You may remember my post from a few years ago about the RAVE review I gave for Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards. You might also remember, Carolyn Rafaelian, as the Creative Director for the Alex and Ani Company but did you know that she personally owns the vineyard? I (Kristen) visited again this past weekend to check out their new wines and to my surprise, the vineyard has been renovated and is more than ready for the summer drinking season.
I had flashbacks to my time in Napa while sitting in their fabulous outdoor restaurant called the BAR AND BOARD VINEYARD BISTRO. Their new summer menu is beautifully gourmet and yet still approachable to our picky eaters. It is traditional with it’s cheese board options and wines by the glass yet trendy with items like Steamed Edamame Dumplings and award winning “Chowdah” with crab, jalapenos, and sweet potatoes!
Insider tip: the portions can be large so order an item and be sure to share. The entrees can feed two and you can always order more later.
Compared to my last visit, the vineyard now sports two new tasting bars. One, located outdoors on the expansive lawn, is meant to support the sunbathing crowds with ice cold glasses of their favorite wines and perfectly paired snacks. The other is inside the brand new ‘Mercantile” building which is their adorable barn style store that offers selections from Alex and Ani, Stonewall Kitchen, and Sakonnet pride shirts, sweaters, and even children’s clothes.
The best part?
Their wine selection suits all kinds of winos. From the sweet moscato lover to the bone dry rose lover, these bottles range in body, flavor, and color. So grab your friends and bring a beach towel or enjoy the vintage lawn chairs and wooden rockers. Not a sunshine person? Sakonnet has two indoor bars in the main tasting room with a refrigerator filled with cold wine bottles ready for purchase! The bottles can be opened outside and fresh glasses borrowed for sipping on the lawn. Don’t worry they have plenty of tables with large sun shield umbrellas too.
Customize your visit:
Bring your dog (on a leash) or a football and play all day!
Buy a bottle (or three) of wine and sip outside while sunbathing.
Bring your friends for a wino getaway, Inside tip – the winery cannot support groups larger than 6 at the bars so make sure to call ahead if you have a large group to make space!
Grab some lunch and do a wine tasting – $14 for 7 samples and a keepsake glass!
Take a tour of the winery! Tours are offered from 12 -3 pm every hour!
Buy an Alex and Ani bracelet with your favorite wine design on it!
Don’t forget to let us know what you think of your visit!!!