When I want to escape from the noise and stress of city life, I head west. Not “West” west, Gold Rush west, “west of the Mississippi” west—just a short jaunt west of Boston, to Massachusetts’ North Quabbin region, for a hearty dose of country living.
HARDWICK — Gov. Deval Patrick was celebrating yesterday with wine makers from the Bay State who are hoping to continue to increase sales beyond the $1.5 million uptick they saw from 2007 to 2010.
Toasting and sampling cheeses, wines and specialty foods made in the area, the governor and Department of Agricultural Resources Chairman Greg Watson announced the expansion of the Massachusetts Wine and Cheese Trail during an event Thursday at Hardwick Vineyard & Winery.
Driving up to this winery I passed through some beautiful countryside scenes, however you could still see the devastation caused by both Hurricane Irene and winter storm Alfred. This was a really sad scene to see as so many tress were down across the area it’s a wonder they received power at all. But upon arrival at the vineyard the tasting room was in a big barn adjacent to the main house.