by Kate Levin
Photos: Kate Levin ©2014
Open space, gorgeous sunsets, music, friendly people focused on and enthusiastic about great wine and local food…ahh, life in wine country! No need to head to California; our very own Coastal Wine Trail is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year and you are invited! Officially known as the Eastern New England American Viticultural Appellation, our region is home to an amazing assortment of boutique wineries from Cape Cod to Connecticut. Members within the eSS&SC community include: Travessia Urban Winery with its refined, modern tasting room in the heart of New Bedford; Westport Rivers Winery with its rolling hills and stunning vistas; Coastal Vineyards with its pastoral charm; and the equally charming Running Brook Vineyard in Dartmouth. A day or weekend trip along the Coastal Wine Trail is a fabulous way to explore the back roads of our region! While each winery has its own distinct personality, all 10 wineries of the Coastal Wine Trail feature locally-grown and -produced wines. Visit their website for a wineries “passport” as well as information about special events, wine clubs, and offers.
While you are traveling around the South Coast, don’t miss the opportunity to experience a true hidden gem: Sid Wainer & Son’s Gourmet Outlet. Located just outside of downtown New Bedford, Sid Wainer & Son is a fourth-generation family business celebrating its 100th anniversary. Over the past century, the company has grown from a small produce cart to a national produce and specialty foods business including its own farms and an urban greenhouse. Located at the company’s headquarters in New Bedford, the Gourmet Outlet offers a distinctive shopping experience. Indulge in samples of prepared recipes featuring unique ingredients and creative uses of everyday pantry items, get lost among hundreds of cheeses in the 1000-square-foot cheese cave, and find endless inspiration in the climate-controlled produce section. From unique specialty products like cherimoya, truffle honey, ginger vinegar, yuzu marmalade, and Syrian pumpkin seed oil to their fabulous selection of mushrooms and edible flowers, alongside the best in seasonal local produce, the Gourmet Outlet brings you the hottest food trends each season from the simple to the sublime. The Gourmet Outlet also features product from many of our region’s farms, including Farming Turtles, Four Town Farm, Sampson Farm, Ward’s Berry Farm, and Quansett Nurseries just to name a few. Stock your pantry or picnic basket—Sid Wainer & Son’s Gourmet Outlet is sure to inspire!
Sid Wainer & Son’s Gourmet Outlet
2301 Purchase Street
New Bedford, MA 02746
Kate Levin is an artistic, sarcastic, curious, concerned, introspective extrovert working as a photographer/writer/marketer and living on the endlessly beautiful Southcoast of Massachusetts with her partner, their nine-year-old vegetarian taxidermy enthusiast, and a Bernese Mountain Dog who thinks he’s a cat.