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Friday, September 9, 2011

Cape Cod Jazz Fest and Grape Stomp

Fall is just around the corner with many fun adventures in store for guests who visit our Sandwich bed and breakfast. On Sunday, September 18, 2011, from 2:00pm until 6:00pm, Truro Vineyards will be site of the 14th annual Grape Stomp and Jazz Fest. Oenophiles, foodies and jazz aficionados, bring your beach chair and a blanket and prepare to enjoy live music by "Moby Dick & The Whalers," great food from local vendors, wine by the glass, and local arts and crafts. Have some fun with free admission and parking.

Truro is the least populated of Cape Cod’s villages and surely one of the most beautiful areas. It is located almost at the tip end of the Cape but is well worth the visit, if just to see the dunes and the verdant and tranquil setting of Truro Vineyard. The warm ocean breeze and the sandy soil make an ideal growing place for wine grapes.

Truro Vineyards is a working vineyard with a nearly 200 year old, rambling captains’ house that was immortalized in Edward Hoppers 1930 painting entitled Rich’s House. This is one of the few buildings on the Outer Cape featured in Hoppers paintings that is open to the public. Built in 1813 and situated next to 44,600 acres of National Seashore, the Federal style farmhouse was first owned by John and Hannah Hughes. Sporting a rich history and later proving to have soil that would be perfect for growing grapes, the property became a vineyard in 1992.

In 2007 the vineyard was purchased by the Roberts family. It is first and foremost a family business that now, thanks to the Roberts family, has a newly built “green” winery practicing recycling and composting. Their work here is producing enjoyable, increasingly respectable wines. They grow Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes which are hand-picked at harvest time. They also purchase grapes grown by other premium vineyards to allow them to produce a greater variety of wines.

There are free guided tours of the vineyard and winery each day from 1:00pm to 3:00 pm from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Enjoy a wine tasting or a picnic on the beautiful grounds out back of the farmhouse overlooking the vineyard. And, don’t forget to stop by the gift shop where you will find great gifts for the wine lovers in your life.

You don’t have to go to California to have that vineyard wedding you are dreaming about. Talk to the folks at Truro Vineyards and let them help you plan your special day.

Jan Preus, the Innkeeper, chef, and artist in residence at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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