Tag: Maryland Wine

Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend

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Weekend

Get Up & Go! How Will You Start Your Year?

We’re not going to push the New Year’s Resolutions too hard, because really, it’s going to take more than a day to shake off the last month and fully commit to being our new gym-going, bliss-following, money-saving, only-local-shopping selves. So this weekend, why not ease into the new year with a little bit of discipline and resolve, but also with some self care and a sense of relaxation. You made it through the holidays, and that’s plenty to celebrate in itself.

For those looking to tone up, get fit, or simply relax, Charm City Yoga is of course the place to go for simple, fool-proof yoga classes that are offered so often (and at so many locations) that you can’t fail. Their New Year’s beginner yoga series starts this Tuesday.

Alternately, CrossFit Federal Hill offers a free trial class to new potential members, so if you’re looking for a 2015 fitness regimen that’s a bit more (okay, a lot more) intense, you may want to give them a try.

If your idea of a New Year’s workout has more to do with lifting glasses than lifting weights, Linganore Winecellars in Mt. Airy is offering a barrel tasting and cellar preview today, along with fine international cheese pairings all month long.

Though January isn’t exactly what most of us think of as prime zoo-going time, it actually kind of is. Over the winter, the Maryland Zoo is open Friday-Monday, with admission set at only $10 per guest. And now that their fabulous new penguin exhibit is open, you can go and feel the chill right along with them.

And if the kids are starting to get itchy, you can still bring them down to Port Discovery for their special Winter Break Fun programming all weekend long.

 

 

 

 

Wine School: Cider in Season

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One thing I heartily look forward to every harvest season is the arrival of apple cider at the farmers’ market. Admittedly, I seldom make the trip in the pre-dawn hours my husband does, but almost always there’s a quart of that copper nectar waiting in the fridge on Saturday morning. Even the baby loves it.

A Halloween Murder Mystery at Rocklands Farm

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Halloween Event

catch of the day fish (2)If you’re still unsure about how to spend this haunted evening, you can skip right down to the bottom of this post and immediately click  the link to last-minute reserve your tickets to Rocklands Farm’s annual Halloween event. Tonight, they team up with the Murder Mystery Company for what will surely be a killer night and an unforgettable Halloween experience. Each year, the farm hosts a lovely event in its historic barn, but bizarrely, a tragic and unexpected death always seems to occur. Who’d have thunk? And as usual, it’s up to the guests to help get the party back on track by trading clues, gathering information and solving the crime before the murderous menace gets away.

Get Up & Go! It’s the Weekend!

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Ah, mid-September. Usually fall takes its time creeping into Baltimore, but not this year. School’s newly back in session, but already there’s some cool in the air. Though it’s still too early to dive into a pile of leaves, you can definitely dive into fall. Our picks for this weekend:

Head out to Larrliand Farms and spend the day picking Jona Gold apples, kale, raspberries, and tomatoes. While you’re there, be sure to get the scoop on October’s hayride offerings!

For a more mature day trip, you can head out to the Maryland Wine Festival in Westminster. Happening both days this weekend, the wine festival promises live music, food from fabulous restaurants, and of course locally crafted Maryland Wines.

Prefer to stay in-town? You can still get your festival quota in with HampdenFest. The festival that put toilet bowl races on the map stretches into the evening, so as the sun goes down, you can check out the brand new Le Garage, a beer and frites (that is, French fry) shop located on The Avenue. We doubt the frites are as healthy as the kale you could’ve been picking at Larriland, but we suspect that they’re at least as satisfying.

And for those thinking of revamping their wardrobes for the season, be sure to check out the Village of Cross Keys’ Fall Fashion Show— with looks on the runway from Ruth Shaw, Jean Pool, The Pied Piper, and more!

Harvest and Crush Grapes for Dove Valley Wine

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Dove Valley Wine

catch of the day fish (2)Did anyone else grow up thinking that wine was made when vintners filled barrels with grapes and then stomped them into juice with their feet? That may have happened once upon a time, but certainly it’s not the way these days. But still, creating wine from what begins as grapes on a vine is a lot of work– and yet, it can also be a lot of fun. So we’re overjoyed that Dove Valley Wine is opening up their rows of vines to volunteers– and offering us all the chance to help with the harvest. And to make it even more fun, they’re throwing in lunch and a bottle of wine to take home for all those who volunteer. Does it really get any better?

Decanter: A Celebration of Maryland Wine and Racing

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 catch of the day fish (2)Spring is in the air—finally. And it’s a season when Maryland just shines; when it’s warm enough to start stepping out, enjoying some of our regions treasures. We’re ready to start soaking up some sun, enjoying our drinks outdoors, and of course, getting in our time at Pimlico. The folks at the Maryland Wineries Association are happy to accommodate. April 12 and 13, they bring us Decanter—which was one of the highlights of our social calendar last year. After all, a day at the races surrounded by local winemakers (and their wines), fine work by top artisans, live music, and great food can’t really be anything but fabulous. But there’s more to it than just a great time. Says Maryland Wineries Association Executive Director, Kevin Atticks, “Maryland wines and racing share some common themes…heritage, tradition and legacy…so we thought the combination would be perfect for audiences young and old alike.” We went last year, and we can tell you, it is.

Celebrate Local Wines at the Evergreen Museum

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Winter Wine

catch of the day fish (2)Ah, Thanksgiving. Whether you’re still recovering from a turkey overdose, or just reveling in the Ravens’ victory last night, we hope that everyone had a warm and wonderful holiday yesterday. And if you haven’t yet gone out in search of today’s many bargains, congratulations. The wisest reveler, in our opinion, knows that the best holiday deals are leftovers for breakfast, and games of Scrabble and Scattergories around the table for the afternoon. But no matter how you spend today (and the rest of this holiday weekend) if your celebrations are anything like ours, there will be wine. Lots of wine. And if you’re a savvy locavore (and who isn’t, these days?) you know that you can’t do much better than to get your wine from any of Maryland’s many amazing vineyards. Maybe you’re not yet fully initiated into the local-wine lovers circle; or perhaps you are, but are looking for particularly unique and hard-to-find varieties. Well, ring in the new year at the Winter Wine Event at the Evergreen Museum, which will showcase the very best of some local wines that don’t always get shared with the masses.

Wine Festival This Weekend! Comment Below to Win Tickets

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WIN TICKETS!  Comment below on your favorite Maryland Wine, or why you’d like to come.  Winner will be drawn this Friday!

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The Autumn Wine Festival will return to Salisbury, Maryland’s Pemberton Historical Park October 19  & 20. In partnership with the Maryland Wineries Association, the festival offers the perfect opportunity to explore Maryland wine from one scenic location. Over 20 wineries will be represented, offering unlimited samplings – no tasting tickets needed.

WIN TICKETS!  Comment below on your favorite Maryland Wine, or why you’d like to come.  Winner will be drawn this Friday!

New this year, the Autumn Wine Festival will introduce an educational tent, which will include presentations from Laurie Forster (The Wine Coach), the Taster’s Guild of Maryland and a wine-making demonstration from Xtreme Brewing. The festival also features live music all weekend, including a headlining performance from Dave Matthews Band Collaborator Tim Reynolds and TR3 on Saturday.

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Those interested in a more intimate experience can upgrade their tickets to receive the VIP treatment, offering a covered tent close to the main stage, reserved parking, private restrooms, a private guest appearance by Laurie Forster (The Wine Coach), a wine-making forum with MWA, festival t-shirt and goodie bag.

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Looking for a ‘wine weekend’ getaway? Hotel packages are available online and start at $139.

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For more information or to purchase advanced tickets, visit www.AutumnWineFestival.org.

Tickets:

Available in Advance (Sold until Friday, October 18 at 6pm):

One Day $25 / Two Day $40 / Non-Tasting One Day $5

VIP One Day $55 / VIP Two Day $90
At the Gate: One Day $35 / Non-Tasting $10

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Maryland Wine Festival – Great Success (Despite the Rain)

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This weekend, the Carroll County Farm Museum was host to the 30th Annual Maryland Wine Festival.  This is a festival that’s grown exponentially over the past decade, as Maryland has seen a boom in the number of wineries.  With more than 40 participating wineries, 2 stages, and 100 craft vendors, the party was non-stop. Most impressive mention of all was the quality of wines coming from our region.

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Wine workshops were held, educating on the wine making process and how to appreciate what MD can offer.

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These fine men were representing the MD Grape Grower’s Association, and offered samples of some of Maryland’s most popular varietals.

The Governor’s Cup Wine Competition

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Photo: Donnell Wallace, The Umbrella Syndicate
Photo: Donnell Wallace, The Umbrella Syndicate

Ask for Maryland wine. That’s not just the slogan of the Maryland Wineries Association (MWA), it’s also really good advice. Particularly if you’re asking for some of the top-rated wines in the state, all made with Maryland fruit and produced right in our own backyard. Though Maryland hasn’t historically been known as a wine-making hot spot, our reputation is growing—as is the number of wines produced here. Maryland is home to a number of different micro-climates, and many different types of soil (compare the Eastern Shore to Cumberland, say); and as anyone who frequents local farmers’ markets knows, we’ve got a wonderfully long growing season and plenty of rich agricultural land. So, as MWA Executive Director Kevin Atticks put it at Tuesday’s Governor’s Cup Wine Competition, “When people used to say ‘Maryland wine’ it was almost an accusation. But these days, it’s actually become a question.” Our answer to that question: Yes, please!

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