Union wineries hold Father’s Day wine, cheese tasting

Jun 09, 2014

Union — Treat Dad right this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a scenic trip to Union for food and drinks.

Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery is teaming up with Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery to offer Dad a day of wine, spirits, and cheese.

Savage Oakes will be hosting Appleton Creamery, an artisan cheesemaker who has been winning awards with their cheeses since 1996. Appleton Creamery has a diverse selection of cheeses produced from the milk of their own herd of goats, as well as both sheep and cow's milk. Come experience their fan favorite, chevre, in a variety of flavors including rounds marinated in olive oil with roasted garlic and herbs paired with Savage Oakes’ award winning wines. Samples of Savage Oakes farm fresh sausage in a variety of flavors will be served for pairing or to be enjoyed on their own. Also on hand will be Roger Casey of Roger’s Copper Creations. His art is crafted from copper and the iridescent colors on each work are created with carefully applied heat. Each piece is unique and clearly states his love of and inspiration from nature.

Then travel 5 miles through the scenic hills of Union to Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery, producer of wines, ports, and spirits including the popular Back River Gin. Sweetgrass is hosting award winning State of Maine Cheese and Crooked Face Creamery. State of Maine Cheese will have an assortment of favorites plus two new cheeses for to sample: Teel Cove Chive & Tarragon and Cocoa-rubbed Dry Jack. Crooked Face Creamery’s selections include aged Double Gloucester as well as fresh and pressed Ricotta with herbs made with milk from their own Jersey cows, paired with a Back River Gin and tonic.

Don Kleiner, Master Maine Guide, from Maine Outdoors, will be on the lawn from 1 to 3 p.m. giving free fly casting lessons to those that have never tried it before and tips to those that have.

“I can teach you the basics of fly casting in less than half an hour but the fine points will take the rest of your life," Kleiner said.

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