October 1, 2020
You can’t write about Boordy Vineyards and its 75th birthday without focusing some time on Philip Wagner, a newspaperman and winemaking pioneer who along with his wife Jocelyn opened the winery in 1945 in suburban Baltimore.
On the media side, he worked for the Baltimore Sun for almost 35 years, replacing H.L. Mencken as editorial page editor in 1938. A longtime editorial writer, according to his obituary in the New York Times, his interest in wine grew to a point where he and his wife opened the winery while also managing a nursery by the same name. His legacy will remain his promotion of the use of French American hybrids such as Seyval, Vidal and Chambourcin in America.
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