Massachusetts Wine Tasting – Party Of One

Mo Wine Please

In my quest to visit a winery in all 50 states, and upon the recommendation of my darling daughter, Annie, I recently visited the Truro Vineyards on Cape Cod.

Massachusetts wine tasting – check!

I had fully intended to take Peter along but silly work stuff, a board meeting and all, kept his nose to the grindstone and mine pointed in the direction of North Truro, MA.

Solo wine tasting – a great way to spend a morning!

Truro Vineyards

The grounds of the Truro Vineyards are beautiful. In addition to the wine tasting and tours, the property boasts a food truck and South Hollow Spirits Distillery which offers tours and rum tasting. Something for everyone!

grounds of Truro VIneyards

But I, myself, am a wine gal so I focused on that. The wine tastings take place every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour on this lovely patio.

Truro VIneyards tasting patio

As you can see, it was not terribly crowded the day I went. To her credit, the gal in the gift shop didn’t blink an eye when I stepped up to the register to pay for a single ticket.

Wine tasting, party of one please!

It is important that I now share with you the #1 rule of solo wine tasting:

Thou shalt ONLY sip and spit.

No fudging this rule. If you are the taster AND the driver, no drinking!

As I strolled out to the terrace I considered inviting myself to join one of the two or three groups taking part in the 11:30am tasting but thought better of it.

My table mates might not have appreciated my (quite discrete) spitting, obsessive note taking, nerdy questions and repeated photos. All of the other guests were there for fun – I was there for research. Serious research.

With ten wines on the tasting menu, the charming hostess circulated five times offering us two wine to choose from each round. And she patiently answered my many, many questions.

wine tasting at Truro

One might assume, if you are tasting wines at a Massachusetts winery, that all the grapes were grown on the property or at least in the state.

But no.

I’ve learned that you have to ask the question.

“Where are your grapes grown?”

It turns out that of the 10 wines served at Truro, only 3 – Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Franc – are grown in Massachusetts. The rest of the grapes are imported from places like New York and California.

That’s not a bad thing. New York and California are pretty great places for grape growing. But if your goal is to taste wines from all 50 states, this little detail is important.

I admit that I’m not much of a Chardonnay girl so I can’t be relied upon to give an unbiased review of that particular varietal. The Truro Merlot and Cabernet Franc were fine.

Not for nothing, though, my favorites were the Vignoles (a cousin of Viognier) grown in the Finger Lakes area of New York and the Triumph Red Blend made principally from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from California. The grapes are shipped at a chilly 35 degrees and all blending is done at Truro.

All too quickly our 30 minute tasting session was over and it was time to visit the gift shop. A+ score for the gift shop. Actually one of the best I’ve ever seen at a winery.

Although next time I think I’d go with a few pals, my solo wine tasting was, indeed, the perfect way to spend a morning.

Truro Vineyards is well worth the trip, even if it is, as their sign says, a long way from Napa.

3000 miles to Napa

Would you ever go solo wine tasting? Ever been to Truro Vineyards? Who has other recommendations for me?

FYI, all opinions stated here are my own and I received no compensation from Truro Vineyards. Yep, I sprung for the $10 ticket all by myself.

And remember, I’m serious about that “no drinking and driving thing”. Promise?

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