Our day at the Jonathan Edwards Vineyard was a wonderful girl’s day!
Our day was arranged by The Savory Grape/The Savory Affair in East Greenwich, RI. They provided transportation to the vineyards and planned a great day for us. The day started for us with a glass of wine, which continued as a theme throughout. We tried all the wines that they had, even a wine that was just released that day. The staff was happy and helpful and all seemed proud to be working at the winery.
The barrel room was a perfect setting for a fabulous lunch with wine pairing prepared by David Dadekian of Eat Drink RI, a company that supports Rhode Island’s farms and locally grown foods. All of the food was tasty and fresh, but we all went particularly crazy about David’s butternut pork chili- sweet and spicy and so good.
Susan gave us an informative class inside the barrel room about what all these symbols mean on the barrels and wine bottles and how wine is produced. I have been to many vineyards and still felt like I learned a lot today.
Next, we were fortunate to meet the vineyard’s winemaker, Mike, who had just brought in some grapes and showed us how the winery pressed them. I was sad he didn’t get all I Love Lucy with it, but rather pressed them with a long stick. He spoke to us about yeast choices and imparted some knowledge on us about blending wines. This container is two tons of grapes and will yield about 100 cases of wine- sounds like a fun party.
One thing I learned today was how to read the label of wine bottles. Under the wine name is the year that the grapes were grown. It is significant because the weather and soil of that year greatly effects what the wine tastes like. The place listed on the front of the bottle is where the grapes are grown and fermented and is called the wine’s appellation. If it said United States, that would indicate that it was grown in many different states. Jonathan Edward’s wines either say Connecticut or a California appellation.
With dessert, we also got to try the vineyard’s port, Petite Sirah Dark. Port is my favorite drink and I think they did a fabulous job with it. It was very full and fruity, but didn’t have too much of the sulfur bite.