Mead is wine made from honey—and it’s growing in popularity around here, where local honey is the best. With offerings ranging from off-dry to sweet, 1634 mead is delightful in a cocktail or sipped straight up. We especially like the Strawberry Fields, flavored with local berries, and the Wicked Wench, fermented exclusively with North Shore honey. Stop by the tasting room to see what suits.
3 Short St., Ipswich, 978-325-6215, 1634meadery.com
Mill River Winery
Deftly mixing New England–grown grapes with those from further afield, the Plum Island series sports lovely labels and a flavor profile that screams beach, while the Mill River blends would be lovely with cheese. Enjoy a walk in the vineyard or take a tour.
498 Newburyport Turnpike, Rowley, 978-432-1280, millriverwines.com