In the previous post I spent much of the focus on the surroundings, but very little attention to the experience at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. When we arrived, the final tear down and post wedding reception clean up was in progress. It was actually an opportunity to get a glimpse at the attention to detail offered at Pippin Hill. We passed through the Granary in the direction of the Tasting Room and spied a table of leftover floral arrangements by Pat’s Floral Designs, lovely mini garden urns of hydrangeas, berries and David Austin roses. One of the gentleman offered us some of the flowers and we selected a beautiful apricot rose and strolled out to the veranda.
Our visit was at a leisurely pace, encouraged to linger and savour the experience. Mariah, one of the excellent tasting hostesses, greeted us and took the initiative to set up outdoor seating for us, pulling a low table to the center and arranging chairs for conversation. She obliged us with a wine tasting outside and brought each wine out in adorable hand crafted carafes! I wanted to take one home and wondered if they would be available for guests to purchase in the future.
I’m afraid we enjoyed the wine and food pairings so much that we weren’t quite attentive to the description of each wine. The tastings are separated into whites and reds, each flight 5 dollars per person. The chardonnay was really nice, not too oaky, fermented partially in steel and new french oak barrels. We chose two different tapas style pairings, one of roasted garlic and lemon hummus, crusty bread and marinated olives. The other appetizers paired well with the red wines, a charcuterie platter of dry cured salami, Kite’s country ham, La Quercia prosciutto picante with bread from the wood burning oven sweet spiced pecans and marinated olives.
Later, we were treated to a surprise from the chef, a plate of Oysters Rockefeller. I can really get used to this lifestyle! Of the red wines we tasted, the Winemakers Select Red was my favorite, a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Chambourcin. Some liked the 2008 Shaps Petit Verdot with spicy and bold, with deep crimson color.
Happy Father’s Day to my sweet husband of 29 years! He is very indulgent taking me to yet another winery on Father’s Day and so is Brian, our youngest son, by hanging out with us! Needless to say, they are my usual partners in crime along with Carolina, bride- to-be!
During our tasting the afternoon humidity became a touch sweltering and we moved indoors,… ahh, nice and cool inside. The vantage point here was just as well thought out, with windows framing the patio and the wood burning fireplace centering the room. Tables, sofas, and seating were comfortable and I believe Architectural Digest would do well to write about this place! Can you tell I liked it?