Sundays are generally pretty quiet which makes them a good time to go wandering. Seldom do I have a destination in mind, I just get in the car and go.
I was on some country road miles from Rockport when I saw this sign. I couldn’t imagine a winery in such an isolated area, and that was reason enough to find it.
Arriving there the sign indicated that it was not only a winery but a distillery as well. Did that mean moonshine or what? Now, my curiosity was really whetted.
Following the sign to the entrance, I was stopped in my tracks, first by a model train running through a field of lavender
and then by the panoramic view unfolding over fields and hills. Once again I was stuck by the beauty that defines Maine.
Inside, barrels were filled with wine waiting to be bottled.
Close by was a bright copper vat that reminded me of something out of Alice in Wonderland but is used for making gin. Interestingly, Maine is one of the few, if not the only, state where spirits can be tasted, so I couldn’t resist sampling. The hubby and I do enjoy a good martini, and my thinking was this might be a new gin for us to try.
In addition to tasting, it was interesting to peruse the list of gins posted with their ingredients. While similar in some respects, juniper berries appear to be the only one they all have in common.
All in all, this stop proved to be quite worthwhile, and I came home with several bottles of gin and a bottle of vermouth. I have to say it makes a pretty good martini, and we’ve substituted the cranberry gin for vodka in a cosmopolitan and it’s not bad.
What this all goes to show is that one should never miss a stop on a country road!
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