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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




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












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




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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Fall Cocktails with Apple Cider

Apple Cider Fall Cocktails

Maryland makes great ciders.  Maryland’s ciders are as diverse as Maryland’s wines.  You can have cider year round.  However, fall is the time of year people think about enjoying cider. Orchid Cellars

Cider can be served with a meal or as an aperitif. Dry ciders can be served slightly chilled and semi-dry ciders should be served chilled.  They are also good as a base for cocktails.

We created  fall cocktails recipes using Orchid Cellars Meadery & Winery Lumberjack  Apple Cider for our recipes.  This cider is not alcohol free.  It has flavors of baked apples, spice clove, honey and low in acid. Here is our salute to fall.


Grand Marnier© & Apple Cider Mimosa

Apple cider mimosa is a twist on the traditional mimosas.  This is perfect to serve at your fall brunch.


  • Apple Cider
  • Sparkling Wine
  • Grand Marnier
  • Apple Slices

Fill ½ of the champagne flute with apple cider

Fill ½ of the champagne flute with sparkling wine

Top with a splash of Grand Marnier

Garnish with apple slices


Fall CocktailsCaramel Bourbon Cider

Fall is my favorite time of the year.  I love being outside and all of the fall sports.  This apple cider recipe evokes memories of the things I love, like my big wonderful Southern family, football and tailgating.

  • Ice
  • 4 oz Bourbon
  • 1 cup of apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Caramel sauce (to taste)
  • Sugar

Fill a shaker with ice

Add Bourbon, apple cider, and lemon juice to shaker

Shake Bourbon mixture

Pour caramel along the cocktail glass rim. Caramel will drip in the glass.

Dip the glass rim in sugar

Pour Bourbon mixture in the glass

Note:  You can add caramel to the Bourbon mixture instead of rimming the cocktail glass.

You can view more cider recipes at Vino 301’s Cider Drinks Pinterest page.  Cheers!!!!

Maryland Wine Week is July 18 – July 26

Maryland is proudly home to award winning wines, but it doesn’t end there. Maryland takes pride in producing many unique styles of wine from bubbly fruit wines to sharp elegant red wines and everything in between! There is no doubt that every palate will surely be pleased by the variety of wines Maryland has to offer.  We believe the craftsmanship that goes into each glass of wine on your table and bottle of wine in your rack deserves to be recognized. What better way to celebrate our local business producing our favorite wine then to celebrate all week long.. Maryland Wine Week!


This amazing event will take place from July 18-26.  Local restaurants, wine shops, and bars will be featuring Maryland Wine and other local products.  This is a way to support Maryland’s local industries.


Of course Vino301 will be participating, every week is wine week for us! We offer several different tour packages to please all of the wine lovers. Some of our most popular packages include Maryland Regional Wine Tours, Chocolate and Wine Tours, Girls Day Out, and custom wine tour tastings. Vino 301 is offering wine tours

  • July 17 – Patapsco Valley Region
  • July 18 –  Heritage Region
  • July 19 –  Westminster Region
  • July 24 – Patapsco Valley Region
  • July 25  – Patapsco Valley Region
  • July 26 – Heritage Region

Whatever the occasion we hope you make the time to come out and celebrate wine week with the ones who know it best, Vino301.  You can book a tour Click Here


So, when you are dining out make sure you ask for Maryland wine.  Check out  Maryland Wine Week Schedule & Participating Vendors for more information.

Great Shoals Winery Brings Maryland Ciders to the Capital Region

Looking for a local winery that produces extravagant wines and ciders? Great Shoals Winery is the perfect winery for you. The winery has been in producing great wines for about five years now. Two years ago, Great Shoals moved to their location in Silver Spring, Maryland. Now that they do not have a remote location, business has been booming. It is tucked away in a local farmers market.  You can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as, Maryland wine when you visit Great Shoals. Their tasting room has attracted wine lovers from all over.Wine Club at Great Shoals


In addition to their lovely wines, Great Shoals offers sweet ciders made from fresh whole fruits. Making their wines and ciders from whole fruits and not from concentrate or artificial flavors gives the wines at Great Shoals a distinct taste loved by all. The ciders Great Shoals produces ranges from very sweet to drier champagne style ciders. People who do not drink cider often tend to love the drier champagne style cider due to its rich bubbly flavor. Make sure to keep a close look on the new release for this summer. In just a few weeks, Great Shoals will be releasing they Strawberry draft and their Cherry cider.


Great Shoals Tasting RoomSince they are conveniently located, join Great Shoals on Wednesday night for a night filled with live music and delicious wines. Sara Nuttle will be performing live and Great Shoals will be featuring their stainless steel chardonnay.   Check out their Facebook page Great Shoals Winery for more information!

2015 Wine Tours: More Wineries, More Tours

Vino 301 Wine Concierge’s 2015 Maryland  Regional Wine Tours schedule is available. Our tour season begins April 18, 2015.  This year we added more vineyards to the Regional Tours schedule. Big Cork Vineyard, Springfield Manor, Great Frogs, Romano Vineyard, Rockland Farm and Linganore are the vineyards added to our schedule.   The weekend starts earlier this year. You now can book Friday wine tours beginning in May. Saturday and Sunday tours are still available.

 Our knowledgeable Tour Ambassadors take you on a wonderful journey through Maryland’s wine regions. The wine tours visit vineyards in Baltimore, Washington, Prince George’s, Montgomery, Harford, Carroll, Frederick, Anne Arundel and Calvert Counties.

We are so excited about the 2015 season.  We have added another cider venue to our wine tours. Millstone Cellars, Monkton, MD, has been apart of the Patapsco Valley wine region tour. This year we are visiting Distillery Lane Cider in Washington County. Vino 301 is excited that we can share not only wine, but cider with you.

To learn more about Maryland Wine Tours Visit Maryland Wine Tours

Vino 301 Wine Regions
Westminster/Mountainview Wine Region 
  • Black Ankle Vineyard
  • Big Cork Vineyards
  • Distillery Lane Ciderworks
  • Linganore Wine Cellar
  • Old Westminster Vineyard
  • Rockland Farms
  • Serpent Ridge  Vineyard & Winery
  • Springfield Manor


Heritage Wine Region 
  • Fridays Creek Vineyard & Winery
  • Great Frogs
  • Perigeaux Vineyard & Winery
  • Romano Vineyard & Winery
  • Running Hare Vineyard
  • Thanksgiving Farm


Patapsco Valley Wine Region
  • Basignani Vineyard
  • Boordy Vineyards
  • Dejon Vineyard
  • Fiore Winery
  • Harford Vineyard & Winery
  • Millstone Cellars
  • Royal Rabbit Vineyards

Maryland’s Cider and Mead Wines

Maryland’s ciders and meads are growing in popularity. More and more cidermakers are opening tasting rooms in Maryland.  Its popularity is due to the diverse styles of ciders and meads. Cider is no longer limited to a warm mulled beverage.  Cider styles vary similar to traditional wine styles.  Cider wines are sweet, semi-sweet, dry and sparkling.

Millstone Cellars (Monkton, MD) ciders and meads are non-traditional, dry ciders. Millstone ciders are complex and flavorful. With every taste, you will experience and enjoy different flavors.  If you are not use to this style of cider, try using the cider as a base for cocktails instead of a spirit.  It is a refreshing change to your traditional cocktail.

Cidermakers are not only using apples.  Maryland ciders are made with pears, strawberries, and other seasonal fruits.  Great Shoals Winery (Silver Spring, MD) Bartlett Pear sparkling wine is a fan favorite at wine festivals.  It can be served with most appetizers and entrees.

Do not be surprised if you are served mead wine with your pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving dinner. Mead is made with honey.  It is honey wine.  It is often prepared as a dessert wine.  Orchid Cellar (Middletown, MD) has a selection of mead dessert wines that pair well with most desserts.  However, mead is not a one trick pony and is made in a semi-sweet style as well.

Vino 301 wine tours visits some cider and mead tasting rooms. Give ciders and meads a try this fall on a wine tours or serve Maryland’s ciders and meads during the holidays.

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