On a recent trip to Vermont (April 2013), we visited Snow Farm Vineyard’s tasting room. Their tasting room is located at the Cabot Annex, in Waterbury Center, Vermont. The winery is located in South Hero, on an island in the center of Lake Champlain.
When we first arrived to the tasting room, the man who was running the tasting was on the phone, seeming to be winery business. After a few minutes, he was off the phone and we started our wine tasting. You could try all of the wine for a set price of $7, which included a wine glass to take home. While there, we tried 11 wines. Many of their wines are Estate wines, which means the wine must be sourced from vineyard fruit from the same AVA (American Viticulture Area) where the winery is located
The guy who was running the tasting was friendly, and asked us what kinds of wine we tend to enjoy, and what we would avoid. We were both very vocal with what we liked and disliked during the tasting, which he liked and said more people should be.
’12 Estate Seyval Blanc: Apple, pear and melon notes. Dry with a smooth finish.
’11 Estate Vidal Blanc: Dry and crisp white wine. Citrus: tangerine, mandarin, lemon & lime.
American Riesling: Dry and spicy Riesling. Lemon, lime and peach.
Snow White: an Estate wine. A blend of Cayuga and Seyval grapes. Recommended to eat with cheese. While there, we were told to drink a sip of wine, eat a bite of cheese and then enjoy some more wine. Delicious! I took home a bottle.
’10 Estate Leon Millot: Rich, mellow, earthy wine.
’12 Estate Baco Noir: smooth tannins (I don’t tend to like wine with a high amount of tannins), black cherry and blackberry. Medium bodied and fruity. Although this is a red wine (I’m not big into red wine), I enjoyed this. Bought a bottle for when I have a friend over who enjoys red wine- so we can share a bottle 🙂
’11 Crescent Bay Red: Also an Estate wine. Blend of Baco Noir, Leon Millot and Frontenac.
Rose Red: Blend of Baco Noir and Catawba. Can be enjoyed like a Sangria. Mark enjoyed this one, I thought it would be great as a Sangria.
’10 Estate Vignoles: A late harvest wine. Varied tastes, peaches, almonds, pear, oranges, pineapple, butterscotch…
’12 Estate Vidal Blanc: Ice Wine. Notes of exotic fruit- mango, pineapple, lychee nuts. Great dessert wine. Expensive in price, otherwise I would have went home with a bottle of it.
What we left with: SnNow White, Rose Red and 2 glasses