Do you want cough medicine or a nice glass of vino???Apr 14, 2001 Write an essay on this topic.
Popular Products in WineThe Bottom Line You can't go wrong with a nice cranberry blush! Some berries, like raspberry, simply don't work!
OK, so I'm sort of incorporating this topic into a winery epinion, but, trust me, I address the topic! We live in cranberry country, and some fruits (i.e. cranberries) work in a wine, and some don't!! The cranberry blush from the Church Street Winery is, in a word, wonderful! The raspberry rave is, um, well, do you need some cough medicine?
When I moved to this part of Massachusetts a few years back I was thrilled not only to be near Cape Cod, but also to have a winery at the end of our street! "This isn't Napa Valley" I thought to myself. "What's up with the vineyards?" So curiosity quickly drove me into the winery not long after we moved here, and I've been finding time to visit at least a couple of times a year ever since. Their piece de resistance is their cranberry blush .
From the tasteful gift shop, to the self-guided tour, to the amazing view of the vineyards from the deck, the place is just plain pleasant! The Church Street Winery (officially knows as Via della Chiesa Vineyards) features four basic wines, all available for tasting if you stop in. There's also a 'limited edition' Red, made with California grapes and having a slight oak taste to it. The Cranberry Blush is my favorite and is made with the local Cayuga White Grapes and a touch of cranberry. The wine goes well with chicken, pork, duck (if you're so inclined!) and turkey, and I tend to give my boss a bottle for the holidays. I picked up a bottle today in fact, as I prepare to take on the challenge of preparing Easter dinner myself! I figure if I give the guests a glass or two of wine ahead of time, they won't notice any culinary shortcomings come mealtime! (good thinking, eh?) "no, no, that really is ham…um….have another glass of wine!" The cranberry wine makes great spritzers!
An added bonus at the Church Street Winery is the art gallery! I've been there and seen some great photography and watercolor exhibitions. Today I had my kids in tow, so I didn't have much time to spend soaking up the artistic treats, but a quick glance at the walls in the tour area told me something good was on the walls! I did the take the kids on about a quarter of the tour, and spent most of it trying to explain to my son why humans couldn't go in the giant stainless steel tanks, and why they'd emerge 'pickled' if they did! The tour area is a large rectangular walkway surrounding a sort of enclosed courtyard where you can look down upon the tanks, the bottling machines, the labelers, etc.
The gift shop, at it's finest right before Christmas, features not only wine, but bottle toppers, smoked cheeses, jams and jellies, and much more. They also ship gift baskets around the country. The staff has always been courteous.
One year I was out on my front porch and heard Chuck Mangione's 'Feel So Good' blaring from down the street. I figured someone was really cranking their CD player, but later found out that the winery was actually hosting Mangione, in the flesh, at their fall jazz festival! No wonder it sounded so good! It was a live performance. Their Fall Festival this year will feature face painting, crafts, Grape Picking (cool!) and Live Music.
Bottles of wine average around ten dollars, and are well worth it. The cranberry blush now comes in a slightly larger bottle (knows as the Magnum Sized!) for 14.95, and is served at some of our local restaurants. The labels on some of the 'Cape Cod Collection' wines feature some of our local lighthouses and make great souvenirs if you're traveling to or from the Cape!
The Cayuga White is semi-dry, and if you believe the flyer, it will make you 'tingle' when it first hits your tongue! I'm all for tingling. I may have to head over and get another bottle of that later today. ;-)
I must admit that I'm not too fond of the Raspberry Rave. Tastes a bit like a cross between Vicks Formula 44-D and sherry, but maybe that's just me! I'll stick with the lighter Cranberry thank you. Some fruits work well in wine and some just don't! A light peach wine is usually good (I've enjoyed this down near Hilton Head South Carolina!) but raspberry is just too strong in my humble opinion.
So if you find yourself on Route 44 in lovely Raynham, Massachusetts, and want to sample some of our great regional vino, check out the Church Street Winery! My wife gave me a wine glass for Christmas featuring their cool logo, some vineyards with a view of the church steeple across the street in the background. I highly recommend this quaint little winery. Have a glass of their Cranberry Blush today! After all, this is cranberry country, and even though Wisconsin and Washington are competing with us, we feel we are the cranberry capitol of the universe! Heck, Ocean Spray's world headquarters is two miles from here!
You can visit them on-line at www.capecodcranberrywine.com
Thanks for reading! Hope I hit upon the topic while sneaking in my winery epinion! :-)
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