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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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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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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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Robin Hill: Staycation for wine tasting

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Robin Hill’s tasting room offers more than just wine. You get the whole farm experience Tasting rooms come in various forms. Some are just a building, others have grapes nearby. Some tasting rooms are large enough for music, others are just for drinking. The best ones offer everything. Robin Hill Farm and Vineyard has a large former barn now equipped with a large porch overlooking the grapes not far away. Maybe you’ll see someone horseback riding or the goats pass…

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Romano Vineyard and Winery

Romano Vineyard and Winery

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It all started with bees. Yep, that’s the buzz on the Romano Vineyard and Winery. Joe Romano’s quest for honey eventually led him to wine and a decade later he was retired from the Army and converting old tobacco and soybean fields into grapes. Joe and Jo-Ann Romano now have four acres of vines on the 18-acre farm in Brandywine where it’s so quiet at midday even a passing bird’s call pierces the air. The Romanos bought the farm in…

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Gemini Winery and Vineyard

Gemini Winery and Vineyard

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A century quickly passes in a series of photos lining the tasting room. Black-and-white images showing four generations of farmers. The last one shows a young boy learning the trade. Today, that lad is the last of the family lineage, a near retired engineer who “helps keeping the internet running” during the week while also working the Brandywine, Md. farm bearing his name. Michael Gemeny oversees 200 acres that have produced tobacco, potatoes, soybeans, berries, wheat and sorghum over the…

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Janemark Winery and Vineyard

Janemark Winery and Vineyard

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Jane Vogt is a romantic when it comes to vineyards. Walking through two acres of vines on her family’s farm that dates back to 1877 under her great grandfather, Jane lives for the moments when she’s surrounded by greenery. It reminds her of a childhood blessed with three generations of family on the farm. Of days spent in the kitchen canning produce grown in the summer to eat in the winter. It’s nostalgia that warms the heart every day, not…

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Robin Hill Farm and Vineyards

Robin Hill Farm and Vineyards

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There were just two small barns and a shack with no plumbing or electricity when newlyweds Russell and Shirley Watson bought the Brandywine, Md. farm in 1955. Susan Watson-White grew up on that farm as one of four kids. One photo on a barn wall shows Susan helping her father strip tobacco at age 4 while telling him she could only work a half day next year because kindergarten awaited. Another photo has Susan cutting a ribbon with the late…

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