Category Archives: Maryland

Drink Local Wine 2013 – in Baltimore April 13

You can drink local wine any day, but you should Drink Local Wine on April 13. Okay, punning aside, the annual Drink Local Wine conference is fast approaching. After convening in Texas, Virginia, Missouri and Colorado, we are converging on … Continue reading

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Barboursville Earns Top Bling for 2009 Octagon

Virginia’s wine industry gave itself its annual report card Thursday, and Barboursville Vineyards was named valedictorian – its 2009 Octagon red blend won the Governor’s Cup. The trophy was presented to Barboursville winemaker Luca Paschina by Gov. Robert McDonnell tonight … Continue reading

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Impressions from the 2012 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition

I spent the weekend as one of 20 judges evaluating 495 wines produced in 17 states along the U.S Atlantic seaboard. The results will be announced in a few days (I know a few, including Best of Show, but those are under embargo until the winners are notified), but here are some impressions I jotted down during the tastings. Continue reading

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On the Kojo Nnamdi Show

I’m thrilled to be taking the local wine message to the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU 88.5 FM today, Wednesday April 18, at 12 noon ET.  The Kojo Show is local to the DC radio market, but of course anyone … Continue reading

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An early spring buds hope, and uncertainty

Author’s note: After I wrote this column for The Washington Post about how local vintners were anxious about the early spring weather, but before it was published, warnings went out about a potential killer frost last weekend along the Piedmont … Continue reading

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WooHoo! Corkage now legal in Maryland

Maryland lawmakers may not have been able to solve the state’s budget woes in this year’s legislative session, but they did hand wine lovers another gift. A year after approving direct-to-consumer shipping from wineries, lawmakers approved a bill that will … Continue reading

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Virginia allows corkage – but does anybody know that?

When a customer brought his own wine to Maplewood Grill in Vienna on New Year’s Eve, owner Marcel Kuchler smelled a rat. “You don’t want to mess around with the [Alcohol Beverage Control],” he said. “They send undercover people around … Continue reading

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Virginia, Maryland impress the California judges

Local wines shined – or at least won some shiny medals – at two recent competitions in California. At this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest annual contest featuring wines from around the United States, Barboursville Vineyards took … Continue reading

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La Vida Local: An interview with Christina Findley of The Bottle Shop

This is the second in my monthly series of interviews with wine retailers throughout the D-M-V. Christina Findley opened The Bottle Shop just over two years ago in the Potomac Woods Plaza shopping center off Seven Locks Road in Rockville. … Continue reading

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Spicing up your wine life: Drink local

This is the fourth in my series of suggestions for enlivening your wine explorations in 2012. Drink local. Wine is now made in all 50 states. You may be surprised at how good some of it is. Virginia and Maryland … Continue reading

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