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Historic St. Mary’s vineyard now looking to become future winery

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There’s plenty of history across a sloping 240-acre farm in Mechanicsville. A slave cemetery atop the hill near the farm house has been dated to 1764-1838. St. Mary’s College experts say both free and enslaved African Americans were buried there in the days when the land was considered Prince George’s County rather than St. Mary’s County currently. Nearby, a large hearth is buried deep in the woods where it once served the entire community during feasts in the 1840s. But…

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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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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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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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Port of Leonardtown producing championship wines, experiences

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Forget a village – it has taken a region to produce some of Maryland’s best wines. In less than a decade, Port of Leonardtown has earned more than 150 awards. Gold medals are becoming more commonplace than Marylander Michael Phelps’ Olympic haul. Fans regularly crowd the Leonardtown tasting room on weekends when live music fills the night. Winemaker Lauren Zimmerman has turned grapes from 12 different vineyards throughout Southern Maryland into something special. But that proved especially true in 2018…

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The perfect temperature for your wine

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Wine feels eternal. The Chinese started making it 7,000 years ago. The Georgians were a little late at 6,000 years past. The Greek have 4,000 years of experience versus 3,500 years for the Italians. So why does a digital wine thermometer seem like cheating history? Wine is supposed to be served based on experience and personal taste, not thanks to some scanner that beeps with a flashing number. Still, it’s OK to embrace science as a complement to art when…

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