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One of the perfect combinations as many of us know are Wine and Cheese ! New Hampshire has done a wonderful job in pairing wines and cheeses not just at wineries but at restaurants, farm stands and many other unique experiences in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire is committed to bringing the best, locally grown foods, including fine wines and cheeses, to your restaurant dinner table through a movement known as New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection. Visit New Hampshire and experience the culinary passion thriving throughout the state.
The Sandwich Creamery is known for its cow’s milk, farm stand, cheeses and terrific ice cream. Tours are available by appointment but you can purchase cheese and ice cream around the clock in their honor system store.
Stonegate Winery & Vineyard is just two miles from Lake Winnipesaukee, the vineyard grows cold climate French hybrid grapes and wines include Marechal Foch, Leon Millot,Frontenac, Seyval, Cayuga, Steuben, Elvira and Aurore. Call ahead to arrange a tour.
Agape Homestead Farm – head north on Route 28 from Lake Winnipesaukee to Ossipee for their dill-and-garlic spreadable cheese and marinated Feta.
Via Lactea Farm & Brookfield Dairy – on Route 16 in Brookfield where you can meet the animals and purchase farm-fresh chevre in a variety of flavors.
Flag Hill Winery and Distillery in Lee welcomes visitors to their tasting rooms to sample the red, white and port wines produced from varietals that thrive on the coast. Their Ferguson-Davis Dining Room offers seasonally themed regional cuisine, incorporating ingredients from local farms.
Candia Vineyards is a boutique vineyard that specializes in fine wines from grapes.With New Hampshire’s only Diamond, Frontenac, LaCrosse, Noiret and LaCrescent wines, Candia Vineyards was named New England’s #1 most awarded vineyard at the 2008 Eastern States wine competition.
Zorvino Vineyards in Sandown produces quality wines from both local grapes and grapes grown in Tuscany, Chile and Northern California. Tours, tastings and special wine dinners at Castello Zorvino, the terraced manor house on the property.
LaBelle Winery located in the heart of Alyson’s Orchard in Amherst, is a unique winery that incorporates a variety of fresh fruits into distinctive wines. Seasonal wines are made with orchard-grown apples, peaches, strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, jalapeño peppers and pumpkins. Call ahead for a tour and tasting schedule.
This is just a sampling from the 22 stops on the New Hampshire Wine & Cheese Trail. For more information click the above link and start tasting and sampling on your own…and make sure to let us know your favorites and why!