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Wine’ing Maryland: Holiday Arts and Crafts

Holiday Arts & Crafts Events

Wine’ing Maryland is your personal calendar of wine tasting activities in Maryland occurring over the Arts and Craftsweekend.  The upcoming weekend’s events are published every Thursday.  Send us your event or share events with us and we will posted.  Click here to Contact Us   Check out Arts and Crafts Events and many more events that can be apart of your weekend.

Type of Activities

  • Free Activities
  • Charitable Events
  • Family Events
  • Festivals
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Food & Wine Tasting Events

 

December 15  – December 18, 2016 EVENTS

 

FREE ACTIVITIES

Live Music at Olney Winery

December 16 – 17, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Olney, MD

 

Sip and Shop at Clovelly Vineyard

December 17, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Chestertown, MD

 

Live Music at Great Frogs

December 17, 1:00pm – 5:00 pm

Annapolis, MD

 

Chester Farmers Market at Fountain Park (wine tastings)

December 17, 8:00 am – 12:00 noon

Chestertown, MD

 

Live Music at Rockland Farms

December 17, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Poolesville, MD

 

Live Music at Springfield Manor

December 17 -18, 12:00 noon –6:00 pm

Thurmont, MD

 

Live Music at Big Cork Vineyard

December 17 -18, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Rohrersville, MD

 

Live Music at Dejon Vineyard

December 17 -18, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm

Hydes, MD

 

Live Music Christmas at Boordy Vineyard

December 17, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Hydes, MD

 

Christmas Party at Perigeaux Vineyard

December 17,  12:00 noon – 5:00 pm

St. Leonard, MD

 

Live Music at Running Hare Vineyard

December 17 – 18, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Prince Frederick, MD

 

Purple Sundays Ravens Games at Harford Vineyard

December 18, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm

Forest Hill, MD

 

 

CHARITABLE EVENTS

Teen Angel Project at The Olney Winery

December 18,  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Olney, MD

 

FAMILY EVENTS

None

 

FESTIVALS

none

 

ARTS & CRAFTS

Blown Glass Ornament at Dove Valley Vineyard

December 18, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm or 4:00 pm

Cost: $65

Rising Sun, MD

 

FOOD & WINE TASTING EVENTS

Taste Wine Like A Pro

December 15, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Cost: $20

Beltsville, MD

 

  Live Music at Millstone Cellars

December 16, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Cost: $5.00

Monkton, MD

 

Fondue at Springfield Manor

December 16, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Cost: $15

Thurmont, MD

 

Chocolate and Wine Tasting at Dove Valley Vineyard

December 16 – 18, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm

Cost: $15

Rising Sun, MD

 

Sparkling Wine and Dessert Wine Tasting

December 17, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Cost: $40

Beltsville, MD

 

 

The Bard in the Barn at (Shakespeare) at Boordy Vineyard

December 18, 1:00 pm  – 5:00 pm

Cost: $20

Hydes, MD

 

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Wine’ing Maryland: Holiday Bazaar & Press Your Own Cider

Holiday Bazaar & Press Your Own Cider

Wine’ing Maryland is your personal calendar of wine tasting activities in Maryland occurring over the weekend.  The upcoming weekend’s events are published every Thursday.  Send us your event or share events with us and we will posted.  Click here to Contact Us   Check out Holiday Bazaar Events  & Press Your Own Cider and many more events that can be apart of your weekend.Holiday Bazaar

Type of Activities

  • Free Activities
  • Charitable Events
  • Family Events
  • Festivals
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Food & Wine Tasting Events

 


December 8  – December 11, 2016 EVENTS

 

FREE ACTIVITIES

 

Sip and Shop at The Olney Winery

December 8, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Olney, MD

 

Live Music at The Olney Winery

December 9-10, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Olney, MD

 

Kris Kringle Christmas Bazaar at Charles County Fair

December  9, 4:00 pm  – 8:00pm

December 10, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

LaPlata, MD

 

Open House at Bordeleau Vineyard

December 10, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm

Eden, MD

 

Annual Christmas Bazaar at Dove Valley Winery

December 10, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm

Rising Sun, MD

 

Live Music at Great Frogs

December 10, 1:00pm – 5:00 pm

Annapolis, MD

 

Chester Farmers Market at Fountain Park (wine tastings)

December 10, 8:00 am – 12:00 noon

Chestertown, MD

 

Live Music at Springfield Manor

December 10 -11, 12:00 noon –6:00 pm

Thurmont, MD

 

Live Music at Big Cork Vineyard

December 10 -11, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Rohrersville, MD

 

Live Music at Dejon Vineyard

December 10 – 11, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm

Hydes, MD

 

Live Music Christmas at Boordy Vineyard

December 10, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Hydes, MD

 

Live Music at Running Hare Vineyard

December 10 – 11,  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Prince Frederick, MD

 

Purple Sundays Ravens Games at Harford Vineyard

December 11, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm

Forest Hill, MD

 

BIG Luminary Event at Big Cork Vineyard

December 11, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Rohrersville, MD

 

Holiday Basket Extravaganza at Crow Vineyard

December 11, 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

Kennedyville, MD

 

CHARITABLE EVENTS

None

 

FAMILY EVENTS

None

 

FESTIVALS

None

 

ARTS & CRAFTS

Raku Glazing Class at Dove Valley Winery

December 10, 11:00 am – 2:30 pm  or 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Cost: $35

Rising Sun, MD

 

FOOD & WINE TASTING EVENTS

 

Taste Wine Like A Pro

December 8, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Cost: $20

Beltsville, MD

 

 Live Music at Millstone Cellars

December 9, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Cost: $5.00

Monkton, MD

 

Press Your Own Cider at Millstone Cellars

December 9, 6:00 pm

Cost: $25

Monkton, MD

 

Fondue at Springfield Manor

December 9, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Cost: $15

Thurmont, MD

 

Sign Painting Party Springfield Manor

December 10, 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm

Cost: $35

Thurmont, MD

 

Holiday Wine Class: Mulled Wine and Wine Cocktails

December 10, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Cost: $30

Beltsville, MD

 

The Bard in the Barn at (Shakespeare) at Boordy Vineyard

December 11, 1:00 pm  – 5:00 pm

Cost: $20

Hydes, MD

 

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Winery and Vineyards at Gemeny: A New Winery in Maryland

A New Winery in Maryland

I love Thanksgiving holidays.  Of course, it is not the first time I shared this sentiment.  I love being with friends and family.  It is a time to put our busy lives on hold and connect with our love ones.  This holiday was no different.  I spent Saturday afternoon with good friends visiting a winery in Maryland. We a took a trip to Winery and Vineyards at Gemenygemeny-entrance

We were excited to visit the recently opened venue.  Gemeny opened in late Summer 2016. It is the second tasting room in Prince George’s County. Winery and Vineyards at Gemeny is in Brandywine, MD.  We were warmly greeted by Bill, the winemaker and owner.  The tasting room is located on his 200 acres working farms.

Gemeny offers a full tasting menu of dry white and red wines.  The reds wines are made from the grapes grown at the vineyard.  The white grapes are from New York.  Gemeny will eventually produce its own grapes for all its white wines, making them 100% estate vineyard.

You can select white wines, red wines, or both for your tasting.  I went for the white and red tasting. Tastings begin at $4.00.  The full tasting is $10.00.  All wines are aged in steel.  Oak chips are used during the aging process for some of the wines.

 

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My tasting began with 2014 Vidal Blanc.  The Vidal Blanc was pale yellow, with a floral nose, crisp green apples and honeydew on the palate, medium acid and finish.  We continued with 2014 vintages of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Traminette. My favorite was the Pinot Gris.  The Pinot Gris was made in a traditional Italian style with notes of citrus, lemon and hints of mineral, with medium acid and finish.  The tasting continued with 2014 vintages of unoaked Cabernet Sauvignon, Rougeon and Norton.  It is refreshing to see Rougeon and Norton on the tasting menu.   They are a challenge to grow but these two grapes thrive in Southern Maryland’s humid and hot climate.Winery in Maryland

The tasting was topped off with a mulled wine.  Mulled wine is a warm slightly sweet, spiced wine.  It was a perfect ending on a brisk fall afternoon. Make sure you ask for it.

Gemeny is opened on weekends from 10 am – 6pm. Starting Black Friday open Every Friday from November 25th – December 16th from 1pm – 8pm. Gemeny Winery will be closing for the winter season starting on Dec. 19 and will re-open on March 3rd.

Welcome Gemeny to Maryland wine.

Things To Do at Maryland’s Vineyards

Things To Do: Wine’ing Maryland

Wine’ing Maryland is your personal calendar of wine tasting activities in Maryland occurring over the weekend.  The upcoming weekend’s events are published every Thursday.  Send us your event or share events with us and we will posted.  Click here to Contact Us   Check out Things To Do events and many more events can be apart of your weekend. Maryland Wine Festival

Type of Activities

  • Free Activities
  • Charitable Events
  • Family Events
  • Festivals
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Food & Wine Tasting Events

October 20 – October 23, 2016 Events

Free Activities

Live Music at the Vineyard at Old Westminster Winery

October 21,  5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

October 22 – 23, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm

Westminster, MD

 

 

 

Fireside Weekend Wine, Food & Live Music Saturday

October 22,  11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Forest Hill, MD

 

Purple Sundays Ravens Games at Harford Vineyard

October 23, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm

Forest Hill, MD

Charitable Events

 

None

Family Events

 

None

Festivals

 

None

Arts & Crafts

None

Food & Wine Tasting Events

Holy Crepes at Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery

October 21 – 22, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cost: $6

Thurmont, MD

 

California Federalist wine tasting a tribute to American History

Maryland Wine Bar

October 22, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Cost: $10

Patapsco Region Wine Tour

October 22, 11:15 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $87

Baltimore, MD

 

Boats & Brew Fun on the Monacacy River 

October 22,  10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Cost; $89

Dickerson, MD

 

Westminster Region Wine Tour

October 23, 11:15 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $87

Mt, Airy, MD

 

 

 

Fall Foliage Excursions in Maryland’s Wine Country

Maryland’s Wine Country Fall Foliage Excursions

Delighted Maryland’s hot and humid summer is behind us; cooler days are gradually becoming our norm.  As the air turns cool and crisp, this region’s fall displays unforgettable foliage. Maryland’s Wine Country is the perfect back drop to view the leaves changing. October and November are peak season months.  Vino 301’s wine tours are idea for fall foliage viewing from the comfort of the car.  We spotlight a few tours and wines to sample.

 

Westminster Region Wine Tour & Wine, Beer and Spirits:  Beverage Adventure

Wine CountryWestminster Region Wine Tour expands beyond Westminster, MD.  Westminster is the most eastern point of the region and reaches west as far as Big Cork Vineyard  (Rohrersville, MD).  Big Cork Vineyard looks upon the mountains in Washington County.  The tasting room has breath taking views.  Enjoy sipping on Viognier during your visit. Viognier has become Maryland’s “IT” grape this season.  You will find it in several tasting rooms across the state.  Big Cork does it extremely well.  Viognier is clear and burgeoning on golden yellow. It is a dry wine with medium acid.  Immediately, aromas of apricot, peaches, and floral notes are detected.  Pear and honeysuckle are on the palate.  The finish is long and you cannot wait to take another sip. It is a very good wine.

 

Wine, Beer and Spirits: Beverage Adventure is Vino 301’s newest tour in the Westminster Region.  This is a journey takes you Mt. Airy to Thurmont, MD.  You travel through the rolling hills and you are at the foot of the Catoctin Mountains.    Travel in comfort as you literally drink in local wine, beer, spirits, history and culture of Maryland’s beverage industry.  You can select any combination of wine, beer, and spirits at the two vineyards we are visiting. Your tour begins when Vino 301 pick’s you up at one of our designated pick up locations. Your tasting adventure starts at  Linganore Winecellars and Red Shedman Farm Brewery & Hop Yard.   Linganore Wincellars is one of Maryland’s largest vineyards and home to Maryland’s newest brewery. Vino 301 completes the tour at Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery.  Springfield Manor offers fine wines, gin, rum and vodka.

Chambourcin, a French-American hybrid grape, has become Maryland’s native grape.  Springfield Manor’s Chambourcin 2013 is a favorite to have during autumn. It is a clean, ruby red dry wine.  By its color alone, you would expect high tannin.  Your expectations would be wrong.  It has medium tannins and acid, and traditional black fruit characteristics like black berries and currants.  Vanilla and clove spices on the nose.  When Sprispringfield-manor-chambourcinngfield first opened and released its first Chambourcin vintage was fair and had room for improvement.  Its current vintage is very good is shows complexity and winemaking maturity.

 

Patapsco Region Wine Tour & Chocolate and Wine Tour

Patapsco Region takes you to the heart of horse country in Baltimore County. The drive through this region is an array of spectacular tree-scape roads of yellow, orange and red. It is the perfect back drop to wine tasting.  Along this trail is Boordy Vineyard.  Boordy Vineyard’s Landmark Albariño 2015 was the 2016 Governor’s Cup Winner.  There is an emergence Albariño in Maryland you see in western Maryland as well as Baltimore. Boordy’s wine is a medium bodied, with notes fresh green apples, and grapefruit.  Clean, pale yellow appearance is crisp on the palate. Albariño typically high in acid, the Boordy Vineyard wine has medium acid. It is a very good wine.Wine Country

 

The Chocolate Wine Tour is located in the Patapsco Region.   Vino 301 visits Parfections (Cockeysville, MD).  ParfectionsParfections chocolate truffles and bark are paired with Maryland wine.  The wines served are selected from regions across the state.  As we like to say, “Your chocolate pairing is a trip through Maryland’s wine country without leaving your seat.” Parfections truffles are seasonal.  They have flavors like pumpkin spice, cranberry and walnut, and many more truffles.  Not to worry, they have the favorites like chocolate mousse, honeycomb, and dipped bacon in chocolate.

Celebrate Spring: Take $5 Off Regional Wine Tours

Spring is here! The flowers are blooming and the wine is chilling. It’s time to head to Maryland’s vineyards and wineries.

Take $5 off any Regional Wine Tour taken in May. Use code SPRING at check out. Book your wine tour today  #winetour #Springtour

Wine Festival Season Is Here: Tips To Navigating Maryland Wine Festivals

Decanter Wine Festival is when Maryland’s horse racing and wine traditions are celebrated.  It is also the official start of the wine festival season in Maryland.  Before you dust off your wine lanyard, and remove your picnic basket from storage, here are some tips on how to traverse the wine festival season.

 

  1. It is a marathon and not a sprint. There is a lot to see, taste, and experience at festivals.  You need a plan.  Do not go to the tents near the entrance when you first arrive.  They are often crowded and overwhelming.  Start at the back and work your way to the front.  It is less crowded.  Also, most festivals provide a map or guide.  Use the guide to plan your route and you avoid missing your “must visit tents”.    You have to pace yourself. If not, you can burn out in the first hour.  Cider festival

 

 

  1. Find a new favorite wine. There are hundreds wines available for you to taste.  This is a great opportunity to find your next great wine. You cannot taste everything.  It is not possible.  Select a few varietals you want to taste that day include favorites and new to you varietals, like Petit Veridot, Cabernet Franc, or Vidal Blanc.   Start with tasting the whites, then reds, and finally sparklings and you will find a new favorite along the way.

 

 

  1. Take notes, after the first few wines you will forget what you like. The wineries have tasting menus listing the wines being poured.  Use the menus to record the wines you love.   After the first 20 wines, everything begins to taste the same.  If you are really sophisticate, use a small notebook to record you notes.  You avoid having multiple pieces of paper to refer to at the end of the day.    

 

 

  1. It is a tasting pour, not a glass of wine. Do not expect a glass of wine when you are tasting. The wineries will give you 1 or 1.5-ounce pour of each wine.  You can ask for a second pour, but keep in mind it is just a sampling of wine.  You can always purchase a glass or bottle of wine if you really like it.traverse city wine festival

 

 

  1. Upgrade your admission pass if you can. Most festivals offer a general admission and VIP passes.  The general admission gives you access to tasting tents and food vendors.  The VIP pass cost a little more, but gives you a little more.  Usually you get access to exclusive events, like the premier wine tastings, food and wine demonstrations, and/or meet celebrity wine experts.  The VIP passes often include food, so you do not have to purchase food at the festival.

 

 

  1. Snack throughout your time at the festival. There are several vendors on site you can purchase food from. Some festivals allow you to bring food from home into the festival.  Check with the festival officials before you arrive to determine if you can bring your own food.  Regardless if you bring food or purchase food, take time to enjoy this food as well as the wine.  Your body will absorb less alcohol as a result.

 

 

  1. Drink water. You want to drink as much water as wine. Bring a water bottle with you so you can replenish throughout the day. You want to stay hydrated especially when the weather is warm.

 

 

  1. Use the dump bucket. You are not going to like every wine you try. The wineries provide a dump bucket or spittoon for you to discard the wine.  You will not offend the winery staff if you pour the wine out.  Some people will not swallow the wine and spit.  Spitting is acceptable. Do not be surprise by spitting.  Practice at home before you try it at the festival.

 

 

  1. Be Safe. Finally, the top tip for visiting festivals is to be safe.  Have a designated driver.  Many festivals offer designated driver tickets.  Utilize transportation services if everyone in your group will enjoy wine.  Food and Wine festivals, like Great Grapes or National Harbor Wine and Food festival, offers transportation with admissions.  Someone else can provide the transportation while you enjoy the festival.

 

 

You are now ready for this wine festival season. Enjoy, drink, and be safe.

The Greatest Myth about Maryland Wines

As everyone knows, Vino 301 Wine Concierge is a big cheerleader for Maryland wine and culture. I can safely say no one has ever questioned our love for local wine.  A few, some, … actually a lot have questioned why.  Why do you love Maryland wine?

 

Most people do not directly ask why. They give me a strange look or a raised eyebrow when I mention the many virtues of Maryland wine.  Some will actually make statements  like, “Maryland primarily makes sweet, fruity wine.  That’s ok if you like that type of wine.”   Translation:  How could you possibly call that wine.  It is an adult version of Kool-Aid.”  More direct individuals will state, “It is ok to drink, but I would not recommend it.”

 

As one of Maryland’s biggest cheerleader, it is my obligation to debunk the greatest myth ever told.

Myth – Maryland primarily makes sweet, fruity wines.

There is some truth to this statement like most myths. Yes, winemakers make sweet, fruity wine. Sweetland Cellars is a great example.  Sweetland Cellars is a brand of Boordy Vineyard.  Sweetland are grape and fruit wines. They are intended to be light,refreshing, and sweet hence the name. They are perfect to drink by themselves or as base to a cocktail.

 

Many Maryland winemakers have semi-dry or sweet wines in their profile for those with a sweeter palate.  However, all Maryland winemakers make dry vino.  They use traditional methods that are artisan crafted resulting in noteworthy aromas, flavors and body.  They are recognized nationally and internationally. The Daily Meal All Things Food & Drink, a national publication, recognized Black Ankle Vineyard   in its list of 101 Best Wineries in America in March 2015. This list consisted of the country’s most acclaimed wineries.

 

Maryland Wines

 

Why does this myth exists?  I have a theory.  Maryland is a victim of its success.  The Maryland Wine Festival is a wildly popular event.  Thousands of people from several states attend this event.  Facts to keep in mind: (1) The Festival is held in September. September is still humid and warm. (2) Majority of Americans prefer fruity and semi-sweet wines styles, according to the 2015 Survey of American Wine Consumer Preferences conducted by Wine Business.com.  (3) The Festival is the only exposure some have to Maryland wine.

 

Put yourself in the vineyard managers’ shoes.  You want people to try and buy your wine at the Festival. What do people want when it is hot and humid — a cool refreshing beverage.  What do the majority of Americans enjoy drinking — fruity and sweet wines.  In the same 2015 survey, 74 percent of people said red wine is their favorite.  However, less than a quarter of the same people indicated they like dry, savory or tannic.  Most people say they want a traditional wines, but they really prefer sweet.   As vineyard managers, do you pour your higher price drier wines or your less expensive sweet and semi-dry?  You give people what they really want. The sweeter wine resonate with the Festival attendees leaving the impression all Maryland wines are fruity and sweet.

 

Where Can You Try the Traditional Wines?  Believe it or not, many of these wines are at the Wine Festival.  Maryland Wine Festival showcases its Governor’s Cup winners in the premier tent.  These are recognized as the best wines in Maryland. There is an additional cost to the admission to taste the wines.

 

You do not have to wait until the Festival.  You can visit the vineyards.  These wines are apart of the tasting menu at most vineyards at no additional cost. You get an opportunity to experience the full complement of Maryland’s grapes.  Explore and see for yourself if the myth is true.  

Pop the Cork on New Year’s Eve … Guide to Champagne and Sparkling Wine

Guide to Champagne and Sparkling Wine

Champagne, Sparkling Wine
The other day a friend and me were talking about New Year’s Eve.  She said, “Should I serve Champagne or sparkling wine”?  My immediate response was, “Champagne is a form of sparkling wine. It all depends upon what you like.”  She gave me a puzzled look, and said “oh ok.”  Thinking about my response I should have provided a better explanation.  I realized she did not know Champagne is among the sparkling wine family.  She thought Champagne is different from sparkling wine.  Champagne has become the brand name for requesting sparkling wine. It is like when you ask someone to hand you a Kleenex®.  You are really asking for a tissue and not the brand Kleenex®.  The brand name has been ingrained in everyday vernacular. 

Champagne has very distinctive characteristics, fermentation methods, and regional restrictions. Here is the Reader’s Digest® version about Champagne.  Champagne is made from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay.  There is a double fermentation method known as Methode Champenoise.  Lastly,and most importantly to the French and legally,  only sparkling wine produced in the La Champagne region can be called Champagne (except for a few California vineyards.  That is another blog).

 

 

Now you know, what do you serve? You have a variety of sparkling wines to select. In addition to Champagne,  there are other sparkling wines styles like Cava and Prosecco. Cava is from Spain. Prosecco is from Italy. Each of these regions have unique grapes that make up the composition of these wines.   

 

 

Regardless of the country, there are common descriptions you will see on the label.  Here are the most common:

  • Blanc de Blancs: made from white grapes, like a Chardonnay.  
  • Blanc de Noirs: made from black grapes, like a Pinot Noir. The sparkling will be white in color.  
  • Rose: pink in color.  Semi-dry to sweet to the taste.
  • Doux: very sweet wine.
  • Dry: slightly sweet wine.  
  • Brut: very little sugar, dry and most popular sparkling wine

 

 

Your sparkling wine does not have to be international. When you are in your local wine store ask for Maryland sparkling wine.  It is not too late for the wine shop to order it from the vineyard.   
Crow Farm and Vineyard (Kent County, MD) has a delightful 2013 Vidal Sparkling. It is a Guide to Champagne and Sparkling Winesingle varietal wine. Vidal Blanc grape is used, very popular in Maryland.  Vidal Blanc is known for its honeysuckle favor and those with a sweeter palate enjoy this grape.  Do not let this dissuade the traditional drier palate drinkers. The Vidal Sparkling is a dry sparkling wine.  Effervescent, pale golden color, and hints of stone fruit and apple best describes this wine.  The Vidal is made in the Methode Champenoise style sparkling goes through primary fermentation in stainless steel, followed by a secondary fermentation in bottle. Aged for 13 months before being hand disgorged in small lots, then hand corked, caged and labeled.  
Hopefully, this will make your shopping experience a little easier. Cheers to you and Happy New Year!

 

Maryland Wine Passport Experience FAQs

2016 Maryland Passport Experience Guided Tour FAQs 

Vino 301 is participating in the 2016 Passport Experience. The Passport Experience sound like a fun thing to do, but you still have questions?  We are happy to answer your questions.   Here are some answers to questions you may have. 
  • What comes with your Passport ticket?  Ticket holders will be privy to a free wine tasting and  behind-the-scene experience at each winery, a commemorative wine glass and 10% off all bottles that are just too good to leave without.  It also gets you discounts and promotions to several local attractions, hotels, restaurants and shopping centers so you may fully immerse yourself in all that each region has to offer.

 

  • How often can I use the Passport ticket?  You can use the Passport on all four days.

 

  • How much is Passport ticket? $25.00 per person. You buy your Passport ticket directly from the  Maryland Wine Passport Experience.   The ticket grants you access to all participating vineyards and wineries over both weekends.

 

  • Will I have to buy a Passport ticket and Vino 301 ticket?  Yes.

 

  • What is the difference between the Passport ticket and Vino 301 ticket?  Passport ticket is your tasting pass.  The ticket grants you access to all participating vineyards and wineries over both weekends. Vino 301 is your transportation and guided tour pass.

 

  • What do I get with the Vino 301 ticket? 
    • Transportation to ALL 6 wine trails
    • Knowledgeable and fun Tour Ambassador & driver
    • Light snacks & beverages

 

  • Does Vino 301 have weekend passes?  Yes.  You can buy a single day or weekend pass.

 

  • Can you mix trail passes when you purchase a Vino 301 weekend pass? Yes.  For example,  you can go along the Patuxent Wine Trail on Saturday and Chesapeake Wine Trail on Sunday.

 

  • How long is the Vino 301 wine tour? 12 noon – 6 pm

 

  • Will Vino 301 go to all 6 Wine Trails?  Yes

 

  • Where are the pick up locations?
    • Big Cork Vineyard (Antietam Highlands Wine Trail)
    • Linganore Wine Cellars (Carroll Wine Trail)
    • Clovelly Vineyard (Chesapeake Wine Trail – Saturday)
    • Casinelli Vineyard (Chesapeake Wine Trail – Sunday)
    • The Winery at Olney (Frederick Wine Trail)
    • Port of Leonardtown (Patuxent Wine Trail – Saturday)
    • Fridays Creek Winery (Patuxent Wine Trail – Sunday)
    • Boordy Vineyard (Piedmont Wine Trail – Saturday)
    • Fiore Vineyard (Piedmont Wine Trail- Sunday)

 

  • What time should I arrive at the pick up location? We recommend arriving at the pick location between 11:00 am and 11:30 am.  You can begin your tasting at the first location before we depart to the other vineyards.  We will be departing at 12:00 noon.

 

  • What wineries and vineyards are participating?

Antietam Highlands Wine Trail (Washington County)

  • Big Cork Vineyards
  • Distillery Lane Ciderworks
  • Orchid Cellar
  • Winery Knob Hall Winery
  • Red Heifer Winery

Carroll Wine Trail (Carroll County)

  • Cygnus Wine Cellars
  • Serpent Ridge Vineyard & Winery

Chesapeake Wine Trail (Kent, Cecil, Queen Anne, and Talbot Counties)

  • Cassinelli Winery
  • Clovelly Vineyard
  • Crow Farm
  • Layton’s Chance Vineyard
  • St. Michael’s Winery
  • Triple Creek Winery
  • Turkey Point Vineyard

Frederick Wine Trail (Montgomery and Frederick Counties)

  • Great Shoals Winery
  • Linganore Wine Cellars
  • Rockland Farm Winery
  • The Winery at Olney

Patuxent Wine Trail (Prince George’s, Calvert, St. Mary’s Counties)

  • Cove Point Winery
  • Fridays Creek Vineyard & Winery
  • Perigeaux Vineyard & Winey
  • Port of Leonardtown
  • Romano Vineyard & Winery
  • Running Hare Vineyard
  • Slack Vineyard
  • Solomons Island Winery

Piedmont Wine Trail (Baltimore and Harford Counties)

  • Boordy Vineyards
  • Dejon Vineyard
  • Fiore Winery
  • Harford Vineyard & Winery
  • Millstone Cellars
  • Royal Rabbit Vineyards
  • Woodhall Wine Cellars

Still have questions not answered here.  Do not hesitate to post them on our blog, or email us at info@vino301.  We will respond timely. You can also Tweet  your questions to #ASKMDWine.  

Hopefully, we will see you along one of MD’s wine trails.  Cheers! 

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