Vinnesse Today: Vinous Vermont – Beyond Maple Syrup Wonders

Courtesy of Vinesse.com, we’ve been featured yet again (alongside our fellow Vermont wine-making companions) in a wonderful blog. Below is an excerpt, and just click here to bring yourself to the full story!

“Fresh Tracks Farm is located in the rolling hills just outside Montpelier. From its 14-acre vineyard, a selection of rosé-style and white wines is complemented by a highly acclaimed apple wine.”



Burlington Free Press: Drink Local for Thanksgiving

Last Fall, we were featured in this Burlington Free Press Article. We know Thanksgiving is a long ways away, but it’s never too soon to begin your research! Here’s an excerpt from the article, and click here for the full story.

Not sure what to pair with your feast? Wine experts from local vineyards generously offered their expertise to assure you have the perfect wines for every course of your festive meal.

Since the main course for many involves turkey, Christina Castegren – winemaker and proprietor at Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard and Winery in Berlin – thinks their Frontenac Gris is an ideal choice. “It’s a rich and full-bodied wine that pairs beautifully with turkey and trimmings,” Castegren said.



It’s a Fresh Tracks Funky Folk Festival!

It’s going to be a music-packed Summer, folks! We have our Vermont Vineyard Music Tour kicking off next week (on Thursday the 20th) with Bill Sims Jr, Mark Lavoie, and the Eleva Chamber Players Orchestra. But the fun doesn’t stop there. A mere 30 days later, on Saturday, July 20th, we’ll be hosting an all-afternoon FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL! Local stars Karen Krajacic, Derek Burkins, and Phil Henry will take the stage one at a time, starting at 2:00 pm and playing until 6:00. Click on their names and be taken to the musician web pages! 

Biographies for each musician listed below:

Karen Krajacic: Multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Karen Krajacic has become an integral part of the VT music scene since putting down roots in the state four years ago. After 12 years of touring and recording as the lead vocalist and songwriter of Folk By Association, she has embarked on the next phase of her musical career with “The Solace EP“, a 6-song album comprised of five new compositions and a special bonus track- the rerecording of “Penny in a Jar”, a song she wrote in 1999 which was included on FBA’s 2003 self-titled debut.

Derek Burkins: Vermont singer/songwriter Derek Burkins continues to capture praise and new listeners every time he takes the stage. With fluid guitar and banjo work, and an authentic and emotive voice, his songs are thoughtful stories about life, love, and family. Derek was the winner of the 2012 SolarFest Singer/Songwriter Showcase, and has just released his debut solo album, “Ten Years and 29 Days.”

Phil Henry: Phil Henry is the real thing. He crafts old-school story songs so rich and sweeping you’ll wish you wrote them yourself. A formally trained musician, he builds strange, beautiful chords and a big acoustic sound, played on instruments he often makes by hand. He’s played the big stages – Kerrville, Falcon Ridge – and won song contests like SolarFest and Susquehanna.



Seven Days: “Local Beers, Spirits, and Wines for the Spring”

Vermont’s beloved independent newspaper, Seven Days, featured our Freerider Red in their story “Local Beers, Spirits, and Wines for the Spring, the Most Capricious Season.”

“Even though spring throws out some icy days, your luscious, opulent bottles of red wine are best stashed away until the first fires of fall. Fortunately, Vermont winemakers conjure up all styles, and the juicy Fresh Tracks Farm Freerider Red from Berlin — perfect for spring with its dark cherry and plum flavors — offers a chance to taste cold-hardy St. Croix in its unadulterated glory.”

Read the full article here.



Vermont Winery Music Tour

Come one, come all! We have a music and libation-packed weekend looming on the horizon, and you’re invited! Two Vermont Vineyard Tours, two entirely different genres, on back-to-back nights in our tasting room.  Wine, cheese and beautiful music, what more do you need?

We’re kicking off the weekend on Thursday, June 20th, where the legendary blues-roots duo of Mark Lavoie and Bill Sims Jr. will be performing. Their show will go from 5:45 – 7:00 p.m. Also, if you buy two glasses of wine you can get 10% off your take-home wine purchases!

The following night, Friday, June 21st, the Eleva Chamber Players will deliver virtuosic performances of Mozart and Vivaldi. We can’t forget to mention the free wine tastings and cheese that will be provided, too. Donations are requested ($25 – $250 per person) and reservations are required, which can be made online at elevachamberplayers.org or by calling 802-244-8354.

This weekend will be groovy and awe-inspiring. Music and wine go together better than our Vermont Rosé and a block of Gorgonzola, so mark it on your calendars, folks. Your sister’s birthday party can wait. Cancel your vacation plans, too. The wine will flow like the Nile, and music-lovers will flock like the salmon of Capistrano. You don’t want to miss this.

Lavoie is a legendary and pioneering harmonica player and a native to Vermont. Sims Jr. is based out of New York City and a member of the Grammy nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra. When the respectively sweet-sounding harmonica and passionate guitar chords synthesize, we’re left with a jaw-dropping, eclectic fusion of skill and soul. More info about Lavoie and Sims can be found by following this link, and you can listen to their music on the Delta Groove Productions YouTube page. 

The Eleva Chamber Players are an all-string orchestra, composed of professional musicians throughout the Northeast, and brought together by a mission to elevate the human spirit through music. You can read more about them (and reserve tickets) by visiting their webpage.



OPEN MEMORIAL DAY

No need to cut your vacation short – we’re open till 5 today! Come on by!



American White, Sundried Tomato and Spinach Pasta Recipe

Jordan, one of our many awesome employees, derived this wonderful white wine sauce using our very own American White wine! In celebration of our newest batch’s release, we thought we’d share it with you. Bon appetit!

Ingredients (For 4 people):

  • 2, 8oz jars of Sun-dried Tomatoes with Italian Herbs in olive oil
  •  Freshly shredded Romano and Parmesam
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  •  Teaspoon of oregano
  •  1, 8oz package of sliced mushrooms
  • 1, 8oz package of spinach
  •  8oz of American White Wine (don’t be afraid to add more though!)
  •  Pinch of garlic salt
  •  4 servings of a pasta of your choice

Directions:

  1. Add mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, wine, garlic, and oregano to a medium sized pot and place on medium heat. Let sauce simmer – reduce heat if it begins to become a rolling boil.
  2. Cook pasta according to the brands specifications – add a pinch of garlic salt to the water for added flavor
  3. Let the sauce reduce to an appealing thickness. Once this happens, add the spinach to the top of the sauce and cover. DO NOT STIR YET. This effectively “steams” the spinach
  4. Once the spinach starts to wilt, stir it into the sauce.
  5. Plate the pasta, place desired amount of sauce on top, garnish with the cheese, and enjoy!


The Frontenac Gris Wins a Double Gold Medal!

The Frontenac Gris Wins a Double Gold Medal!

We have been awarded a Double Gold Medal for our 2010 Frontenac Gris wine at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. This is the second largest competition in the United States and it judges entries from around the world.

As our regulars know, the 2010 Frontenac Gris is rich in body and in flavor. The wine’s alluring honey aroma paired with its tropical fruit palate and buttery finish, have proven to be an outstanding coalescence. A Double Gold Medal is a great honor. Christina Castegren, the owner and winemaker says, “I’m so thrilled to have won this Double Gold, an award that every winemaker aspires to obtain. This is a wonderful competition not only for their focus on the individual wine’s presence, balance and varietal character but also for the fact that it’s a non-profit competition benefitting a wonderful camp for people going through major life challenges, like cancer.”

We were additionally awarded a Silver Medal for our new red wine named Freerider Red. This wine was also grown and vinified entirely on the farm. The label on this oak-aged, dry St. Croix reads: “Inspired by the joy of being truly free on skiis – Freerider Red celebrates those hard-earned fresh tracks.”  The name Fresh Tracks Farm seems to hold many meanings but perhaps the most prominent is that they are helping to lay the tracks for Vermont to be recognized as a quality wine region.

Fresh Tracks Farm is honored to have been chosen for this award by the well-known panel of judges comprised of sommeliers, educators, enologists, winemakers, writers, and industry consultants from major wine producing areas all over the world. For additional information, contact: Christina Castegren, owner of Fresh Tracks Farm at [email protected].

Stay tuned for the celebration party!

The Fingerlakes International Wine Competition awarded the 2010 Frontenac Gris a Double Gold Medal.

The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition awarded our 2010 Frontenac Gris a Double Gold Medal.



Spring/Summer Hours

With Spring Showers, come new hours! Enjoy!

  • Wed: 11:00-8:00 (Wine Down Wednesday from 4-8)
  • Thu: 11:00-5:00 (Yoga & Wine from 5:15-6:30, Wine bar open after)
  • Fri: 11:00-8:00 (Check event calendar for events)
  • Sat: 11:00-6:00 (Check event calendar for sushi nights/events)
  • Sun: 11:00-6:00


Fresh Tracks Farm in the Rutland Herald

Overcoming preconceptions: Making wine in central Vermont

By Peter Hirschfeld
Vermont Press bureau | February 26,2012

“BERLIN — Hard winters and deep freezes had until recently left Vermont off the world viniculture map. The development of “cold hardy” grape varietals, however, has allowed an emergent wine industry to take root in Green Mountain soils.

From their sprawling compound off Route 12 in Berlin, the husband-wife team at Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard and Winery is leading the first generation of Vermont winemakers.

Christina Castegren and Kris Tootle planted their first vines in 2003. Today, they boast 14 acres of immaculately maintained grapes. As the Frontenacs, La Crescents and Marquettes amass a growing pile of gold medals from regional and national competitions, Fresh Tracks is among the handful of Vermont vineyards working to redefine the state’s image in the wine community.”

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20120226/NEWS03/702269903/1004/NEWS03