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Spring has finally sprung, and when the sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and the blue sea is sparkling, there is no better time to be in New England. There are so many day and weekend trips to take within three hours from Boston, and we satisfying our New England wanderlust with a few trips this season. This past weekend we had the chance to spend time in Newport with great friends in an amazing seaside house. Here are just a few favorite photos from a weekend in Newport.

Newport Sunset

Sunset in Newport on a clear, chilly Spring night

Eastons Beach Newport

 Dunking the toes in the Atlantic for the first time this season, at Easton’s Beach in Newport

 

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Al fresco drinks at a beautiful Newport home

making fudge

Fudge and saltwater taffy in one of Newport’s adorable shops

 

saltwater taffy

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Nautical touches everywhere – I am obsessed with coastal/nautical style and could outfit myself and my home solely from stores in Newport.

 

41 North

A beautiful “man cave” and gorgeous views at 41 North – click here for a recap of one of my past 41 North visits

41 North   Thames Street Newport

As I mentioned above, the shopping in Newport is really great, and Thames Street is a fun wander, with its lovely shops and old New England architecture. I love classic New England, and Newport is one of those places that embodies this. Our friends introduced us to a new-to-us oyster bar, which I will be sharing in another post. Our next coastal New England getaway is Mystic. I haven’t been since I was little and would love any recommendations!

Newport, RI

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The Taste Trekkers Food & Travel Expo is coming back to Providence on October 4th, and I have a set of tickets to the Saturday “Foodie Day” session to give away! The Expo will take place at the gorgeous Biltmore in Providence, a place I love to visit but have never stayed! Interested in learning more?

About Taste Trekkers Food & Travel Expo

Taste Trekkers returns to Rhode Island to show passionate foodies how to explore the world through cuisine. It brings together chefs, farmers, wineries, brewers, food tour operators, and other artisanal food producers from different regions. Sample foods from different places, learn the culinary history of different regions, and gain practical tips for planning your own foodie vacation.

Check out the video from Taste Trekkers 2013.

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I’m giving away a pair of tickets to Saturday’s Expo at the Biltmore and Sunday’s Eat & Run Scavenger Hunt at the Providence Arcade.

 

Here’s a sampling of who will be at the Expo:

• Elle Armon-Jones – Owner, The Big Foody Food Tours

• Christopher Bakken – Author of Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table

• Tom Bivins – Executive Director, Vermont Cheese Council

• Sean Buchanan – Business Development Manager, Blackstone River Produce

• Cesin Curi – Chef, Los Andes

• Grace Della – Owner, Miami Culinary Tours

• Jose Duarte – Chef & Owner, Taranta Restaurant

• Colleen Franzreb – Owner, Cape Cod Foodie Tours

• Tatiana Gana – Co-Founder, Gastro Tours

• Kimberly Gunning and Steve Lovelace – Owners, Niagara Culinary Tours

• Lisa Gustavson – Owner, Sojourner Tour Company

• Richard J.S. Gutman – Director & Curator, Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University

• Jeff Landry – Produce Specialist, Native Mainse Produce & Specialty Foods

• Marina Marchese – Founder, American Honey Tasting Society and Red Bee Honey

• Richard Miscovich – Associate Professor, Johnson & Wales University

• Sam Poley – Director of Public Relations & Communications, Durham Convention & Visitor’s Bureau

• Neil Rogers – Executive Chef, Volturno Pizza Napoletana

• Lisa Webster – Owner & Operator, North Star Sheep Farm

• Thei Zervaki – Food writer and journalist

Entering to win is easy; Just check out the Taste Trekkers site and let me know why you want to go to the Expo. For an additional entry, tweet “I want to win @tastetrekkers Expo tickets from @traveleatlovemm” and follow Taste Trekkers on Twitter.

I will choose a winner next Monday, September 22.

Good luck!

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What a great event! I had my skeptical moments, first when we saw the massive line waiting to get in, and a few other times when the people pouring wine were completely clueless about the wine they were pouring, but overall while it was a little too cocktail-heavy, I thought the Newport Winefest was fantastic.

As entered the first tent on the grounds of the Newport Yachting Center, we received glasses to use for the evening in addition to an event program with information on the various vendors.

Newport Winefest

There were plenty of people working the event, and it ran very smoothly. And they had real, inside bathrooms with lines that moved quickly. That’s important!

Newport Wine Festival

There was a lot of wine to be tasted, and rather than cover them all, I thought I would share some new and old favorites instead. You can see the complete festival lineup here.

We enjoyed Sauvignon Blanc from Quivira, a winery we missed on our last Dry Creek Valley trip. We also loved this very dry Whispering Angel Rosé from the South of France. It was an unusual, very pale Rosé, light and summery.

Quivira Sauvignon Blanc .Whispering Angel Rose

Though we were going to miss Beringer’s Great Steak Challenge, we stopped by for a sip of their Sauvignon Blanc as well.

Beringer Great Steak Challenge

I found the Pop Chips. . . several times throughout the evening. I love the salt and pepper so much!

Pop Chips

Always a lover of Austrian wine, I liked this Grooner Gruner Veltliner for its crisp, fresh citrus flavors. Their marketing is a lot of fun too, and the representative pouring the wine was very passionate about Gruner and had a lot of knowledge about the wine.

Grooner Gruner Veltliner

Every wine tasting I go to has Cabot cheese, and I am always sure to sample some of my favorites.

Cabot Cheese

We sipped bubbly St. Germain cocktails and enjoyed a rosato wine by        Lidia Bastianich’s family, made a friend from Casa Sola in Tuscany, had many laughs in the Hendrick’s tent, set up to look like colonial India with rich fabrics, travel trunks, and even a croquet area.

They had a wide array of cocktail samples, but I loved the cucumber and jalapeno cocktail with a pickle garnish. It was nice and spicy but also refreshing.

st. germain Hendrick's Cocktails Spicy cocktails from Hendrick's Bastianich Rosato
Hendrick's booth Hendrick's cocktail

One of  our favorites of the event was the Cigar Box Malbec, a big, intense red made with 100% Malbec grapes from Mendoza Argentina. I will definitely be hunting down a few bottles of this wine soon!

Cigar Box Malbec

Our favorite wine table overall was definitely the White Oak Winery table where we tasted their Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and chatted with the representative who actually works at the winery. One of the nice things about Newport Winefest was that many of the people pouring wine were closely connected to it, either being the winemakers themselves or working at the winery. Often when the wine is poured by a large distributor, they represent so many brands that I end up knowing more about the wine than they do!

White Oak Vineyards

For the Joseph Carr wines, we had the pleasure of meeting Joseph Carr himself and tasting his fantastic Napa Cab made from a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. The New York Times called him a wine producer to watch, and his wine certainly lives up to that.

Joseph Carr winemaker

From the beginning of the event we decided to save the Balvenie and Glenfiddich tables for “dessert”, so after some great seafood and more Pop Chips, we wandered over to the main tent to visit the William Grant booth. On the way there I saw this cool absinthe table. I didn’t try any, but I thought it was a great action shot!

Absinthe

When we finally got to the William Grant tables, we were greeted with an array of Scotch whisky’s from Balvenie and Glenfiddich and some friendly and knowledgeable representatives. Tasting through the lineup was the perfect way to end the event. As the weather was getting cooler and more overcast, breathing in the smell of the Scotch brought back memories of many visits to Ireland.

Glenfiddich Balvenie

Balvenie

We finished the night with some great food at The Wharf Pub in Newport.

Wine tasting tips

  • If you can avoid wearing perfume, do. Tasting wine is so much about smelling it that overwhelming scents can completely ruin the experience.
  • Take your pour, and step to the side. There is plenty of wine to go around, and hugging the table while people wait behind you is just rude.
  • You don’t need to drink the entire pour you are given. It’s perfectly fine to spit or dump it out, even if you love it. The pours at Newport Winefest were big,sometimes half glasses of wine, and if I actually drank them all I would have been in trouble!
  • Taking photos is not just for bloggers!I got so many compliments on the idea to photograph the labels of wines I enjoyed. It’s an instant memory helper!
  • Try something new. That’s what I love most about these types of events. They are great at helping you to find new wines. Think you don’t like Merlot?

I can’t wait for my next event. Coming up on September 23 is Vino Voyage III. You may remember my post on the last Vino Voyage; it was a blast, and I am looking forward to the next one!

Newport Mansions Food and Wine Festival, my favorite event of the year, is also coming up on September 25.

Whew, long post! I hope you are still with me! Did you do anything fun this weekend?

I will pick a winner for my CSN Stores giveaway tonight, so be sure to enter if you haven’t!

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