If Apple Picking is Too Mainstream

…try picking an apple wine?

I mean, let’s be real: we should do both! Hermit Woods Winery is located about a block north of lovely Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith and it’s worth the walk up the hill. They’re not your average all-grapes-fits-all winery. In fact, all of their wines are made from local fruits, honey, and flowers, and maybe not the fruits you might think.

So while we’re still dealing with COVID-19, the staff at Hermit Woods aren’t conducting full-blown tours of the winery or wine tastings. However, you can still sample flights of their wine, pictured above. If you look closely at the cards on the flavors and ingredients, you can see some of the unique fruit and honey combinations they use to make their wines. I don’t think I had ever sampled a honey berry before (similar to a blueberry) but they make for a delicious wine!

My favorite wine that I sampled was their Winnipesaukee Rose which truly tasted like sunshine in a glass with a little kick of tart cranberries and apples. I know glass bottles are frowned upon on the lake but it would make for an excellent picnic wine! Just remember your cooler because it’s excellent served chilled.

Plus that beautiful label? Come on.

If wine isn’t your thing, you might want to try their unique fruit wines anyways, but they also offer a beer and cider selection as well as food inside. They have a few tables for indoor seating but their outdoor patio is also a great spot to enjoy a flight and/or lunch.

Visit Hermit Woods Winery at 72 Main Street in Meredith. If you don’t want to visit them in person, visit the right side of their website to view the local retailers selling their wines across the state. Additionally, the winery team has been hosting some great virtual tastings and events live on their Facebook page for those who prefer to enjoy from home. Coming up in October they are partnering with the Enfield Shaker Museum and other local wine, cider and cheese shops to create a video series called “All at Home: A Taste of History.” Find more information about the virtual tasting baskets and the series here.

And finally, if you need some ideas for apple picking in New Hampshire, start here!

Have you discovered any unique, tasty food or drinks lately? Let us know! Be sure to email us at eatdrinkplay@stayworkplay.org to share your ideas of any New Hampshire related food/drink/venue/organization that you think should be featured in “The Taste!”

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