Tis the season for Wine Tastings and Festivals…..
Don’t be so quick to grab that mass-produced California wine at the grocery store this Summer. With the onset of Wineries popping up in Maryland this is a great time of year to explore our own states viticulture.
I have to admit until I began working for a Winery here in Maryland I had never heard of the American Hybrids that we grow, more importantly I couldn’t pronounce them. Now that I have ventured to quite a few of Maryland Wine Festivals and had the opportunity to visit some of our local Wineries I have become a bit more versed in the Hybrid library. You will encounter Chambourcin, Vidal, and Traminette at most local Vineyards. Some will have more variety and grapes that you recognize but these 3 will become familiar to you the more you carouse the mid-atlantic region.
Now I am a bit biased and won’t miss the opportunity to throw in a shameless plug but I do have a few Maryland favorites. There are some great Summer Reds that are worth mentioning, not all Summer Wines need to be White. I love Boordy’s Chambourcin Merlot….http://www.boordy.com/
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Here at Layton’s Chance http://laytonschance.com/ we have a new release.. Picnic Red ….it is a light bodied Chambourcin perfect for Summer!
We also just released a Dessert Traminette and our seasonal Watermelon!
There are lots of Events happening around Maryland this time of year, so plan a few road trips to see what’s going on in your own back yard. Check out: http://www.marylandwine.com/learn-more/Maryland-Wineries-Association for a listing of Maryland Wineries and events.
We will be at the Annapolis Art & Wine festival this weekend……. http://annapolisartscraftsandwinefestival.com/www.theannapolisartscraftsandwinefestival.com/Welcome.html
This is a great venue to check out some local Wine and Craftsman all in one place.
Our annual Grape Blossom Festival held here at Layton’s Chance will take place June 15th. This is also a great opportunity to try some other Wineries all in one place and raise money for a good cause.
So the next time your out shopping for Wine check out the Maryland section…..