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‘Wine Country’ is Southern Maryland

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“Wine Country” starring Amy Proehler and Maya Rudolph was released on Netflix today. A story of six women celebrating one’s 50th birthday with weekend outing. They visit Napa Valley and drink wine amid steady laughter. Yeah, yeah, I know – Napa. Of course, Napa. And hey, I’ve been to Napa Valley and it’s cool and all, but who has the time or money to go to Northern California for the latest version of the 2004 movie “Sideways.” Let me first…

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Planning a Bachelorette Party?

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The tasting room was filled with young women making toasts, crowding the bar while the owner gave the ladies a taste of several wines to find what they liked best. They were having a lot of fun on a Saturday afternoon. Turns out it was a bachelorette party. I even knew the driver of their party bus parked outside. So maybe you’re thinking of having a girls day (or night) out, especially before a wedding. Rather than head for the…

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Are you using the right wine glass?

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Think of the right glassware as the perfect partner to a great wine. Sure, you can drink wine in anything that holds liquid and you don’t need expensive crystal. But, the right glass helps. Amazingly, it seems there is a different glass to every wine. Red wines do best in tall glasses with a wide bowl to encourage oxidation. White wines are best served in narrow glasses that enhance aromas. A rose is sampled from a tapered glass that allows…

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Bottling day at Port of Leonardtown

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The bottles clinked on the assembly line, taking turns being cleaned, filled, corked or capped, labeled and boxed on a conveyor that stretch throughout a converted trailer that rivaled an 18-wheeler. Inside the crisp climate was a series of volunteers eager to complete a journey that began last spring as a dream. It was bottling day at Port of Leonardtown. “It’s definitely exciting,” said POL winemaker Lauren Zimmerman. “We’ve worked hard on these wines. It’s like sending your kids off…

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Wine always great housewarming gift

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Your friends bought a new home and everybody’s invited to the party. What do you bring? Normally, tradition says bread so the home will never know hunger. Salt so there will be flavor in their life. Honey so sweet times will always be with them. And wine so they may never go thirsty. At least, that’s what Jimmy Stewart said in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Anyway, look for a nice bottle around $20. Nothing fancy because this is an informal…

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The wine trails – Brandywine

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It’s spring – time for sunshine and open road. Visit some wineries, taste some vino. But, where do you go? There are three geographical tours in Southern Maryland – Brandywine, Calvert County and St. Mary’s County. All offer something different in experience and wines. Let’s start with the four Brandywine wineries. The quartet are only a few miles apart and the closest to Washington, about 45 minutes away on the border of Prince George’s and Charles counties. The best part…

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Pizza and wine? Why not with these local offerings

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Pizza and wine? Of course. Listen, it’s Friday (or whatever day). You’re tired. You just want a couple slices, turn on the TV and let a glass of wine or two erase the tension of the day. It’s called being normal. But people often ask do they have to drink red wine because, you know, pizza has red sauce under those four toppings you ordered. The answer is yes. Well, kinda. The wine police won’t slap the glass out of…

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Fridays Creek Winery produces fresh, authentic wines

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Farm fresh is the buzzword nowadays. Straight from the ground to your mouth and nobody does it better than the wine industry. But Frank and Richard Cleary have really gone the distance by planting blackberries and blueberries alongside their grapevines over 12 acres in Owings, Md. And come spring when the blackberries are ripe, there’s a special wine to be made and an explosion of delightful flavor in your mouth. It’s something special. “Everything on the menu comes out of…

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Solomons Island Winery offers best of all experiences

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There’s nothing quite like drinking a glass of wine by the water, sampling cheese while watching the sun set. It’s where stress goes to die. Solomons Island Winery is by the Pier restaurant along Solomons Island Road. (You can’t miss it.) The wine is made on the other side of the Patuxent River in St. Mary’s County with the tasting room in Calvert County right where Pax River meets the Chesapeake Bay. It’s basically Chillsville USA even in the summer…

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Wine festival is May 11

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The Charles County Wine & Food Festival is May 11 from 12-6 p.m. at the Charles County Fairgrounds in La Plata. Tickets are available at CharlesCountyWineFestival.com. The only Southern Maryland wine producer is Cove Point Winery of Lusby. Other vendors include Soca Wine (inspired by Trinidad and Tobago), Boordy Vineyards (Hydes, Md.), The Unban Winery (Silver Spring, Md.), Il Dolce Winery (Beltsville, Md.), Dragonfly Vineyard and Winery (Mt. Airy, Md.), Great Shoals (Takoma Park, Md.) and Reggae Wines and Sweet…

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