notes on the nose. The palate experienced peach and melon flavors. This was very nice.

Massetts Cranberry: Made with 10% local Cayuga grapes this had a nice cranberry aroma and flavor. A little too much cranberry for me though.

Hardwick Red: The Marechal Foch grapes in this wine found plum and dark berries with a hint of boysenberry on the nose. Mostly plum was found on the palate with hints of black cherry and boysenberry on the finish, maybe some fig as well.

Quabbin Native: Made from the Pink Catawba grape it opened with floral notes with some lingering grapefruit. The flavor was a delectable Peach Melba dessert. I got an unexpected surprise when Becky poured the same wine a second time that had been heated with mulling spices. It was remarkable and much better than mulled apple cider. This was the gem of the winery.

There was also an outside area that could also be utilized for relaxing on your visit although it was nice but chilly with temperatures nearing 60°.

Be sure to take the time and visit this winery in one of your future wine trips even if you didn’t see it on Chronicle. You can even book an event as they have plenty of room downstairs. One other note though; I read a saying that was on one of the beams above the bar area which stated: “Guests: If we get to drinking on Sunday and ask you to stay until Monday, we really don’t mean it“. Good thing I went on a Friday:)

Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends…

 

Coastal Vineyards

I didn’t think I had the right place as I drove up and there was only one car in the driveway and it didn’t look open. So instead of just wandering off into the sunset I decided to call them to inquire if I was in the right place. Ah, indeed I was as Joyce, the sommelier came out of the back of the house and directed me to the tasting room.


As you can see the wine bar can accommodate about three tasters at a time. When I arrived I was the only one there and half way through my tasting another couple showed up and the bar was at full capacity. Don’t let the small bar area fool you though as the wines were quite good. They only had five wines available during my visit and it was worth the visit, I’m glad I called. I can’t remember what the tasting fee was as I do not have this in my notes, I’m presuming it was minimal, however I do not see a signature wine glass in my wine glass collection so I’ll presume they did not give one out. On to the wines I tasted.

Pinot Gris: Pear, peach, and nectarine aromas with crispness and good acidity on the palate. The flavors were much the same as on the nose. This was chilled just right.

White Wine: A blend of the Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, and Gewurztraminer grapes provided a floral bouquet that ended with ripe pear on the palate.

Gewurztraminer: Floral and fruit bowl aromas on the nose led into tropical fruits, pear, and apple flavors with a clean, crisp acidic finish. Very nice.

Vidal Blanc: Floral notes on the nose with apple and pear on the palate and the sweetness balanced quite well with the acidic finish.

Seaside Red: A blend of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Chambourcin. It had a light garnet color with a light berry aroma. Candied red apple and cherry on the palate with subtle hints of mocha and vanilla. A very decent New England red wine that I was quite pleased with.

Their vineyards are 95% planted on 8 acres of land with the other 5% of the grapes coming from local wineries truly encompasses the ideal of being a local winery, not that world wide wines aren’t good but local wines in New England are starting to get some recognition.

So, when you get a chance, stop by their tasting room and experience their wines as they only produce around 600-700 cases per year. They also bottle exclusively with screw tops, but with an average of 3% spoilage from tainted corks I can fully understand the need to incorporate this into the wine bottling process. You all know how I feel about corks but I would rather open the wine with the knowledge that what’s inside will be fresh and delectable.

Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends…

Langworthy Farm Winery

As I was traveling from Newport to Langworthy Farm Winery, the GPS directed me over the Jamestown Bridge and of course the big yellow sign alerting me of a toll ahead and seeing as these are such a nuisance I wasn’t looking forward to the experience. So I’m scrambling to get my wallet out of my back pocket and I see another sign that states “EZ Pass – All Lanes” and I immediately look just to the right of the GPS and see a white box about 3 inches square  with the words “EZ Pass” on it and said “Whoa – sweet!” to no one in particular. Alas, I was able to forget about twisting and turning to get my wallet and instead headed right for the sign that said “EZ Pass only” and was a happy camper.

Once I reached the winery it is adjacent to their Bed & Breakfast.

Inside was warm and welcome as the day was coming to an end as this was my last winery of the day and was looking forward to sampling their wines. They had two tasting fees, one for $7 for 5 wines and the other was $9 for 7 wines which included their signature wine glass. I opted for the 7 wines to taste and this is was I got out of them:

Weekapaug White: This Chardonnay had grapefruit and pear on both the nose and the palate. This wasn’t crisp nor did it pop for me, maybe it was too chilled, not sure.

Shelter Harbor Chardonnay: Now this one was a different story. It was aged in American oak for six months. I got fresh grapefruit and lime notes on the nose. This had fruitier flavors than I expected and had a smooth finish with a nice mouth feel.

Shady Harbor Pinot Blanc: This had hints of Chardonnay and Riesling and was steel fermented and then stored in oak barrels for three months. Lemongrass and ocean marshy grasses on the nose with a lemon/lime flavor. This was chilled just right and was very tasty.

Rhody Riesling: Fermented in stainless steel this wine opened with pear and citrus on the nose and continued onto the palate. A nice mouth feel at the end.

Charlestown Cabernet Franc: Aged for fourteen months in oak barrels I found strawberry and red cherry aromas with a red cherry flavor. This medium bodied wine had just a hint of pepper and earth on the finish.

Avondale Cabernet Merlot: This is a blend of 75% Cabernet Franc and 25% Merlot found red berries on the nose with black currant and cassis on the palate. I also found a bit of fig on the finish, albeit subtle.

Pawcatuck River Red: Stainless steel fermented and blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot found blackberries on the nose with a blueberry flavor with hints of mocha on the finish.

Haversham Reserve Chardonnay: Aged in French oak this starts off oaky but then turns buttery (yeah, it surprised me too). I got much the same as their Shelter Harbor Chardonnay but more pronounced and could have easily had a glass of this on their outside porch

and spent the rest of the afternoon sitting there and taking in the sun’s rays watching the vines grow. Sometimes slowing down is a good thing.

Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends…

 

Jerram Winery

 

I was winding down my Saturday wine trip and Jerram winery was my last winery of the day. Yes, they say all good things come to and end but they really don’t have to. Let me say that I really enjoy traveling with a GPS for the obvious reason but you know us guys – we don’t ask for directions, we just go. With the advent of the GPS device well, let’s just say life is a bit easier for us.

As I was turning the corner, which I would have missed save not for the GPS, a small outcrop building behind a gambrel style house which by the way, was gorgeous. Parking was limited but that didn’t matter as when I turned in the driveway there was only one other car. It was a different experience from the last winery I visited complete with tour buses and all.

Once inside the tasting room I was attracted to the walls which had a myriad of posters, pictures and other such items. The one poster that caught my eye was from the movie Tell No One and as I reviewed this movie awhile back I knew that karma had followed from the last “tour bus” winery. See, all good thing don’t come to an end. Looking around the rest of the room I saw two tables, one that could seat four and the other seating eight. The sommelier was quiet but that was okay as we did talk about the film and there was no tasting fee as this was his contribution to “ CT Open House” day and you still got to keep their signature wine glass.

Here are the six wines I tasted:

White Frost: The winery suggests you try this slightly chilled and serve as an aperitif, with shrimp salad, or lighter chicken dishes. However, I would recommend you try this stand alone first as I detected nectarine on the nose with apricots flavors. A good summer sipping wine.

Gentle Shepherd: Fruity with a melon aroma and flavor. Although I enjoyed the White Frost better this would probably go well with spicy dishes.

Aurora: What hit the most on this wine was the melon aroma and flavor with a hint of citrus. I loved the label as it captured a young woman with a dog on a mountaintop and was very picturesque.

Highland Reserve: A full bodied wine with boysenberry jam aroma with revealing black currant and blackberry flavors. Have this with grilled red meats or hearty beef stews.

Marechal Foch: A dry wine with a robust blackberry aroma and flavor.

Nor’easter: Yeah, I had to try this one ‘cos of the name. This blend of Chambourcin and Foch grapes is diverse enough to have with several food pairings including spicy fare. I got a blackberry aroma with a hint of leather and a blueberry flavor finished this wine.

Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends…

 

Land Of Nod Vineyard & Winery

The Land Of Nod Winery is located in the Northwest hills of Connecticut. It took me an hour and fifty minutes to get there. However, I did go through the back roads and the scenic views were simply gorgeous and I tried to take it all in. Just off the main road you turn onto a small road that reminded me of the roads in Ireland in that there appears to be room for only one and a half cars. I was lucky as the only traffic was me. It was really in the middle of nowhere but hey, what else was there to do but stop in for a wine tasting?

Turning into the small driveway there was a red barn-like structure – what did you expect! Which I have come to realize to be quite the norm for some of the wineries here in Connecticut. But that’s okay as I remember when just about all of Connecticut was farmland, my has it grown!

Okay, back to the winery. The entrance was just to the left of the building and upon entering, it was quite quaint (say that ten times fast or better yet try it after the wine tasting) with something akin to a small boutique shop but the decor worked well for the wine room. The wine bar could easily accommodate a small party with room to spare. The sommelier was very friendly and asked per chance if I was interested in a wine tasting? She doesn’t know me very well does she? So, what was I to say but “Absolutely, bring on the wine glass” which she did and informed me the wine tasting was $3 and I almost fell to the floor but oddly enough the wine bar was just the right height as my elbows were resting on the edge and I was able to maintain my composure. Three bucks! I was floored as this was a really good bargain. Enough about the fee and let’s get to the seven wines they were offering the day I arrived.

Bianca: A light bodied wine with low tannins and acidity, clean and crisp. Pear on the nose and palate with hints of honey. This was well chilled and delectable.

Rose: The color of an opaque rose (the flower that is), this rose had floral notes with a concoction of berries for flavor.

Raspberry Wine: This was made from 100% raspberry juice and you can tell as it was loaded with raspberry on the nose and palate with a touch of sweetness.

Corot Noir: A hybrid cross of the 1970 vines of Seyve and Steuben produced a robust red wine that depicted blackberry and black currant on the nose with a cherry flavor. Nice!

Blueberry-Raspberry Medley: Made from blueberry and raspberry juices and this is just what I got out of it as well. Blueberry and Raspberry on the nose and Raspberry and Blueberry on the palate – sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Wine: You got it – Chocolate and raspberry everywhere. Yeah, couldn’t help it so I bought a bottle.

Peach Wine: What can I say but Peach! Peach! Peach!

Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends…