Posts Tagged ‘wine’

Turtle Creek – Leading the Charge for Massachusetts Wine

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Widely regarded as one of the best producers of vinifera grape wines in Massachusetts, New England, and beyond, Turtle Creek Winery is leading the charge for high quality wine in the state.

Kip Kumler, the owner and winemaker of Turtle Creek, opened the winery in 1998 and specializes in making small production, handcrafted wines including Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Riesling.

Turtle Creek’s motto, “Classic Wines from Noble Grapes in a Dangerous Neighborhood,” refers to Kumler’s desire to produce high quality wine from vinifera grapes in a cold weather – and often non-forgiving – climate. Turtle Creek does not produce any hybrid grape or fruit wines, nor does the winery produce any so-called “tourist wines.”

The winery produces about nine hundred cases per year, with much of the grapes grown in a meticulously managed vineyard on land leased from the Town of Lincoln. Turtle Creek also purchases ultra-premium fruit from select growers in California.

In this segment, Kumler takes us on a tour of his wonderful winery (including one of the most impressive barrel rooms in the state) and offers some excellent insight on his approach to winemaking. And watch as Kumler and his team stride through the vineyard harvesting grapes amongst dozens of rows of elegant and beautiful vines.

Turtle Creek Winery is located in Lincoln, MA. The winery offers tours and tastings by appointment. To make a reservation, visit

Editor’s note: This video segment is the tenth in a series profiling the Massachusetts Farm Winery & Growers Association and each of its member wineries.

Award-Winning Wines, Stunning Views at Nashoba Winery

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Located in the heart of Massachusetts’ apple country, Nashoba Valley Winery is one of the state’s most recognized and awarded wineries.

Nashoba has a history dating back to 1980. Jack Partridge, the winery’s founder, owned apple and pear trees in Somerville but had a dream to buy a New England farm and make fruit-based wines. He opened Nashoba Valley Winery out of a rented mill in Concord and in 1984 moved the winery to its current location – a sprawling 52 acre farm – in Bolton.

Partridge eventually decided to sell the winery and in conjunction with the commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Bolton Conservation Trust, the winery was sold to Richard and Barbara Pelletier in 1994.

In this video, Pelletier talks about the introduction and variety of grape wines that Nashoba produces including Vignole, Chardonnay and Merlot. Pelletier also discusses the importance of wood aging in Nashoba’s fabulous barrel room and why Nashoba might just be the best place in the state for a family picnic, first date or simply a relaxing afternoon.

Nashoba Valley Winery is located at 100 Wattaquadoc Hill Rd. in Bolton, MA. The winery is open everyday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Guided tours of the wine-making facility are held every Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11:00 AM with additional tours conducted approximately every hour. The last tour of the day starts at 4:00 PM.

Editor’s note: This video segment is the ninth in a series profiling the Massachusetts Farm Winery & Growers Association and each of its member wineries.

Pioneer Valley Vineyard – Over Six Generations of Farming

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Pioneer Valley Vineyard may only be open to the public for two months out of the year, but its winemakers work year-round to produce some of the most unique styles of wine you may ever see…

Continuing a family farming tradition for over six generations, Pioneer Valley’s wines are handcrafted from estate grown red and white wine grapes and locally grown Massachusetts fruit.

The winery produces 10 varieties of grape and fruit wine made from Frontenac grapes, cranberries, and tomatoes – yes, you read that right, tomatoes.

In this video, Linda and Casey Burt, the owners of Pioneer Valley Vineyard, explain the history of the family-owned winery, offer a tour of their vineyard, tasting room and production facilities, and take us through their line-up of wines.

Pioneer Valley Vineyard is located at 41 School Street in Hatfield, MA and is open for free tastings and sales from October – December, on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 PM.

Editor’s note: This video segment is part of continuing series profiling the Massachusetts Farm Winery & Growers Association and each of its member wineries.

Wine Should Always Be Celebrated Like This!

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Our friends at Second Glass never cease to amaze us… After last year’s incredible, circus-themed Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais Nouveau release party, the SG folks kicked it up a notch with a 2011 edition that blew the roof off! And – lucky for us – we were on hand to film the raucous affair!

Held at the dazzling Artists for Humanity space in South Boston, the evening had the feel of a summer block party with Beaujolais Nouveau flowing at every turn, house DJs rocking the floor, and guests munching on some of the best street food in Boston with Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and KO Catering supplying the goods.

In the midst of it all, we had a chance to speak with Tom Steffanci, the President of WJ Deutsch & Sons, the local importer and marketer of Georges Duboeuf wines. Steffanci delves into the brilliant history of Beaujolais Nouveau and its origins as a wine of celebration, as well as its role in reaching younger consumers.

Steffanci also discusses Georges Duboeuf’s partnership with Kaves, the renowned Brooklyn artist who designed this year’s innovative, graffiti-inspired labels. We also ask Steffanci to compare the new vintage to its 2009 counterpart – one widely regarded as the best Beaujolais vintage of all time – and you might be surprised by his comparison…

Finally we take a moment to chat with Second Glass founder Tyler Balliet who discusses the aim of Second Glass in connecting wineries with consumers, and in particular, millennials – yes, us wild and crazy kids that are taking the wine world by storm!

Cheers to the Second Glass, WJ Deutsch, and of course Georges Duboeuf, for a truly fun and exciting evening. Wine should always be celebrated like this!

Zoll Cellars – Sharing a Passion for Wine, Winemaking

Friday, December 30th, 2011

As an accomplished pastry chef for over a decade, Frank Zoll has long been been familiar with exceptional wine. He has worked for a number of world renown restaurants over his career including New York’s Tavern on the Green, and the Ritz-Carlton in Boston. Through the years, Zoll eventually found a calling for winemaking and in 2008 planted his first grape vines at his home in Shrewsbury, MA.

Zoll Cellars
became a fully licensed winery in 2009 and bottled its first wines in the summer of 2010. The winery now produces seven varietals including Riesling, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Noir. Each varietal is produced from locally grown grapes as well as from vineyards throughout New England and New York. The wines are hand crafted in small batches of about 100 cases or less, to preserve quality and to create unique wines that reflect the quality of each vintage year.

Zoll Cellars also offers a number of unique private winery classes including the ability for consumers to produce their own private label wine. Participants are are given a unique hands on winemaking experience with one-on-one training from Frank Zoll. The classes begin with an initial consultation and one-of-a kind harvest crush class, all the way through to the aging and bottling of the wine. Consumers are rewarded with 240 bottles of personally handcrafted wine.

“We want to give people the ability to make their own wine without the limitations of equipment wine science knowledge or space,” Frank Zoll said. “I want to show people that you can make a traditional wine in a traditional style without any fancy bells or whistles and you can still make a good product.”

Additionally, Zoll Cellars features monthly food and wine pairings as well as its very unique yoga and wine classes which in the winery’s vineyard.

In this segment, Frank Zoll explains more on the history of the vineyard and winery and takes us through one of his exciting harvest crush classes where 1000 pounds of Alicante grapes are readied for their next step in the winemaking process.

Zoll Cellars is located at 110 Old Mill Rd in Shrewsbury, MA. Private tastings and tours are available by appointment on Saturday & Sunday. Please contact Frank Zoll at 857-498-1665 or visit for more information.

Editor’s note: This video segment is the fifteenth in a series profiling the Massachusetts Farm Winery & Growers Association and each of its member wineries.

A Decade in the Making… and Well Worth the Wait

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Willow Spring Vineyards is a family-owned winery that specializes in crafting artisanal wines from hand-selected, estate grown grapes. The winery was founded by Jim and Cindy Parker, who purchased the property in 2002. Over the last 10 years, the Parkers have converted the farmland and its eighteenth century barn into a vast vineyard and modern winery complete with a wonderful tasting room that preserves the charm and history of the space.

The Parkers have created five unique wines produced from estate grown grapes including Chardonnay, Seyval Blanc, Vignoles, Marechal Foch, Leon Millot, and Cabernet Franc. Each of the wines has garnered praise and acclaim from local wine enthusiasts as well as a a number of New England wine competitions.

In this segment, the Parkers explain how they decided to to start the winery – with virtually no experience, why the land makes for an excellent site to grow grapes, and how the process of renovating and restoring the barn was a massive undertaking, though well worth the effort.

Willow Spring Vineyards is located at 840 West Lowell Ave. in Haverhill, MA 01832, Please e-mail or call 978-374-1473 for a personal tour and tasting.

Editor’s note: This video segment is the fourteenth in a series profiling the Massachusetts Farm Winery & Growers Association and each of its member wineries.

The Highest Rated Alcoholic Beverages of 2011

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011


Mill River: Artisan Wines Crafted with a Touch of Technology

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Located in Rowley, MA, Mill River Winery was founded by Rick Rousseau and Donna Martin, a team of winemakers who meld classic artisan traditions with modern technology to create a range of delicious handcrafted wines.

In this segment, Rick and Donna explain how their passion for wine and science culminated in the creation of the Mill River, a one-time cider mill that now houses an elegant winery and tasting room.

Mill River Winery is located at 498 Newburyport Turnpike in Rowley, MA. The winery is open Wed – Sat, 11 AM-6 PM, and Sunday from 12-6 PM.

Editor’s note: This video segment is the twelfth in a series profiling the Massachusetts Farm Winery & Growers Association and each of its member wineries.

Where Farming, Wine, and Community Go Hand in Hand

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Alfalfa Farm Winery is a family-owned and operated winery and vineyard located in Topsfield, Mass. The winery produces a variety of hand-crafted wines from estate and locally grown grapes including several red and white varieties as well as a number of fruit wines.

In this segment, Richard Adelman, the owner of the winery, and Chris Kieffer, the head winemaker, share the unique history of the land (farmed on for over 300 years) and winery, and explain how their approach to farming, wine and community all go hand in hand at Alfalfa.

Alfalfa Farm Winery is located at 267 Rowley Bridge Road in Topsfield. The winery offers tastings on Sundays from 1-5 PM in the summer and on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 PM in the fall. Alfalfa also offers private tours, tastings, sales and event planning available by appointment. To set up a tasting, please e-mail or call 978-774-0014.

Editor’s note: This video segment is the eleventh in a series profiling the Massachusetts Farm Winery & Growers Association and each of its member wineries.

The Warm Embrace of a Cool Climate at Ravines Wine Cellars

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Located in Hammondsport, NY, Ravines Wine Cellars is quickly becoming one of the most recognized and awarded wineries in the Finger Lakes.

Ravines is situated on the east side of Keuka Lake and offers a variety of handcrafted wines ranging from an elegant interpretation of a Finger Lakes Riesling to a Provençal-style Rosé of Pinot Noir to a world class Meritage blend.

In this segment, the owners of Ravines, Morten and Lisa Hallgren take us through the history of the winery, explain why the Finger Lakes provide for an excellent expression of New World wine and take us through tasting of several of their delectable – and food friendly – wines.

Ravines Wine Cellars is located at 14630 State Rt 54 in Hammondsport, NY. From March through November, the winery is open daily from 10 AM – 5 PM. From December to March, Ravines is open Friday through Sunday from 10 AM – 5 PM.