Believe me, the luck of my life is not lost on me.
I started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007 – which is like, a lifetime ago – and here we are, six and a half years later, recapping a wine festival in one of the most beautiful places on this planet, Martha’s Vineyard.
I don’t generally travel to glamourous wine events, but I will for the right moment, the right reason, the right people. And a couple weeks back, that all fell into place and I found myself on the island ferry eating ferry pretzels and drinking ferry wine at noon in the middle of the week. Gosh, it was probably one of the most serene moments of the weekend.
Between various crazy intense delicious dinners and all sorts of receptions, including one dedicated entirely to rosé, I fell further in love with this little island. And then we had a big farm dinner in a candlelit barn during a rain storm and, well, the love was secured for life. You know how much I love a good barn.
This was the first year for the Martha’s Vineyard Wine Festival and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Any time you offer the opportunity to eat local bacon and perfectly poached eggs with a pretty white wine around a farmer’s table in a big barn, well, people just eat that stuff up. We all love a good barn.
I got to speak with some very sweet wine makers – including the folks from Frog’s Leap and Donelan. I had never tried Donelan before this event and loved hearing the family story behind the great wine. I also met some amazing food makers – and returned with some great new food discoveries for the Eat Boutique Shop – so you’ll see those online soon.
While there, I snapped too many photos. Take a look at a few of my favorites below and see even more snaps from my wine-soaked travels on my Instagram feed.
Like wine? Like Martha’s Vineyard? We should all go together next year!
Big thanks to my new/old friends: Vijay Nathan, Pheobe Lapine, Nathan Cyphert, Marnely Rodriguez-Murray, Chillmark Coffee, The Farm Institute, the Vineyard Square Hotel & Suites, the Terrace at the Charlotte Inn, and all the fabulous folks at the Martha’s Vineyard Wine Festival.
Eat Boutique was an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista – an author, business guide and alignment seeker. After hosting retail markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie now supports entrepreneurs as they create values-based businesses through We Are Magic Studio. Follow Maggie Battista on Instagram.