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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Coastal Wine Trail

We had such an awesome weekend in Tiverton.  Yummy dinners (as usual, thank you Grandma!), great views, built-in baby-sitters and comfy beds that we got to lie in well past 6am!  :)  I love R.I.

On Saturday we took the oldest two with us to our favorite Newport beach-Gooseberry.  It was glorious.  Emily and Aidan had a blast digging in the sand and splashing in the ocean.

On Sunday afternoon, Daddy, Owen and I escaped to a couple of local wineries located near Tiverton.  We hit up Newport Vineyards first, which is part of the Coastal Wine Trail of Southeastern New England-who knew? I wasn't impressed by Newport Vineyards.  I didn't like the atmosphere there very much.  No real tasting room, more commercial type business-run kind of place.  It was like a gift shop with a wine bar inside it!  NG.

Then we had lunch at Coddington Brewing Company in Middletown, RI.  YUM.  I had a blueberry blonde beer (with floating blueberries, of course!) and a delicious sandwich called the Pilgrim Wrap.  Basically Thanksgiving dinner in a wrap.  Their curly fries were delicious too; worth a trip!

Next, we headed over to Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth, RI.  Now, this was more like it!  We walked into an impromptu jazz concert, situated in an old, recently restored beautiful stable!  We sipped wine and chatted with one of the owners and purchased a bottle of Vidal Blanc to take home.  Certainly a laid back, quaint and intimate atmosphere.  We learned a lot about their family's history and how they became vintners.  We even met Maggie, their new little puppy who liked Owen's binky a little too much.  Hilarious!

We didn't have enough time to hit up Sakonnet Vineyards, in Little Compton, ahhhhh shucks!   So we'll have to save that one for another Sunday.  We've been to that one before though, and do love it.  Sakonnet is especially nice for bringing a picnic and sitting outside in the beautiful gardens while sipping some wine.

Perhaps there are six more wineries to visit this fall!  My kind of Traverse Travels!

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