BROOKSVILLE—The Sow’s Ear Winery is in its 23rd year producing wines and hard cider from organically grown and wild fruit. These are primarily dry table wines, which
perfectly complement local Maine
cuisine. Try cider with lobster, rhubarb with salmon, and blueberry with meat or pasta. Wildberry is a semi-sweet blend of apple and blueberry—put this one in the picnic basket.
Cider takes center stage this year with a dry, nouveau style from last fall’s harvest of over 30 varieties of apples from the on-site orchard. Still available also are the more complex, barrel-aged older vintages.
The two sparklers—cider and rhubarb—are made by the traditional champagne method. Both are very dry with a sprightly clean acidity. Don’t wait too long—the rhububbly sells out every summer.
Come sample these wines at the Sow’s Ear tasting room, open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5. Look for the copper sow sign at the intersection of the Herrick Road with the Coastal Road (Route 176) on the way to South Brooksville, or call Tom Hoey at 326-4649. They are also available at Max’s Wine shop in Blue Hill, The Belfast Co-op, and both the Blue Hill and Brooksville farmers markets.