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A toast to vineyard

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
July 14, 2011

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Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the Russell family, who founded and own the local vineyard, hosted a Pinot Noir barrel tasting over the weekend with L’Espalier and Sel de la Terre chef Frank McClelland, McClelland’s sommelier Erik Johnson, and Tyler Balliet and Morgan First, the wine lovers who run Second Glass. Bill Russell tells us that L’Espalier was the first restaurant to buy Westport’s sparkling wine. Westport Rivers will continue to throw celebratory events throughout the summer, including a “Fizz Fest’’ in August.

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