Bits and Bites: Sample German wines, hard cider and honey


German wine seminar

Discover the exact opposite of what you think about German Riesling (... and others of the region) at a wine seminar led by Stephen Bitterolf of vom Boden at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Six Depot Roastery Cafe, 6 Depot St., West Stockbridge.

Bitterolf founded vom Boden after nearly a decade in the wine industry. He was the wine director at Crush Wine & Spirits in New York City, where he helped build one of the nation's largest fine wine programs with a special focus on Austria and Germany, Burgundy, California, Champagne, Piedmont and the Northern Rhône.

The cost is $30. The wines will be served with cheese and charcuterie.

Seating is limited; for reservations, call Nejaime's at 413-637-2221.

Honey tasting

Join Bees Across Massachusetts' Russ Wilson for honey tasting "A Taste of Tea and Honey," from 4 to 6 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Sheep Hill, 671 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown.

The cost is $10, which includes a pound of honey. For more information, call 413-458-2494.

Clean eating talk

Wild Oats will host a talk, "Post Modern Nutrition & Clean Eating: How Diet & Mindfulness Can Transform Your Life" with Dr. Rachaele Carver, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19. The talk will take place at 296 Main St. (True North Building next door to Wild Oats), Williamstown.

A Q&A and refreshments in the café at the store will follow the talk.

Roast turkey supper

The Pownal United Methodist Church, at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street, will serve its annual turkey supper on Thursday, Oct. 20. The family-style dinner begins at 5 p.m. with continuous serving.

The menu includes roast turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, winter squash, cranberry sauce, rolls, coffee, tea and lemonade, and apple, pumpkin, mince, or raspberry pie with cheese.

Tickets are available at the door: Eat-in: $12 for adults, $6 for children 4 to 10 years, and free for children 3 years and younger. Take-outs available at south side entrance; $12 for adults and $6 for 1/2-portion dinner.

Cider talk and tasting

The History of Hard Cider: Talk & Tasting with Bear Swamp Orchard and Cidery will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead in Cummington.

Join local cidery, Bear Swamp Orchard, as they teach you the history of hard cider in America from colonial times to Prohibition with a discussion of hard cider's recent return.

Throughout the talk, tantalize your palate with tastings of Bear Swamp Orchard's ciders and learn about their production. Afterward, take in the scenic fall views of the Westfield River Valley during a reading of William Cullen Bryant's most cherished poems, including a Homestead favorite, "The Planting of the Apple Tree."

Light refreshments will be served and hard cider will be available for sale by the glass during the reading. Trustees members: $9; non-members: $15. For more information, contact or 413-628-4485, ext. 3.

Roast pork dinner

The South Readsboro Community Club on Bosley Hill Road, Readsboro, Vt., will have a roast pork dinner with all the trimmings on from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. There will be homemade pies for dessert.

Adults are $12; children 5 to 11 years old, $6.

S. Williamstown breakfast

The South Williamstown Community Association will host a breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, Williamstown.

There will be coffee, tea, muffins, scones, egg dishes, fruit and other good things to eat.

Scout Troop 28 dinner

Sheffield Boy Scout Troop 28 will hold a roast beef dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at American Legion on Route 7, Sheffield.

Tickets, available at the door, are: Adults, $12; children 4 to 12, $6; family, $35. Takeout will be available.


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