TasteCamp comes to Vermont

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Several years ago, a group of beverage and food writers and bloggers, decided that the big annual conferences were fun, but unwieldy, and did not necessarily provide enough intimate contact between the local producers and the participating visitors. Their response was to self-organize and select a region of interest, one that was barely on radar or of burgeoning interest. After stints in the Finger Lakes, Long Island, Virgina, Quebec and others, the group has trained its sights on Vermont. Next weekend, June 3-5, 2016 three dozen or so media/trade people, will be coming to taste the crafts of Vermont, and while we can’t make any promises about the weather, we are pretty sure they will have a fun and educational experience.

TasteCamp is not a junket, participants pay their own way for lodging and meals, but we are very fortunate to have a group of sponsors who helped to underwrite the bus transportation, organized through Premier Coach of Bristol, VT.

Premier Cru Sponsor:


Hospitality Sponsorship at Lincoln Peak Vineyard from Farrell Distributing

Grand Cru Sponsor:

New England Home

New England Home Magazine

Esteem Media

Esteem Media


the newly formed Vermont Cider Makers Association

the newly formed Vermont Cider Makers Association


Cabot Cooperative

Cabot Cooperative

TasteCamp host lodging Best Western Waterbury-Stowe

TasteCamp host lodging Best Western Waterbury-Stowe


Smugglers' Notch Distillery

Smugglers’ Notch Distillery


TasteCamp will start late Friday morning at la garagista winery in Barnard, for a visit and taste. Then we take just a short drive up the Locust Creek valley about 10 minutes to the Heartwood Fable Farm Collective market at 12:30pm where we hang out with the Fable Farm Cider boys before enjoying an a la carte lunch at the market space with producers from mid and southern Vermont who will start to pour for the TasteCamp core group at 2:30PM, and then will open to the community at 4PM until 7PM.

Fable Farm Event

Fable Farm Cider

Whetstone CiderWorks

Artesano LLC

SILO Distillery

Hermit Thrush Brewery

Fernleigh Cellars

Fresh Tracks Farm

Putney Mountain Winery

North Branch Vineyards

We’ll leave from there and proceed north to Waterbury where we can check in at the hotel and then take a walk to the Prohibition Pig for a tap dinner 7PM.

Saturday morning we start out bright and early to head to the Lake Champlain Valley for visit and taste with Shelburne Vineyard. Shelburne will also host other producers for us to taste and chat with.

Shelburne Vineyards Event

Shelburne Vineyard

Smugglers Notch Distillery

Boyden Valley Winery

East Shore Vineyard, LLC

Snow Farm Winery LLC

Caledonia Spirits LLC

White Mountain Distillery, LLC

Citizen Cider LLC

Then, we will proceed south to Lincoln Peak Vineyard just outside Middlebury where we will have a buffet lunch then visit with the Granstroms before enjoying yet another producers market focusing on the folks from around Addison County and nearby.

Lincoln Peak Event

Lincoln Peak Vineyard

Shacksbury Cider

Huntington River Vineyard

App Gap Distillery

Whistle Pig

Freestyle Brewing/Drop In

Champlain Orchards

Foley Brothers Brewing

Stonecutter Spirits

Eden Ice Cider

Windfall Orchards

We’ll head back to the hotel in the late afternoon with just enough time to freshen up before heading back out to Ploughgate Creamery in Waitsfield. There we’ll have a private dairy tasting and Vermont Casual dinner from the Mad Taco with a direct view of Sugarbush.

Sunday’s plans are to enjoy a special brunch, right across the road from the hotel, at one of Vermont’s finest restaurants, The Hen of The Wood.

It’s an ambitious program and at the same time, just a sampling of the many fine things that the Green Mountain State has to offer.


Vermont Wine Media

Vermont Wine Media




Vermont Best in Show…Again!

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The International Cold Climate Wine Competition has been running in Minnesota for seven years now, and in each year, a Vermont wine has taken an award for Best in Show. This year the Green Mountains doubled-up as Lincoln Peak Vineyard was awarded Best-in-Show Red for it’s 2013 Marquette, while Shelburne Vineyard grabbed Best-in-Show for the new rosé category with it’s Whimsey Meadow. This competition focuses on 65 or so wineries and covers nearly 400 wines being made on the frontier of viticulture, and Vermont is leading the way.