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Lakes Region Wineries Give New Hampshire an A+ Rating!Posted On: 02/17/2016
Yesterday, we shared a posting we found from the Hermit Woods Winery saying that New Hampshire is the best state in America for wine drinkers. This posting was an article by the Washington Post sharing the news that New Hampshire is one of six states, plus the District of Columbia, that has received an A+ from the American Wine Consumer Coalition. Getting a good mark means that the quality of our wine is great and it is really easily purchased in our region. The Lakes Region has lots of options for local wine and we want to use today’s blog posting to share those spots that make New Hampshire one of the best!
Hermit Woods Winery, Meredith
We attended the 2015 season reveal wine tasting with our friends at the New Hampshire Music Festival held at Hermit Woods Winery last year. Besides the fact that the wine is delicious and the winery attendants are very knowledgeable about each type, the decor is perfect for events like the one the Music Festival held. The hardwood floors, wine racks, snail logo, and display of wine barrels in the event space make it a beautiful place to share the New Hampshire atmosphere with friends and business associates. Wine tastings are just up the road from the Mill Falls marketplace making it a perfect spot in town for a summer tasting and stroll down to the lake.
Tastings at Hermit Woods cost $6 for a 12 oz. glass or $8 for a 19 oz. glass. You can have a tasting anytime they are open, or you could have a tour from 12-5 on Saturdays and Sundays at $20 per person which includes a wine tasting for a large group.
*Recommendation: The Sparkling Three Honey Wine*
Gilmanton Winery, Gilmanton
Our service has worked with the Gilmanton Winery before and we actually wrote a piece on their tastings this time last year. Sunny and Marshall Bishop shared with us stories of their initial purchase of the space for an alpaca farm and how it slowly turned into a vineyard, restaurant, and wedding destination. The space used to be owned by Grace Metalious who was the author of Peyton Place. It has a family farm atmosphere with historic charm and a beautiful outdoor space.
The Gilmanton Winery offers dinner and tastings on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 4-6 with some light fare on sale as well. If you can’t find a sitter for the kids, they offer light fare for little ones as well. Each glass of wine is $5.25 and each bottle is $21.
*Recommendation: The Green Apple Riesling*
Haunting Whisper Vineyard and Spirits, Danbury
The Haunting Whisper Vineyard is another great destination opening up the first week in May. The vineyard has been open since 2008 and is owned by a husband and wife duo who are working hard to bring the region wine and spirits overlooking incredible mountain views. Eric, one of the owners, gave us a little description of the atmosphere of the area telling us it had been named Haunting Whisper after the “howling winds” that can be heard from the nearby woods. Eric explained that the winds give it ”the energy of a Stephen King novel.” The views from the winery are really fantastic.
The winery will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 12-5 where they will offer tastings of their many varieties of white, red, and fruit wines. This year, they are adding a distillery where they will be begin to make brandys and dark rums to be sold in the next few years. This particular venue will make an incredible day trip destination for tourists and locals this summer!
*We haven’t been to this location yet, but Eric recommended the Frontenac Gris for sweet white wine drinkers like us!*
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