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Grand Opening of Old Westminster Winery Tasting Room

Vino 301 Wine Concierge’s first endeavor was a self-guided tour of Maryland’s vineyards and wineries.  For a flat fee, a person could go to all of the participating wineries across Maryland and enjoy a wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. Great project … right?  Well, not so much.  Vino 301 just started and no one knew who we were. No one was interested in taking a chance on a new company. It was a challenge convincing vineyard owners to take a chance on us.


There was one vineyard that stood out during that time.  They were fairly new too.  They just opened their tasting room and were abundantly cautious about participating in our project.  They had their own woes of being a new business. Several calls were placed; selling the merits of this endeavor to the General Manager, Drew Baker.  Mr. Baker finally agreed to Old Westminster Winery participating.   I would love to say the event was a huge success. It wasn’t and we had to cancel it.  However, it was the beginning of partnership between our organizations.


What a difference three years makes.  Since that time, Old Westminster Winery has grown and experienced tremendous success.  Old Westminster officially opened a newer and grander new tasting room earlier in this month.  “It looked like someone’s home, with a huge front porch and beautiful lights, just begging you to come in and have a drink”, is how someone described Old Westminster’s newly opened tasting room.  The building is airy with vaulted ceilings, and plenty of space to socialize.  Outside is beautifully landscaped.  Most of the construction was completed by the family, which is not surprising.  Old Westminster Winery is synonymous with family.  Each member of the Baker family contributes to the success of the vineyard.


Old Westminster is a must visit.  You can bring a picnic with you, but they do have food to purchase. You are always greeted by warm and friendly people, who are extremely knowledgeable about the wines they are pouring.  The staff is always happy to answer any questions you have, even the geeky questions, like what was the growing elevation for these grapes.  On the weekends, they have live entertainment.Farmer Fizz Sparkling Wine


Most importantly, you have to sample the wine. Old Westminster is known for its award winning wines. Our new favorite is the 2014 Farmer Fizz.  Just in time for the holidays.  It is a sparkling wine. Chardonnay-dominated blend. It has crisp apple and citrus flavors, followed by a touch of apricot.  It is youthful, fresh and crisp.

Congratulations Old Westminster Winery and much success.  We look forward to our continued partnership.

Wine, Ice Cream = A New Way to Enjoy Wine at the Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival

The Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival was a lively day filled with great opportunities to explore the vast world of food and wine. Located in Hunt Valley, Maryland, the Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival was a huge success. Friends and families from across the state gathered together to taste the delicious food and wines the vendors had to offer. The food ranged from Caribbean beef patties to Good ol’ American burgers. And yes, they did have an ice cream station for the children. They also provided live music for everyone to enjoy. The music played consisted of classic rock to old school funk.


The vendor that stood out the most was WineCream. Man was it interesting! We all know that wine can be used for many purpose, like a base in a cocktail. Who knew that you could make wine ice cream?!?  WineCream has done it! You may ask yourselves how does it work? Well, first, you pick your wine. Lets say mixed berry for example. Then you mix it with an Ice cream base. Once you have done that it is flashed frozen with liquid nitrogen. And there you have it! A delicious 6 ounce cup of wine ice cream that contains the same alcohol content as a normal glass of wine.




Crossroad Company, creators of WineCream, is a small family-run business of Baltimore, Maryland.  They make their delicious creams made to order, so every serving of WineCream has a distinct twist and unique flavor loved by all. Check out Crossroad Company’s website to find out what festival their scrumptious WineCream will be next http://www.crossroadco.com/schedule/.


The combination of great food, delicious wines, and exhilarating music resulted in the Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival complete success. If you are interested in attending another event like this, visit the Maryland Wine Association Festival page for more Maryland festivals. Click here for details Maryland Wine Festivals.

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