Lakes Region Wineries to Hold Fifth Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend

barrel_tasting-2014034-1024x679Get ready for a weekend of celebrating great local wine! In the tradition of many California vineyards, four wineries in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire have joined forces and are planning to open house for two days of touring and tasting for their annual Barrel Tasting Weekend.

This year’s Barrel Tasting Weekend will take place on October 3rd and 4th, from 11 am to 5 pm. The four participating wineries are: Coffin Cellars, Gilmanton Winery, Sap House Meadery, and Hermit Woods Winery. The “ticket” to the event is a Lakes Region Barrel Tasting Commemorative Wine Glass that will serve as both a pass and tasting glass at each winery. Glasses will be available at all participating wineries and will cost $12.00 each.

At each winery, guests will have the opportunity to taste young wines directly from the oak and stainless steel barrels that are used to ferment and age the varietals. Not only will it be a unique opportunity to taste wine in the early stages of its development, visitors will be able to meet the winemakers, tour the winemaking facilities, and learn all about the winemaking process. In addition, many of the wineries will be hosting other local vendors during the event, and offering special foods and wine-related items to guests.

Once again, there will be wonderful prizes valued at over $3,000 for those guests who visit all four wineries during the course of the weekend. Prizes include visit packages to Lake House at Ferry Point, Mill Falls at the Lake, The Black Swan Inn in Tilton, The Nutmeg Inn in Meredith, Steele Hill Resort, Coppertoppe Inn, and Henry Whipple House in Bristol. Prizes also include gift certificates for dining at local restaurants, and a gift basket from participating wineries. Door prizes and gifts will also be available at all the wineries during the event.

The organizers really want this to be an event everyone can enjoy and participate in. “We want to provide a unique opportunity for everyone to learn about and appreciate wine,” says Bob Manley of Hermit Woods Winery, the organizer of the event. “Whether you’re a novice who is just learning about wine or a seasoned wine connoisseur, there will be something here for everyone.”

All four Lakes Region wineries pride themselves on crafting quality New Hampshire traditional, fruit, and honey wines, many of which have received awards in national and international tastings. Most of the wineries grow their grapes in their own vineyards, and all of them utilize locally grown fruit and honey as much as possible, working closely with local farmers and pickers to find the best possible fruit with which to make their wine. Lakes Region wines are available in the wineries’ tasting rooms and restaurants, as well as at local wine shops and eateries.

For more information on the Barrel Tasting Weekend, please visit http://hermitwoods.com/events/barrel-tasting/

For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit www.meredithareachamber.com and www.lakesregion.org. And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at www.millfalls.com.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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