More Tastings at The Drinkery at Tupelo Music Hall

Apr 14, 2012 No Comments by

Co-owner Alana Wentworth greets visitors to the tasting room at The Drinkery

Imagine a magnificent wine cellar. Warm brick walls. Twinkling lights over the shelves. Wine racks from floor to ceiling. Champagne, Amarone, clarets and mead… all lovingly stored. Another cavernous room is filled with an incredible variety of craft brews. In this catacomb of fermented delights, you can almost picture James Bond appraising a bottle of Bollinger. But this exotic location is not Dr. No’s wine cellar. It’s right here in Londonderry.

Run by enthusiasts Alana Wentworth and Andy Day, The Drinkery is just below Tupelo Music Hall and is a popular haunt of show patrons. Recently, we attended a tasting in the cozy location, which is just off Route 102. (See map below) Alana welcomed us to the tasting bar, nestled among tall wine racks housing an incredible display of wines; some world renowned, others carefully crafted by small local wineries. There’s little that you won’t find here. Glancing around, I could quickly find meads by Londonderry’s own Moonlight Meadery and maple meads by Sap House Meadery of Center Ossipee NH, as well as classic Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Featured that evening were the wines of Grape Time Winery of Nashua NH. While visitors chatted and sampled, we met artist, Molly Poole. Poole’s Animal Rescue League series of paintings are featured on the labels. A portion of the sale of these wines benefits the League. The tasting room was also decorated with several of Poole’s original paintings. Bright, warm works with Labrador Retrievers, a terrier, a rabbit, a cat… Poole has a knack for capturing their personality in their expressions. My spouse chose a Reisling, Amarone and Super Tuscan, which the artist signed. I found some non-alcoholic English Shandy in the cooler.

Artist Molly Poole signs a bottle of wine that has her work on the label from Grape Time Winery in Nashua

Two more tastings are scheduled at The Drinkery today, April 14, in celebration of its first anniversary with the new owners. From 2 PM until 4 PM, Bell Wine will be the highlighted winery. During the tasting, guests will be able to explore the photographs of Mary Schiavoni of Mockingbird Photography. The Drinkery currently has samples of Mary’s work in store, but this Saturday it will be transformed into a full gallery. Schiavoni will also be on hand to chat with guests.

The second Saturday tasting will take place from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM with Moat Mountain. This northern New Hampshire brewer will pour their deliciously crafted beers; from Iron Mike’s Pale Ale to Imperial Stout, there’s something for everyone.

The Drinkery is a delightful place to find your perfect libation, prior to whatever engagement you will attend, whether its an evening on your back deck, upstairs inside the Tupelo Music Hall, or perhaps a game of Baccarat with Mr. Bond. (Good luck with that.)

For more information about the Drinkery, visit their website.

According to The Drinkery web site, over 399 different brews are available. This is just part of the brew cellar.

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About the author

A Londonderry native, Andy grew up on the family farm and loves everything New Hampshire. Currently working as production director for a group of radio stations in central NH, he can also be heard afternoons on 93.3 The Wolf (country). Andy writes and consults for artists, local businesses and charities, and spends his spare time fishing New Hampshire's waters.
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