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With the earlier half of the week being gloriously sweltering (for me, the hotter the better, except for on my long run days), choosing a cold rosé was a must for brunch at Steel & Rye, which has been one of our favorite restaurants for more than two years now.

Liquid Farm Pink Crack

This time I had a date with two former co-workers who I have missed since I took the leap back into Communications Consulting, and the wine is what the winemakers refer to as #PinkCrack. It’s name is well-earned!

This 2014 Liquid Farm Rosé Mourvèdre is so perfectly refreshing and perfect with brunch food like this yummy ham, tomato, and asparagus omelet I had. It’s dry and tart, with notes of white peach, plum, and raspberry and a mineral-y finish. It’s also a beautiful pale pink color that always makes me think of my pointe shoes, elegant, satiny, and one of my first loves.

This wine would go well with a pool, a patio, or the beach, and for food pairings, according to Liquid Farm’s website, it goes well with everything but cereal. I am willing to try it with as many food pairings as possible to find out.

Have you been loving rosé this summer? We have been huge fans of dry rosé year round for many years, but it seems to be particularly trendy this year!

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I’ve been going on and on for years about how great some Massachusetts wines can be. Longtime readers and friends know I recommend Travessia every chance I get, and I have also enjoyed many trips to Westport Rivers; their Farmer’s Fizz was our bubbly of the summer last year!

I knew little about Connecticut wine though, and this weekend while visiting Mystic and dining at the Harbour House, I learned CT is making some excellent wines.

 

Saltwater Farm Vineyard

We spent part of Sunday visiting two Connecticut wineries, which included a relaxing stop at Saltwater Farm Vineyard. Surrounded by salt marshes and countryside, the vineyard was beautiful and serene, a lovely place on a cloudy spring day, so I can imagine it would be gorgeous in the summer.

 

Saltwater Farm Vineyard

The winery building is an old airplane hangar with high ceilings, beautiful wood, and lots of nice little touches. A wedding the night before had left their lights strung up, and it added a twinkly magic to the afternoon. Or maybe that was the wine? :)

Saltwater Farm Vineyard

We did a tasting of all of the available wines. After our night at the Inn at Mystic, I was very familiar with the Saltwater Farm rosé of Cabernet. This wine is right up my alley, super dry and crisp with fresh strawberry notes.

 

Saltwater Farm rose

Other favorites included the Gold Arc Estate Chardonnay, barrel aged for toasty coconut notes with a lemony background. Connecticut, like Long Island, can be great for growing Chardonnay grapes.

Saltwater Farm Chardonnay

Ever being a lover of Cabernet Franc, I was a huge fan of Saltwater Farm’s Cab Franc – Merlot, mixing spice and earth with juicy berries for a beautiful wine and new favorite. You better believe a few bottles were tucked away for us to add to our collection.

wine tasting at Saltwater Farm Vineyard

Saltwater Farm is a great stop along a Mystic getaway, and the wines, scenery, and friendly staff make it well worth the visit. Cheers to #WineWednesday!

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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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