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.


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! 😉



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


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.



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


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



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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


The chicken added some serious substance to this meal.


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


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

Be back soon!



  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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