Brew at the Zoo, 2-6 p.m. May 27, Maryland Zoo, (410) 396-7102, website, $5-$20. This year the geniuses behind this affair are promising live music by Half Nasty and Crash Nelson, 10 drink tickets, and three times the beer. Just beware the beer goggles around the chimp house.
Wine and Herb Festival, 1-5 p.m. May 27-28, Boordy Vineyards, 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, (410) 592-5015, website, $10, ages 12 and under $5. A family-style drinking event, with vineyard wagon rides, live music, grilled-up foods, and plenty of cheese to accompany the two bottles you’ll put away.
Vintage Virginia, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 3-4, Historic Long Branch Farm, 830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood, Va., (800) 277-2675, website, $10-$25. Nothing against Maryland wine, but Virginia might have the best vino this side of the Mississippi. Learn how to sound like a real wine-snob at the seminars tent, browse the artworks in the craft area, and keep the kids away from the booze with face-painting, caricatures, and folk music in the children’s tent.
Wine Feastival, noon-4 p.m. June 10, Wine Cellars of Annapolis, 410 Forest Drive, Annapolis, (410) 216-9080, website, $50. International winemakers flock to Maryland’s capital to enlighten wine beginners and old pros alike. Live music, tasty gourmet food from area restaurants, and plenty of drinks.
Swingin’ Blues Wine Festival, noon-6 p.m. June 24-25, Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy, (410) 795-6432, website, $5-$10. Drink away your blues and catch a couple fun bands, along with arts, food, tours, and a commemorative glass of your very own.
Great Grapes! Wine, Arts, and Food Festival, July 29-30, Anne Arundel County Fair Grounds, 1450 General’s Highway, Crownsville, (410) 769-8223, ext. 106. Art always has more meaning after you have a few glasses of wine, so sample as many of the 200 bottles as you can and wander over to the artist exhibits. Then you can watch live cooking demonstrations or live music, and munch on gourmet fare.
Chesapeake Wine Festival, noon-8 p.m. Aug. 19-20, Wapiti Farm and Retreat, 470 Wapiti Lane, North East, (410) 275-2042. Arrive by boat or by car, and get liquored up on Maryland’s finest.
Basignani Winery, 15722 Falls Road, Sparks, (410) 472-0703, website. Bert Basignani continues the Old World tradition in Baltimore County, with 11 estate wines just like Nonna e Pappa Basignani’s.
Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery, 9423 Batesville Road, Afton, Va., (540) 456-8400, website. Visit the Gorman family-owned and operated winery sitting at the base of the ultra-gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains.
Cygnus Wine Cellars, 3130 Long Lane, Manchester, (410) 374-6395, website. This winemaker won’t be tied down to just one site—they blend grapes from all over Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Fiore Winery, 3026 Whiteford Road, Pylesville, (410) 879-4007, website. While we’re sure the rest of the bottles are tasty, we’re dying to try the fruit wines—peach, blueberry, cherry, strawberry and blackberry. Who needs dessert?
Little Ashby Vineyards, 27549 Ashby Drive, Easton, (410) 819-8850, website. Surrounded by water on three sides, the Eastern Shore’s first licensed winery has award-winning wine as nice as its views. This year, the 2004 port is available along with the rest of the grape-tastic boutique selections. Visits by appointment only.
Yuengling Brewery, 5th and Mahantongo streets, Pottsville, Pa., (570) 622-4141, website. Mmm, beer. Watch them create the seven different brews, delicious German concoctions, then bring home some of your very own.
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