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December 17, 2013


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Sounds great, and I'm eager to try them next time I'm in Vermont. But they're not the only interesting garagiste in Vermont. Readers should check out Huntington River Vineyards, where Ed & Meg Guilfoy produce startlingly good Frontenac Gris, La Crescent and Marquette from a beautiful small vineyard and a minute but impeccably run garage-sized winery.

Christian Miller

Meg Houston Maker

Christian, many thanks for letting me know about Huntington River Vineyards. I'll look for their wines.

VT Wine Media

I'm so glad you got a chance to try these recent releases, and found them compelling. I know that a couple of years ago, you were a bit skeptical about Vermont wines, and based on evolution of general quality at the time, it was understandable. There are definitely wines that are separating themselves from the rest of the pack, and I hope that they will continue to provide a rising benchmark for other producers in the state. I personally feel that the garagiste model is the one where revelations about the honest expression of cold hardy fruit will occur. More so than highly capitalized operations where the risk of bottom line requirements, drive the wines to a common denominator based on low price and only serviceable quality.

Meg Houston Maker

Many thanks for reading and for your thoughtful remarks. I must try your wines one day! Let's make it happen in 2014.

VT Wine Media

It would be my great pleasure to share with you. I've got a couple of other topics to communicate about as well, so look for an email soonish. Holiday wishes to you and the Mr.
Cheers until next year.


Is Barnard up near Vergennes? I really enjoyed trying some of the grapes you mentioned being grown in the Champlain Valley and hope to have more time to try whne I head up there again. Thanks for sharing.

Meg Houston Maker

Hi SAHMmelier,
Barnard is smack-dab in the center of the state, but Deirdre pulls some of her fruit from Mina Brothers Vineyard in Vergennes. The next time you're here, you must also seek out Lincoln Peak Vineyard in Middlebury, about 20 minutes south of Vergennes. Their wines are excellent.

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