One of the things I love about Vermont is our wine, and Boyden Valley Winery and Spirits’ wines are some of my favorites. I recently spent a few hours with some girlfriends at Boyden Valley Winery and Spirits in Cambridge, VT.
Located in a restored 1870s barn, the Boyden Valley Winery tasting room is quaint and very New England-esque. For $7, you can taste a flight of 7 wines and bring home your very own Boyden Valley Winery wine glass. Boyden makes a variety of wines, from your traditional wines to wines made from other fruits besides grapes, from ice wines to crème liqueurs. There is something to suit everyone’s palate. We started out with a wine tasting indoors and then moved outside to the patio, where we enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine each, cheese plates, and the gorgeous Vermont summer weather.
For a general sipping wine, I prefer a crisp, dry white wine. Boyden’s Seyval Blanc and Cowtipper are two great options for me, although the Cow Tipper is my favorite of the two. Cowtipper white table wine is made from Le Crescent grapes (a great winter-hearty varietal) and is a light, crisp wine that is a bit fruity and semi-dry, similar to a Riesling. The wine sees no oak during its fermentation and has hints of apricot and pear on the nose and the palate. This wine paired nicely with the aged Cabot Creamery cheddar cheese that was part of the cheese plate.
Frontenac is one of my favorite varietals. It makes for an approachable wine that pairs well with many option and doesn’t need to be paired at all! And I absolutely love ice wine. The Vermont Ice Red—made from the Frontenac grape—is my favorite of Boyden’s Vermont Ice trio of ice wines. It’s a unique spin on an ice wine, as it is made from a red grape—in fact, it is the the first red ice wine made in Vermont. Aged for 6 months in Tonnelier French oak, this wine has an acidity and tartness to it that balances out the sweetness you find in any ice wine. Blackberry and plum jamminess are concentrated on the nose of this treat.
While these are two of my favorites, I really enjoy all of Boyden Valley Winery’s line up, except for the Cassis—which I’m sure is fabulous, but those of us with anaphylactic reactions to black currants should not be drinking Cassis.