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.
Where You Can Find Maryland’s Sparkling Wines & Ciders*
- Bordeleau Vineyards & Winery, Eden: bordeleauwine.com
- Crow Farm and Vineyard, Kennedyville: crowfarmmd.com
- Cygnus Wine Cellars, Manchester: cygnuswinecellars.com
- Distillery Lane Ciderworks, Jefferson: distillerylane.com
- Elk Run Vineyard and Winery, Mt. Airy: elkrun.com
- Fiore Winery, Plyesville: fiore.com
- Great Shoals Winery, Princess Anne; tasting room, Silver Spring: greatshoals.com
- Knob Hall Vineyard, Clear Spring: knobhall.com
- St. Michael’s Winery, St. Michael: stmichaels.com
- Old Westminster Winery, Westminster: oldwestminster.com
- Slack Wines and Vineyards, Ridge: slackwine.com
- Springfield Manor, Thurmont: springfieldmanor.com
*Not a complete list
Tour Ambassadors of Vino 301 Wine Concierge are raising their glasses to support of the Alzheimer’s Association with the sponsorship of a charitable wine tour to the Westminster Wine Region.
The event is scheduled for March 6, 2016 at 10:00 am, and will include tours to the Old Westminster Winery and Springfield Manor Winery. Many of the vineyards featured on the tour are grown in Bordeaux style. Lovers of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Grigio, or Vidal Blanc will especially relish this tantalizing treat.
According to statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association, there is an estimated 5.1 million people 65 years and older in the United States living with Alzheimer’s. Approximately 200,000 individuals below the age of 65 are afflicted with the disease.
Vino 301 Wine Concierge is the one of the latest sponsors to join forces with the organization in the fight against the disease. The company was asked to host the tour by a former tour guest, Ms. LeeAnn Charpentier, whose grandmother had the disease and died. LeeAnn wanted to do something to honor her grandmother’s memory and raise funds for Alzheimer’s research.
Discussing Vino 301 Wine Concierge’s response to Ms. Charpentier’s request, Managing Director of the company, Leslie Frelow said: “We thought it was a great idea and were eager to help. Ms Charpentier has been a tremendous supporter of Vino 301. We hope our contribution will further research for a cure for this debilitating disease.”
Net profits will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. For further information or to register for the tour, visit: Charitable Wine Tour for Alzheimer’s.