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Red, White & Beverage: Maryland’s Craft Beverage Map

Maryland’s Craft Beverage Map

 

People are always amazed when our Tour Ambassadors state how many vineyards and wineries are in Maryland.  The Maryland wine industry growth is remarkable. Maryland’s craft brew industry has experienced record growth too. Craft beer’s growth and popularity has been rapid in recent years.  Over 70 breweries are in the state and increasing.

These industries along with the Maryland Distillers Guild have combined forces and published the Maryland Craft Beverage map. It is a full-size, two-sided map of Maryland displaying wine trails, beer, spirits, cider and mead tasting rooms.  It is perfect.  Before the Map,  you had multiple documents and websites you had to references to locate venues.  Now it’s in one place.  THANK YOU to the brilliant person who thought of this. You can easily fold it, and place it in your pocket when you are out exploring Maryland’s beverage regions.

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Maryland Craft Beverage map is a great resource.  There are multiple ways to find your next favorite craft beverage location.  Each winery, brewery, cidery, and distillery are alphabetized, categorized by region and wine trail, and numbered on one side of the map.  On the other side, is the big colorful map.  Each region is denoted by color.  Eastern, Central, Southern, Capital and Western are the regions. There is a  listing of all the venues by region on the map side.

 

You can get your copy of the Map at one of Maryland’s tasting rooms. If you are not out about, you can also contact one of the associations  Maryland Wine, Maryland Beer, or Maryland Spirit.

Maryland's Craft Beverage Map

 

Cheers to Maryland’s craft beverage industries .  See you along the trails.

2017 New To You Wine Challenge: Enjoying Orange Wine

2017 New To You Wine Challenge: Enjoying Orange Wine

 

It is 29 days into the new year and how are doing with your new year’s resolution?  Are you rocking it out?  I know you are!  I know you are among that 64 percent that will make it beyond January.  I am happy to report I am on the success train with you.  I tried three New To You Wines this month.

I challenged my team and myself to try three wines each month. An attempt to move us out of our comfort zone and find new treasures. Specifically, we had to try three new varietals and/or styles of wine.  At first look, this does not appear to be a challenge for a wino like myself.  But, it is.  Primarily enjoying local wines, I have tasted many varietals produced from this region. The quest has been equally as fun as trying the wines.   Here are the discoveries for this month.

New year's resolution

 

2015 Chardonel

Fridays Creek Winery (Calvert County, MD) produces a Chardonel. When you first hear the name, you think someone mispronounced Chardonnay. It is not a mistake.  It is a hint to the grape’s lineage.  Chardonel is an American hybrid grape. A cross between a Sevyal and Chardonnay.  The Chardonel is reminiscent of Albariño produced in this region.  Beautiful straw yellow color, citrus and woody aromas, crisp medium acid, and mild tropical flavors like mango and pineapple.  The Chardonel is intriguing.

 

 

 

 

2015 Alius

Alius is Maryland wine produced by Old Westminster Winery (Carroll County, MD).  Alius is a Pinot Gris. Alius makes the Challenge list because it is an orange wine. This is an alternative method of making Pinot Gris wine, known as orange wine.  Pinot Gris grapes are not pressed immediately after harvest during the orange wine process. The skins remain on during the fermentation process. The Pinot Gris skins influence the wine’s color giving it an “orange” affect.  The skins also influence the wine’s body and tannin.  Alius has delicate floral aromas. It is a robust wine, with a structure and fullness.  It is in a class by itself. View Periscope video on Alius tasting.

 

2013 Lab of Portugal Vinho Regional Lisboa

Lab is a red blend of Castelão, Tinta Roriz, Syrah, and Touriga Nacional grapes.  As you can see, these are not regional grapes.  It is a beautifully blended Portuguese table wine. Portugal is known for its fortified wines, but this table wine is a good representation of its dry wines. Lab has intense flavors, but does not overwhelm your palate.  You get chocolate, blackberries, and currant on the nose.  Dark cherries, and plums, and hint of vanilla on the palate with a medium finish. 

 

The search is on for February’s wines.  If you have any suggestions, please share them with us.  You can join the challenge with us.  Here is a wine guide you can use to help you chart your path. Share with us your wine challenge and  #NewToYouWine


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2016 Sparkling Wines In Maryland

Sparkling Wines in Maryland

Sparkling wines are synonymous with celebrations.  And this time of year is no different to punctuate your holiday events with bubbles.  Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco immediately come to mind when you are making your wine selections. Wait… before you grab an European selection, look a little closer to home.  Maryland sparkling wines are available in various styles.

“Elk Run Vineyards, Bordeleau Vineyard & Winery, Great Shoals Winery Old Westminster Winery each offer a Blanc de Blanc (traditional dry sparkling wine), while Cygnus Wine Cellars produces a Blanc de Blanc plus four other sparkling wines in various styles. Knob Hall Winery offers white and rosé versions, and Crow Vineyards offers a Sparkling Vidal. Slack Winery offers five different sparkling wines, Fiore Winery offers a Prosecco and St. Michaels Winery has introduced Bubbly Wobbler, a sparkling addition to its Gollywobbler line of sweet wines.” according to Ms. Rebecca Dulka, Maryland Wine Association representative, in 2015 Maryland Offers Wide Variety of Sparkling Wines article. Old Westminster Winery introduced a Gruner Vetliner sparkling this year, a departure from the traditional grapes used in Maryland.

Sparkling wines are not  limited to grapes.  Maryland’s cider producers are making noteworthy bubbles.  Distillery Lane Ciderworks makes a delightful Apple Cherry wine. A must try and welcomed addition.

Sparkling wines in MarylandPop 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 …

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Where You Can Find Maryland’s Sparkling Wines & Ciders*

*Not a complete list

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Mulled Wine: A Christmas Holiday Favorite

Spiced Mulled Wine

Mulled wine is a Christmas tradition. This tradition dates to the 16th century.  Prior to becoming a Christmas tradition, mulled wine can be traced to the Roman empire.

Mulled (pronounced mold) wine is a heated wine. Red wine was original served heated with mixed spices, lemon and honey.  Served heated to make the cold weather more manageable. Spices were added to promote good health and wellness. Honey and floral flavors hid the taste of bad wine.  Today, there are variations of mulled wine from red and white wines to sangria blends. mulled wine

Selecting Wines

You do not have to use an expensive wine.  Actually, if a wine was re-gifted to you, that may be the best wine to use as your base. You need a hearty wine like a Syrah, Malbec or Zinfandel.  Do not use light or medium body wine like a Pinot Noir. Mulled wine can be made with white wines also.   Riesling or Chenin Blanc are great white wines.  You want an aromatic white wines with low acid.

Preparing Mulled Wine

You want to make sure you do not burn off the alcohol. Heat slowly to a maximum temperature of 160 degrees. Keep a thermometer near.  The mixture loses alcohol when the temperature reaches 167 degrees. A crock pot is the best method to warm your concoction. Keep the setting on low.

 

Quick and Easy Recipe

Do you want to enjoy this holiday traditional without the measuring and mixing? Lt. Blender Wine Freezer makes a mulled wine mixture. wine-freezerYou only need three ingredients.  Add a bottle wine and water to the bag. (I prefer to forgo the water and add two bottles of wine). Shake the bag mixing all the ingredients, pour into pot and warm.  Garnish with cinnamon sticks.  You can purchase Wine Freezer at Amazon.com. Easy!!

 

Traditional Recipe

If you are up for the challenge, try this more traditional recipe. This recipe is courtesy of Kitchen Confidante.  I really love this recipe.

 

 

INGREDIENTS

1 750-ml bottle red wine (perferrably a Maryland wine)

1 cup sugar

1 cup apple juice

2 lemons, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds

2 clementines, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds

3 cinnamon sticks

2 whole nutmeg

1 teaspoon whole cloves

1 teaspoon whole allspice

 

INSTRUCTIONS

In a heavy saucepan or slow cooker, combine the wine, sugar, apple juice, fruit and spices. Warm the beverage slowly over low heat without boiling and allow the flavors to come together for at least one hour. Strain before serving, if you wish. Enjoy warm!

We have more mulled wine recipes on Vino 301’s Pinterest page.  Check out our page. You can also attend our Holiday Wine tasting class on December 10 at Old Line Wine Spirit and Bistro in Beltsville, MD.


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Holiday Events at Maryland Vineyards

WINE’ING MARYLAND: Holiday Events 

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 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 2  – December 4, 2016 EVENTS

 

 

FREE ACTIVITIES

 

Karoke Happy Hour at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery

December 2, 6:00pm – 10 pm

Churchill, MD

 

Live Music at Millstone Cellars

December 2, 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Monkton, MD

 

Live Music at The Olney Winery

December 2 -3, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Olney, MD

 

Live Music at Great Frogs

December 3, 1:00pm – 5:00 pm

Annapolis, MD

 

Holiday Kick Off Party at The Olney Winery

December 3, 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

Olney, MD

 

Holiday Farmer Market (wine tastings)

December 3, 7:00 am – 12:00 noon

Annapolis, MD

 

Live Music at Springfield Manor

December 2, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

December 3, 12:00 noon –6:00 pm

Thurmont, MD

 

Live Music at Big Cork Vineyard

December 2, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

December 3 -4, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Rohrersville, MD

 

Live Music at Dejon Vineyard

December 3, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm

Hydes, MD

 

Live Music at Boordy Vineyard

December 3, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Hydes, MD

 

Live Music at Running Hare Vineyard

December 3 – 4,  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Prince Frederick, MD

 

Purple Sundays Ravens Games at Harford Vineyard

December 4, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm

Forest Hill, MD

 

CHARITABLE EVENTS

Holiday Cheer and 10U Olney Fundraiser at The Olney Winery

December 5, 6:00 pm – 9:00pm

Olney, MD

 

FAMILY EVENTS

None

 

FESTIVALS

Merlot-down in  downtown Frederick, MD

December 3, 3:00 pm – 9:00pm

Frederick, MD

 

ARTS & CRAFTS

None

 

FOOD & WINE TASTING EVENTS

 

Fondue at Springfield Manor

December 2, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Cost: $15

Thurmont, MD

 

Chocolate and Wine Tour

December 3, 11:15 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $87

Baltimore, MD

 

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

December 4, 1:00 pm  – 5:00 pm

Cost: $20

Hydes, MD

 

Wine’ing Maryland: Free Things To Do This Weekend

Free Things To Do This Weekend

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 Free Things to Do This Weekend and many more events that can be apart of your weekend. Free Things To Do This Weekend

Type of Activities

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

November 11 – November 13, 2016 Events

Free Activities

Fall Wine Release at The Olney Winery

November 11, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Olney, MD

 

Live Music at Springfield Manor

November 11, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

November 12 – 13, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thurmont, MD

 

Live Music at Big Cork Vineyard

November 11, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

November 12 – 13, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Rohrersville, MD

 

Live Music at Dejon Vineyard

November 12, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm

Hydes, MD

 

Live Music at The Olney Winery

November 12, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Olney, MD

 

Trucks N’ Tunes at Boordy Vineyard

November 12 – 13, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Hydes, MD

 

Live Music at Running Hare Vineyard

November  12 -13,  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Prince Frederick, MD

 

Purple Sundays Ravens Games at Harford Vineyard

November 13, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm

Forest Hill, MD

 

Charitable Events

None

 

Family Events

None

 

Festivals

None

 

Arts & Crafts

None

 

Food & Wine Tasting Events

Friday Fun Night Dinner and Music at Springfield Manor

November 11, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Cost: $7

Thurmont, MD

 

Olive Oil & Balsamic Tasting at Serpent Ridge

November 12, 4:00 pm -7:00 pm

Cost: $10

Westminster, MD

 

Wine, Beer and Spirits Tour

November 12, 11:15 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $87

Frederick, MD

 

 

Wine Just Off The Vine Tasting Event Sponsored by Mason-Dixon Wine Trail

November 12 – 13, 1:00 pm  – 4:00 pm

Cost: $20

Pennsylvania and Maryland

 

Vertical Flight Wine Tasting at Romano Vineyard

November 13, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Cost: $20

Brandywine, MD

 

Ladies Night at Linganore Winecellars

November 13, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost:  $15

Mt. Airy, MD


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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.

Wine’ing Maryland: Calendar of Wine Tasting Activities

This Weekend’s Wine Tasting Activities In 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 Wine Tasting Activities

Type of Activities

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

September 9 – 11, 2016 Events

Free Activities

Friday Night Music at Big Cork Vineyards                                          

September 9

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Rohrersville, MD

 

 

Live Music at the Vineyard at Old Westminster Winery

September 9,  5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Westminster, MD

 

Live Music in the Vineyard at Catoctin Breeze Vineyard

September 10,  2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thurmont, MD

 

Live Music at Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

September 10 & September 11, 2:00 -5:00 pm

Dickerson, MD

 

Summer Music Series at Red Heifer Winery

September 10 & September 11, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Smithburg, MD

 

Sunday Summer Music Series at Big Cork Vineyard                                          

September 11,  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Rohrersville, MD

Charitable Events

 None

 

Family Events

 Crow Fest at Crow Vineyard and Winery

September 11,  11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $15.00

Kennedyville, MD

 

Vineyard Dash 5K at Layton Chance

September 10, 10:00 am

Cost: $35

Vienna, MD

 

Festivals

Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival at Garrett County Fairgounds

September 9 – 11,  noon- 6:00 pm

McHenry, MD

 

Harvest Festival at Layton Chance

September 10, 11:00 am

Cost: $7 in advance  $10 at the door

Vienna, MD

 

 Crow Fest at Crow Vineyard and Winery

September 11,  11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $15.00

Kennedyville, MD

 

Arts & Crafts

Uncork Your Creativity … Mark Making with Palette Knife at Dove Valley Winery

September 11,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Cost: $30

 

Food & Wine Tasting Events

Unwind FridayNight at Dove Valley Winery

September 9,  5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Cost: $15

Rising Sun, MD

 

Live Music at the Tasting Room  at Millstone Cellars

September 9, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Cost: $5 donation

Monkton, MD

 

Wine Tour to the Patapsco Wine Region at Vino 301

September 10, 11:15 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $87

Baltimore, MD

Wine’ing Maryland: Labor Day Weekend Fun

Labor is the official close of Summer.  It is that last opportunity to enjoy the summer fun.  We put together a list of wine events in Maryland to end the summer with a bang!Maryland wine events & Festivals

 


 

Free Activities

 

Friday Night Music at Big Cork Vineyards                                          

September 2

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Rohrersville, MD

 

Karaoke Happy Hour at Layton Chance

September 2

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Vienna, MD

 

Acoustic tunes on John Cole at Serpent Ridge Vineyard

September 2

6:00 pm -9:00 pm

Westminster, MD

 

Friday Music at Old Westminster Winery

September 2

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Westminster, MD

 

Free Wine Tasting at Basignani Vineyard

September 2

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sparks, MD

 

Music Concert at Old Westminster Winery

September 3

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Westminster, MD

 

Live Music by California Bob at Catoctin Breeze

September 3

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thurmont, MD

 

Summer Music Series at Red Heifer Winery

September 3 – 4

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Smithburg, MD

 

Live Music at Running Hare Vineyard

September 3 -4

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Prince Frederick, MD

 

Charitable Events

 

3rd Annual Pig Roast Benefit at Catoctin Breeze

September 4

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thurmont, MD

 

Family Events

 

10th Annual Grape STOMP Festival! At Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

September 3 -5

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Dickerson, MD

 

Food & Wine Tasting Events

 

National Hard Crab Derby & Fair

Sep. 1, 2016 – Sep. 4, 2016

Crisfield, MD

 

Murder Mystery with an Adventure Twist at Terrapin Adventure

September 3

6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Savage, MD

 

New Market Plains Vineyard, A Fresh New Face to Maryland’s Wine Scene

Always on the hunt for good wine, I heard rumors about a new vineyard opening near Mt. Airy, MD.  I headed west to confirm the rumors.   Stopping at Serpent Ridge Vineyard and Black Ankle Vineyard during my quest, I asked the tasting room staff if they knew about this new place.  Some heard the same rumor but did not know the name of the new winery in Frederick, MD .  Finally, I found one person who had a name…New Market Plains. But, she was not quite sure of its location.  Armed with Google Maps, I was confident I could find it.

 

Minutes away from Mt. Airy, New Market Plains Vineyard is located in New Market, MD.  The entrance is not obvious. The Vineyard shares the same road with Adventure Park USA.  The road appears to dead ends, but it is actually the beginning of its driveway.  Success, the rumors are true!  (Hint: If you are using GPS, you should enter Monrovia, MD instead.  The GPS may not locate the Vineyard if you use New Market, MD.)New Winery in Frederick, MD

 

When you enter the property, modern day noises are blocked out and you are taken back in time. The farm dates back to the 1700s and many of the original buildings remain intact.  You forget New Market Plains is nettled between a major highway and a business park.

 

You are warmly greeted by Sue Wilson and invites you to enter their modest tasting room.  She, along with her husband Howard Wilson, is the co-proprietor and co-winemaker. Sue Wilson, New Market Plains co-owner and co-winemaker

 

New Market Plains’s wines are all estate wines. Its first vintage was harvested in 2014 and bottled in April 2015.  The first release included Chardonnay, Rich Forest Chardonnay and Rosé.  Both Chardonnays are from the same vineyard. The Rich Forest Chardonnay was aged in oak and the other in steel.  The Rich Forest has a very distinct character and is appealing to the palate.  The wines are sophisticated and well-balance considering this is New Markets first vintage.  The Rosé is a blend of reds.  Its color is strikingly bold. I expected the nose to be fruity, but it was floral. The taste was reminiscent of a French Syrah Rosé.  It is perfect to drink year-round. There wines are reasonably priced. ($25.00)

 

Sue and Howard proudly display the vineyard’s 2015 Governor’s Cup Silver Medal.  An impressive feat for new winery.

 

2015 New Market Plains winesDuring my visit, Sue offered to give me a tour of the property.  I gladly accepted.  Along the tour, Howard and Sue shared with me the history of the property.  The property has been in Sue’s family for 10 generations.  We toured their processing facility where they are aging their red wines.  Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah are aging.  Looking forward to trying the reds.

 

It was a great adventure.  Thrilled to try new Maryland wines. New Market Plains is a welcomed addition to Maryland’s wine community and a new winery in Frederick, MD.  I encourage you to visit. New Market Plains is opened Friday through Sunday or by appointment.

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