Tour the Coastal Wine Trail for a Steal
Pick up a fourteen-vineyard tasting ticket for lovers' adventures through the fall, or go halfsies with a friend.
The cover of Rhode Island Monthly's October issue makes me swoon. The photo, shot by Jason Evans, captures a couple in their fall best, strolling through a local vineyard. In my fantasy world, their picnic basket contains crusty bread, cheese and some sort of delicious fig jam to pair with their wine. Hey guys, can I join you?
The feature itself, written by Julie Dugdale, offers peeks around the region's best wineries and vineyards, plus interviews with vintners and cool places to crash nearby. It's a fun read, and it serves as a nice reminder that small family businesses in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut are pumping out tasty products under the radar.
As RIM's cover couple demonstrates, the vineyards are great places to spend an afternoon, too. Tastings are affordable and the grounds are often stunning, especially in fall. That's why the Coastal Wine Trail's tenth anniversary tasting ticket is so irresistible. For $99, oenophiles land wine tastings for two people at each of the fourteen Coastal Wine Trail wineries across Southeastern New England. We cover a few of them in the October issue; here's where you can find it in on newsstands.
This deal is for real. Most tastings range from $7 to $10 each and, at a total of twenty-eight tastings (to share with a friend, lover or stranger on the street who also likes wine) the Coastal Wine Trail group estimates the tasting ticket would save you about 67 percent off face-value. The ticket expires on December 31.
While you calculate how many afternoons you can dedicate to exclusive wine drinking this fall, here's some photo inspiration from the trail:
Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard, Little Compton.
The Vineyard Cafe at Newport Vineyards, Newport. Photo by Marianne Lee Photography.
Langworthy Farm, Westerly.
Greenvale Vineyards, Portsmouth.
Westport Rivers, Westport.
Truro Vineyards, North Truro.
Travessia, New Bedford.
Running Brook Vineyard, North Dartmouth.
Coastal Vineyards, South Dartmouth.
Jonathan Edwards Winery, North Stonington.
Stonington Vineyards, Stonington.
Maugle Sierra Vineyards, Ledyard.
Saltwater Farm, Stonington.
Preston Ridge Vineyard, Preston.
To purchase a Coastal Wine Trail tasting ticket, visit coastalwinetrail.com.