A Guide to Wine Tasting In New Hampshire

New Hampshire is one of the northernmost states in the US and is well known for its picturesque landscapes and serene forests.

Many of Rober Frost’s famous poems were inspired by the state of New Hampshire, and the wine tasting here works in harmony with the environment for an unforgettable experience.

There are plenty of great bars and restaurants scattered about the state’s welcoming and historic towns making wine tasting in New Hampshire a unique experience.

Where to Go For Wine Tasting in New Hampshire

Manchester

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Manchester is the largest city in the state of New Hampshire by population and offers a variety of different wine tasting options. The city is known for being the birthplace of comedians Adam Sandler and Seth Meyers, it is also home to plenty of wine enthusiasts with great taste.

Campo Enoteca is an Italian restaurant and wine bar with a strong emphasis on farm-to-table ingredients and organic and sustainable produce. All of their meat, cheeses and produce have helpful guides on the menu that specify where the ingredients come from.

They serve an extensive selection of Italian wines with everything from sweet and juicy Primitivo to full-bodied and bold Amarone. They also have a great selection of Italian sparkling wines, and they serve tap wines by the glass, half liter, and liter.

XO Bistro NH is conveniently located in downtown Manchester, and they feature a fantastic menu of recognizable international dishes with a unique twist. The space also features a large “function hall” or event space that can be rented out year-round and can accommodate 100.

XO features a small wine menu of worldly selections, and each wine is carefully chosen so that no two wines conflict in terms of body, acidity, or sweetness. They also offer many vegan options, making this a great place to have a drink with friends who have dietary restrictions.

Firefly American Bistro and Bar serves a full menu of American staple food like mac and cheese, pork chops, and grilled salmon. This casual upscale restaurant has been in business since 2008 and has become a popular wine tasting spot among locals and visitors alike.

One of the factors that separate Firefly from other restaurants and bars around town is its top-notch delivery. They are one of the only restaurants in the area with the ability to deliver wine, and they offer recognizable favorites as well as international wines.

Nashua

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When residents of Nashua, New Hampshire claim that they live in the best city in the United States, they have a fair amount of tangible proof to back up the claim.

The city of Nashua was named “The Best Place to Live in America” twice by Money Magazine.

MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar serves upscale American food with a fantastic wine list, all in a beautiful setting with a sidewalk patio. They serve wine flights, and the featured selections rotate weekly to allow different wines to shine throughout the year.

Customers are also welcome to build their own wine flights, which consist of two-ounce pours from MT’s by-the-glass selections. Their bottle selections offer a deep variety of different wine styles from all over the world, as well as recognizable domestic favorites.

Stella Blu is one of the best restaurants in the Nashua area, and they serve an extremely interesting selection of “International Tapas.” They serve a solid selection of recognizable upscale bottles, including a great selection of California red wines.

The smaller plates allow for slightly lower prices, encouraging guests to try a larger variety of dishes, and work their way around the menu. Stella Blu has won many local awards, and reservations are strongly encouraged here, as there is often a long wait at this busy spot.

Surf Restaurant is a popular seafood establishment that serves a huge variety of seafood, steaks, sandwiches, tacos, and more. They offer a great variety of wines with different acidity and sweetness profiles to compliment the wide array of flavors on their large menu.

While red wine with a steak dinner is one of the most popular pairings worldwide, seafood pairings like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with scallops or Spanish Albariño and lobster or clams can elevate both the dish and wines to new levels.

Concord

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Concord is the capital city of the state of New Hampshire and is home to over 40 thousand people. There are a number of different wine tasting options here, from upscale restaurants to everyday bars, there is enough variety for any wine enthusiast to enjoy.

Revival Kitchen and Bar is one of the most popular restaurants in the city of Concord and is applauded by locals and food and wine critics alike. This trendy spot serves a wide variety of food, from seafood and upscale American favorites to vegan and gluten-free options.

Their website and menu list the names of every local New Hampshire producer that they source their ingredients from. Their wine list is very expensive and contains multiple pages of red, white, and sparkling selections from all over the world.

Wine on Main is a fantastic wine-focused concept that hosts wine tastings and places a large emphasis on wine education. They also host a very popular trivia night, where guests are quizzed on their wine knowledge, grape varietals, growing regions, and much more!

Their wine tastings are affordably priced at $12, and each flight consists of three different wines. They sell bottles to go, as well as locally sourced gifts and goods. There is a fantastic variety of wine pairing snacks like organic chocolate, and their staff is WSET certified.

O Steaks and Seafood contains a dining room, lounge, bar, and patio area. They serve steakhouse favorites along with a wide variety of different wines. Their high-tech wine dispensing system allows them to offer over 24 wines by the glass that are kept fresh.

Their wine list features a solid variety of high-quality wines in the $40 to $100 price range, along with top-shelf Champagne options like Dom Perignon. They also offer a private function venue, which is perfect for hosting private wine tastings as well as celebrations and work events.

Rochester

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Rochester, New Hampshire is one of the biggest cities in the south coastal region of the state and is home to numerous different bars and restaurants that serve high-quality glasses and bottles of wine. Wine tasting in Rochester also offers great value and prices on wine.

Revolution Taproom and Grill offers some of the best food and drinks in the Rochester area. While they are primarily known for their beer-on-tap selection, they also offer a solid variety of different wines that complement the traditional American fare.

The restaurant was awarded “Best Pub and Bar” by Restaurant Guru in 2021, and they consistently deliver high-quality food and wines with top-notch service. Their staff is very knowledgeable, and helpful when it comes to food and wine pairings.

Fallen Leaf Bistro is a beautifully decorated family-owned restaurant that is a favorite among Rochester locals. They serve a full menu of traditional American favorites, and they are open for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Fallen Leaf carries wines from Flag Hill Distillery and Winery, which is a local wine producer in the state of New Hampshire. One of their most popular items is their refreshing mimosa, which is available in six different flavors and is particularly popular during brunch services.

Conclusion

The natural beauty and stunning landscapes in the state of New Hampshire are made even more pleasant with a high-quality glass of wine.

Feel free to leave a comment below, and let everyone know your favorite places to go wine tasting in New Hampshire!

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