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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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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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Whistle Stop Winery is a runaway hit

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Wine is personal to Jarl Weyant. He makes it one bottle at a time – literally. “We’re probably one of the smaller wineries in Maryland,” he said. “I pour it in the bottle. I put on the label. I have a cork machine. Every case is carried down the steps to the bottling room and every case is carried back up by me.” Whistle Stop Winery produces big things from small batches. The Dunkirk winemaker imports juices from area vineyards…

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