Plymouth Winery, Plymouth MA

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Plymouth Winery is unfortunately closed now. The good news is they were bought and re-opened as 1620 Winery and Wine Bar, which we visited.

We visited Plymouth Winery as part two of my birthday celebration, after visiting Mayflower Brewing Company. Mark and I were accompanied by my sister Samantha (she went to Cape Cod Winery with us as well), our friends Andrea (went to Cape Cod Winery with us), Bre (went to Gilmanton Winery with us) and Katrina. Mark’s brother Jason and sister Michelle also joined us (they had both been with us when we visited Blue Hills Brewery, and Michelle when we had visited Flag Hill Winery and Distillery).

Plymouth Winery, located in the Village Landing Marketplace in Plymouth MA has a cute small town/country feel. Plymouth Winery makes all of their wine in the same building as their tasting room.image (1)the shop’s wine shelvesphoto (5)Linda Shumway, Owner and Wine Maker

 

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Bogarts Blend: A Chardonnay, not Oaked. They don’t oak their Chardonnay due to the feeling that oak is an equalizer and makes the wines taste different. Light with a lot of character. Pretty good. Sam and Andrea, who had gone to the Cape Cod Winery with us (and weren’t huge fans) felt this tasting started off on a good note- they liked this wine more than all that they had tried at Cape Cod Winery. This wine uses California grapes. Bre also thought it was pretty good.

Pilgrims White: A Sauvignon Blanc, not oaked. Tastes like pear, green apple and red grapefruit. No grassy flavor. Delicious. Everyone liked this one- it has a nice earthy tone.

Bug Light Red: A Zinfandel. Flavors of strawberries and chocolate. Aged in new American Oak. Not too dry. Good flavor. Sam stated that it was not a dinner wine due to the rich flavor.

Cranberry blush: 90% white grape (Sauvignon Blanc) and 10% cranberry. On a similar idea to a white zinfandel. A fun summer wine. Enough cranberry to give it a kick without being over powering. Really really good! Enjoyed by all.

Strawberry: A semi-sweet fruit wine. Really good authentic flavor. Suggested to serve chilled with dessert or as a cordial after dinner. Jason liked this wine, he stated that it tastes like kool-aid

Blackberry: Made from blackberries, this wine resembles a port. Great chilled with vanilla ice cream or next to a fire on a cold winter night. Katrina said this was delicious!

Raspberry: A true authentic raspberry taste. A semi-sweet dessert wine. Suggested to serve with champagne or chocolate cake. Bre: really liked, as it was sweet enough for her.

Blueberry: A rich dessert wine, similar to a sweet Merlot. It was really good, and on the sweet side which was unexpected.

Cranberry: Good tartness, drinks like cranberry juice.

 
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 Bre stole a quick picture of me during the tasting

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Back row: Jason, Mark, Sam, Andrea & Katrina

Front row: me, Bre, Michelle

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Group photo, take 2!

Andrea, me, Sam, Jason, Katrina, Mark

Bre, Michelle

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I left with a Cranberry wine and will go back for a different bottle next time I’m in the area. Many others also made wine purchases.

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Want to visit?

A quick taste is free, but a full tasting is $5 (you get to keep the glass).

Call ahead (508-746-3532) to make sure they will be open, as their hours change on bottling and delivery days.

Winter Hours vary.  Open Tuesday to Saturday 11 AM to 5 PM (weather permitting).

Open on Holiday weekends including MLK and President’s Days.

Open 7 Days a week April to June: 11 AM to 5 PM; Sundays 12-5 April thru December.

July to mid-September: 10:30 AM to 6 PM Mon-Wed, until about 8 PM Thursday to Saturday.

October to December 1: 11 AM to about 6 PM Monday – Saturday; Sundays 12-5 PM.

Winter hours are weather permitting.

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me, outside of the winery

image (17)The party continued on…

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Mayflower Brewing, Plymouth MA

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Mark, myself and a few friends went to Mayflower Brewing Company, located in Plymouth Ma, as part of my birthday celebration. My sister Samantha joined us- it was her 1st brewery (she had joined us a few weeks before for a trip to Cape Cod Winery). Mark’s brother Jason and sister Michelle joined us (they had both been with us when we visited Blue Hills Brewery, and Michelle when we had visited Flag Hill Winery and Distillery). Our friends Andrea (went to Cape Cod Winery with us), Bre (went to Gilmanton Winery with us) and Katrina joined us as well. After we visited Mayflower Brewing Company, we went to Plymouth winery! See that post soon!

Mayflower is located in an industry park area of Plymouth, off of exit 7 near Colony Place.

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When we entered, we were welcomed and quickly started our tasting. The glasses were larger than dixie glasses, and we were given decent sized pours for each beer.

100_0570100_0579 Mayflower Brewing had us try 7 beers. We were lucky enough to be able to try both the Summer seasonal as well as the Fall seasonal.

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Our tasting:

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Summer Rye Beer: A Belgian style rye. Good flavor, but wouldn’t be my first choice for a summer beer. Michelle shrugged, that it was ok. Katrina doesn’t care for Belgians in the least (so I enjoyed most of her pour). Mark liked it, stated that it is defiantly a summer beer, but doesn’t have a fruity taste as many summer beers do.

Golden Ale: A crisp and dry ale with a malt flavor. I did not enjoy the Golden Ale. Sam enjoyed it more than the Summer Rye Beer, but stated that it needed more of a flavor. Andrea agreed with Sam, that it was better than the previous one. Michelle said it “tastes like beer.”

Pale Ale: British in style has more bitters in it. I actually liked it, which surprised me (I usually don’t enjoy Pale Ales). When I mentioned this to the woman pouring our beer, she mentioned that their Pale Ale is British in style, and has more bitters in it than an American Pale Ale.

Mayflower IPA: surprisingly good. Mayflower uses four varieties of American hops to create a balanced flavor. Both Michelle and I are not typically IPA lovers, but we could say that we enjoyed Mayflower’s IPA. Sam enjoyed drinking it, but did not like the after taste, she wanted a piece of gum after.

Autumn wheat: A dark wheat beer. Michelle, Sam and I thought it was really good. Katrina loved it, as she tends to love fall seasonal. Jason: thumbs up

Mayflower Porter: Mayflower uses five varieties of malted barley to make this delicious porter. Not heavy tasting. Sam stated that “it look(ed) like soda” when it was first poured.  Good porter.

We also tried the Single Hop Ale as well as the Mild. Both were part of the “Cooper Series.” I really enjoyed the Mild, it was delicious, but definitely a beer I could only do a pint or two of.

Katrina stated that she has enjoyed Mayflower beers before, but finds it is only good when it is super fresh (not in a bottle, or an old keg/tap line).

Jason didn’t have one he didn’t like.

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Our tour:

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At the beginning of the tour, we were instructed to keep our shoes on and not to touch anything. And to keep our shoes on. Apparently people feel the need to walk around without their shoes on in a factory?

The brewery smelled like a farm, as someone pointed out. The scent was due to the grain that is being used by the brewery.

The brewery was started in 2008, when there was no other brewery on the South Shore. The location of Plymouth was easy for two reasons:

1. soft water of Plymouth makes an easy starting point to make beer

2. the owner is a 10th generation descendant of the cooper on the Mayflower (John Alden).

A cooper? What’s that? John Alden was responsible for the many barrels of beer that were on board the Mayflower. According to the tour, those on board the Mayflower had thought about landing in Provincetown, but did not because there wasn’t a running water source for them to make beer (which they needed to survive).

The tour went over the brewing process, image (13)and the tour guide compared the beer making process to something most are familiar with: making tomato sauce. We found out that all of their bees, with the exception of the Summer Rye are filtered (Summer Rye still is, but not to the same effect). We had the opportunity to see their Mill Room, where they keep the grist.100_0586

Mayflower Brewery tries to be as green as possible, and they send the spent grain to local prisons for farm land. Mayflower does not use chemicals to help close and seal their bottles.

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We had to end our tour with a couple of group photos:

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Back row: Mark, Sam, Andrea, Jason

Front row: Michelle, Katrina, Me, Bre

image (6) image (10)For our last picture, she told us to JUMP!

Thank you very much to Bre, who stole my camera (and then proceeded to take photos with her phone when it died)!

What else did we do for my birthday celebration? Soon to come, Plymouth Winery!

Plymouth Bay Winery, Plymouth MA

We recently visited Plymouth Bay Winery, located in Plymouth, MA with my Dad.

The winery was a little difficult to find- it has the same address as Isaac’s Restaurant, but is located in a separate building, set in the back of the parking lot.
The winery is owned by a husband and wife team, Pam and Michael Carr. The Carr’s are foodies, who love making people happy. They took over the winery in 2011 from a friend.
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Michael was very welcoming upon our arrival, as was the tasting area. Four stools were set up at the end of the counter, but they are able to expand and use the whole counter when they are busy. We were given two options for tasting- we could try four wines for free, or all of them for $5-6, with the purchase of a glass. We chose to try them all.
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Our tasting was run by the owner, Michael . The only negative comment I had about this winery, was that the tasting interactions seemed very rehearsed. Any comments that we made felt as though they were brushed off for a good portion of the tasting. It seemed as if more conversation would ruin his train of thought. He gave very informed information  and it would have been the perfect amount of information if it was a busy time. Since we were the only customers at the time, we were trying to have a little bit more conversation and enjoy the wine as we went. They became more conversational as the tasting wore on, and after we were done tasting (sometimes it seems like because Mark and I look young, we aren’t taken as seriously…?) All in all though, we learned a little and enjoyed what we tried.
We were all pleasantly surprised by this winery. I tend to enjoy more sweet, fruit wines (Mark does as well). Luckily for us, the wines were all on the fruity side and all those listed with the word “bay” have fruit other than grape in them. This winery did not have a wine I disliked.
Widow’s Walk: made with the Cayuga grape (similar to Riesling). Had flavors of apple and pear, and was a delicious way to start the tasting. Smooth, with a great flavor. We bought a bottle to take home… well to take camping and consume that night!
Cranberry Blush: their top summer seller. Called “the pucker.” A semi-dry wine, blending cranberry and white grapes. Told it would also make a great spritzer by adding club soda and fresh limes. We also bought a bottle of this to take with us.
Drydock White: Made from the diamond grape, a cross between the Concord and Lona grape. This wine had soft citrus notes.
Blueberry Bay: A favorite for cabernet and merlot lovers. Was very smooth, and unexpected. This was the first Blueberry wine I have tried, and was pleasantly surprised by it. Very smooth and not too high in tannins (didn’t leave a dry feeling in your mouth). Recommended to serve over pineapple ice cubes.
Blackberry Bay: Light, smooth and easy to drink. Recommended to serve over lime-aid ice cubes; topped off with gin and tonic for a “Billionaire”; or to marinade peaches in for dessert.
Cherry Bay: Sweet bing cheeries. Recommended to serve over lemonade ice cubes with fresh mint for a “Plymouth Bay Bomb,” or with a shot of chocolate liqueur for a “Chocolate Covered Cherry.”
Colonial Red: made from the Concord grape. This fruity red wine is high in antioxidants. I felt it was a good red to share with friends that enjoy red wines.
Cranberry Bay: made from local Cranberries. Great wine to have for Thanksgiving. Recommended: add orange juice to create a “Plymouth Bay Kiss,” or apple cider and cinnamon for a “Plymouth Bay Toddy.”  We also tried Cranberry Bay blended with Cherry Bay, for a “wicked pissah sangria.” The blend worked well together.
Raspberry Bay: A true dessert wine. Great flavor. Recommended to serve over chocolate ice cream; with grilled fruit; cobblers, cheesecake, or coffee cake. Also recommended to add vodka and pineapple to it to create a “Sexy PBW Martini.”
The last items we tried were jellies. In total, we tried three. They typically only have you try two, but my Dad commented on one of them that it would be great on a pork loin (he was planning on making one that evening). Upon hearing this, , had us try one more-. It was perfect to use as an additional flavor on the meat.
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What to purchase was the difficult decision we had to make. All of the wines were delicious! My Dad bought the “Grape Rosemary Jelly”, and between Mark and I, we bought two bottles of wine- “Widow’s Walk” and “Cranberry Blush.”
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Prior to leaving, the owners directed me to their recipe book, found here: www.plymouthbaywinery.com/pdfs/pairing.pdf
Some findings from the pairing book:

PBW’S WICKED PISSAH SANGRIA RECIPE

1 bottle CRANBERRY Bay

1 bottle CHERRY Bay

Mandarin Vodka to TASTE

1 apple, chopped

1 peach, chopped

1 orange, sliced

1 lemon, sliced

1 lime, sliced

Couple DASHES of ground cinnamon

Cherry Bay Bomb

Cherry Bay Wine

Chocolate liquor

Blend to taste with or without ice

Raspberry Bay-Chocolate Ice Cream in a Wine Glass

Raspberry Bay Wine well chilled

Chocolate Ice Cream

Fresh or Frozen raspberries

Wine Glasses

Fill each glass with a scoop of chocolate ice cream. Add fresh or frozen raspberries and top with RASPBERRY BAY wine until 2/3 full. Put in freezer/refrigerator for a few minutes to keep cold. Then bring out the glasses and let them rest a few minutes (letting the ice cream melt a bit), then have your guests drink down most of the RASPBERRY BAY wine and then give them a spoon to enjoy the melted pleasures of the chocolate and RASPBERRY BAY wine

Mmmmm… Might have to restock my supply! I’m getting thirsty!
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The delicious ribs my Dad made that night, using the “Grape Rosemary Jelly.”