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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 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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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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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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What’s happening in Southern Maryland?

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There’s always something happening. You’re thinking of taking some friends on a wine tasting tour. Maybe one or two wineries, perhaps a whole bunch. But where and how? And are there any events to see? Maybe local music, too? Southern Maryland Wine.com was created to provide not just the stories of local wineries, but information on what’s happening. And, how to improve your wine experience. The calendar on the top right of the home page is regularly updated and we’ll…

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