Greenvale Vineyards, A new England Winery In Rhode Island
Arriving at Greenvale Vineyards, in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, we turned into a small nation road off the principle route. The east turn into farmland and towards the Sakonnet River was sufficient to ease the tension of the highway. A good looking blooming hydrangea, the size of a tree, loomed over a pleasant ‘Open’ flag and a sign pointing to the tasting room.
The drive opened up to views of vineyards, the river in the distance, and a stupendous Victorian-wanting building. A group had set up a picnic exterior the tasting room with rows of vines and grapes as a backdrop. We realized later that the tasting room has a historical past – “built island stone pub in 1863 by John H. Sturgis, a young architect in Boston at the time who later designed and constructed such buildings because the Church of the appearance in Boston, the original Museum of Fine Arts at Copley Square, and the Webster Ames Home on the nook of Dartmouth and Commonwealth Avenue, in Boston.”
A bunch was forming outside the tasting room and we joined the tour led by Nancy Parker Wilson, a tall blonde who even in tough work clothes provides an impression of class and elegance. She is the 5th generation of her household to work the land in Portsmouth. Her mom, Nancy Parker, participates in the brand new England vineyard scene by publishing a preferred quarterly e-newsletter -‘The brand new England Wine Gazette.’
Ms Wilson led us down a path, across the street and into the vineyards that slope all the way down to the Sakonnet River. She spoke about the situation of the grapes, and the cautious testing that is finished to time the harvest. She was very affected person with questions and it was clear that she has a great passion for the vineyard and her family’s historical past.
Shifting on by the vineyard I used to be taken aback by the sight of a huge brown shaggy creature that seemed like one thing out of Star Wars. It was my first encounter with a Texas longhorn – a pair in fact.
Back within the tasting room it was time to get to the wine. The tasting room is a big, warm area, with a lot of wooden, and with the solar pouring in and a relaxed canine on the floor I might feel any stress melting away. The wines we tasted were very good. I began off with ‘Skipping Stone White’ which is quite light and refreshing simply as the description claims “a blend of 90% Cayuga and 10% Vidal Blanc. Very mild in colour, the wine is aromatic with a vivid, crisp, floral nostril — delicious and refreshing on the palate. Slightly off dry with a nice steadiness of sweetness and acidity. This wine is great by itself, with cheese, a easy meal and can be sensational with spicy foods.” I appreciated the value at $thirteen.99.
Among the many others we tried were the next, with descriptions supplied by the winery:
Greenvale Vidal Blanc – This grape is a wonderful French American hybrid that produces an especially aromatic and pleasantly flavored wine. It’s a scrumptious shiny wine, especially good with ham, salads, cheeses, and spicy foods. Medium dry. Fermented in stainless steel. (864 instances produced).
Greenvale Chardonnay -A nicely-balanced wine, our 2006 Chardonnay is a dry, light wine with stunning, fruity aromas. The wine has delicate fruit flavors characteristic of a cool local weather Chardonnay grape and a lovely oaky finish. The ’05 is scrumptious by itself or with mild or gentle foods. It’s a blend of barrel fermented Chardonnay and stainless steel fermented Chardonnay. (Approximately 234 cases produced).
Rosecliff Pinot Gris – The Pinot Gris grape has confirmed to grow beautifully on Aquidneck Island. This blend of two vintages has lovely aromas, delicate fruit flavors, is soft on the palate and has a really nice finish. Wonderful with lighter meals, such as grilled seafood or summer salads. (Roughly 500 circumstances produced).
Elms Meritage – Rhyming with “heritage”, this 2004 vintage is a mix of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, two conventional varietals island stone pub of Bordeaux. The wine is a medium bodied, dry purple — great aromas of berry, smoke and subtle spice with a scrumptious, lingering finish. It’s great by itself, in addition to, with flavorful foods or darkish chocolate. The Meritage mix is 57% Cabernet Franc and 43% Merlot. Barrel aged. (Roughly 146 circumstances produced).
After tasting we poked around a bit – noticing a big dwelling further down the drive, sited with a magnificent view of the river. This is truly as unique place. We’ll be again, and next time will deliver a picnic and arrange with a view of that lovely river.