Several friends have remarked that any time I am cruising on Interstate 95 between New Hampshire and Maine, I should be sure to stop at this big wine store sitting right on the border – well, a few feet inside New Hampshire. Turns out that New Hampshire has no tax on wine and liquor (how did that get overlooked in the constant search for government revenues?). Well, I haven’t stopped yet — mostly I am trying to get home to Belfast and the only stop with enough “pull power” is a Starbucks.
And I reason, why stop at this mega-store when I can walk a few blocks from our Inn and enter the eclectic and fascinating world of the Belfast Co-op with its amazing collection of wines? Ron, the wine steward, is a terrific guy – and he knows his stuff. Recently, Ron introduced us to Dynamite, a vineyard from California, which produces incredible Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon; for the white winers, Dynamite has a wonderful Chardonnay. Guests who stay with us rave about these wines, and more often then not make a stop at the Co-op. Mega-store or Co-op? Really no choice.