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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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‘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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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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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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Taste testings find some hits

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A perk of this job is trying wines. Something new (at least to me) and different. Every winery has new offerings annually. I’m a sucker for sweet and dessert wines, which kinda says a lot about me. But, occasionally, somebody convinces me to sample a hearty red. Here are some notes from recent tastings. Solomons Island Winery Solomons Chocolate Raspberry Port – You quickly sense the mixture of dense chocolate along with a strong hint of raspberry. A good before-…

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Under the Tuscan sun at Running Hare

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It looms over the vineyard like a castle. A Tuscan castle, that is. The villa is 8,400-square feet of red tile and cream plaster that perfectly embodies the theme of Running Hare Vineyard. “Our intent is to recreate memories of the gentle hills of France, the beauty of Tuscany and the feel of Napa” says each and every label of some 15 wines now produced on the Prince Frederick estate. And boy do they. Running Hare Vineyard is the jewel…

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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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