You might be a little intrigued as to why I entitled this post
"Coq au Vin"?
Well, with offspring in tow, we started our weekend with a visit to
The Village of Westport to check out a new winery.......
I know, 'a winery in Westport'????
Let me introduce you to Scheuermann Winery
It is located at 82 Bedford St, at the end of a gravel road. We were warmly greeted by the resident chickens....
.......and tasted 3 excellent wines.
We were even treated to a Vidal, still in the vat, by the owner Francois. He is a trained chef and will be serving sharing plates to be enjoyed while sitting in comfortable chairs overlooking
Westport Sand Lake.
The Riesling paired beautifully with crab cakes...
Our next destination was '66 Gilead Distillery'
in Prince Edward County. It is located on an old farm, which ironically, also had a welcoming committee.
The ornate Second Empire house was built in 1874 by a wealthy hops grower, Bert Cooper, during the County’s Barley Days. Not only do they distill brandy, whiskey, vodka, gin and rum, but leave their maple syrup to age in whiskey barrels. Yummmmm
The Hops barn next to the house remains intact
with it’s drying floors and brick ovens.
The house serves as the tasting room as well as uses many of its downstairs rooms to showcase items for sale.
Time to head on to Agrarian,
in Bloomfield, for lunch. The menu changes quite often,
so there is always something new to try.
We sampled the Empire Caramelized Cheddar
Grilled Cheese on Sourdough...
and a very tasty Wild Leek Ricotta Flatbread
with Sprouts, Peas and Parmesan
Our last stop for the day was 'By Chadsey's Cairns'.
A lovingly tended Cemetery is at the entrance of the property.
If only the gravestones could talk.......
We were a little disappointed that the prerequisite chickens
were not there to greet us!
The vines were just starting to sprout among the twinkling streamers of shiny ribbon hung to scare off the birds.
The property's barn is used as the tasting room
as old Mr. Chadsey watches over the proceedings.
We are so lucky to live in an area where only an hour's drive takes us to such treats!