Vino 301’s 2017 Red Wines Picks
Red wine can be enjoyed year-round. People who love red wines LOVE red wine. They would never consider switching to white wine because it is summer. Red wine lovers just switch to a lighter red during the summer. If you are a serious red wine drinker or thinking about trying a summer red, here are Vino 301’s recommendations for summer red wines.
Red wine does not evoke images of sipping a cool glass of wine on the deck or rocking on the porch swing with a glass of wine. We have a red wine that will forever, change your mind.
2015 Chambourcin Melot, Boordy Vineyard
The Chambourcin Merlot blend is a pleasant sipping wine that can be served chilled. We recommend chilling it an hour before serving. It has aromas of fresh raspberries. The residual sweetness from the grapes is a welcomed surprise to the palate. It is a semi-dry wine.
Grilled and Smoked Meats
Grilled hamburgers, steaks, lamb, ribs or smoked brisket generally warrant medium to full bodied red wines. These red wines have the muscle to stand up to these rich, layered meats. Full bodied reds have as much flavor as the food.
2013 Cabernet Franc Blend, Chateau Bu-De
The Cabernet Franc is a blend of 78.6% Cabernet Franc, 16.1% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5.4% Merlot. Big bold fruit flavors like cherries, raspberries are on the nose. Peppery notes, like black pepper, linger on the palate. This medium body wine is perfect with steak and lamb.
White wine with white meat is the guide most people use to pair their food with wine. This is a safe rule to use for the most part, but there are times you can break the rules. Today we are breaking the rules. Grilled chicken on the bone or a fatty pork chops can be enjoyed with a red wine.
2013 Barbera, Crow Vineyard
Do not let the Barbera’s dark color fool you. It’s color is synonymous with full body red wines, but is composition is really a medium body wine. Bright cherries, and strawberries are on the nose. Green pepper and cinnamon is on the palate. Medium tannins, high acid and a medium finish describe the wine. It will complete fatter white meat dishes without stealing the spotlight.
We are breaking the rules again and pairing red wine with white meat. Light red whites do well with big flavor fish. Salmon, tuna, swordfish and other fatty, meaty fish can hold its own when it is enjoyed with a light red wine.
Sangiovese, Running Hare Vineyard
Running Hare’s Sangiovese is a light body red wine. Sour cherries and currants on the palate and nose. It has minerality and medium tannins. The wine’s medium acidity is why it does not over power the fish’s flavors.
You can purchase the wines online, just visit their websites. You can contact the vineyards to locate where you can purchase the wines at local wine stores or restaurants.
Pet Friendly Wineries
You love wine. You love your dog. Why not bring your dog with you when you go wine tasting? It can be a wonderful outing with your best friend. Before you and your best friend spend a day at pet friendly wineries, here are some things you should know.
- Call first, not all vineyards are pet friendly
Although there is a vineyard dog, do not assume you can bring your pet. Call or email the vineyard before you arrive is the best way to determine your pet can visit. Most vineyards do not list their pet policy on their website, so call ahead.
- Come prepared
Most vineyards will have water bowls available and supplies to clean up after your dog. However, you should bring your own just in case. Consider bringing food, and their favorite toy. Being at the vineyard may be overwhelming for your pooch in the beginning. Having their favorite toy will help will help your doggie adjust to the new environment.
- Leash or not to Leash
Your dog may be trained without a leash, but you should be prepared to place your dog on a leash. Many vineyards do require your dog have a leash. When you contact the vineyard, make sure you ask about their leash policy.
- Pet friendly Maryland vineyards
There are some Maryland vineyards that welcome your doggie. Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard is one vineyard that not only welcomes pets, but they host pet friendly events. In the fall, they host the Howl-O-Wine for Wags for Hope fundraiser. They also have pet pictures event during the Christmas season.
Here is a list of other Maryland vineyards who are pet friendly wineries.
Crow Vineyard (Kennedyville, MD)
Great Frogs (Annapolis, MD)
Perigeaux Vineyard & Winery (St. Leonard, MD)
Running Hare Vineyard (Prince Frederick, MD)
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard (Dickerson, MD)
I hope these tips will make your wine tasting experience enjoyable for you and your best friend. Enjoy your visit.
Tired of the traditional cookout, or going to the grandparents for Independence day? Try going to a Maryland winery or vineyard! I know you wonder, what do I do with the kids? No worries, bring the kids. Yes, the wineries are indeed kid friendly. In fact, there will be many activities for the little one to participate in. The activities range from getting their faces painted, to arts and crafts, so let the kids enjoy themselves bounce while you indulge on some mouth-watering wines. In honor of our Independence Day, several wineries across the state will be hosting events. Here are a few events that will occur this weekend.
Don’t wait until Saturday to get the festivities started! Start a day early! On July 3, Basignani Winery having a movie night to kick things off. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy Mama Mia while sipping on some of their luscious wines. A small fee of $12 covers the movie, popcorn, and wine tasting. This event will run from 6:00PM- 11:00PM on Friday night. Get your tickets today!
Join Big Cork Vineyard Saturday, from 2:00pm -5:00pm for their 4th of July BBQ. They will have numerous food vendors loved by all. For the kids, they will have a bouncy house, balloon animals and face painting. Admission is free, so pack up your car and go!
Running Hare Vineyard is hosting a fourth of July event also. Check out their 4th of July in the Vineyard. Enjoy Pizza Nocciano’s irresistible wood-fired pizza. Running Hare Vineyard shares its home with Calvert’s Brewing Company. Calvert’s Brewing Company’s will be serving beers. Angie Miller will be performing live from 1:00PM-5:00PM, then from 6:00PM-10:00PM the Hot Buttered Nuggets will entertain you well into the night. A small price of $8 covers all of the beer and wine tastings as well as the live music.
Visit Maryland Wine Association for more information and to find an event near you this weekend. Check out the site today! Have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day celebration!