We had a good time at the AAGNE exhibit reception Saturday. The exhibit was the strongest one I’ve seen from the group. Excuse the photos – my husband took them using his cell phone camera.
We started out from Arlington MA in the early afternoon and took a little detour to visit the Mill River Winery in Rowley, MA. Did you know there is a winery near the Northern Massachusetts seacoast? The winery is very pleasant, lots of wood, space, and high ceilings with an additional comfy seating area for people who don’t like to hover the wine tasting bar. They artisanal cheeses and appetizers from local farms and suppliers in addition to their wines.
How does one grow grapes and make wine in Massachusetts? Well, their answer to that is two-fold. They have planted wine grapes, carefully selecting varieties indigenous to places with chilly climates like Minnesota. Those arctic grapes will need another 3 years to become fully established, and it should be interesting to taste the wines they create. Right now they’re creating some very drinkable wines using grapes brought in from places like California.
We needed to pick a wine to bring to the AAGNE reception, and I was leaning towards a white. The naked chardonnay was very good, the riesling was crisper and seemed better for the reception fare, the plum island white was exceptionally full-bodied for a white, and the white zinfandel was a lovely dry pink rose. I treasure clean dry roses, and I knew there wouldn’t be another at the reception, so that zin came with us.
We found out about them through Mass Innovation Nights, when they had a table at an annual food focused evening.Mill River Winery 498 Newburyport Turnpike Rowley, MA 01969 978-432-1280 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rowley is down the Newburyport turnpike from Newbury and the drive along the turnpike between the two towns is quite lovely. From Rowley it was on to Newburyport, a pleasant stroll along the boardwalk, and then helping get ready for the reception.
We had a great turnout, and Barbara London and Rick Cress provided some classy jazzy live music. The show looked great and there were a few sales even before the reception! See some pictures in the slideshow below, or head over to the AAGNE Facebook page for more photos of the show and reception (from people with real cameras)Newburyport Art Association 65 Water Street Newburyport, MA