35th Annual Maryland Wine Festival Postponed!

Photo from an earlier Annual Maryland Wine Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum

One of Maryland’s very well-known wine festivals is the Annual Maryland Wine Festival. Due to the strong possibility of a very rainy and maybe more difficult weather for this weekend according to the festival website, the 35th Annual Maryland Wine Festival has been postponed until October 13.  For those who have already purchased tickets for this weekend’s festival be sure to save them for using on Saturday, October 13, which will only take place on Saturday. The location of the Annual Maryland Wine Festival is the Carroll County Farm Museum which offers a historic farmhouse and numerous farm buildings plus animals. It is a superb museum to visit and is ideal for children, adults and families.  Here are some of things you will miss if you decided not to visit the 35th Annual Maryland ...

35th Annual Maryland Wine Festival Postponed!

Photo from an earlier Annual Maryland Wine Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum

One of Maryland’s very well-known wine festivals is the Annual Maryland Wine Festival. Due to the strong possibility of a very rainy and maybe more difficult weather for this weekend according to the festival website, the 35th Annual Maryland Wine Festival has been postponed until October 13.  For those who have already purchased tickets for this weekend’s festival be sure to save them for using on Saturday, October 13, which will only take place on Saturday. The location of the Annual Maryland Wine Festival is the Carroll County Farm Museum which offers a historic farmhouse and numerous farm buildings plus animals. It is a superb museum to visit and is ideal for children, adults and families.  Here are some of things you will miss if you decided not to visit the 35th Annual Maryland ...

A Few Labor Day Weekend Wine Events

Estate wine at Catoctin Breeze Vineyard

With Labor Day Weekend quickly approaching, you may want to visit a winery with family or friends. Check out these upcoming events at wineries.

Saturday, September 1

Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, MD
Event: Wine, Crepes & Live Music
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Duplin Winery, NC
Event: Rose Hill Live Music
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The Winery at Perennial Vineyards, OH
Event: Live Music
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Sunday, September 2

Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, MD
Event: Wine & Live Music
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Sunday Brunch at Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery

Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery, VA
Event: Sunday Brunch
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Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards, OR
Event: September Wine Club Release
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Monday, Sept 3, LABOR DAY

Pearmund Cellars, VA
Event: Celebrate Labor Day at Pearmund Cellars
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Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery, VA
Event: Bistro Open
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Please drink responsibly.
Cheers!
Kathy

Last Minute Ideas for the 4th of July!

Effingham Manor in Virginia

Hope everyone is enjoying a fun and safe 4th of July! If you do not have plans to celebrate yet, why not stop by your favorite neighborhood winery tasting room? You may want to call ahead of time to be sure the winery is open today. I received an email this week about three delightful wineries in Virginia. Pearmund Cellars, Vint Hill Craft Winery and Effingham Manor are all open today. Keep in mind that Effingham Manor, where there is an emphasis on antiques/history, is open for adults only.

Vint Hill Craft Winery

Vint Hill Craft Winery’s courtyard will be open. Visit and enjoy the music. The winery will also have Wine Cocktails available. Corn hole will be available. Enjoy the day with the family as children are welcome.  If you are curious about wine cocktails, the Vint Hill Craft Winery, located in Vint ...

Visit A Winery with a Father’s Day Event this Weekend!

Orfila Vineyards & Winery in California offers spectacular views!

Warm weather encourages wineries to offer more fun events. With Father’s Day this Sunday, many wineries are offering special ways for Fathers to celebrate. Several special events for this weekend are listed below. If you can’t visit one of these wineries, call your neighborhood winery and discover what specials they are offering for Father’s Day! Saturday, June 16 Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, Maryland
Event: Live Music by California Bob
Website Info Duplin Winery, North Carolina
Event: Live Music: Mykel Barbee
Website Info Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery, VA
Event: Sipping Under the Stars-Wonder Woman
Website Info Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards, Oregon
Event: Port & Cigar Appreciation
Website Info The Winery at Perennial Vineyards, Ohio
Event: Live Music
Website Info Sunday, June 17 Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, Maryland
Event: Father’s Day Celebration
Website Info Effingham Manor, Virginia
Event: Father’s Day – King for Day
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Upcoming June Events at Wineries

Potomac Point Winery in VA

The Wine Trail Traveler blog posts have not been frequent recently due to a broken arm during the second week of May – totally not wine related. Now that things are getting much better, blog posts will be written much more frequently. Cheers! Kathy For today’s post check out numerous wine events coming up soon in early June! Thursday, June 7 Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery, Virginia
Event: Ladies Night & Wine Bingo
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Texas Legato, Texas
Event: Teacher Thursdays
Website Info Friday, June 8 Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, Maryland
Event: Rose Friday! Wear Pink
Website Info Orfila Vineyards and Winery, California
Event: Tunes on the Terrace
Website Info Painted Stave Distilling, Delaware
Event: 90’s Dance Party
Website Info Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery, Virginia
Event: Friday Night Music
Website Info Texas Legato, TX
Event: Wine Down Happy Hours!
Website Info The Winery at Perennial ...

Sips, Chips & Dips on the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail

Willow Vineyards wine among the vines

If you enjoy snacks and wines, you will want to attend the Sips, Chips & Dips hosted by the wineries on the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail scheduled for Saturday, March 24. Tickets are $10 each and include a souvenir wine glass and a snack & wine pairing at each winery. Tickets for Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail events are available online. Below is a list of the snack and wine pairing offered at each winery for the day. 45 North Vineyard & Winery: tortilla chips with cilantro jalepeño dip paired with a wine (TBD) Amoritas Vineyards: tomato salsa with tortilla chips paired with Pinot Gris. Aurora Cellars: cherry bbq chips with Sun-Drenched Smoked Tomato Cheese Dip paired with Radiance (a  fruity dry red). Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery: coming soon! Black Star Farms of Suttons Bay: wavy potato chips and loaded baked potato ...

Holiday Wine Events on Ohio Wine Trails

 

Chateau Tebeau Winery will participate in the Deck the Wreath event.

Save these dates for celebrating the upcoming holidays by attending events offered by several Ohio Wine Trails. Dates  November 24 -25, 2017
December 1 – 2, 2017
December 8 – 9, 2017 Tickets are limited so decide which event you want to participate in and get your tickets soon! While enjoying the holiday events, visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the wines produced in Ohio. One of the frequently mentioned annual events is the Tannenbaum Trail on the Vines & Wines Trail located in Northeast, Ohio. Participants have the opportunity to enjoy wine samples and appetizers. Also an 18-inch Christmas tree will be provided at the first winery. Then collect a holiday tree ornament at each of the participating wineries.

Grand River Cellars is participating in the Tannenbaum holiday event.

The Tannenbaum Trail Wineries participating in ...

Reboule du Rhone


About five years ago, Dustin Wilson became the wine director at Eleven Madison Park and Thomas Pastuszak became the wine director at NoMad. At a similar point in their careers at restaurants in the same group, the two bonded over their many shared interests, one of which was a love of the wines of the Northern Rhone. Last year, when they were visiting cellars in the region together, they hatched the idea to have a weekend celebration of Northern Rhone wines in New York City. Thus Reboule du Rhone was born with the first weekend of events slated for November 17-19. Pastuszak says that some of the dozen producers invited have never been to New York before. Part of their motivation was to give “the sommelier community a chance to get in front of these heralded producers,” he says. “We get really excited to serve these wines and drink these ...

Portuguese Wine Week Minnesota – Interview with Jason Kallsen

Jason Kallsen is a force of nature in the Twin Cities wine scene with his wine education company Twin Cities Wine Education. Our relationship with Jason goes back many, many years to when he sold wine to Ryan as the Manager of a wine shop in Minnetonka, Minnesota. And despite an overseas move, and a decade in passing, their friendship continued to blossom until 2014 when Ryan brought Jason to the... Source

2017 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival and an Early Peek into the Vineyards

One of our favorite wine events is the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival. Brian and I started going to the festival probably around the year 2001 and began pouring Waits-Mast Family Cellars wine at the event’s Grand Tasting in 2009, so it’s always a great opportunity to see many friends and fans and meet other Pinot Noir lovers.
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The big tent at Goldeneye Winery during set up for the 2017 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival Grand Tasting. Photo: J. Waits

At this year’s 20th anniversary event, held May 19-21, we not only shared our wines at the Grand Tasting, but also co-hosted a winemaker dinner held at Scharffenberger Cellars. Additionally, we visited a couple of the Anderson Valley vineyards that we source fruit from, including Wentzel Vineyard and Nash Mill Vineyard.
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Bottle of Waits-Mast Pinot Noir at our table at the winemaker dinner at Scharffenberger Cellars. Photo: J. Waits

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Nash Mill Vineyard, May 19, 2017. Photo: J. Waits
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The growing season begins at Wentzel Vineyard, May 18, 2017. Photo: J. Waits
Wildlife at Wentzel Vineyard. Photo: J. Waits
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Another Successful Taste Washington

Congratulations to the Washington State Wine Commission and Visit Seattle for another successful Taste Washington March 23-26, capping off Washington state Wine Month. Thousands of people participated in the annual celebration of the excellent juice made in this state — at the Grand Tasting, educational seminars, lunches on local farms, and at restaurants, wineries, hotels and retailers that offered special deals and promotions throughout the month. But we hope that people did more than taste the fine wine of Washington. We hope they appreciated it, and the hard work by people in our state’s wine industry – from farmers to vineyard managers to those in the production facilities, winemakers, distributors, marketing specialists, tasting room staff and more. In particular, we applaud the workers in the vineyard who toil over the grapes and the terroir, the winemakers who balance creativity and science in every barrel and bottle, and their families who support this ...

On Sale Now – Chateau Ste. Michelle 2017 Summer Concert Series

CSM concertSummer must be around the corner because tickets are now on sale for the Chateau Ste. Michelle 2017 Summer Concert Series. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the oldest winery in the state, so its concert lineup, paired with award-winning wine and beautiful surroundings, is even more special. Think about it: a lazy summer day or evening, kicking back on the manicured lawns of Chateau Ste. Michelle with a peacock or two sauntering by, as you sip on a refreshing summer wine, nibble on tasty munchies from your picnic basket and listen to some amazing music. Ah, summer! Whether you prefer white, rosé or red wine during the summer, this concert calendar is something to cheer about. Twenty-seven concerts span the range of pop, jazz, rock and blues in the winery’s picturesque outdoor amphitheatre with seating for 4,300. The series kicks off on June 1 with a concert by Elvis Costello & The Imposters and ...

It’s Back! The Northwest Wine Encounter at Semiahmoo

The second annual Northwest Wine Encounter at Semiahmoo Resort will be held April 28-30, when some of the northwest’s most talented winemakers and viticulturists will be holding seminars, tastings and attending a gala dinner: We have had the pleasure of meeting Mike Sauer, Chris Upchurch and Walter Gehringer in the past, and have tasted wines from all of the attending wineries and vineyards. We also attended last year’s inaugural Northwest Wine Encounter — so we can personally attest to the experiences awaiting you this year at Semiahmoo ...

Special February Events at Painted Stave Distilling

Owners of Painted Stave Distilling in Delaware.

Painted Stave Distilling is a delightful, boutique distillery in Smyrna, Delaware. The two owners, Ron Gomes Jr. and Mike Rasmussen are innovative and crafting some delightful spirits. Their creativity lends itself well to the site and to the events they host. Painted Stave is located in an old movie theatre structure which they renovated into a tasting room, large event room and distillery. The event room with white walls and wood flooring is ideal for numerous types of events including art shows. It is also available for rentals. During February, Painted Stave Distilling is offering special events to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras. Also, check out the Painted Stave online calendar for tasting room hours. Below is a description of the February events from a recent email. Thursday, February 9 Owl’s Brew Tea Mixers Owl’s Brew Tea Mixers is taking over for the ...

Happy 50th Anniversary to Chateau Ste. Michelle

This year marks an historical milestone for Chateau Ste. Michelle and the Washington wine industry — it’s the 50th anniversary of the oldest winery in the state, so let the celebrations begin! Ste. Michelle’s anniversary activities include a commemorative Cabernet bottling, library wine releases, a special anniversary Summer Concert Series, the opening of a newly expanded visitor center and other events to honor the state’s founding winery. According to the winery, “Chateau Ste. Michelle has become the number two premium domestic wine brand sold in the U.S. (Nielsen-Dollars), with wines available in all 50 states and more than 100 countries.” “It is truly remarkable what Chateau Ste. Michelle and the Washington wine industry have accomplished in a relatively short period of time through a pioneering spirit, collaboration and hard work,” said Ted Baseler, President and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. “With significant new vineyard plantings, industry investment in ...

The Super Bowl of Wine Events Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

Taste Washington celebrates its 20th anniversary in Seattle on March 23-26, with almost 300 wineries, more than 70 restaurants and top national chefs. It’s an explosion of tastes, fun and education, all rolled into one. As far back as we can remember, we’ve always called Taste Washington “the Super Bowl of Wine Events” because it is the country’s largest single-region wine and food event. Period. And this year’s expanded lineup offers four days packed with diverse activities. First up is “super-exclusive wine pours” at the VIP Red & White Party. Taste Washington on the Farm gives you an opportunity to explore the northwest’s bounty, alongside farmers, chefs and winemakers. And then there’s The New Vintage with its trendy Rosé Lounge. Don’t forget the super-informative and fun wine seminars, which include tastings and interactive panels, where you can find out — from top winemakers, Master Sommeliers and national wine personalities — why Washington state is a ...

Run, Don’t Walk, for Tickets to Seattle Wine and Food Experience

Whether you live in Washington state, Oregon or British Columbia, you’d better move quickly – tickets are going fast for the ninth annual  Seattle Wine and Food Experience. If you like good wine, beer and food, mark your calendars for this taste explosion on Feb. 24-26. “The Seattle Wine and Food Experience curates an incredible list of makers and producers and supports the community,” according to Jamie Peha, executive producer and president of Peha Promotions, who has been running the event since 2010More than 600 wines are available for tasting throughout the weekend, along with a huge selection of breweries, ciders and distilleries. And with three days at a variety of price options, guests can attend just one event or splurge and enjoy the whole weekend. The activities kick off Feb. 24 with Pop! Bubbles & Seafood at McCaw Hall from 6-9 p.m....

Two Wineries Celebrate New Year’s Eve

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at a winery in Delaware or Texas.
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Harvest Ridge Winery event center

Harvest Ridge Winery is offering a spectacular way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The New Year’s Eve celebration begins December 31 at 9pm and ends at 12:30am on January 1. Attendees can enjoy  music, dancing, dinner and door prizes. Harvest Ridge Winery, a friendly, Delaware winery,  is hosting a performance by Larry Weaver, a comedian. Cannatelli Entertainment will provide the music. This New Year’s Eve event includes dinner and a cash bar. Discounts will be included for cider and wine. The dinner menu will feature an Italian Bar, Polish Bar and Taco Bar. Items at the Taco Bar include: tortillas, chipotle chicken, homemade salsa and much more. The Polish bar will feature handmade potato-cheese pierogi, handmade polish sausage and sauerkraut. The Italian bar will include handmade meatball sliders and antipasto skewers. Tickets for this event ...
Texas Legato Winery in Lampasas, Texas

2016 Beaujolais Nouveau, November 17

Each year on the third Thursday of November a unique wine is released and celebrated around the world. This is known as Nouveau Beaujolais and began as a way for Beaujolais producers to get people and the industry aware of the potential of the current Beaujolais vintage. Around the world shops and restaurants are required to keep their Beaujolais wines under wraps until 12.01am on the third Thursday of November, when the wines are allowed to be poured and enjoyed. For 2016, the Beaujolais Nouveau Day takes place Thursday November 17. The Nouveau Beaujolais tradition began as a result of producers wanting people to be aware of the potential of new Beaujolais vintage months down the road. Of course, the Beaujolais  Nouveau celebrations are particularly well-known in France, but wine enthusiasts and wine lovers can find these celebrations in other countries. According to the Beaujolais Nouveau Day website, “The wine ...