Above: A pint of beer at Cisco Brewers

It’s not unusual for me to stumble across a vineyard, a brewery or a distillery in the course of a trip. However, to find all three in one place, on an island as small as Nantucket, was quite a surprise. Nantucket Vineyard, Cisco Brewers and Triple Eight Distillery all have their roots in 1981, when Dean and Melissa Long realized that climatic conditions weren’t going to permit the cultivation of grapes, so they imported them from top growers in California and Washington and started to produce wines of increasing reputation.

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