Inside Our Events: Yoga & Wine

As most of you know, we love to host awesomely unique events here at Fresh Tracks Farm. One of our newest combinations is wine and YOGA! I think we can all agree that yoga and wine is an amazing and refreshing combination. I find that it is the best way to revitalize and relax, which is why we hope you FTF fans will join in! The wonderful woman behind this special event is Lori Flower. Yoga has been a part of her life for the past 18 years, and we feel so lucky to have her share her passion with us here. I sat down with Lori on a snowy Thursday night and asked her a few questions about her life and career with yoga.

Camila: How long have you been teaching/doing yoga?

Lori: I’ve been practicing yoga since 1994 and teaching since 2000.

C: What drove you to become a yoga instructor?

L: Destiny. I had been on a different track in college, graduating with a degree in Film, but was so inspired by my yoga practice and enjoyed that much more than working in the film industry. An opportunity arose for me to work as the staff photographer at a Holistic Learning center (Omega) where I could immerse myself in Yoga, meditation and other healing modalities while meeting inspiring teachers daily. That was the catalyst for creating a change in my life to attend yoga teacher training and pursue it as a life path.

C: How do you feel like yoga affects your everyday life?

L: Yoga affects my everyday life immensely. I feel more responsible for taking care of my health and well-being. I center myself daily through conscious breathing and self-motivate through strengthening yogic practices. It’s a constant reminder that I’m dedicated to the path of self-awareness. I also work with Mantra Japa (the mental practice of positive affirmations) to clear my mind and focus on cultivating good things in life.

C: Other than Yoga, what are some of your favorite hobbies?

L: Besides yoga, I also have a background as an herbalist, and run an organic and natural skin care company called Perfect Cream (www.perfectcream.com)where I handcraft herbal skin remedies.  I also enjoy cooking vegan and falling in love!

C: What are some of your favorite yoga positions and why?

L: Hand Stands and Pigeon Pose.  Hand stands are more challenging and take a lot of discipline. They’re easy for me now, but I like to look back at all the hard work I did to get there. And the pigeon pose is great for the hips!

C: Lastly, what is your favorite FTF wine?

L: The Maple wine! It’s so unique.

 

If you would like to register for a class please contact Lori at breathingislife@gmail.com. It is $8 per class and ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME. Don’t be shy!

If you would like to learn more about Lori check out her web blog http://sattvayoga.wordpress.com/

Or like her on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sattva-Yoga/140333232749366?ref=ts&fref=ts.



Thanksgiving Dinner Pairings

Ah Thanksgiving, a highly anticipated holiday for all here in the US. There’s nothing like that delicious roasted turkey or a large serving of your favorite Thanksgiving stuffing; throw some cranberry sauce on the side and make sure not to forget the mashed taters and gravy. Yum!

For all of you Fresh Tracks Farm wine lovers, you know how crucial it is to top the feast off with some amazing wine pairings. Lucky for you, we prepared a faux Thanksgiving Dinner for all of the employees to find the very best Fresh Tracks Farm wine and Thanksgiving pairings.  Check out our suggestions for which FTF wines pair well with some of our favorite Thanksgiving meals! All of the recipes we used can be found in this handy-dandy guide!

Cheers and Happy, Happy Thanksgiving!

Sincerely Yours, The FTF Staff

Appetizers

La Panciata Garlic Foccacia
Grafton Smoked Cheddar
VT Brie from Blythedale Farm
-Any kind of jam or preserve

La Crescent and Little Piggy Pink paired perfectly with our selection of pre-dinner cheeses. It was a nice way to ease into dinner with some sweetness, while making your mouth water thinking about the savory meal to follow.


 Cranberry-Pear Sauce
Little Piggy Pink and La Crescent
both paired well with this sauce. The Cherries in the sauce matched up perfectly with the cherry notes in Little Piggy, while the tartness of the cranberries complimented it’s finish.  The subtle pear notes in the  La Crescent were brought out by the pears in the sauce.  The La Crescent’s acidity was able to stand up to the acidity in the dish. These two pairings brought a nice, fresh lift to the table, like a fresh squeezed lemon on fish.

Thanksgiving Stuffing

Digger’s Dance was the perfect pairing for this yummy and flavorful dish. The peppery finish of this wine complemented the spices and brought out the delicious range of flavors in the stuffing.

 

 

 

Green Bean Casserole (left)

American White paired best with the green bean casserole. The dryness and acidity of the white cut through and balanced the creamy fat of the cream of mushroom soup that was used. It provided a nice contrast and a very tasty pairing!

 

 

 

Golden Mashed Potato Gratin (right)

Both Digger’s Dance and American White paired well with this delicious dish. Both wines are dry so they become softened when pairing with these creamy potatoes. Digger’s medium bodied feel wrapped around the flavor and thick body of the potatoes, where as the American White cut through creaminess while balancing the fat with it’s acidity.

 

 

Herbed, Roasted Turkey

Frontenac Gris and Digger’s Dance are amazing paired alongside this delicious bird. The Gris’ acid balances the fat of the turkey, and gives you an amazing burst of flavor. The tannins in the Digger’s Dance cut the fat while complimenting the taste of the turkey with it’s pronounced berry flavors.

Who’s hungry now?

 

 

 

 

Apple and Pumpkin Pie

American White paired really well with these delicious after dinner sweets! The high alcohol levels in the American White give it an impression of sweetness while balancing the sugar in the pies.

 

 

 

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

The best way to finish off a meal with this rich and creamy vanilla ice cream is to drizzle it with some of our amazing maple dessert wine. They are a match made in heaven.

 

 

(Recommended) Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Wine Pairings!

Little Piggy with Cherry Garcia!


Last Summer, we hosted the Perfect Pairing that started it all: Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream combined with our very own Fresh Tracks wine! And the results were fantastic. So, for Thanksgiving, we’re recommending the very same thing! We sampled over a dozen different ice cream flavors with our eight wines, and these were the three winners!

Cherry Garcia ice cream immediately stood out as a perfect pairing for our Little Piggy Pink sweet rosé wine. They both exhibit cherry notes, and the wine’s off-dry finish was a pleasant addition to one of Ben & Jerry’s most scrumptious flavors.
Their Pistachio Pistachio ice cream coupled nicely with the fruity – yet subtle – flavors of our La Crescent white wine.
Lastly, we concocted a euphoria-inducing dessert combo: Cinnamon Buns ice cream and our delectably sweet Apple Wine!



Tasting Room Menu

Feast your eyes upon our tasting room snack menu!



Fresh Tracks Farm in the Montpelier Bridge

The Montpelier Bridge wrote this article about Fresh Tracks Farm:

“A different kind of farming operation is nestled in a hollow just off of Route 12, between Montpelier and Riverton: Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery, owned by Christina Castegren and Kris Tootle. Asked about growth and planning, Tootle says, “Growth was an inevitable part of what we’ve done here. Starting from scratch with the goal of producing a value-added product has many different components and processes.””

Read the rest of the article here…



In the Olympic Spirit

Our wines sure are making us proud! Check out the latest awards they have brought home for us around there pretty little bottle necks:

4TH Annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition

  • LITTLE PIGGY PINK: GOLD
  • DIGGER’S DANCE: SILVER

2012 Big E Wine Competition

  • LA CRESCENT: SILVER
  • MAPLE WINE: SILVER

2012 Indy International Wine Competition

  • DIGGER’S DANCE: SILVER
  • MAPLE WINE: BRONZE
  • LITTLE PIGGY PINK: BRONZE


New Maple Wine

Maple Wine Release

Kris Tootle posing with the new Maple Wine from Fresh Tracks Farm.

After 4 years of playing around with this wine…here it is!

We started our maple syrup production as a way to diversify our farm and our lives.

It made sense…while things were a bit slow in the vineyard,

we could make use of the resources on our farm and tap some trees.

Well, we ended up having a lot of fun with it and, like most of our other projects, it grew and grew and grew.

Now we are completely nuts in the spring. Oh well!

Then we decided that we wanted to bring the different pieces of the farm

full circle to make a maple wine.

Stop by this Thursday for a free sample of this rich dessert wine.

(Thank you Kris for posing with the bottle so that I didn’t have to spend 3 hours trying to get a shot without glare)


Boston Globe Article

Ingredients for success in Vermont wine

Ingredients for success: exposure, drainage, gradation, locavore mind-set

By Dirk Van Susteren|  Globe correspondent  June 03, 2012

Christina Castegren and her husband, Kris Tootle, with a landscaping background, both originally from Massachusetts, own Fresh Tracks Farm in Berlin, just south of Montpelier, one of more than two dozen grape wineries that have cropped up in the state over the past two decades.

Visit here to read the article about us in the Boston Globe



Winemaker Walking

                Fletcher and I took a walk through the vineyard this morning looking for trouble.  After the lightning strikes and the heavy-as heavy-gets rain yesterday, we were expecting a mess. What we found was a healthy and vibrant vineyard. The crop looked balanced and beautiful . There is always such a sense of excitement and wonder on a morning like this. I think ahead to the flavors that I might find in the glass and I smile. It never ceases to amaze me. I started planting these vines in my early twenties and now my hands can’t stretch around some of the trunks. They are stalky and impressive.

                 It feels like spring is becoming summer. The days are getting longer and the luminous and fluorescent greens of spring are settling into their summer shades. We are celebrating this change with the expansion of our tasting room hours.

 

Wed: 1:00-7:00

Thu: 1:00-7:00

Fri: 1:00-9:00

Sat: 11:00-6:00

Sun 11:00-6:00

 



NEW Summer Hours!

We have extended our hours for the summer!

  • Wednesday: 1-7 pm
  • Thursday: 1-7 pm
  • Friday: 1-9 pm
  • Saturday: 11-6 pm
  • Sunday: 11-6 pm