How do you say “no” to an invitation to picnic at sunset on a vineyard while listening to local folk musicians? The answer is you don’t. You go and you eat delicious cheese and drink delicious wine on a sprawling lawn that overlooks the vines, all the while being bathed in light from the golden hour.
Obviously I knew that Westport Rivers Vineyard would be pretty, because it’s a vineyard, in Westport. But every scene that unfolded before us, from the tree-lined driveway to the tiny children playing beneath the giant old maple trees, to the musical notes floating above the relaxed crowd was so idyllic it was almost like a dream.
Our friends Nicole and Brian stopped at Milk and Honey in Tiverton earlier in the day and picked up an assortment of cheese, including the “drunken goat,” a brie, a Roquefort made with raw sheep’s milk, and a whiskey-flavored Gouda. They were all so good I didn’t even want to use a cracker.
It was only $10.00 per carload, and you can bring your own picnic, or buy some delicious food there. You cannot bring alcohol on the premises, but of course you can buy wine and beer there – we had a delicious white called “Cinco Caes.” The family that runs Westport Rivers Vineyard is committed to environmental sustainability and believes the land is “temporarily gifted and to be used in a fashion honoring those who came before and those who follow afterward.”
Their summer sunset music series last from June to September, you can find more information and buy tickets here. I plan to be back several times next summer, and I hope to see you there!