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4 Red Wines to Enjoy This Summer

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.


Summer Sipping

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.

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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.

10 Great Thanksgiving Value Wines

Thanksgiving Tips and Picks:

10 Great Thanksgiving Value Wines

Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  Are you ready for the prepping, the cooking, and the entertaining?  If not, no worries.  10 Great Thanksgiving  Value Wines is the second installment in Vino 301’s Selecting Thanksgiving Wines series.  Selecting Thanksgiving Wine series hopefully helps to increase joy during your holiday and reduces stress.

We selected 10 wines to serve with your meal.  These wines are under $25.00 and most importantly they are SO YUMMY! They pair well with most dishes.  You can entertain with these wines as well. You will be a rock star this holiday. Most of them can be located at your local wine store.

10 Great Thanksgiving Wines

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Wine Value Shopping Tips

Before you step foot in your wine store, keep in mind the following:

Call ahead – This is the busiest time of the year for the liquor industry.  Many stores make 70 percent of their profit between Halloween and New Years.  They are offering special for bulk purchases.  Ask what specials are they offering, like 10% off case purchases and when are the specials available.  Make sure you ask can the case be mixed.  There is greater value with mixed case (e.g., different types of wine in a case).

Shop for the holiday season, not for a day –  Realizing this blog’s subject is Thanksgiving; however, do not just purchase for that day.  Save time and money.  You can avoid multiple trips to the store when you purchase in bulk. There is value in purchasing in bulk. You can also serve the wine throughout the holiday season, or give bottles as gifts.

Avoid the displays –  I cannot say with 100 percent certainty, but the wine on the displays did not make Wine Enthusiast 90 point or higher ranking.  They are more for promotional value.  You may not get the best value for your purchase.

Taste, taste and taste some more – Remember wine store owners are joyous this time of year because they are making money! They want you to buy. They are going to offer FREE wine tastings at least once a week, if not more. Shop owners are hoping you will try it, you like it, you will buy it. I am not encouraging you to buy everything, but I am encouraging you to try everything. You cannot always know what you like by solely reading the label.  The bottle is open, try it.

Hope you have a safe, joyful, and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.  Happy Thanksgiving from the Vino 301 Wine Concierge Team.

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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.

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