SAVORING THE GOOD LIFE ON CAPE COD
Wine and Sunshine
P-town or Bust
Here’s a perfect way to spring into spring: take a jaunt out to the tip of the Cape and indulge in the first annual “Provincetown Spring Wine Lovers Weekend,” April 8-10.
If you’re more than ready for old man winter to say bye-bye and you’re looking for a (really) good reason to indulge, this all-inclusive weekend surely fits the bill. From $499 ($599 for a deluxe king room), you get two nights at the Brass Key Guesthouse, plus a complete package of wine-centric goodies. Highlights include a five-course tasting dinner featuring “trendy blends on the rise” at the Bistro at Crowne Point, a tour and tasting at neighboring Truro Vineyards, and a port and chocolate tasting in the historic Captain's House of the Brass Key. Continental breakfast and a complimentary wine bottle in your room are also part of the deal, as well as a discount at the Brass Key’s Shui Spa. To reserve, call 508.487.9005.
Take the Vino and Run
If staying close to home is more your speed, stop by Cape Cod Package Store and stock up with their spring wine special. Mix and match any 750s (that’s wine-speak for a regular-sized bottle) and get 15% off six or 20% off a case of 12. A few restrictions apply, but the bottom line is that this is a very good deal and a great way to try some new wines. The sale starts now and runs through April 30th. 1495 Falmouth Rd., Centerville, 508.775.2065, www.capecodpackagestore.com
It is Easy Being Green
With asparagus season approaching soon, a spring-inspired side dish and wine pairing might be just the thing to get you to put away the crock pot and dust off the white wine glasses. My favorite way to prepare asparagus is to roast it: simply trim up your stalks of goodness, drizzle with some good olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast at high heat (450 degrees) for about 15 minutes. The result is a caramelized, nutty, tasty treat, guaranteed to turn even the biggest veggie balkers around. As for a wine pair, lots of people say that wine simply does not pair with asparagus, but I say it isn’t so. An oaked Chardonnay would indeed be pretty yucky, but the crisper whites like Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, or even a dry Riesling are actually quite nice.
Fresh from the Sea
Chef Martha Kane has just opened up shop in Dennis Village with her new restaurant, Fin. Bringing new life to the former Gracie’s Table building, Fin offers “the best in locally sourced food, including oysters from Dennis and produce, in season, from numerous farms across the Cape like CapeAbilities, Surrey Farm and Cape Cod Organics.” Kane, a fresh seafood veteran, most recently headed up the kitchen at the Brewster Fish House. Her seasonal menu at Fin is now featuring decadent classics, such as (Dennis) oyster chowder with smoked bacon and white truffle oil, as well as selections for the more experimental foodie, including yellow fin and sea urchin ceviche with avocado flan. The wine list is impressive too, with lots of sea-licious options including Pinot Bianco and Gruner Veltliner — and if you’re in the mood to go “red with fish,” there’s plenty of Pinot Noir, too. Although this is certainly a seafood lover’s digs, carnivores have a few delicious options, too, like grilled rib eye and seared Long Island duck breast. Fin is open Wednesday through Sunday, serving dinner only starting at 5 p.m. 800 Main St., Dennis, 508.385.2096, www.fincapecod.com
Writer Tracy Anderson came to the Cape the way many do, a corporate departure with a plunge into entrepreneurship. She opened The Wine List in Hyannis in 2002, and continues to drive the marketing end of the business as well as serving as the chef du soir for the shop's wine tasting events. Tracy is also a freelance marketing consultant and copywriter, avid home chef, and devoted mom to a kid who ironically, eats not much more than chicken and fries.
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