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As many of you are aware, my postings have been more sporadic than usual of late, for which I apologize. Lent always gets to me, and trying to get back in the groove of writing after a vacation is always a challenge in and of itself. I went back east, to visit my girlfriend in Rhode Island in March, and I decided to visit a few local wineries to see what I could learn about wine culture and wine-making there. The hope I had was that I could apply what I learned there to colder viticultural regions in Arizona, such as the Mogollon Rim, Chino Valley, Seligman, and Williams.
Rhode Island, incidentally, was one of the few places I drank wine from when I was living in New England, back in my Seminary days. I spent a summer living in Newport thanks to a close friend and tried one or two wines produced there which I found “good,” versus the super-sweet stuff I had tasted coming from Vermont and Massachusetts; these wines came from Newport Vineyard. I purposely did very little research before going, as I wanted to come in with no expectations.
I found, much to my surprise, that Rhode Island sits smack dab in the middle of an AVA (the New England AVA) and there’s a pretty popular wine trail through the area, known as the Coastal Wine Trail. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to all of the vineyards I wanted to see or heard about (I sadly missed Verde Vineyard–which I would have loved to visit for patently obvious reasons… next time around.) The vineyards which I specifically visited Newport Vineyards, which is probably the largest vineyard in Rhode Island, Greenvale Vineyard, Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard, and Westport Rivers, just over the border of RI, in Massachusetts. The next time I go, I hope to hit a few others.