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When the calendar tells me that it’s  Spring,, I get ready for rosé . There’s something so hopeful about dry pink wine that pairs with light and delicious seasonal dishes that signals the arrival of longer days and warmer weather (unless you live in Boston).

 

Travessia Rose of Pinot Noir

Travessia Urban Winery has been making one of my favorite rosé wines since tthe very early days of this blog. We discovered Travessia at our first Coastal Wine Trail event, became wine club members shortly after, and have been fans ever since.

The 2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir may just be my favorite Travessia rosé yet. It’s dry, drier than past years, with a beautiful rosy pink color and a crispness that will go perfect with the bounty of seafood from the nearby coast. Light notes of strawberry and watermelon mix with a hint of minerality. Wines like this are the perfect example of how well wines go with food from the same region in which they were grown. The grapes for this wine are from nearby Dartmouth.

wine tasting As always when we visit Travessia, we wandered New Bedford afterwards, loving the working fishing docks, deep blue sea and perfect skies. New Bedford is a charming New England gem and well worth a visit.

Boats in New Bedford

We capped off our visit with another delicious meal at Cork. I definitely recommend the Shrimp Ajillo!

lunch at Cork in New Bedford

What’s your wine of the week?

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Wine and Chocolate

With storms out at sea this past  weekend, our boating plans were put on hold for another day. This weekend also happened to be the first since June that we didn’t have family visiting from Ireland. With an open Saturday stretching ahead of us, we weren’t sure what to do so we decided to just head out and figure something out along the way. A quick check of our mailbox before we left revealed a postcard from Travessia Urban Winery where we are club members, telling us that we were missing a wine club event at that very moment!

In less than an hour, we were at Travessia, ready to taste their newly released Trapeze and excited to find out that there were chocolate pairings involved.

Grasiela from Brigadeiro Barn was at Travessia, sharing samples of her homemade Brazilian truffles.

Brigadeiro Barn

Brigadeiro Barn truffles are all hand made by Grasiela with local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Available flavors change with the seasons, and truffles can be ordered for all sorts of special occasions.

Brigadeiro Barn

Brigadeiro Barn chocolates

We started our tasting with Travessia white and rosé wines, wines we tasted on our last visit and needed to stock up on after a hot summer. We eagerly looked forward to the reds and the chocolate pairing portion of the tasting.

Travessia Urban Winery

First up was the just-released Trapeze which is made from 100% Washington state Pinot Noir grapes. The Trapeze was paired with one of Brigadeiro Barn’s raspberry truffles, made with fresh raspberries. We were instructed to taste the truffle, then the wine, then the truffle.

We were both struck by the smooth, gooey texture of the raspberry truffle and the way the berry flavors in the wine and berry flavors in the truffle brought one another out.

Travessia Trapeze

Brigadeiro Barn truffle samples

The second pairing was Travessia’s Bandit, a blend of Tempranillo and Touriga Nacional, with a classic Brigadeiro chocolate truffle. We thought the raspberry truffles were amazing, but the classic chocolate won us over even more. Brigadeiro Barn’s chocolate is not sweet, just rich, creamy, and silky.

Brigadeiro Barn truffles

The classic chocolates are rolled in Belgian chocolate flakes making for a simply melt-in-your-mouth treat.

We really enjoyed speaking with Grasiela about her chocolates and all the fun she has trying new flavors and wine pairings with a sommelier friend. She mentioned a white wine and truffle pairing. . . I would love to try that!

It was also great to see Travessia’s owner and winemaker Marco who has recently started winemaking as a full time job. He is doing great and has a few exciting things going on that we loved hearing about. Travessia has a few events coming up, including an Oktoberfest event we are hoping to check out. If you live in the Boston area and want to taste some great locally made wine, check it out!

What seasonal truffle flavor would you love to have made for you?

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Between my blog, conversations I have with friends and colleagues, and my appearance on Fox, I have probably said it a million times, but I will say it again. New Bedford, MA is a great little stop on a New England day trip. It’s not Provincetown or Portland, but it oozes with New England charm in its cobblestone streets, fishing boats, and whaling history. And it’s quickly becoming a place to wine and dine as well.

We wouldn’t have discovered New Bedford if it wasn’t for our love of Travessia Urban Winery wine, but we now visit at least a couple of times a year. On our most recent Southeastern MA excursion, we worked up our appetites tasting wine at Westport Rivers and Travessia, and we (really, I) desperately needed to eat by the time 6:00 rolled around.

I knew exactly where I wanted to go. Cork Wine and Tapas Bar, located right across from the shipyard, is a restaurant we have passed on our many New Bedford trips, but we had never stopped. We made a beeline from Travessia right to Cork for a fantastic wine and food experience.

Cork Wine & Tapas Bar

Talk about New England charm. Cork is in the Joseph Tabor building, which has stood proudly there since 1836. I learned from Cork’s website that the building was designed to be a warehouse to produce, house and maneuver large nautical equipment. It’s an impressive structure that now makes a great space for dining.

Cork Wine & Tapas Bar New Bedford

Cork’s menu is fresh and seasonal and offers small plates in addition to heartier options like fish and chips.

Cork Wine & Tapas Bar

They also offer wine flights, something that I love in a restaurant. It was a wine-tasting kind of day, so I decided to go with a flight of bubbles. Surprise, surprise!

sparkling wine flight

Three glasses of sparkling wine were placed in front of me: Segura Viudas Reserva, Deor Prosecco, and Santa Julia Brut Rose. The Segura Viudas was the hands-down winner with me and the other  judges, my mother-in-law and husband. The Prosecco was just okay; while I am a fan of most bubbles, I don’t love the overwhelming pear flavor some Proseccos have. The Santa Julia Brut Rose was lovely, lots of strawberry and cherry flavors, and of course that gorgeous pink color.

sparkling wine flight

While I am usually a fan of tapas style eating, I was pretty ravenous by the time we were ready to order, and I wanted one thing, Coconut Curry Lobster: Claw and knuckle lobster meat with scallions and grilled corn in curried coconut milk. Served over jasmine rice.

To.die.for. Everything in this dish added something special, from the tender lobster to the lively curry and sweet corn and rice. It was such a filling yet light option, perfect for a hot summer day and lunch the next day. My mother-in-law and husband also really enjoyed their meals. We all agreed that the service, atmosphere, selection, and food would have us coming back again and again.

lobster curry

I’m a huge lover of wine bars, cozy places to get a glass or two, with no expectation of ordering a huge meal (unless you want to), and I wish Boston had more places like Cork and my favorite Galway wine bar, Sheridan’s.

Since we’re wine club members at Travessia, we’ll have reason to visit again in the fall, and I am making a trip to Cork mandatory.

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