Bean-bag Throw ... Then a Nice Merlot
Give bean bags a toss this Saturday at Nashoba Valley Winery, Orchard and Restaurant. The winery, at 100 Wattaquadock Hill Road in Bolton, will hold its first Winery Cornhole Championship every Saturday in January.
Each Saturday, 16 teams will duel it out in a double-elimination format for a chance to win a $60 gift certificate to Nashoba Valley Winery and the right to play at the final Winery Cornhole Tournament of Champions on Feb. 2.
The winner of the final tournament wins dinner for six at J’s Restaurant, a small, country farmhouse restaurant opened by Nashoba Valley Winery in 1995. It offers a quiet environment featuring wines and beers produced by the winery.
“The cornhole tournament is kicking off all of our upcoming winter events,” said Josh Baker, event coordinator for the winery.
Baker said the winery is open year-round and likes to host different events to highlight all it offers, even during the winter months.
“A lot of our customers come during the summer months and play cornhole on our lawn, so we figured this would be a good event to do,” Baker said.
The tournaments start at 1 p.m., each Saturday in January inside the pavilion.
“It’s enclosed and heated, so we don’t have to worry about the New England weather ruining any events,” Baker said.
Each Saturday’s tournament will go until all the games are played. Teams continue to play until eliminated they lose two games. The winning teams continue to play until a winner is crowned.
A glass of Bolton Beer Works beer of Nashoba Valley Winery wine is included for each team member.
At the tournament, there will also be an additional tasting bar inside the pavilion.
“It’s not like our tasting bar in the retail shop -- each week will feature different wines and beers,” said Baker, adding that the bar in the shop has beer and wine selected by Nashoba Valley.
Each Saturday will also have food trucks on site. This Saturday, Jan. 5, Teddy’s Lunch Box will have bacon-wrapped hot dogs, cheeseburgers and Italian sausages. On Jan. 12, DaBomb, which specializes in cheeseburger-like “bombs,” or pastry-filled dough rounds, will be there. On Jan. 19, the Bird’s Nest will have lasagna samosa, Italian steak-and-cheese eggrolls and the “Bird Dog,” a chili dog topped with cheese, sour cream and Fritos.
“Everyone can bring their friends, do some wine-tasting, cheer on their friends in the tournament and maybe win a $60 gift card,” Baker said.
The cornhole tournaments are just the beginning of more events to come at Nashoba Valley.
“We’re trying to do events every Saturday and Sunday through May,” Baker said. “We have a bunch of different events coming up.”
Some of the events are already sold out, like Paint and Sip classes offered in January and February.
“We keep adding those, so just look at the website because it’s very popular and in high demand right now,” Baker said.
On Thursday Jan. 13, there will be the Dog Days of Winter event.
“You can take hikes throughout our orchard and vineyard, and depending on if there’s snow, we will have snowshoeing along with wine-tasting for owners and treat tasting for dogs,” he said, adding that there will also be live music and gourmet hot dogs.
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