It’s high time for the foodies of south-central New Hampshire to sit up and take notice of the fact that we are home to a world-class winery. I am talking, of course, about Labelle Winery, of Amherst.
Cesar Arboleda was quite skeptical, he admits, when the woman who would become his wife told him she was about to hop off the corporate merry-go-round and turn her homespun hobby into a wildly successful business. Then he tasted her homemade blueberry wine.
Autumn is a busy time for most winemakers, but it’s an even busier time of year for LaBelle Winery in Amherst as it begins production of not only grape wine, but wines made from apple, blueberry, raspberry and even jalapeño peppers.
Although today the trees still hang heavy with ice, there is reason for hope: Amy LaBelle of LaBelle Winery has found a way to bottle the essence of summer itself.