New England Wine Tastings

I’m a pretty big fan of wine. I don’t know a whole lot about it, but I really want to learn more about what I like and why I like it. Last weekend was a good start. While visiting my sister and future brother-in-law in Fairhaven, we went to a couple vineyards for wine tastings. Even though I was only about an hour from the city, I honestly felt like I was on vacation. We only got to visit two wineries, but I already getting anxious to go back to do more.
The first winery we went to was called Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery, located in Wesport, MA. It was an amazingly beautiful winery and I did not feel like I was in Massachusetts at all. Plus, considering how much rain we’ve been getting, we somehow majorly lucked out and had the perfect day (We even went to the beach in the morning)!
Seriously beautiful. I love New England.

Westport Rivers is mostly known for their white wines and champagnes. When pressed, I’m more of a red wine kind of girl, but I highly enjoyed the tasting at Westport Rivers.

It was so nice just being in the sun learning about various wines and champagnes and sipping on them.

I especially enjoyed the Blanc de Blancs champagne, which is an ultra brut. Yumm.

The Rosé of Pinot Noir was also quite delicious and legitimately tasted like cotton candy. I’m not lying. Try it and see for yourself.

All of us enjoying the tasting. I love that we all pretty much match. As does the table cloth. 

We took home champagne glasses. Along with some champagne and wine that was just so good we had to purchase it.

I wanted to take home the cat because it was super cute and friendly.

I also would have considered taking home a cow (or bull?), but it wouldn’t fit in the car.

The second winery we went to was Sakonnet Vineyards in Little Compton, Rhode Island. The tasting was indoors and a totally different experience, but also really great. Sakonnet had a lot more red wines, so I chose to taste a lot of those. But I still tried the Gewürztraminer, which I’m usually a fan of, and the Winterwine Ice Wine. Both were delicious.

But the definite winner of the tasting was the Cabernet Franc. I might even go so far as to say it’s a wine that’s now really high up on my list of favorites. It was really smooth and a little bit spicey. It had such an amazing taste and would be perfect with a nice steak. We were all in complete agreement and may have bought a case to split.

The Sakonnet Vineyard was also quite pretty, but I wish we got to explore the area more since we were inside much of the time.

My sister and almost brother-in-law enjoying the tastings!
Having a photo shoot. 

OK, now we’re just being silly.

Now I’m super excited to research other local vineyards and go exploring. I had no idea there were so many great vineyards so close to where I live and I can’t wait to see what else I can find. If you love wine, or don’t like it and want to, I totally recommend finding a vineyard and going to a tasting. The people working at the wineries are extremely knowledgeable and will help you discover something you like. And it’s just something really fun to do on a nice summer day. As you can tell, we had a blast!

Do you have a favorite wine? Or any tips for becoming a wine expert? I’d love to hear!


9 Responses to "New England Wine Tastings"

  1. Penny says:

    Westport Rivers is one of my favorite places and they make one of my favorite wines- The RJR sparkling wine.

    My only tip for learning about wine is to read and taste. I recently wrote a bio clip for my Serious Eats gig and described myself as "A perpetual student of food, wine, cheese and the good things in life."

  2. ttfn300 says:

    great to learn about some around here! i am just starting to enjoy wine myself 🙂

  3. Lexilooo says:

    I've never been to any New England wineries, but my boyfriend and I often visit some of the local places in VA and MD! There are so many places around here, we love it!

  4. Susan says:

    I had no idea there was a winery so close either! I love wine – my favorite has always been shiraz, but I also love zinfandel. I tend to like reds more, but my favorite white is sauvignon blanc, it's got more of a kick to it than most whites.

  5. Fun and Fearless in Boston says:

    I'm planning a bachelorette party and Westport Vineyard was one of the places we were planning on checking out. Thanks for the great report!

  6. Kelly says:

    I agree that the more you taste, the better you become. I would also say to take advantage of as many free wine tastings as you can. There are SO many in the Boston area. The Wine Gallery tastings are among my favorite. They have their grand tasting twice a year where tons of suppliers come in and you can learn so much from them and try so many different styles.

  7. Sarah says:

    I LOVE wine. I decided to learn more about it a few years ago and was amazed how many great resources there are around here.

    I would definitely check out the class schedule at Boston Wine School ( Jonathan is an amazing teacher and his classes are super fun and snob free!

    The Ashmont Grill in Dot hosts Monday Wine Club every Monday night – for $30 you get 4 wines paired with 4 courses specifically made to enhance the tasting. A rep from the featured wine company leads the dinners and it's a relaxed, social way to learn!

    Also if you can get to Weymouth or Rockland I highly reccomend checking out the tastings at Curtis Liquors and Luke's Liquors They have enourmous wine tastings a few times a year where you pay $5 and ge to sample dozens upon dozens of wines and ask the vineyard reps any questions you want. It's always a great learning experience.

    My fave wines lately are the Big House white and pink. Very summery and delicious! You might like the Big House Red!

    Ok I think I have rambled enough. Good luck with your wine learning!

  8. Sara says:

    Great report, Sus! And so happy you got a picture with the cat 🙂

  9. Amanda says:

    I just want to say that I LOVE your blog. Your Chicken Piccata recipe was incredible. I made it one night, and now my roommates think I'm a master chef and want me to teach them how to cook.

    After reading this entry, I ordered a bottle of Rose of Pinot Noir from the Westport Winery website. Drinking a glass right now, and it's delicious! You're right, it does taste like cotton candy. 🙂

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