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Maryland Wine in the News


11/06/11

PennLive:

For Maryland winery, everything smells good about Traminette

Morris Zwick of Terrapin Station Winery in northeastern Maryland makes a number of wines that he packages in a pouch and box. But the one he says that moves out of his Elkton location is his Traminette, a white that can range from dry to sweet but is usually... read more >


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10/26/11

Washington Post:

DIY winemaking around D.C. is a pricey barrel of fun

The crates of grapes were a tip-off that I had found the place. They were stacked outside a modest building at the end of a roughly paved one-lane road — the kind you drive hoping no one’s coming the other way — stretching through flat farmland off... read more >


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10/20/11

The Washington Post:

Gallery: Maryland wines ready for their close-ups

Maryland wines are feeling a resurgence as vineyards are changing the way they grow grapes and make wine. Boordy Vineyards owner Rob Deford walks along a line of Chambourcin grapes at the Boordy Vineyards in Hydes, Md. The vineyard, which covers 20 acres on a... read more >


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10/19/11

Baltimore Business Journal:

Vlogging takes center screen

Drew Baker isn’t waiting for Old Westminster Winery to bottle its first wines to generate buzz about his upstart vineyard. Baker is a vlogger. He uses his video blog — hence, the word vlog — to educate potential customers about his company. Hoping to... read more >


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10/16/11

Delmarva Now:

Wine Festival Offers New Tastes

SALISBURY — With seven more wineries to sample from this year, wine connoisseurs strolled into Pemberton Park on Saturday afternoon for the annual Autumn Wine Festival. Entering its ninth year, the festival followed past traditions by having food, wine and... read more >


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10/11/11

The Washington Post:

Maryland wines, ready for their close-ups

The vineyard on the outskirts of Burkittsville has stories to tell. “We’ve found musket balls here before, but never an arrowhead,” Rob Deford says as I examine the quartz relic his son Phineas has discovered in the vineyard on a sunny September... read more >


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10/11/11

The Washington Post:

Recommendations

Prices are approximate. Check Winesearcher.com to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor. Maryland wines are available primarily from their respective wineries and often are in short supply. Wines recommended here are... read more >


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08/12/11

Baltimore Business Journal:

Database: Wineries shipping into Maryland

Napa Valley, meet Maryland. Since Maryland lawmakers made it legal earlier this year for wineries in and out of the state to ship wine to state homes, nearly 450 wineries have applied for or been approved for a direct shipping permit. Twenty three of... read more >


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06/08/11

The Dagger:

The Grapes of Havre de Grace: An Introduction

“We look at wine as food.” The words stuck with me as I walked down a grassy slope from the manor house to the vineyard below. The notion of wine as sustenance seemed ancient in origin, something you might read in the bible. The idea seemed as old as the... read more >


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05/23/11

Baltimore Sun:

Howard wine festival attendees cheer home shipment law

Jessica Klug of Pasadena and nine members of her all-girls wine club sat on blankets and folding chairs under the trees in Symphony Woods at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday, 10 half-empty bottles of wine in front of them. "One each," she said... read more >


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05/20/11

Columbia Patch:

Wine in the Woods: A Columbia Wine Connoisseur''s Thoughts, Tips

This weekend in downtown Columbia, Symphony Woods will play host to Wine in the Woods, organized by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. It is the Maryland Wine Association’s flagship spring festival and one of the largest on the East Coast,... read more >


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05/20/11

Washington Post:

Md. Gov. Martin O’Malley signs bill to increase alcohol tax by 50 percent

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gov. Martin O’Malley has signed legislation that will raise Maryland’s sales tax on alcohol by 50 percent in July. O’Malley signed the bill Thursday in Annapolis. The sales tax on alcohol will rise from 6 percent to 9 percent.... read more >


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05/15/11

Hagerstown Herald-Mail:

Heard through the grapevine: More wine growth ahead in Washington County

ROHRERSVILLE— Plants are in the ground for Washington County's next vineyard. J. Randall Thompson, president and CEO of ThompsonGas, has started a vineyard and wine-making business called Big Cork at his family farm in Rohrersville in southern Washington County.... read more >


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05/04/11

Howard County Times:

Wineries get approval to set up shop in Howard county

As the county's popular annual May event, Wine in the Woods, approaches, wine lovers have one more thing to be excited about: Wineries can now set up shop in Howard County. The County Council unanimously passed a bill Monday that amends the county's zoning regulations... read more >


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04/27/11

Arbutus Times :

Customers may find wine at farmers'' markets

Want a bottle of Maryland wine to go with the fresh vegetables and locally raised meats you buy at an area farmers' market? Local markets hope to fulfill that wish this season after passage of legislation by the Maryland General Assembly to allow wineries to join other... read more >


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04/18/11

Frederick News-Post:

Tornado touches down near Mount Airy

A tornado touched down on Glissans Mill Road near Mount Airy Saturday evening, uprooting trees and destroying several roofs at a winery. No injuries were reported. Anthony Aellen, president and winemaker at Linganore Winecellars, said he noticed uprooted trees and... read more >


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04/05/11

Baltimore Sun:

Wineries vote delayed a month by Howard County Council

Anyone thirsting for a Howard County winery tour will have to wait at least one more month to begin planning. Legislation to allow wineries in Howard County was tabled Monday night by the Howard County Council, the second consecutive year that the Ulman... read more >


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04/02/11

Elkridge Patch:

Maryland''s Wine Industry Goes Digital

Gov. Martin O'Malley said he will sign the legislation, which allows direct wine shipping from Maryland wineries. The wine industry is moving into the Internet age with the Maryland General Assembly passing a bill that will allow wineries to ship straight to... read more >


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03/25/11

Baltimore Sun:

Maryland Lawmakers Uncork Changes to Alcohol Laws

Wineries across the state — and country — soon might be permitted to ship bottles directly to Maryland homes. Shoppers could pick up local wines at more farmers' markets. And diners might one day be able to bring their favorite vintage to an already licensed... read more >


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03/22/11

Baltimore Sun:

Wine consumers may soon receive home deliveries

A proposal to allow Maryland wine drinkers to get bottles shipped directly to their homes has won the approval of two key legislative committees. The Senate Education, Health and Environmental Matters Committee and the House Economic Matters Committee both voted... read more >


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03/17/11

PennLive.com:

Pinotage being grown a long, long way from home

Pinotage in Maryland? The grape with deep roots in South Africa is sitting in Woodhall Wine Cellars' aging area in Parkton, Md., with a bottling scheduled for sometime this summer. It isn’t much -- around 530 pounds, which translates to between 13 and 14... read more >


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03/11/11

Baltimore Business Journal:

Jewish community backs Md. direct wine shipping bill Access to more kosher wines fuels their interest

Maryland Jews are letting legislators know it’s not just wine connoisseurs who want wines shipped to their homes. Fed up with the limited number of kosher wines available in the state, proponents of changing the state’s wine laws say they no longer want to... read more >


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Maryland vintners await OK to ship straight to customers
03/10/11

Towson Times:

Maryland vintners await OK to ship straight to customers

Robert Deford, owner of Boordy Vineyards, in Hydes, is hoping that after 30 years, 2011 proves to be a vintage year for legislation that would allow Maryland wineries to ship products to customers through the mail.


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03/06/11

Severn Patch:

Maryland Wineries Hopeful As Legislature Takes on Direct Shipping

Passage of two bills could make shipping wine to customers in Maryland legal for the first time since a ban prohibited direct shipping in 1933.


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02/11/11

The Capital; Annapolis:

Debate over direct wine shipping causing sour grapes

By Liam Farrell Wine connoisseurs could get a reason to toast the General Assembly this session, but the victory could have a sour aftertaste. Although there is plenty of support in both chambers this year to allow the direct shipment of wine to Maryland consumers,... read more >


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02/07/11

Washington Post:

Md.''s wine shipment laws create smuggling routes from D.C. and Va.

To find that rare California cabernet or New York Riesling, wine aficionados in the Maryland suburbs of Washington are routinely, and in many cases unknowingly, breaking state law to get around rules that restrict residents from having wine shipped to their homes.... read more >


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02/01/11

Baltimore Sun:

Table Talk: Drovers Grill gives support to Maryland wines– The new Mount Airy restaurant exclusively serves wines from its home state

By Richard Gorelick Drovers Grill & Wine Co. opened in early November in Mount Airy, about two-thirds of the way to Frederick from Baltimore. Located at a historic Maryland crossroads, Drovers occupies a fairly plain-looking structure that was most recently the... read more >


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01/31/11

The Washington Post:

Wine shipment bill has support from majority of Maryland lawmakers

By Ann E. Marimow Maryland wine lovers may soon rejoice. Legislation that would allow state residents to order bottles of their favorite pinot noir and chardonnay directly to their homes this year has broad bipartisan support from a majority of lawmakers, including... read more >


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