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Posted 5/21/2008


Basignani Winery, 15722 Falls Road, Sparks, (410) 472-0703, This 18-acre vineyard in Maryland's pretty horse country produces wines using old-school cellar methods. You can stop by to try the wine and meet the winemaker Wednesday through Sunday afternoons, or contact them for a tour.

Boordy Vineyard, 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, (410) 592-5015, Organic wine from Baltimore Country grapes, tours, tastings, and regular events.

Elk Run Vineyards, 15113 Liberty Road, Mount Airy, (410) 775-2513, The facilities are charmingly old, but not run down, making us feel further removed than we really are. Makes tasting a min-vacay.

Frederick Wine Trail, 18125 Comus Road, Dickerson, (301) 600-2888, Six wineries and 120 acres of grapes make this trail, covering half of Maryland's wine production. With numbers like that, it's shocking and charming that the trail can be covered in one day. Start at the furthest point, in Dickerson at Sugarloaf, and work your way back through Loew, Frederick Cellars (which recently acquired Catoctin Vineyards), Elk Run, Berrywine, and Linganore Wine for a grape-fueled field trip.

Little Ashby Vineyards, 27549 Ashby Drive, Easton, (410) 819-8850, The first winery on the Eastern Shore, Little Ashby uses its own microclimate--science we can use!--to control its grape production.

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard ,18125 Comus Road, Dickerson, (301) 605-0130. Montgomery County's only winery is unassuming with its quiet red barn but houses a diverse collection on its 92-acre farm.

Terrapin Station Winery, 80 Ricketts Mill Road, Elkton, (301) 916-5415, Terrapin does more than name its product line after native animals; it donates proceeds to research and rescue efforts for the turtle it's named for.


Wine and Herb Fest, 1-5 p.m. May 24-25, Boordy Vineyard, 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, (410) 592-5015,, $12, children $5. Potted herbs, plants, and flowers, spring release wines, and live music in Boordy's Woodstock version of wine tasting.

A Taste of Spring, 6-9 p.m. May 29, Boordy Vineyard, 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, (410) 592-5015,, $65. Fresh organic foods from eco-friendly farmers, vineyard tours, and wine tasting.

Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival, May 31-June 1, Terrapin Nature Area, Stevensville, www.chesapeakebaywinefestival..., $20. It's just classier to wiggle in the sand with a glass or wine. Fourteen wineries participate in a juried festival with tastings and entertainment.

Evening of Traditional Beverages: Vino Veneto at Homewood Museum, 6 p.m. June 6, Homewood Museum, 3400 N. Charles St., (410) 516-5589,, $25, members $20. Reservations are required for this popular annual evening of drinking on the lawn of the Homewood Museum; this year's bevie of choice is the wines of Italy's Veneto region.

Great Grapes!, noon-6 p.m. June 21-22, Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville,, $20. Over one hundred wines from the fruity to dry, dinner to dessert, beg your taste. Gourmet cooking, demonstrations, art, and nature accompany the day of finding your new favorite pinot noir.

Wine Down the Music Trail, July 5-8, Floyd Va.,'pr=wdhome, $25. Enjoy nature in the Blue Ridge with classical, jazz, and folk music and fine wine.

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