Sunday Wanderings

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI 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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFollowing the sign to the entrance, I was stopped in my tracks, first by a model train running through a field of lavender

IMG_8981and then by the panoramic view unfolding over fields and hills. Once again I was stuck by the beauty that defines Maine.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAInside, barrels were filled with wine waiting to be bottled.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAClose 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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn 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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16 thoughts on “Sunday Wanderings

  1. What a great find. Lovely photos. 😃

  2. What a delightful find! I love the fact that you decided to shake up the usual routine and explore new territory. It’s a good reminder to keep your eyes open for new opportunities and adventures just beyond the beaten path.

  3. Looks like a fun adventure Lulu!

  4. Wow, what a fun outing that turned out to be and a martini toast at the end!!

    1. The martini may be the best part.

  5. Christine Comeau October 1, 2018 — 6:35 am

    Alan and I stopped at that winery in June. We got the Back River Gin. It’s delicious!

  6. It paid to follow the little sign. Beautiful photos!

  7. We love Still River!!

  8. What is the name of the distillery, Linda? I love the photos!

    1. Sweetgrass. It’s off 17 in Union.

  9. Very interesting! Thanks for sharing this with all of us!

  10. A really good discovery! Your photos are wonderful, too.

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