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?

Union, Maine, Father's Day, Sunday June 15, 2014, 11 am to 5 pm
Treat Dad right this Father's Day with a scenic trip to Union for great food and drinks. Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery is teaming up with Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery to offer Dad a memorable day of wine, spirits, and cheese.
Savage Oakes will be hosting Appleton Creamery, an artisan cheesemaker who has been winning awards with their cheeses since 1996. Appleton Creamery has a diverse selection of cheeses produced from the milk of their own herd of goats, as well as both sheep and cow's milk. Come experience their fan favorite, chevre, in a variety of flavors including rounds marinated in olive oil with roasted garlic and herbs paired with Savage Oakes' award winning wines. Samples of Savage Oakes farm fresh sausage in a variety of flavors will be served for pairing or to be enjoyed on their own. Also on hand will be Roger Casey of Roger's Copper Creations. His art is crafted from copper and the iridescent colors on each work are created with carefully applied heat. Each piece is unique and clearly states his love of and inspiration from nature.
Then travel 5 miles through the scenic hills of Union to Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery, producer of wines, ports, and spirits including the popular Back River Gin. Sweetgrass is hosting award winning State of Maine Cheese and Crooked Face Creamery. State of Maine Cheese will have an assortment of your favorites plus two new cheeses for you to sample: Teel Cove Chive & Tarragon and Cocoa-rubbed Dry Jack. Crooked Face Creamery's selections include aged Double Gloucester as well as fresh and pressed Ricotta with herbs made with milk from their own Jersey cows, just perfect paired with a Back River Gin and tonic. Don Kleiner, Master Maine Guide, from Maine Outdoors, will be on the lawn from 1 to 3 pm giving free fly casting lessons to those that have never tried it before and tips to those that have. Don says "I can teach you the basics of fly casting in less than half an hour but the fine points will take the rest of your life. Sweetgrass Old Port will be celebrating Father's Day with a pairing of our wines with artisan cheesemaker Sarah Spring of Spring Day Creamery. She will be bringing Spring Day Blues, a blue cheese, which is an American Cheese Society award-winner and Evangeline, a soft- ripened cheese.
As always, winemakers and cheesemakers are on hand to discuss their wines, cheeses, and pairings. What could be better than Maine cheese and wine?
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 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.

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

"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