Picture yourself surrounded by a sea of lush grape vines, sipping on a rich cabernet made from those very grapes while enjoying a five-course meal, live music and local art. This kind of immersive experience is just what you can expect at a Truro Vineyards Wine & Dine event. In its seventh year, Wine & Dine is held Wednesday nights in the summer—this year through August 28—and pairs the fine wine and spirits of Truro Vineyards with the fresh creations of Blackfish Restaurant.
“It started with the idea that we could highlight local chefs,” says Kristen Roberts, co-owner and CFO of Truro Vineyards. The event quickly became an exclusive partnership with Blackfish—whose Crush Pad Food Truck is a mainstay at Truro Vineyards.
For Blackfish owner Eric Jansen, the Wine & Dine series allows him and his team, including chef Brian Erskine, cart blanche to create an authentic farm-to-table dining experience. “We hit the farmers markets in Orleans, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown, and then we have farmers dropping off directly to us,” Jansen explains. “This year, we’re using day-boat scallops, which we can get right from Ptown.” Wine & Dine menus are curated the day of the event, inspired by that morning’s fresh finds. “If a farmer drops something off Wednesday morning, like strawberries and rhubarb, that’s definitely going to be showcased on that night’s menu,” says Jansen.
Highlights from last year include coriander-crusted Bluefin toro with local braising greens, and the popular Twenty Boat spiced rum milkshakes with rum-glazed potato donuts. Twenty Boat is the signature rum brand of South Hollow Spirits, the distillery subset of Truro Vineyards. South Hollow Spirits and a selection from Truro Vineyards’ 20 wine varietals can be seen at Wine & Dine. “We pair each course with a wine or a special cocktail and spend a little time talking about them,” says Roberts. “People sit together—it’s sort of family style, and everyone seems to be friends by the end.” A local musician performs throughout the night, and attendees can buy from the local artist/artisan on hand.
“We want our guests to have a lovely time,” Roberts says. “It’s a beautiful spot, and it’s an intimate way to experience the property in the middle of the busy summer.”
Tickets are required to attend the Wine & Dine events, and they often sell out. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit trurovineyardsofcapecod.com, or call 508-487-6200.