We took some lovely back roads out to Springfield, then headed north on 91 to Colrain. It was just 5pm as we pulled into the parking lot of West County Winery, but the friendly owner told us not to worry. Indeed, while we were there quite a few other people came in to buy things, having driven from quite far off to get their allotment of wines and ciders.
West County Winery draws its raw materials from the many orchards which operate in the northeast Berkshires. We had driven past many of the orchards during our trek up here, admiring the growing fruit and viewing the results of several pruning operations.
We began our tasting with a series of ciders. The Dry Baldwin Cider is effervescent, very fresh and apply tasting at 6.4% alcohol. Alongside that, the Extra Dry cider at 5.7% tasted much lighter, although retaining the apply, gently bubbly fresh flavor. Our favorite, however, was the Cidre Doux - a Normandy style cider with only 3.7% alcohol. This was very refreshing, easy to drink yet full of flavor.
|We moved on to the fruit wines. First was the Peach, a flavor I tend to enjoy a lot. This was quite delicious, with a fresh, truly peachy aroma and taste. It wasn't cloying and sweet - it was more like taking a bite into a ripe peach, right off a tree. This was a keeper.|
The Apple-Raspberry was also tasty, with both fruits coming through nicely and complementing each other. For a heavier wine, the Blueberry-Apple was fuller and richer, the fruit flavor quite strong and flavorful. The winery also sells jams and books about the region.
We managed to cram a few bottles of Peach as well as the Cidre Doux into our sidebags and headed back down the road a bit for dinner. While waiting in line for a table, we ran into other West County Winery lovers, who eagerly told us how much they enjoyed the wines created there.
West County Winery Website
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