Union, Maine,
Mother's Day, Sunday May 8th, 2011, 11 am to 5 pm
- Don't miss out on a chance to treat Mom to an unforgettable day of wine and chocolates! Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery is teaming up with Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery to offer Mom a memorable day of wine, spirits, and chocolates.
Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery will host Coastline Confections and Cali Mandy Fine Candies both premier Maine chocolate companies. Coastline Confection, located in South Portland, has a simple mission, to create the best chocolates and confections with the highest quality products at an affordable price. Cali Mandy Fine Candies is a favorite, located right here in Union, where the same family fudge recipe has been handed down from mother to daughter.  In addition to the wine and chocolate indulgence, Mom will receive a free Proven Winner pansy, while supplies last, co-sponsored by Union Agway and grown locally by 7 Tree Farm and Greenhouse, another family owned Union business. 

Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery, producer of wines, ports, and spirits including the popular Back River Gin is hosting Dean's Chocolates and Maine Mud. Taste oak aged dry blueberry wine with Maine Mud's Razzamatazz dark chocolate sauce or Apple Brandy with their Mocha chocolate.  Dean's Sweets, winner of the Best of Portland 2010, will be sampling truffles and salt caramels dipped in dark chocolate which pair wonderfully with Blueberry Smash. Sip wine and sample, while enjoying the Celtic guitar of Richard Limouze, a finger-style guitarist performer, singer, and songwriter. Chocolatiers and winemakers will be on hand to discuss their creations and pairings. What could be better than Maine chocolate and wine?

Cocktails at Sweetgrass
This holiday season we will be bringing you new cocktails to sample each week at the winery.  We've got some tasty concoctions - Boozy Hot Chocolate, the Merry Cherry, Santa's Little Helper, and the Levitating Monk - just to name a few.  At Sweetgrass Old Port we will be sampling one of our favorites - The Grand Cran.  It is a great time of year to try something new!

Sweetgrass Old Port
Merry Madness
Thursday, December 11th, open till 10 pm
The event kicks off at a downtown venue (TBD) from 5:00-6:00 with free snacks, live music, and raffle prizes provided by downtown merchants before shoppers head out to shop 'til they drop in downtown Portland. Guests can also purchase a souvenir Merry Madness wine glass or coffee mug at the kickoff event. Participating shops stay open late - until 10PM and offer refreshments to participants enticing last minute shoppers to come downtown and get all of their holiday shopping done!
Sweetgrass Annual Holiday Bazaar
Saturday and Sunday
 Dec. 13th & 14th, 11 am to 5 pm 
Join us, local food producers and gift makers for a weekend of sipping, sampling, and shopping at the winery.  We will be pairing our wines and spirits with Appleton Creamery's award winning cheeses, Bixby Bars, Transfiguration Hermitage's world famous fruitcakes and other sweet treats, Waldostone Farms drink mixes and sauces, and Pemaquid Oysters.  Come shop, taste, and toast the season with us!

NORTHERN LIGHTS Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail 1 oz. Back River Gin ½ oz. simple syrup or maple syrup 2 dashes of  Cranberry Bitters or other orange bitters 2 oz. sparkling wine Garnish of 2-3 fresh cranberries skewered Combine gin, syrup, and bitters in a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled.  Strain into a chilled glass, top with sparkling wine and garnish with cranberries. David Delaney Jr., Los AngelesFIGGY TONIC 1 tsp fig preserves ¼ oz. tawny port ¼ oz. lemon juice 2 oz. rum 4 oz. tonic  Combine fig preserves, port, and lemon juice in a shaker and gently muddle.  Add rum and shake with ice, strain into ice filled Collins glass, top with tonic and garnish. From Jackson Holland, The Cocktail Club Charleston, South Carolina BOOZY HOT CHOCOLATE 4 cups whole milk ¾ cup half & half 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder ¼ cup granulated sugar ¾ tsp ground cinnamon 3.4 tsp vanilla extract ¼ tsp ground cayenne Rum, whiskey, mescal to taste Whipped cream Combine milk, half & half, cocoa powder, sugar, and spices in a pan over medium heat.  Pour into mugs; add the spirit to taste, and top with whipped cream. Parson's Chicken and Fish ChicagoSANTA's LITTLE HELPER 1 750 ml bottle of brown spirits (whiskey or rum) 1 750 ml bottle of sweet vermouth 1 gallon of apple cider 3 cinnamon sticks 5 whole cloves ½ cup brown sugar 10 dashes of bitters Combine all ingredients in a crockpot and set to low for 1 hour before serving.  Ladle into mugs and garnish.  Makes 12-15 servings. Stephen Cole Barrelhouse Flat, ChicagoTHE LEVITATING MONK 2 oz. rum 1 oz. tawny port 2 dashes of bitters Golden raisins and orange peel for garnish Combine the rum, port, and bitters with ice. Stir for 20 seconds.  Strain into martini glass, twist orange peel over the drink and drop into glass with golden raisins and serve. ONE Chapel Hill, North Carolina RUMHATTAN 2 oz. rum ¼ oz. maraschino liqueur ¾ oz. sweet vermouth 3 dashes of bitters In a shaker tin, stir all ingredients with ice cubes until well chilled.  Strain into a chilled glass, then garnish. Jen Agg, The Black Hoof  MAINE MUDSLIDE Vanilla Ice Cream Maple Smash Ice  Combine all in a blender - serve in a tall glass with a straw. Matthew Morse, Asst. Winemaker Sweetgrass FarmNORTH ATLANTIC 1 ½ oz. apple brandy or Calvados ¾ oz. Madeira ½ oz. Benedictine 4 dashes of bitters Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled.  Strain into a chilled glass and garnish. Dan Greenbaum The Beagle, New York CityTHE MERRY CHERRY 1 oz. Back River Gin 3 oz. cherry juice 2 dashes of cranberry bitters Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled.  Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish.  THE GRAND CRAN 2 oz. Cranberry Gin 1 oz. Grand Marnier or orange liqueur Tonic Combine gin, orange liqueur in a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled.  Strain into a chilled glass, top with tonic, and garnish.
Wall Street Journal  -  February 15, 2014
Sweetgrass Apple Brandy choosen as a standout amoung American Apple Brandies

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Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery is Expanding, New Tasting Room and Shop Opens on Fore Street in Portland

Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery, of Union, is opening a new tasting room and shop in the Old Port

Portland, Maine, Valentine's Day, Friday February 14th, 2014, Noon to 8 pm -Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery of Union, is opening a tasting room and shop at 324 Fore St. in the Old Port section of Portland.  Opening day will feature free tastings and chocolate pairings from Noon till 8 pm.  Several shops will be staying open till 8 pm and offering specials as a 'welcome to the neighborhood' celebration for Sweetgrass.

Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery (www.sweetgrasswinery.com <http://www.sweetgrasswinery.com>) was founded in 2005 in Union, Maine, on the historic Carroll Farm, by husband and wife team, Keith and Constance Bodine.    Sweetgrass uses Maine grown fruit and grain to produce fine wines and distinctive spirits.  Sweetgrass is best known for their award winning premium gin, Back River Gin which is renowned for its smoothness and crisp botanicals.  Back River gin was named one of the World's Best Spirits and a Best Buy by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, earned a Highly Recommended from the Spirits Journal, and a medal in the 2013 American Distilling Institute Spirits competition.  In 2013 Sweetgrass completed a 4,000 square foot addition to the distillery, enabling them to increase production of their Maine grown whiskey and to meet increased demand for Back River Gin, Three Crow Rum, Apple Brandy, fortified wines, wines, and other spirits.

The Grand Opening of the new Sweetgrass tasting room and shop on Fore Street will feature a free tasting of wine and spirits paired with chocolate.   Come taste Cranberry Smash paired with Dean Sweet's delicious truffles, or a decadent cupcake from Kupcake, Inc. paired with winemakers Reserve Blueberry Wine or discover your own pairing choosing from over a dozen wines and spirits.  Just Kim, a fine jewelry and accessories shop, Lovely Things, featuring vintage collectibles and home accessories, and Vena's Fizz House a mixology shop and natural soda bar will be joining in on the celebration by extending their hours and offering specials for the day.

Sweetgrass Farm supports local sustainable agriculture, families, children, and rural life by donating 10% of its profits to organizations with these goals. Last month, we were pleased to donate $500 to the Sabins Memorial Fund Hooked on Fishing event.

"Thank you so much for your company's donation... in memory of our son Mike Sabins! We very much appreciate your generosity and your willingness to contribute to these fun family events."   Scot and Mary Sabins


  Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery made a $500 donation to Vose
 Library's Annual Appeal, in support of library operations.  Pictured
 on October 1st in the William Pullen Children's Room of Union's
 community library are, from left, Madeleine Bodine, Grant Bodine,
 Keith Bodine of Sweetgrass Farm, Vose Library President Jane Sigsbee,
 Vose Library Director Sue McClintock, and Hamish Bodine.  Sweetgrass
Farm Winery and Distillery is located on Carroll Road in Union.  The
award-winning family-run business donates 10% of profits to
 organizations which support families, children and rural life.  Vose
 Library serves Union and surrounding towns in a new facility at 392
 Common Road, where increasing numbers of patrons, new and old, are
 making use of all the services the library has to offer.

"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, Union's Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery is a good one to walk into."  DownEast Magazine August 2009, Gin Fizz by Kathleen Fleury

Back River Gin named one of the top 50 spirits of 2008
Back River Gin named a "best buy" and rated 90-95
A review from F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal September 2007 issue.
Results of the annual wine competition at the Eastern States Exposition, also known as The Big E, were announced last week. Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery, competing against wineries from across New England and New York State, received one of the top awards, Best Wine from Maine.  Sweetgrass' Apple Wine, made from heirloom apple varieties grown on their farm, took top honors with a Gold medal and Best Maine Wine award.  The judges commented that the apple wine had a beautiful nose, crisp full apple flavors, and was nicely balanced. 

Silver medals were awarded to Sweetgrass' Cranberry Apple Wine, Cranberry Smash, and Peach Smash.  Peach Wine and Blueberry Smash won Bronze medals. Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery produces wines and spirits with a distinctive Maine character on the farm in beautiful Union Maine.
4-H Farm-to-Fair is ready and on display at the Union Fair, August 18-25, 2012. Sponsored by the Knox and Lincoln counties 4-H Leaders' Association (KLLA),   4-H Farm-to-Fair is designed to teach the public -- particularly small children -- how the food they eat and products they use are produced. Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery was the first sponsor of the exhibit. Madeleine Bodine of Sweetgrass Farm, pictured here presenting a bag of her champion ewe's wool roving and a check for $500, has been a member of the Lucky Shepherds 4H club for 7 years.  The award-winning family-run business is firmly rooted in the community, supports local sustainable agriculture, and donates 10% of profits to organizations which support families, children, and rural life.
Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery and Back River Gin are prominently featured in the latest book from Michael Sanders and Russell French!
Available at the winery or through Table Arts Media