Wine and Herb Festival, 1-5 p.m. May 26-27, Boordy Vineyards, 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, (410) 592-5015, www.boordy.com, $10, ages 12 and under $5. Time for some spring releases in the wine way. This is a festival for the senses: after experiencing the nose of fine wines, treat your beak to potted spring flowers, and lavender. Grab a little local cheese and hand-crafted soaps. More wine tasting. And once you get your buzz on, naturally you're going to want to dance, so that's there, too.
Brew at the Zoo, 2-6 p.m. May 26, Maryland Zoo, 2570 Druid Hill Park, (443) 552-5276, www.marylandzoo.org, $20. Man, did we have a blast last year, or we think we did. Don't forget your I.D. when you buy your ticket, which gets you 10 beer tickets and a souvenir mug. There's live entertainment, and if you put all the band names together you get a Half Nasty Cheap Date. Getting drunk at the zoo--sounds so wrong and feels so right. City Paper sizzlin' hot tip: Bring along a designated driver, they get in for a mere five bucks.
Vintage Virginia, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 2-3, Historic Long Branch Farm, 830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood, Va., (800) 277-2675, www.vintagevirginia.com, $10-$25. You know what is a lovely addition to any kitchen? Vintage wine posters. So in your happy wine haze from sampling nearly 350 fine vine selections, don't forget a souvenir or two. The music line-up is looking pretty fun this year with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band andElectric Gamelan Junkyard.
Great Eastern Microbrew Fest, noon-4 p.m. and 7-11 p.m. June 9 and Aug. 25, Stoudt's Brewing Co., 2800 N. Reading Road, Adamstown, Pa., (717) 484-4386, www.stoudtsbeer.com, $27. We don't know how they do it every single time, but those little sampler glasses mess you up, man. This 16th annual microfest has already gone down as a best, simply for the German-style buffet that they named,"Best of the Wurst." Hahahaha. P.S. Daisy Jug Band plays June 9, Born Cross Eyed on Aug. 25.
Wine Feastival, noon-4 p.m. June 9, Wine Cellars of Annapolis, 410 Forest Drive, Annapolis, (410) 216-9080, www.winecellarsofannapolis.com, $50. Come enjoy the fusion of food, wine, and art. Learn a little and live a little. The more you know about wine, the better wines you are going to drink. And with the musical talents of the United Jazz Ensemble, this event is complete, which means it will sell out quickly, so get a ticket while you can. City Paper sizzlin' hot tip: Judge how loose you're getting by how high you bid in the live auction.
Swingin' Blues Wine Festival, noon-6 p.m. June 23-24, Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy, (410) 795-6432, www.linganore-wine.com, $5-$10. Turn your blues to reds--doesn't make much sense but it's kinda like turning your frown upside down. All you need is your I.D., a beach chair, and a little dough; everything else will be there waiting for you, including the Kelly Bell Band and the Nighthawks. Sweet.
Great Grapes! Wine, Arts, and Food Festival, July 28-29, Anne Arundel County Fair Grounds, 1450 General's Highway, Crownsville, (410) 769-8223, ext. 106. Grapes are great aren't they? They make wiiiiine. Uncork some good times by traveling around the world in just one weekend at this festival that features tastes from the vines of Italy, Australia, California, and Spain. Pick up tips from local chefs and shop around to the beats of some live music. Plus, children under 12 are free, so you can bring them if they promise not to whine.
Basignani Winery, 15722 Falls Road, Sparks, (410) 472-0703, www.basignani.com. For 15 years, Bert Basignani and his team have churned out classically styled and produced quality wines using traditional "Old World" cellar methods. The road to great wine begins at the Mason Dixon line.
The Brewer's Art, 1106 N. Charles St., (410) 547-6925, www.belgiumbeers.com. One of the very few breweries left in Baltimore, Brewer's Art is 10 years strong and doesn't look like it's going anywhere. Belgium-style brews on draft and a huge selection of bottles from all over the world equals beers that'll knock you on your ass if you forget to grab a bite to eat from their damn near Southern menu. City Paper sizzlin' disclosure: The writer of this hot summer calendar works there.
Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery, 9423 Batesville Road, Afton, Va., (540) 456-8400, www.cardinalpointwinery.com. Swill some damn fine wine from the Blue Ridge Mountains. This winery is operated with a casual and unpretentious vibe by a happy family of grape squishers, the Gormans, who invite you to come take a visit.
Cygnus Wine Cellars, 3130 Long Lane, Manchester, (410) 374-6395, www.cygnuswinecellars.com. Cygnus has staked claim on 10 sites in the best winegrowing regions in Maryland and Pennsylvania, and they know that good winemaking is a blend of art and science.
Fiore Winery, 3026 Whiteford Road, Pylesville, (410) 879-4007, www.fiorewinery.com. This is wine with an Italian accent, and those are always sexy. City Paper sizzlin' hot tip: For $10, Fiore will put a name, picture, or logo on a bottle of their wine for you.
Little Ashby Vineyards, 27549 Ashby Drive, Easton, (410) 819-8850, www.littleashbyvineyards.com. This vineyard, surrounded by water on three sides where cool river breezes collide with river water warmed in the sun, is just a boat ride away and setting is what brings this wine to life.
Yuengling Brewery, 5th and Mahantongo streets, Pottsville, Pa., (570) 622-4141, www.yuengling.com. We know this beer as a good, easy drinking stand-by. Little did we know, it is America's oldest brewery and it brews five different styles. Well alrighty then.
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