Thursday, July 27, 2006
Route 6 is the highway that takes you up and down Cape Cod - from Bourne to Provincetown. My friend, who is an artist, has some of her paintings being exhibited at a gallery in Wellfleet. This past weekend was the opening reception, so a bunch of us drove down to see her work and show our support. Since it was on the Cape, we decided to make a weekend out of it. We had a great dinner Saturday evening at Winslow's Tavern. I had the lobster ravioli and it was truly delicious. You could taste the freshness of the lobster and it was bursting with flavor. The service was great too. If you find yourself in Wellfleet some day, I highly recommend it.
But what about the vineyard you ask? Aaaah yes! The vineyard - that was on Sunday. After brunch, we drove not more than 15 minutes down Route 6 to Truro Vineyards. It turns out that the soil and the climate on the Cape is great for growing grapes. We took a tour and then did a wine tasting. Everyone tried 5 wines and we were given a complimentary wine glass. Well, the five dollar tour fee covered it. It was great!
The vineyard was purchased back in 1995, I think it was. For the first few years, they were focused on the vines and cultivating the grapes. There was no money coming in from the wine yet, so they renovated the barn, which now houses the wine barrels. They used the main house as an Inn. Now there is no Inn, but they have a wonderful gift shop.
I bought their Cape Blush wine. Very enjoyable, drier than what I usually have, but flavorful without any bitterness. I'm no wine connoisseur, but I know what I like. I love sweet wines. Usually a Zinfandel is the driest that I'll go. My favorites are Rieslings, Gewertzaminers, and Moscatos, which is a dessert wine. Sweet wines don't seem to garner the respect that dry wines do, but I think they are delicious. I learned about Gewertzaminers and Moscatos when I visited Sonoma and Napa a few years back.
Well, that was my latest adventure. Although not the whole thing. My friends had to go home, but I decided to drive a little further south...
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