Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR)
Did you know that Massachusetts is home to a growing number of wineries? Today, there are 29 Bay State wineries that bottle over 235,690 gallons of wine, compared to 170,550 gallons just two years ago. These local winemakers produce a host of vinifera varieties including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris, as well as American Hybrids such as Vidal Blanc and Cayuga. Westport Rivers Winery is hosting its annual holiday open house on Saturday, November 28, 2009 from 11 am to 5 pm at 417 Hixbridge Road in Westport. This is a fun-filled, family favorite featuring live music, hay rides, vineyard walks, kettle fires, kids’ activities, and more.
DAR’s MassGrown & Fresher recently published a Wine & Cheese Trail Brochure that features many of the diverse wineries (and cheese producers) open to the public for tastings. Click here for a complete listing of Massachusetts wineries.
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A Whale of a License Plate posted on Jul 28
Wish your license plate was more identifiable? Want to save whales? Well, there is a way to achieve both of these at once. Perhaps the old saying about hitting two birds with one stone should be “do two cool things with one easy payment to the …Continue Reading A Whale of a License Plate
Before the Boston Seafood Festival, Reconsider the Lobster posted on Jul 23
Everything that you have been told about lobsters is a lie. Okay, maybe not everything. But despite the popularity of the lobster industry (and it’s a very popular industry—bringing in over $53 million dollars in Massachusetts alone), many popular beliefs about the lobster’s existence are …Continue Reading Before the Boston Seafood Festival, Reconsider the Lobster