Saturday, December 7, 2013
Good morrow, ye lords and ladies, lads and wenches.
Are ye in search of something fun to do this weekend? Do ye crave the fruit of the vine, but not so much that thy master would call thee a tosspot?
OK, enough with the Medieval-speak. I was inspired by The Fat Friar’s Meadery – isn’t that a great name for a winery? - in Newcastle, which will host a Medieval party this weekend in celebration of Open Winery Day.
Open Winery Day is Sunday, and many Maine wineries are holding tastings, tours and other special events that day to introduce their wines, distilled spirits and meads to the public. Most wineries will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., but times may vary so check with the place you’re planning to visit. A list of wineries can be found at www.mainewinetrail.com.
But never fear, this most beauteous wench has done some of the advance work for you:
FAT FRIAR’S MEADERY
39 Meadow Ridge Lane
Newcastle, ME 04553
From 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., you’ll be able to watch bouts of Medieval combat at the meadery’s Medieval party. Lords and ladies in their finest garments will illustrate what day-to-day living was like back then. And, of course, there will be lots of mead.
PROSPECT HILL WINERY
318 Orrills Hill Road
Lebanon, ME 04027
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the winery will offer its wines paired with food, live classical music, and tours of the vineyard.
SAVAGE OAKS VINEYARD AND WINERY
174 Barrett Hill Road
Tours of the winery and vineyard will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
SWEETGRASS FARM WINERY & DISTILLERY
347 Carroll Road
Union Maine 04862
Sweetgrass will be pairing its wines and spirits with smoked seafood from Sullivan Harbor Farm Smokehouse. Artist Jamie Metcalf, owner of Union Stone, will demonstrate stone-carving techniques on the lawn. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CATHERINE HILL WINERY
661 Blackswoods Road
Cherryfield, ME 04622
Music, local food producers and wine from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod [at] pressherald.com.
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