Christmas Eve Tasting

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Mal and I finally did something we’ve been meaning to do for months now: visit Nashoba Valley Winery. We have heard such good things, so we finally drive out to Bolton to see what it was all about.

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Even in the snow, the vineyards were sort of pretty. I can only imagine what they look like in the summer and fall.

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But, probably nothing like the vineyards in Sonoma! 😉

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Nashoba Valley Winery offers daily tastings for just $4 and you get a complimentary wine glass. Sounds like a good deal to me! 😀

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The tastings were held in the vineyard’s wine shoppe, which also sold the winery’s products as well as a whole slew of wine-related goodies and gifts.

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In addition to more than a dozen wines, Nashoba Valley Winery also produces a variety of beers and spirits. Who knew?

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Mal was psyched about the beer! Neither of us knew that they brewed beer, too.

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The cost of the tasting included 5 tickets, which could used on tastes of wine, beer, or spirits. Mal used his on beer while I went with 5 tastes of wine.

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We shared sips of all of them. I loved the Imperial Stout! Smooth and chocolaty!

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Mal also liked the Imperial Stout, but his favorite was the IPA:

An American style IPA, bursting with floral and citrus flavors from American grown hops. We blend Magnum, First Gold, and Glacier hops to yield a high level of bitterness and grapefruit flavors. This beer is extensively dry hopped following fermentation to intensify floral and citrus aromatics. A true hop head delight. Malts: Pale Ale, Caramel Wheat Kettle Hops: Magnum, Glacier Aroma Hops: Glacier Dry Hops: Glacier

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Mal, of course, takes his beer tasting seriously. Sniff.

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I mostly stuck with the dry white wines, but I also tried a couple of reds.

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My favorites: the Dry Pear, Renaissance, and Riesling.

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Mal and I are actually Riesling-haters, but this one was delicious. It was crisp and fruity, but not too sweet.

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Wine tasting was a great way to spend Christmas Eve afternoon! 😀

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Of course, we didn’t leave empty-handed. We purchased a bottle of the Dry Pear and the Riesling. We’ll have to save them for a special occasion!

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Lunch

After the tasting, we headed home for lunch. I made myself a big salad with chunks of leftover breaded chicken breast on top.

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The chicken added some serious substance to this meal.

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Following lunch, I enjoyed 3 peanut butter cup cookies. Tis the season! 😉

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Mal, Murphy, and I are headed out for a walk.

Be back soon!

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17 Comments

  1. What a wonderful afternoon. I know I could use a few ounces of wine right now ;). Hope you, Mal, Murphy, and the rest of your family have a very Merry Christmas! 🙂

  2. Fun! I have to admit that I have never been to a winery (I know! I know!) but it looks fantastic! The hubs and I have it on our to-do list in 2010. What a fun way to spend Christmas Eve afternoon!

  3. What a great deal and a fun way to spend Christmas Eve! I’ve never been to a tasting in the winter because I love sitting outside with my bottle, but you make it look cozy. 😉

  4. my dad drives through bolton to go to work and always stops off to get me these delicious apples from a farmstand! i had no clue about this winery though – looks amazing!!! you and mal are an adorable couple 🙂

  5. I love the Dry Pear – so yummy! Next year we will have to plan a trip together…we love it up there! There is also a restaurant on site we’ve been meaning to try..did you see it?

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