Greenvale Vineyards, A new England Winery In Rhode Island
Arriving at Greenvale Vineyards, in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, we turned into a small country street off the main route. The east flip into farmland and towards the Sakonnet River was sufficient to ease the tension of the highway. A lovely blooming hydrangea, the size of a tree, loomed over a friendly ‘Open’ flag and an indication pointing to the tasting room.
The drive opened up to views of vineyards, the river in the distance, and a gorgeous Victorian-trying constructing. A gaggle had set up a picnic outdoors the tasting room with rows of vines and grapes as a backdrop. We discovered later that the tasting room has a historical past – “built in 1863 by John H. Sturgis, a younger architect in Boston on the time who later designed and constructed such buildings because the Church of the appearance in Boston, the original Museum of Superb Arts at Copley Square, and the Webster Ames Home on the nook of Dartmouth and Commonwealth Avenue, in Boston.”
A gaggle was forming outdoors the tasting room and we joined the tour led by Nancy Parker Wilson, a tall blonde who even in tough work clothes offers an impression of class and elegance. She is the fifth generation of her household to work the land in Portsmouth. Her mom, Nancy Parker, participates in the new England vineyard scene by publishing a popular quarterly publication -‘The new England Wine Gazette.’
Ms Wilson led us down a path, across the highway and into the vineyards that slope right down to the Sakonnet River. She spoke about the condition of the grapes, and the cautious testing that is completed to time the harvest. She was very patient with questions and it was clear that she has an incredible passion for the vineyard and her household’s history.
Moving on by way of the vineyard I was taken aback by the sight of an enormous brown shaggy creature that regarded like something out of Star Wars. It was my first encounter with a Texas longhorn – a pair actually.
Again within the tasting room it was time to get to the wine. The tasting room is a large, warm area, with a lot of wood, and with the sun pouring in and a relaxed dog on the floor I may really feel any stress melting away. The wines we tasted had been excellent. I began off with ‘Skipping Stone White’ which is quite light and refreshing simply as the outline claims “a mix of 90% Cayuga and 10% Vidal Blanc. Very mild in colour, the wine is aromatic with a brilliant, crisp, floral nostril — delicious and refreshing on the palate. Slightly off dry with a pleasant balance of sweetness and acidity. This wine is nice by itself, with cheese, a simple meal and is also sensational with spicy foods.” I preferred the worth at $13.Ninety nine.
Among the others we tried were the following, with descriptions provided by the winery:
Greenvale Vidal Blanc – This grape is a wonderful French American hybrid that produces an especially aromatic and pleasantly flavored wine. It is a delicious vivid wine, particularly good with ham, salads, cheeses, and spicy foods. Medium dry. Fermented in stainless steel. (864 cases produced).
Greenvale Chardonnay -A nicely-balanced wine, our 2006 stone island new collection Chardonnay is a dry, gentle wine with stunning, fruity aromas. The wine has delicate fruit flavors characteristic of a cool local weather Chardonnay grape and a lovely oaky finish. The ’05 is delicious by itself or with mild or mild foods. It’s a blend of barrel fermented Chardonnay and stainless steel fermented Chardonnay. (Roughly 234 cases produced).
Rosecliff Pinot Gris – The Pinot Gris grape has proven to grow beautifully on Aquidneck Island. This blend of two vintages has lovely aromas, delicate fruit flavors, is tender on the palate and has a very nice finish. Excellent with lighter meals, akin to grilled seafood or summer season salads. (Approximately 500 cases produced).
Elms Meritage – Rhyming with “heritage”, this 2004 vintage is a mix of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, two traditional varietals of Bordeaux. The wine is a medium bodied, dry purple — great aromas of berry, smoke and delicate spice with a scrumptious, lingering finish. It’s great by itself, as well as, with flavorful foods or darkish chocolate. The Meritage blend is 57% Cabernet Franc and 43% Merlot. Barrel aged. (Roughly 146 circumstances produced).
After tasting we poked round a bit – noticing a big home further down the drive, sited with a magnificent view of the river. This is really as distinctive place. We’ll be back, and next time will carry a picnic and arrange with a view of that lovely river.