Lakes Region Wineries to Hold Fourth Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend

Hermit-Woods-Barrel-Tasting-glass-web-300x270Get ready for a weekend of celebrating great local wine! In the tradition of many California vineyards, six 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 the fourth annual Barrel Tasting Weekend.

This year’s Barrel Tasting Weekend will take place on October 4th and 5th, from 11 am to 5 pm. The six participating wineries are: Coffin Cellars, Gilmanton Winery, Sap House Meadery, Haunting Whisper Vineyards, Newfound Lake Vineyards, and Hermit Woods Winery. New this year is the “ticket” to the event: 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.

After the success of last year’s event, when nearly 700 people from throughout New England toured the participating wineries, the organizers are anticipating an even bigger and better event this year. “Even with heavy rain almost the entire weekend last year, we still had an incredible turnout and everyone had a great time,” says Bob Manley of Hermit Woods Winery, the organizer of the event. “Should the weather cooperate, we would expect an even greater turnout this year. We are particularly excited about holding this year’s Barrel Tasting Weekend in our new home in downtown Meredith.”

barrel_tasting_sept_2012-sm-208x300At 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 the most wineries during the course of the weekend. This year’s prizes include a three-night package at Lake House at Ferry Point, a two-night stay at Mill Falls at the Lake, a two-night stay at The Black Swan Inn in Tilton, a two-night stay at Steele Hill Resort, a night stay at the Coppertoppe Inn, a night stay at the Henry Whipple House in Bristol, dinner for two at Millstone at 74 Main, dinner for two at Gilmanton Winery’s restaurant, a $50 gift certificate to The Common Man Family of Restaurants, $25 gift certificates for The Flying Goose Brewpub, and a gift basket from participating wineries valued at over $150. 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. “Whether you’re a novice who is just learning about wine or a seasoned wine connoisseur, there will be something here for everyone.”

All six 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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