RI Renovated – Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards

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.

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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.

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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!!!

Cheers!

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Rhode Island Wine Getaway

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Last Summer, I (Kristen) had the pleasure of doing a wine tour around the beautiful Rhode Island beach state. The wines were crisp, light, and even somewhat salty to match their native climate.  The vineyard that truly stood out above the rest was Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard in Little Compton, RI.

The vineyard seems a bit off the beaten path when you are commuting to it, but don’t get discouraged from the long and snake-like roads. Once there, you get the most beautiful view of the massive stretching landscape with adorable wooden lawn chairs for your viewing and resting pleasure.

After some lounging in the sun, we stepped inside the vineyard’s posh barn-like buildings to enjoy their Cafe food for lunch. This is no ordinary cafe. It produces some of the best food I have ever tasted, and being involved in the culinary business means I’ve tried A LOT of food.

Each dish is designed to perfectly pair with one of the vineyard’s wines. Its the perfect example of how wine and food pairings should be done. They even have outdoor seating that is dog friendly! We enjoyed our lunch in the shade making new friends and cheering on the many bachelorette parties that were taking place that day.
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Inside the main building is the massive square wine tasting bar, which allows you to meet other guests during your tasting. For only $14, you can taste 7 wines from the vineyard’s master list and buy whatever wines you like best right on the spot. The room also holds their official wine store for guests who already know which Sakkonett wines they like. It also holds a large collection of Alex and Ani Jewelery. That’s right, this vineyard is owned by the famous Alex and Ani company AND their wines are the official drink of the Boston Celtics.

I HIGHLY recommend traveling to this vineyard for some serious wine fun. You won’t be disappointed in this high class destination for any of your future celebrations whether they be bachelorette parties, girls night out, graduation celebrations, etc.

Check out the Vineyard’s events calendar to plan your next visit! Then make sure to tell us all about it!

Cheers!