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The perfect way to complement the Cape's seafood bounty

6 Nov 2012 5:06 PM
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Cape Cod is known for its fresh, varied seafood. In both winter and summer, it is easy to find delicious fare made from just-caught species including oysters, mussels and, of course, cod. Throughout the Cape, small family-run operations turn out chowders, stews and plenty of other fish-based dishes.

Of course, residents of Cape Cod homes know that nothing goes quite as well with a meal of fresh seafood than a nice bottle of wine. The flavors of a crisp white wine, for example, pair perfectly with simple fresh fish. According to Williams-Sonoma, finding the right bottle can elevate a seafood meal from the pedestrian to the sublime.

For that reason, it shouldn't be too surprising to learn that the Cape is cultivating a growing wine scene. Across the region, passionate vintners are learning to make and promote remarkable wines.

One such example is the Cape Cod Winery at 681 Sandwich Road in East Falmouth. This vineyard and winery was founded in 1994 and has been helping local residents find the perfect complement to their meals ever since.

Although it doesn't have a thoroughly established grape-growing reputation, the Cape's sandy soil and gentle slopes are ideal for making wine - and the region is roughly parallel to the historic vineyards of southern France and northern Italy.

The vineyard is home to a wide assortment of classic wine grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Pinot Grigio. Many of these grape varieties were selected to make wine that pairs excellently with the region's abundance of fresh fish.

Of course, the vineyard is as much a scenic attraction as it is a wine producer. The estate offers private wine tastings and guided tours. These events are perfect for locals looking to explore the local wine bounty or show it to their guests.

Group tastings can also be a great way for locals to mingle with other oenophiles and share their opinions of the newest vintage. Tastings are held on Saturdays and Sundays through December 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Once tasted, however, it's likely that these wines will find their way back to many of the luxury homes that dot the Cape's landscape. As the winter sets in, there may be no better way to spend a blustery Cape night than sitting back with a fragrant fish stew and a bottle of local wine.