Farmers Market Spotlight: Still River Winery

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Apple iced wine from the Still River Winery. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Margot Holtzman of Still River Winery pours a sample of her apple iced wine at the Westborough Farmers Market. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck

Part of a series highlighting new vendors at the Westborough Farmers' Market.

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — Wine connoisseurs in Westborough and Grafton looking for something a little more crisp, a little more tart and a little sweet should check out the farmers market, where one can find Still River's apple ice wine.

According to Still River co-owner Margot Holtzman, ice wine is typically a dessert wine that is both sweet and tart.

Apple ice wine, or Apfel Eis, has its roots in Quebec. It is made from the juice of crushed apples. The juice is frozen and refrozen, a process during which much of the water is removed. The remaining juice is fermented at a cold temperature without the addition of any sugar.

"The taste is extremely rich," said Holtzman.

Holtzman said that it makes a good spritzer when mixed 50/50 with club soda.

Still River is owned by Holtzman, her husband, Wade, and is helped along by their son, Leif. The winery is based in Harvard, and Still River appears at the Westborough Farmers Market from 1 to 7 p.m. every other Thursday. On alternating Thursdays, Still River is at the farmers market in Grafton, which is where it will be Thursday, July 26.

Holtzman said that farmers markets provide an advantage, as she gets to speak directly to customers about her product. "I love talking to potential customers and telling them about our wine and how it's made," she said.

Still River Winery's apple ice wine is sold at wine shops, served at hotels and restaurants, and shipped nationally. Apfel Eis continues to be fermented in 5-gallon glass carboys by Wade Holtzman, according to the company's web site.

Online ordering is available, and tours and tastings at the winery are available by appoint. For more information, got to stillriverwinery.com or call (978) 415-WINE.

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