As far as wine goes, the Pilgrims missed the boat.
As in, they happened to land on a fertile coast conducive to cultivating a plethora of culinary goodies—save naturally sun-bathed, rich, age-worthy wine grapes. It’s that weather of ours that takes the concept of “free trade” to the heart of our wine-drinking souls.
But things have changed in the winemaking world. What the consumer wants, consumer gets.
On a quiet southern tip of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, a not-so-quiet revolution is taking place. This time, it’s not about taxation without representation or throwing tea in Boston Harbor. It’s at a winery which is hell-bent on proving your taste buds that you can apply “drink local” even to Massachusetts—and love it.
Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod was founded in 1992 on a beautiful estate in Truro, Massachusetts. It was a little winery that could, slowly breaking ground in the national craze for local winemaking whenever possible. But in 2007, it turned a new leaf when it was acquired by the Roberts family, which has been running it as a family business ever since. Dave Roberts Jr., now one of Truro’s principal winemakers, is a former CEO of United Liquors, a major distributor. He is leveraging his 40 years of experience in the wine and spirits industry to pursue his passion for wine and uncover the winery’s full potential.
Also a 2007 Merlot of the Series
Wine is a delicate balance of science, art, and terroir. On their 5-acre farm, Truro grows Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. They make a total of 13 different wines, though, sourcing the other grapes from New York and California. This is a perfect example of an answer to that quintessential question of who is the true parent—the one that produced the grapes, or the one that used his skills to transform them into fine wine?
In Truro’s case, it seems to be the latter. Take a randomly tasted sample that matched perfectly the uber-humid mid-August day in Boston, Limited Release 1709 series 2008 Pinot Grigio. The series is named for the tercentennial of the town this year. The wine captured the simplicity and characteristic acidity of this summer grape. There was a hint of honey on the finish, as it is customary with Pinot Grigio, but the fact that the winemaker just let the grape’s personality shine was a confirmation of his respect for the ingredient.
Apart from making quality wines, Truro pays homage to summer on the Cape by hosting a series of local art and live music exhibits in their new pavilion. Each Wednesday night from 6 to 8pm, through the end of August, guests can enjoy the exhibits while tasting five wines paired with five different appetizers. All for only $25. The program is named WAAM for wine, appetizers, art, and music.
Summer isn’t over ‘till it’s over. But Truro wines have potential to deliver year-round.
It always pays to have an open mind.