I’m going to be blunt here, the best part about our visit to Sweet Baby Vineyard was the cheese and Club crackers. They gave us a huge portion of gourmet sharp cheddar for the price, and it was delicious but was also an excellent companion to consuming these absolutely over sugared wines.
However, let’s back track a little and introduce Sweet Baby properly. Established in 2008 by New Hampshire locals, the winery was started at the founders small home in Kensington, NH. After growing grape vines and dabbling in the wine making hobby, their passion grew into a family business, which has now expanded into Hampstead, NH.
They produce a total of 16 wines that range from sweet reds, to dry whites, and fruit wines.
Prior to our visit, we had no idea that the name of the winery would correlate so heavily to the wine they produced. Of course in hindsight, it all makes sense!
The winery is comprised of a quaint and rustic farmhouse, including a barn, separate tasting room, and lab area to test the wines. It is a very small property comparatively to Zorvino, and also lacks the picturesque matured vines of a developed vineyard.
Sweet Baby offers a tasting of 6 wines (of your choice) for $3.
During the tasting I couldn’t tell if the wine was decent and I just didn’t care for it, or if it was actually poorly produced wine with lots of sugar added. (Which is usually done to hide mistakes made out in the vineyard.) We got through 4 wines, and then unfortunately couldn’t drink any more. All the dry reds were too sweet, and when we tried to embrace the sweet and try the fruit wines, it wasn’t any better.
Here are the wines we tried…as described from Sweet Baby’s website.
Marechal Foch 11.5% A medium bodied fruity, dry red wine with soft tannins and hints of fresh blackberries. A smooth and enjoyable wine. Try with red meats, Italian dishes or heavy sauces. Won Best in NH 2010 in New Hampshire Magazine’s blind taste test.
Pino Grigio-12% This off-dry wine is crisp and clean with hints of pineapple. Enjoy with seafood, light pasta dishes, chicken, ham or a cheese and cracker plate.
Malbec- 12% Burgeoning with distinctive dark fruit flavors and aromas, this full-bodied, intensely flavorful wine offers layers of ripe plum, blackberry and dark cherry, accented by hints of chocolate and black pepper. Round tannins and final notes of brown spice create a firm, persistent finish.
Blueberry Wine– 12% This wine is made from 100% mountain grown blueberries from Taylor-Brown Blueberry Farm in Alton, NH. The color is heavenly and so is the flavor, a medium body of intense sun-ripened blueberries with a delicate sweetness, soft tannins and balance. The best sipping wine. This wine is also a perfect compliment to a light dinner or with your favorite dessert. Try with cheesecake for a special treat.
Ahh the glorious sharp cheddar…that made the day.
After we finished up the tasting, we took a quick walk around the property.
The young vines of Sweet Baby.
Nestled into the grounds lies a cute little chicken coop. So we visited the chicks on our walk and explored some more.
And lastly we snuck into lab to see behind the scenes!
If you’re a lover of sweet wine, stop by for a tasting and let me know how you like it!
Tasting: $3 for 6 wines samples
Cheese Plate: $7
Thursdays and Fridays: 12-4 PM
Saturdays and Sundays: 12-5 PM
(Special offer: 10% off any six bottles and 15% off of any 12 bottles.)