Coastal Wine Trail Festival at Sakonnet Vineyards

Up until last year, I’ve never been to a vineyard.

I grew up in the Philippines, a warm tropical country. We grow mangoes, not grapes.

But last year I went to a winery in Tuscany, Italy and I became mesmerized with the vineyards: the sprawling lands, the grapevines evenly lined up in parallel rows, the greens and the golden browns against a clear blue sky. I know that there are several vineyards in New England (does Martha’s Vineyard count?) but I haven’t explored enough. Last week, I was able to check out Sakonnet Vineyard in Little Compton, Rhode Island.

it was beautiful

We were there for the Coastal Wine Trail, which stretches from Cape Cod and the Islands through the South Coast of Massachusetts, Coastal Rhode Island and Coastal Connecticut. There was a giant tent in the middle of the Sakonnet Vineyard grounds, and it was filled with vendors for food and wine.

When I’m faced with numerous tastings (like in Taste of the Nation or a buffet), I have a strategy: the first thing I do is go around and survey the scene so I can decide what I want to eat and drink. I did the same for the Coastal Wine Fest, and took lots of pictures too.

okay I lied - the first thing I did was taste some blush wine from Truro Vineyards (part of their Lighthouse wine series, so the bottle was shaped like a lighthouse)

caprese bites from Narragansett Creamery

later on I bought some of their Pirate Spread - made with feta, sun dried tomatoes, rosemary and cayenne pepper

there some oysters but I'm allergic to them (booo...)

there were lots of treats for me: chocolate covered blueberries and cranberries

raspeberry chocolate jam

and chocolate goat cheese!

I tried three different kinds of goat cheese from Westfield Farm: chocolate, blue, and classic (guess which one I ended up buying)

the canapes of smoked bluefish with curried pickled vegetables...

... went nicely with the white merlot from Langworthy Farm (a white merlot is new to me, it was so light and refreshing)

I tried my first johnny cake, made on the spot...

... and I liked it!

my favorite bite of the day: steak and egg patties from Castle Hill

ceviche cones (with popcorn!) from Fluke wine bar

creamy cloumage from Shy Brothers (I love their tiny hannahbell cheese too)

of course we couldn't leave without trying Sakonnet wine

My friends and I had a great time at the Coastal Wine fest – we had some incredible bites of food and lots of sips of wine. And the weather that day was perfect: warm with a cool breeze. Days like this are what makes summers in New England so wonderful.

even the view from the parking lot was pretty

Have you every been to a New England vineyard? And have you ever had a white merlot?


21 Responses to “Coastal Wine Trail Festival at Sakonnet Vineyards”

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted July 7, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I have been to a New England vineyard, beautiful! And I have tried that white Merlot. I went to that festival when it was held at Sakonnet 2 years ago, and it was a fabulous day. I hope you got to try my favorite local winery, Travessia wine!

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 7, 2011 at 9:44 am

      Hi Meghan, yup I stopped by the Travessia booth! I really liked their Vidal Blanc.

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    Victoria (District Chocoholic) posted July 7, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Now I feel like making chocolate goat cheese. I’ve already had goat cheese truffles on the brain for a while. So many goat cheese-chocolate combinations…

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    Daisy posted July 7, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Those scenery shots are simply breathtaking. I am really intrigued by the chocolate goat cheese.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted July 7, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I love going to different vineyards. That looks like such a fun event with all the food and wine!

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    Alaina posted July 7, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I love to visit the vineyards in MA. My husband’s favorite is Nashoba Valley Winery. Have you been there yet?? They have a great tasting room and restaurant!

    I’ve been to Diamond Hill in Rhode Island and I want to try the Cape Cod wineries (especially Truro!)

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    Sues posted July 7, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I went to Sakonnet a couple years ago and LOVED it! This festival looks like it was amazing. I’m headed to Upstate NY next week and am hoping to hit up a vineyard or two :)

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    Elizabeth posted July 7, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I’ve never heard of this and now I’m sad I missed it! I love Capri’s chocolate goat cheese. I will go back to Tuscany with you anytime :)

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted July 7, 2011 at 11:13 am

    What a great trip! I still haven’t been to any New England wineries (though I’ve had a lot of MA and RI wine!). I did just go wine tasting in Long Island, which was a blast. Good to know there are great options on this coast!

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    Heather posted July 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I’ve never been to a winery, but I’m eager to visit one. That white merlot sounds interesting too!

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    Michelle posted July 7, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I haven’t been to a vineyard in MA but there is nothing better than a day of sipping and nibbling in the sun!

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    jon @ sweet giraffe posted July 7, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Looks like fun! I love going to wineries, although I don’t know too much about it. I sorta do the same thing as you at the buffet…. I go around and try a single bite of everything that looks interesting first, then get more of what I like ;)

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    Alicia posted July 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I’ve been to a winery in RI before – I love going and tasting new wines. This looks like a great event! I love trying new foods and wine!

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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking posted July 8, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Bianca, it’s my first visit to your site and now I’m homesick, but in a good way. We’re currently living in Arizona, but are originally from RI.
    Years ago we went to a wedding at Sakonnet and it was absolutely beautiful.
    Summer in New England with great food – one of the absolute best places to be!

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    RachelJoy posted July 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    No and No…but this will all change soon. Great photos, my salivating progressed after each photo. How’d the chocolate goat cheese taste?

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    Sue posted July 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Bianca this looks like such fun, I have to check it out…I love all the snacks they serve to keep you from getting too sloshed! I was a Merlot drinker exclusively for years until it started giving me headaches…so I need to try the white merlot.

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    Joanne posted July 9, 2011 at 7:02 am

    What an AWESOME event! I would have eaten myself into an oblivion.

    And Martha’s Vineyard totally counts, if you ask me!

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    Kerstin posted July 9, 2011 at 11:48 am

    What a fun mini trip! And chocolate goat cheese?!? Yes please :)

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    Simply Life posted July 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Oh gosh, I’m thinking I need to visit there!

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    Megan posted July 11, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Ooh. I definitely need some of that pirate spread. Looks like a gorgeous day and a fabulous event!

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    Amy posted July 13, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I’ve lived in New England for 10 years and have not been to the wineries out here! This post really has me motivated to get out there and check ’em out. I am a wine girl- I love it over beer, etc… growing up in Cali we’re of course surrounded by vineyards so every time I go home we end up doing some kind of vineyard/winery hopping but I have been wanting for a while to check out the East Coast ones as well.

    Your photos and description definitely have me checking my calendar for some free time to do this!

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