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Vino 301’s 5th Year Anniversary … A Year of Giving and New Adventures

Vino 301’s 5th Year Anniversary


Happy Anniversary to us!  It’s our 5th year anniversary. Thank you for supporting us over the past five years.  We have had a great time creating memories with you.  We appreciate you and look forward to sharing more laughs, more adventures and a lot of wine.   We have new activities planned for you this year.


Giving Back To Our Community

Vino 301 offered discounted tours or events to demonstrate our appreciation in prior years to celebrate our anniversary.  This year we are celebrating our anniversary differently.  We appreciate you more than ever.  We are grateful for you uplifting us, so we want to uplift others. Vino 301 is showing our gratitude by giving back. A dollar from each regional wine tour, Chocolate and Wine tour, and Wine, Beer & Spirits tour ticket sold will be used to purchase food for The Bowie Interfaith Pantry and Emergency Aid Fund this year.  The Bowie Pantry provides emergency food and financial aid to residents in Prince George’s County.  From Vino 301’s the beginning, we have always expressed our passion for supporting local vintners, farmers and businesses and we are sharing our passion by assisting our community.   If you wish to donate food or funds to the Bowie Pantry, visit Bowie Pantry website.


New Adventures

We have a lot instore for you this first half of the year.  More wine packages, and tour experiences!!!

National Drink Wine

February –  We are celebrating National Drink Wine Day on February 18.  It is a real holiday. This holiday celebrates wine drinkers and everything that is good about wine.   It is only right that we observe this national holiday at a wine bar. Vino 301 Wine Concierge is hosting a social at Red, Red Wine Bar(Annapolis, MD) on February 18 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  Join us and enjoy wine flights and light hors d’oeuvres.   More information, click here.



Wine and cheese tourMarch –     March is Maryland Wine Month.  Vino 301 is pairing cheese with Maryland wine.  Wine and Cheese tour is a new specialty tour.  We partnered with Romano Vineyard and Winery and P.A. Bowen Farmstead.  Romano’s finest wines will be paired with P.A. Bowen Farmstead (Brandywine, MD) award-winning raw milk artisan cheeses.  This wine tour will take you to Romano Vineyard for the cheese pairing.   Your next destination will take you to one of southern Prince George’s County local vineyards (Robin Hill Farm & Vineyards, JaneMark Winery &Vineyard, or Gemeny Winery & Vineyard).   More information, click here



April –          The girls are out of here!  Girlfriends Getaway takes you to Inn Boonsboro (Boonsboro, MD).  Spend the weekend at famed novelist, Nora Roberts, bed and breakfast.  Girlfriends Getaway is a weekend adventure that includes two-night stay at the Inn Boonsboro, wine tour with lunch, evening happy hours, yoga class, and much more.  Stay tuned for more information.


May –          Shopping is blooming in May. Sip and Shop is an afternoon of sampling selected fine wines, enjoying delectable appetizers and shopping.  W by Worth clothing, high-quality women’s fashions, will be on display for a fun shopping spree – hassle-free with personalized service.  More details are coming.

June –          Vino 301 is headed for the water in June.  We partnered with Atlantic Kayak Company.  Take a Twilight Kayak tour along the Mattawoman Creek. There’s nothing more relaxing and engaging than spending time on the water.  Leave the crowded streets and bike paths behind, and go on a kayak adventure! Top off your evening with a wine and cheese pairing. More details are coming.


Thank you again for five wonderful years.  See you along the wine trails.

Vino 301 Celebrates February 18 National Drink Wine Day

February 18 National Drink Wine Day

If you ever read Vino 301’s blog around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays I write about how much I love season and it is my favorite time of the year.  The festivities, food and fellowship warms my heart.  These are all true statements.  But, National Drink Wine Day is MY holiday.  It is my Super Bowl, my Oscar night, my Christmas.  It is what I do.  I DRINK WINE.  And, it is what you do too.


National Drink Wine Day, February 18 at Holiday Insights

NAtional Drink Wine Day, February 18 – Let’s toast to this day!

National Drink Wine Day is a real holiday.  The commencement of the first celebration is undocumented, but over the years it has grown in popularity and practice.  In January, I posted the National Drink Wine Day event on Vino 301’s Facebook page encouraging people to join in the celebration.  It has been overwhelming how people have positively responded.  Over 6,000 people across the United States responded and continue to respond.  People posted comments, liked the event, shared pictures, or shared the event with others. Several were surprised National Drink Wine Day existed.  Others professed they celebrate the holiday daily.

People are embracing the holiday and organizing events. Happy hours, movie and wine night, and cocktail night are some of the big events being planned.  Other plans are little more subdued, like opening a bottle of wine. The great thing about this buzz is that people are comfortable to enjoy wine on their terms.  National Drink Wine Day’s goal is to end the perception wine drinking is snobby, and bring the fun back!

February 18 National Drink Wine

Vino 301 has plans of its own.  Three activities are planned for next Saturday.


Cheese and Wine Tasting in Beltsville, MD

Join us for an in-depth look at pairing reds and whites with everything from soft and gooey Brie, fresh and creamy chevre, aged, and extra-aged cheeses.  You’ll never look at cheese the same.

cheese and wine


Westminster Wine Tour in Mt. Airy, MD

Westminster Wine tour tours vineyards located in Western Maryland. Civil war heritage and Maryland’s farming culture are celebrated in Western Maryland. Preserving this rich history blends well with modern day culture. This mix of old and new can be found in vineyards in this region. Winemakers use new and aged old wine making traditions. You will find that some wines are grown in the Bordeaux style.


Wine, Beer & Spirits Tour: A Beverage Adventure in Frederick, MD

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.


You can register for any of these events on Vino 301’s website.  We look forward to celebrating with you.  However, if you cannot join us do something fun.  Share with us your plans.  Join the conversation on our Facebook Page.


Celebrate National Drink Wine Day with vigor, excitement and a glass of wine.  Happy National Drink Wine Day!

I Heart Wine: Health Benefits of Drinking Wine

I Heart Wine: Health Benefits of Drinking Wine

February 18 is National Drink Wine Day.   No, I did not make this up to promote more tours.  Yes, this is a real holiday. National Drink Wine Day was created to celebrate the ceremony and popularity of drinking wine.  Drinking wine is woven into the fabric of our culture for over 6,000 years. Which got me thinking. Something that has been around as long as wine must have some intrinsic value other than a perfect pairing with chocolate.


So, I began investigating what are the benefits of drinking wine.  And as a matter of fact, wine consumption has health benefits.  Moderate wine consumption has several health benefits, especially for your heart.  It could be a coincidence that National Drink Wine Day shares the same month as National Wear Red Day.  National Wear Red was February 3.  It is a part of the Go Red for Women campaign launched by the American Heart Association. The Campaign is to bring aware to heart disease and how it effects women.  It is not fortuitous that we recognize wine and heart health in the same month.  I heart wine, and here some reasons why you should heart wine too.


  1. Longer lives – According to the American Heart Association one to two glasses of wine has a positive effect on wine drinkers.  Wine drinkers have 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirit drinks.


  1. Protects your heart – Red wine contains resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant compound. Resveratrol protects your heart and arteries against the effects of saturated fat in your diet.


  1. Promotes the good cholesterol –  Red wine raises the good HDL cholesterol.  Flavonoids and sapponins are in red wine.  These elements help to prevent blood clots and protects your arteries from the damage from the cholesterol. The also help to protect your heart against cardiovascular disease.


health benefits of drinking wine


There are many other health benefits linked to wine.  Cancer, type two diabetes and tooth decay are among the diseases wine will help to prevent.  These benefits are recognized when you wine is consumed in moderation.  What is moderation?  It depends on who you ask. Some articles say no more than two 5 ounce glasses.  One article, states no more than 24 ounces a day.  I will let you be the judge.  There is one thing they all agree on is that wine, specifically red wine, has tremendous benefits for long health.  Raise your glass and drink to wine and its healing powers.

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Vino 301 Celebrates National Drink Wine Day

Vino 301 celebrated National  Drink Wine Day last week.   And yes, it is a national holiday.  National Drink Wine Day is on February 18.  We are not sure when it started, but we want to keep it going.

The purpose of the day is to celebrate the fondness of drinking wine, salute the good benefits it gives, and wine’s value in history and relationships. People celebrating this holiday exchange wine bottles with one another.  Sharing favorite food recipes is another way the holiday is recognized.

Jamila Guyton, Vino 301 Wine Concierge’s Marketing and Sales Director, discussed celebrating this holiday on Fox 45 – Baltimore, MD on February 18, 2015. Check out the video



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