Summer is made for weekend day-trips like the one Mr. Chat and I took to Westport, MA. Located approximately 60 miles southeast of Boston, you’ll find a rural enclave adjacent to the sea. There’s a whimsical road and it’s nestled between bountiful vines that sway along a country pasture. Welcome to Westport Rivers, a dream come true for proprietors Bob and Carol Russell who purchased the former dairy farm in 1982.
The first vines were planted in 1986 with help from the couple’s two sons. Six years later, Westport Rivers opened to the public. Today, this family-run business holds accolades galore that serve as a testament to the South Coast’s thriving wine region. As the largest vineyard in New England, the winery boasts a sprawling 400-acre lot, but only 80 acres are cultivated for vinifera (the wine family that includes varietals such as pinot noir and riesling).
2007 Westport Brut RJR
Farmer’s Fizz “Sec”
2014 Cinco Cães
Grace Pinot Noir Aperitif, anyone? The Grace is a darling after-dinner drink resembling a rich tawny port. With help from an outside vendor, pinot noir grapes are transformed into brandy. Once complete, pinot noir juice is added to the batch and the concoction is then aged in French oak barrels for five years. You’ll taste caramel, dried figs and dark cherry.
2014 Pinot Noir of Rosé
Oh. My. Word. This is an incredible rosé, my friends. It wasn’t part of the official tasting, so I’m glad we scored a sample. White cherry and strawberry aromas hit your nose as you go in for the first sip. Refreshingly zest and with a firm acidity. One word: delicious.
Lastly, no vineyard is complete without a resident cat. That’s right. I said cat. When’s the last time a cat curled up to you and your chardonnay… and you weren’t sitting on your sofa? Yeah, I thought so. Meet Mao. He’s a pretty cool dude and it’s safe to say that even dogs are afraid of him. Meee…wow!