The Southeastern region of New England, including the “South Coast” is a designated American Viticultural Area (AVA) or a defined wine growing region. There are quite a few wineries here in the south coast- they have created a coastal wine trail to help tourists “discover” our local vineyards and wineries. Over the past few years, we have explored quite a few, and have some favorites. I’ve mentioned Westport Rivers before, where they make wonderful, award winning methode champagnoise sparkling wine.
Running Brook vineyards in Dartmouth MA made a fantastic frost wine (vidal blanc) that was very reminiscent of a sauterne. There is Sakonnet Vineyards (now “Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards) recently purchased by the owners of Alex & Ani jewelry. They make a few good dessert wines.
We are not very fond of most of the wines produced by these wineries. We like to support local businesses, but it has to TASTE GOOD and be worth the cost for us to buy it. Forget about red wines made from grapes grown here. Most of the wines are very “thin” without much flavor. I guess the vines are not mature enough, or they don’t get tortured enough. Maybe it is the soil.
So, what does this have to do with anything? Well, recently the local no-kill shelter Forever Paws in Fall River MA had a wine tasting fund raiser and pet adoption day at Coastal Vineyards in South Dartmouth MA. It was a good reason to go taste some wine, since they would get 50% of the tasting fee.
It was a nice day, but a bit windy – and they had quite a crowd. The man running the tasting was a good entertainer, and very efficient. The pours were small, but that was a GOOD THING because we tasted almost every wine they had- in total about 10 wines. Some of the whites were “OK”. One was blended with cranberry juice. I guess they get an “A” for EFFORT. The reds, well, I hate to say it, but we watered the grass behind the tasting room with most of them. Like I said, it was for a good cause. We wish the winery luck- many people bought a few bottles (again the shelter received a percentage of the sales) and appeared to like the wines. Different people have different tastes. We know what we like. Always open to try things, but don’t have to like them.
At a tasting room in Sonoma Valley CA, many years ago, we were told: there are 4 kinds of wine… Red wine, white wine, wine you like, and wine you don’t like. Drink what you like… that is all that matters.
What, may you ask next, is “triple, triple b’s”? On Tuesday we decided to play tourist, and took the Plymouth to Provincetown Express Ferry to P-town. Cape traffic is terrible in the summer, and we would not drive to P-town this time of year. It would also take more than 2 hours to get there and parking is a nightmare. Plymouth was less than 45 minutes by car, they had free parking, and we get to be on a boat on the water for 2 hours in each direction. Sounds like a perfect day.
It took much less time to drive there than we expected, so plenty of time to stop and have a dark roast coffee and a pecan sticky bun at the Blue Blinds Bakery (first triple “B”). We meandered down to the water – took a peek at the “Rock”, and then bought our tickets next to the Mayflower replica (they didn’t have our reservations, but not an issue since it was a Tuesday). Saw some humpbacks spouting in the distance (and some dolphins) on the crossing to P-town. Wandered around town, poking in the shops and galleries, and had lunch at Bubalas By the Bay (second triple “B”). I had a “By the Bay” omelette with Lobster, asparagus, and boursin cheese. YUM. Kevin had a grilled tuna wasabi sandwich. Also YUM. Eventually we made our way back to the pier for the 4:30pm departure.
Since it was 6:30 pm by the time we were back in Plymouth, we decided to get a bite to eat before driving home. The Blue Blinds Bakery was still open, and we both had their “deli Rose” sandwich. Hit the spot. I highly recommend it. Got two dark roast coffees to go, and we were on our way home. What a great day!