New England’s Best Small Towns: Little Compton, RI
Persnickety wine lovers thumb their noses at bottles poured east of the Sierras (or west of the Loire Valley). Pity they don’t know about Little Compton’s award-winning Sakonnet Vineyards, where, for $8, guests can taste the 50-acre spread’s finest wines. —Jamie Coelho
Cock of the Walk: Similar to a pinot grigio, it carries hints of apples and melons.
Vidal Blanc 2008: This white, fermented in stainless steel, has a sweet citrus taste and crisp acidity.
Rhode Island Red: The earthy finish is complemented by deep fruity flavor.
Reserve Chardonnay 2007: Aged a year in French oak, this varietal evokes honey and fresh-baked bread.
Gewürztraminer 2007: Floral notes and a dry finish make it an inspired pairing for spicy dishes.
Photo by Heather Burke