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Time to hit the trail.

Posted by Stephen Meuse  June 7, 2011 03:52 PM

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Thumbnail image for wineries.JPG John Winthrop, first governor Massachusetts, had visions of a city upon a hill, but he also had dreams of a vineyard that would produce grapes to make fine wine. His plantings on Conant's (now Governor's) Island in Boston Harbor came to nothing. It was bitter disappointment for the Mayflower set that they never succeeded in making a native Massachusetts wine.

Apparently they just didn't know where to look. Our region is now home to scores of wineries, a subset of which comprise what is known as the Coastal Wine Trail of Southeastern New England.

On June 26th, the nine wineries that comprise the Trail (Coastal Vineyards, Greenvale Vineyards, Langworthy Farm, Newport Vineyards, Running Brook Vineyards, Travessia Winery, Truro Vineyards , Westport Rivers Winery and Sakonnet Vineyards) will host their annual wine festival from 1 to 4 p.m. on the property of Sakonnet Vineyards in Little Compton, Rhode Island.

The member vineyards have invited the area’s farmers, food providers, cheese makers, bakers and restaurants to be on hand with samples of their wares - and there'll be live music.

This is a rain or shine walk-about event, we're told. Reservations are limited and typically sells out. $45 per person, with advance registration required. Call 1-800-998-8486 x116 or visit sakonnetwine.com for further details.

File under: Good to go.

Ellen Bhang

About By the Glass

Ellen Bhang writes about food and wine and reviews Cheap Eats restaurants for the Globe. Wine is the focus of her degree in the Gastronomy master's program at Boston University. She can be reached at bytheglass@globe.com.

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