Olympian Liz Stephen hosts Sochi Fundraiser

Our dear friend, Liz Stephens, is on her way to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia! With her help, we hosted a fundraiser at the winery! Click this link for the WCAX news story!

We want to wish a big, excited “GOOD LUCK” to Liz and her family! We couldn’t be more proud 🙂



Times Argus: Make Tracks to Fresh Tracks Farm

Check out this article by Marija Zagarins, published in the Times Argus this June! Click the link and read up!

Here’s a preview: “One of these wineries, Fresh Tracks Farm, three miles from Montpelier in Berlin, has made regular appearances on my radar for well over a year. I’m the type of person who chooses books by their covers, and I use a similarly balanced and thorough process to select wine. I was initially drawn to the winery’s Piggy Pink for its label, which featured a cute watercolor pig set against the ruby rosé. The wine itself didn’t disappoint; in fact, it’s become the bottle I give most as a gift since its appeal has proven universal.”

 



VT Apple Wine Pepper Jelly

3/4 cup Vermont Apple Wine
1 cup finely chopped pepper (yellow bell)
3 large cloves of garlic chopped
2 cups sugar
1 pkg liquid pectin

Combine garlic, onions, and wine. Start heating and stir in sugar. Bring to a rolling boil (will boil over if heat is too high). Add liquid pectin and boil for an additional minute. Pour hot liquid into canning jars leaving ¼ inch head space. Cover and let stand overnight. Voila!

 



Vermont Rosé Wine Sangria

We found (and borrowed) this amazing Sangria recipe that uses our Vermont Rosé wine! We will list the recipe below, but please, support the author by clicking this link and browsing their website.

Ingredients

1 bottle Vermont Rosé wine
1/4 cup brandy
1 cored and diced apple
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 lemon sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
1 lime sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
1 cup quartered and trimmed strawberries
2 liter bottle soda water

Directions

Mix wine, brandy, and sugar together in a large pitcher until the sugar is dissolved.  Add the fruit and mix. Cover the pitcher and refrigerate until you serve. Chill the mixture for a few hours and chilling it overnight is best. When you serve the sangria, add soda water to taste.

 



Wine Slushies

Wine Slushies! Vermont Wine and Lemonade Make a Perfect Combo

Piggy Pink Lemonade Wine Slushies are the ultimate summer treat to beat the heat! Fruity, cold, refreshing, and supremely easy to make. A party favorite!

You don’t need many ingredients, or much time. Just a blender and the following:

Mix together:

  • 1 Bottle of Little Piggy Pink
  • ½ can of Lemonade Concentrate
  • 5 tablespoons of maple syrup (to taste)
  • Blend with ice in blender
  • ENJOY! We do suggest pairing this slushie with a hot afternoon, sandy beaches, boat docks where you feet can dangle in the water, and sunsets.


Travel the Capital Area Wine Trail!

Be sure to visit our friends (and us) along the Capital Area Wine Trail! Start here, in Berlin, and make your way to North Branch Vineyards in Montpelier, Grand View Winery in East Calais, and the Artesano Meadery in Groton! It’s a perfect way to spend an afternoon, meandering through the delightful Vermont countryside. 
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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.