Coastal Wine Trail Kickoff- Part 1

I have never taken so many photos in one day before, but the Coastal Wine Trail Kickoff at Truro Vineyards was such a beautiful and delicious event, I just couldn’t stop! As a result, I am splitting the day up into 2 parts, and I will post part 2 tomorrow.

Sunday started off gray and humid in Boston, but by the time we were on Cape Cod, the clouds had split, and a beautiful blue sky and cool, dry air had taken over.

On the way up, we stopped at a Cape favorite, Box Lunch, for their famous rollwiches. I’ll cover that in a separate Cape Cod food post this week :)

We arrived at Truro Vineyards early which gave us a chance to wander their beautiful property as well as the winding country road that the winery is located on.

Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod

The Truro Vineyards tasting room and tasting pavilion are surrounded by vineyards, and the tasting room/store is housed in a classic old New England home.

Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod

Their variety of wines, including those in their signature lighthouse bottles, fill the store.

Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod wine Truro Vineyards Diamond White Wine in signature bottle

Truro Vineyards signs

We eventually saw other people making their way under the tasting tent set up on the front lawn, so we went to check in as well. (For the sake of full disclosure, I did receive a complimentary ticket to this event.)

Of course, I found the winery dog, Betty, pretty quickly. I threw the ball for her oh, maybe 20 times, and she was still going strong when we left. She is exactly the type of dog I would love to have. There was food everywhere, and she didn’t try to eat any of it!

Naturally, our first taste of wine came from Truro Vineyards. My favorite was the 2008 Vignoles, but I also enjoyed their cranberry wine, which I tried at last year’s event.


Betty at Truro Vineyards image

Next stop, Newport Vineyards. You may remember them from the holiday wine festival that we went to last December.

Newport Vineyards wine

I am a pretty big fan of their (Atlantic Wine Competition Award Winning) Newport Riesling with its refreshing mineral flavors,  and I was excited to try it again. I loved their table presentation and its picnic like theme.

Newport Vineyards wine

Newport Vineyards

Newport Vineyards grapes

A couple of tastes of wine made us a little hungry, and luckily there was some delicious food on offer. I enjoyed several phyllo cups filled with mascarpone cheese and topped with specialty jellies and jams from The Chatham Jam and Jelly Shop. With its little bit of heat, I enjoyed the red pepper jelly the most. It paired perfectly with the very creamy cheese.

The Chatham Jam and Jelly Shop Chatham Jams and Jellies

There was also some cheesecake and flourless chocolate cake from Wild Flour Bakery. The flourless chocolate cake was one of the most chocolate-y decadent bites of dessert I have ever had. It was so rich that 2 bites probably would have made a completely satisfying dessert.

Wild Flour Bakery

The vanilla cheesecake with honeyed walnuts was also amazing.


Wild Flour Cheese cake Wild Flour Bakery Cheesecake

Of course, we had to stop to visit our favorite winery’s table. We first tried Travessia wines at last year’s kickoff event, and we have been big fans and wine club members ever since. The Bastard Rosé, as I have said many times on this blog, is my favorite summer wine.

It was also great to see Travessia’s owner and winemaker, Marco Montez. Marco is such a nice guy, and he has a lot of interesting information about his wines.

Travessia wine

I am looking forward to a visit to Travessia’s winery sometime soon for a barrel tasting of their newest red.

I am off to watch the finale of Lost, so I will leave you wanting more Coastal Wine Trail Kickoff deliciousness. Tomorrow I am going to a lunch with the CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farms, so I will have a recap of that as well. Lots of exciting things going on!

Have a great night everyone! I know all of the great sunshine, wine, food, and people we met today have tired me out!

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  1. Erin’s avatar

    How gorgeous–and such good eats, too.


  2. Elina’s avatar

    This sounds incredible. I need to add it to our things to do this summer. :)


  3. Cristina’s avatar

    I need to find a local event like this. Weather is getting beautiful again…great time for festivals and wine tasting again! Nice write-up! =)


  4. Daisy’s avatar

    I lived on cape cod my whole life and until about a year ago i didnt even know the cape had a vineyard. I love Truro and really hope to get to this winery this summer! The CE-Yo of Stonyfield farms was the commencement speaker at my sisters UNH graduation last year. He seems like a GREAT guy.


  5. Alison’s avatar

    I’ve been meaning to visit Truro for so long! Also that Cranberry Wine sounds interesting…


  6. Magic of Spice’s avatar

    My favorite adventure…So much fun!


  7. Raija’s avatar

    Can we visit Travessia this weekend?


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I would love to, but I am not sure if the ferry gets us back in time. When does it get back, 6:00?


    2. Lori Lynn’s avatar

      Sounds like an awesome time. I’ve never been wine tasting on the east coast. Need to put that on my list.


      1. Steve Krohn’s avatar

        Lori: If you need some guidelines regarding cool climate wines, please let me know. I have taught wine classes since 2004 and spent most of the past 20 years working for two local wineries.


        1. traveleatlove’s avatar

          Thank you for commenting! I would love some information about your classes!


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