October 9, 2013 by BettyCupcakes
Writing about food and fun on the South Shore is not exactly a hard job, but it’s one I take seriously. I spent all day last Friday in Plymouth, MA taking in the tastes. Let me introduce you to a gem I discovered for the first time about 7 years ago.
Fruity, light, and low alcohol, the wines at Plymouth Bay Winery are as inviting and approachable as the owners Michael and Pam Carr. Specializing in wines made from locally grown grapes and berries, the Carrs make wines that are meant to be enjoyed and savored year round.
The winery itself has been in business for 21 years, and the Carrs purchased it back in May 2011. Their wines are made on site using the same formulation that has been used for 21 years. The grapes and berries that become the wines are all from growers in the North East. You won’t see any Cabernet Sauvignons or Merlots here- those grapes simply aren’t suited for our climate.
Tastings are offered all day. Michael Carr will happily walk you through your sipping with his charming jokes and obvious love for his wines.
My personal favorite wines are the Drydock White, the Apricot Bay, and the Blueberry Bay. Drydock is a classic white wine with soft citrus notes- an absolutely perfect wine for summer. Apricot Bay and Blueberry Bay are both wines that lend themselves to experimentation.
While delicious on their own, the Carrs encourage patrons to “Play with Bay!” and invent new ways to enjoy their wines. They’ve even created a recipe playbook that provides serving suggestions and recipes for wine cocktails such as the Billionaire which is a gin and tonic topped with a splash of Blackberry Bay.
Plymouth Bay Winery also offers jellies, jams, and honeys made from their wines by Al’s Backwoods Berrie Co. in Plymouth. I took home jars of Raspberry Spice, Bad Newz, and Cranberry Honey. The Raspberry Spice jelly mixes the intense heat of Habanero peppers with the sweet-tartness of local raspberries. Bad Newz is a combination of dark chocolate and raspberry.
I should also mention that Plymouth Bay Winery sells chocolates that have been specially produced for them by Puopolo Candies in Hingham, MA. Pairing a small piece of this chocolate with a sip of Cranberry Bay will make your mouth sing.
Despite the Pilgrim’s buttoned-up reputation, I think even they would have been tempted by Michael and Pam Carr’s wines. I do know that the first Thanksgiving would have been even more fun if a bottle of Cranberry Bay had been served.
Have you ever tried a fruit wine?
What is your favorite kind of fruit wine?