Yesterday I went to Shelburne Vineyard Autumn Wine and Food Festival. There were over ten different vendors there, sampling their locally made products. There were several meat options, like quail, charcuterie meats, and smoked sausages that my friends said were delicious, but I bypassed those options for the wine, mead, cider, chocolate, cheeses and bread. There could not have been a better way to accomplish afternoon local snacking.
We started with the wine, which I learned while tasting, is not local according to our rules. Shelburne Vineyard receives grapes from many vineyards up to a 300 mile radius. The woman who gave us our tasting explained to me that some grapes just do not grow as well in the Vermont climate and therefore they must venture further into New York to find the appropriate grapes they need for certain wines. The same was true for the East Shore Vineyard from Grand Isle, VT. Most of their grapes are produced at their Vineyard (they also have a tasting spot on Church St!), but they are not able to grow all that they need there, so they pick up from Vineyards in the Finger Lakes region of New York, again up to 300 miles away. They did however have one all local wine for tasting that day, the St. Croix.