Thanks to its size and seven trillion gallons of water, Lake Champlain creates the perfect microclimate for growing grapes. East Shore Vineyard is one of its direct beneficiaries, with more than 8,000 vines creeping across 11 acres along the lake's shores.
Bob and Linda Livingstone planted the vineyard's first grapevines in 2000. In the years since, they've weathered the Grand Isle's challenges?including the notoriously unforgiving weather?to create award-winning wines that are now available in 160 retailers and restaurants throughout Vermont. But fans don't have to go shopping or hide in a sommelier's cummerbund just to get a taste of the vineyard's products. Instead, they can visit its Burlington-based tasting room and pair sips with Vermont-made cheeses and chocolates.
Four generations of Boydens have lovingly tended hundreds of acres of land that make up Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits. Plucked from more than 8,000 vines, these grapes are transformed into European-style wines, aged in French oak barrels in the on-site cellar. The results are 18 different products, including red, whites, and fruit wines as well as ice wines, hard cider, and cream liqueurs, which can be sipped by the glass on the patio, during tastings, tours, or at home.
Boston Brew Tours immerse visitors in the city's beer culture while introducing palates to award-winning pilsners, IPAs, and stouts. Each outing takes roughly five hours as the guides?all homebrewers themselves?transport small groups to notable breweries and beer bars throughout the city. These stops can include opportunities to visit local nanobreweries as well as the suds-producing hubs of nationally renowned brands such as Night Shift Brewing, Idle Hands, Mystic and many others. Over the course of each tour, guests will be able to sample tastes of more than 12 different beers and enjoy a beer-focused lunch, all while learning about the evolution of brewing over the centuries.