clay hill farm | ogunquit maine

lounge area | photo by maria northcott

patio area | photo by maria northcott

cheese plate | photo by maria northcott

cellardoor wine | photo by maria northcott

last sunday i had the pleasure of visiting clay hill farm in ogunquit/cape neddick. it's a gorgeous 11 acre venue that is a certified wildlife habitat and bird sanctuary, which makes it totally unique. it was raining on the day i visited so i couldn't walk the grounds, but it looks so lush and beautiful. there are all sorts of nooks and crannies in the gardens to have a wedding. and you won't need wedding music since the birds will serenade you. but i have to say, this would be the perfect place to get married in winter with a roaring fire!

okay, but the good stuff was the food! they served us passed hors d'oeuvres of duck pate with cherries; pea shoot salad with an amazing vinaigrette; cream of sunchoke soup shooters; and prosciutto-wrapped figs. and the best part? all the veggies were from their gardens!

the food was delish and the cellardoor wine was awesome. since moving to maine, i've been wanting to try cellardoor wines which are made in maine. do grapes grow in maine, you ask? some do, but as i understand it this winery purchases grapes from across the country and crafts the wine here in maine. i was totally impressed with their chardonnay; it was crisp and dry rather than oaky and buttery. i often find chardonnays to be too sweet and thick but their's was lovely. i also loved the prince valiant red which is a hearty mix of malbec, merlot, and cab sauv. 

i didn't get to try all the wines because i was busy chatting with the green wedding giveaway winners, and hosts of this part, jess and tim. what an awesome couple! she's a registered dietician who teaches nutrition and cooking classes to low income families and he's a high school english teacher and coach who teaches in a low income community. i loved them!