The Hippo


Jun 2, 2020








Sip and shop events Incredibrew Holiday Open House

Where: Incredibrew Brewery, 112 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua
When: Saturday, Dec. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. 
Cost: Free admission 
Contact: 891-2477,
LaBelle Winery Holiday Bazaar
Where: LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst
When: Sunday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Cost: Free admission 
Contact: 672-9898,

Shopping with taste
Events combine wine tasting and holiday shopping

By Angie Sykeny

 You can do your holiday shopping with a glass of wine in hand at these sip-and-shop events happening at Incredibrew Brewery in Nashua and LaBelle Winery in Amherst. 

Incredibrew Holiday Open House 
Incredibrew will host its first Holiday Open House & Wine Tasting on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m., with shopping, wine and cider tastings, food samples, gift-wrapping and free massages. 
Shop and try samples from over a dozen local vendors including organic coffee roastery and tea purveyor A&E Coffee Roastery & Tea of Amherst; KRM Chocolates of Salem, serving truffles filled with Incredibrew port wines and other treats; New Hampshire-based monthly subscription service Spiced Up, offering home delivery of spices from around the world; The Cake Stand Lady, a Milford-based Etsy shop selling one-of-a-kind modern and vintage three-tiered cake and cupcake stands; Advansite custom-made chef and hunting knives; and vendors selling clothing, jewelry and other gifts. 
“We’re always looking for ways to support other small business in the area,” said Sky Croswell, who owns and operates Incredibrew with her husband, Erik. “With the holidays coming up, we figured this would be a nice opportunity to open our doors to the community and encourage everyone to shop local.” 
Incredibrew Brewery and its subsidiary, Grape Time Winery, will have a free tasting with more than 20 house and limited-edition wines as well as hard pear, apple and spiced apple ciders. Bottles of wine and cider, gift packs and gift baskets, gift certificate specials, pint and wine glasses and more will be for sale, and one attendee will win a wine and cider gift basket. 
“There’s a lot of fall wines that are good this time of year. Our ports sell very well around the holidays,” Croswell said. “And our ciders … we have a hard time keeping them on the shelves.” 
Complimentary chair massages will be offered by the Amherst Wellness Center, and gift-wrapping services will be available. 
LaBelle Winery Holiday Bazaar 
There will be wine, gourmet food, shopping and wreath-making at LaBelle Winery’s fifth Annual Holiday Bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy wine tasting with over 25 varieties as you browse pottery, jewelry and other gifts handcrafted by at least 10 juried members of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, as well as wines, gift boxes and kitchen items at the winery gift shop. 
“A lot of people like to shop with a glass of wine in hand,” said Michelle Thornton, director of sales, programs and business development. “It’s a more relaxing and intimate shopping experience and has a really festive and fun feel.” 
The Bistro at LaBelle Winery will be open for brunch and lunch during the bazaar, featuring its recently launched winter menu with hearty cold-weather dishes and pairing suggestions with LaBelle wines. Diners will have the option to purchase bottles of wine while they eat, which will be delivered to them following their meal. 
“You literally shop right at the table,” Thornton said. “By the time you’re ready to go, it’s wrapped up all nicely, and you don’t have to waste time.” 
Guests can enjoy LaBelle’s art gallery curated by McGowan Fine Art of Concord and take part in a wreath-making workshop in the wine cellar with the Beaver Brook Association of Hollis. 
Thornton said the idea behind the bazaar was to provide a holiday shopping alternative.  
“It gives people a place where they can come, try some wines, enjoy a great lunch and do some very leisurely and non-stressful shopping,” she said. 

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