Wine in the Woods 2010
Wine in the Woods! Okay, it was last weekend, but I’ve been a little busy – for one, my little old iBook G4 (circa 2005) finally gave up the ghost and I’ve been working from my Droid phone and iPod Touch. Back to the subject at hand, though. Every year the Maryland Wine Association kicks off their summer festival season with Wine in the Woods at Symphony Woods in Columbia, MD.
This year, more than 30 wineries from all across the state participated. Perfect weather and a rising recognition of Maryland wine in the local media helped push attendance on Saturday to one of the highest levels ever. Unfortunately, one of my favorites – Black Ankle Vineyards – didn’t make it this year, but I tasted a lot of other really great wine from both well-established and new wineries alike.
Old and New Favorites
Two newer Maryland wineries that impressed me the most at this year’s festival were Serpent Ridge and Knob Hall. Both make a limited selection at this point, but both specialize in high-end reds. That just so happens to be my favorite market segment, so cheers to them!
Of course, where would we be without a few standbys? Bordeleau’s California-esque oakey chardonnay remains one of my favorite whites from the region. I was also delighted to rediscover Orchid Cellars and their line of meads. Since they don’t have a tasting room yet, I made sure to grab two bottles this year!
Also This Week in Maryland Wine…
In the week leading up to the festival, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced his support for new legislation that would make it easier for wineries to open and operate within the county. Howard County has been home to Wine in the Woods for 18 years, yet remains one of the few counties in the state without any wineries. The move fits well with other county initiatives to preserve farmland in the traditionally agricultural western part of the county that has been under siege from growth in Columbia to the east and Frederick to the west.
It was great to connect with a number of other enthusiastic Maryland wine makers and consumers, but I wanted to give a special shout out to Jim Robinson who manages the winery database site VineyardTrips.com. He debuted the project at the festival and it’s a great resource for discovering wineries on your next getaway! Best of luck to Jim and I look forward to watching the site grow.
Did you make it to Wine in the Woods? How many bottles did you take home, and which was your favorite?