Through June 17 is the time to try wines produced in our own state.
The second annual Maryland Wine Week is now upon us, taking place Friday through June 17, which means that stores and restaurants are offering specials on Maryland wines, as well as events.
Here are just some of the events scheduled:
At The Wine Loft at 1809 Reisterstown Road in the Festival at Woodholme shopping center, get 10 percent off of all Maryland wines, beginning Friday through the 17th.
Also, The Wine Loft has scheduled three Maryland wines tasting events from 1-6 p.m. on June 9, 14 and 16.
During Maryland Wines Week, Clementine at 5402 Harford Rd., Baltimore, offers $1 off each glass of Maryland wines, and $4 off local bottles.
Fairgrounds Discount Beverages is taking 50 percent off a customer's second 750 ml. bottle of wine—when they buy two bottles of the exact same wine.
This deal is not just for Maryland wines, but for all that are in stock at the store, 2157 York Road in Timonium.
Tasting June 9
For its Saturday wine tasting, The Wine Loft will pour bottles from one of the state's largest wineries: Boordy in Hydes, MD.
The following will be uncorked:
- Special Wassail
- Via Sangria
The Wine Loft decided on Boordy for its opening Maryland Wine Week tasting because Robert DeFord, owner and president of Boordy Vineyards is "the doyen" of Maryland winemaking, said Mike Crivello.
"He's the one who said 'Yes you can make a good, dry, red wine in Maryland,'" said Crivello, resident Maryland wine expert at The Wine Loft.
"They help set the standard" for Maryland wine, he said of Boordy.
Carrie Blank, manager of The Wine Loft, said her favorite Maryland wine is Black Ankle Vineyards' Passeggiate, made in Mt. Airy.
"I'm a huge fan (of Black Ankle Vineyards) because everything they do is with stewardship for the earth, which is near and dear to our hearts," she said.
Sheneia Ebron's picks include Berrywine Plantations' Raspberry wine, and Linganore Winecellars' Skipjack—a semi-sweet white wine. Both are produced in Mt. Airy.
For more information on Maryland Wine Week, including events at restaurants, visit the Maryland Wine Association website.