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Wine Trails – Calvert County

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Spending a Saturday seeing multiple wineries is a summer dream. But, we all have things to do so Calvert County offers a mixture of wineries, vineyards and storefronts that save time while making three stops. Coming from Washington, down Rt. 4, your first stop is Fridays Creek Winery at 3485 Chaneyville Road, Owings, MD 20736 where vivacious general manager Frank Cleary is your new friend. It’s a fun venue that was once a dairy and tobacco barn and part of…

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Southern Maryland wineries earn awards

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Who says you can’t find a quality wine in Southern Maryland? Six wineries in Southern Prince George’s County, Calvert County and St. Mary’s County combined for four best in class victories, five gold medals, 10 silver medals and 14 bronze medals at the recent 2019 Comptroller’s Cup Competition. BEST IN CLASS White: Robin Hill Farm & Vineyards, Legacy 2017 Rosé: Port of Leonardtown Winery, Chaptico Rosé Red Blend: Port of Leonardtown Winery, Captain’s Table 2016 Dessert: Janemark Winery & Vineyard,…

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Port of Leonardtown Winery seeing red

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The bottles rolled off the conveyor belt every few seconds. A year’s work poured into a glass container in just seconds. A cork and label quickly followed en route to filling just one of a mountain of boxes. Sadly, it will be at least six months before the wine reaches your glass. Some 14,000 bottles of red wine were produced on June 6 by Port of Leonardtown Winery just months after a similar number of white and rose wines were…

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Crabs and wine? Absolutely

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It’s crab season in Southern Maryland. It’s what we do and we do it well. But wine with crabs? And we’re talking about picking crabs, not crab cakes or some other concoctions. Well, let’s go over a few rules first. Frying crabs should bring a prison sentence. Grilled is fine if you’re not into picking, but never fried. Just criminal. You have to pick your own. Oh, we’ll teach you in the beginning, but at some point little bird you…

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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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