June 23, 2023
CENTREVILLE — June 17 was a beautiful day here, especially for a day long festival celebrating Maryland’s rich history of producing fine wines, beer and spirits. DrinkMaryland is an open-air market and happy hour event that is perfect for a casual Saturday afternoon of showcasing Maryland makers.
Making several stops throughout Maryland, the 2023 event series features local producers, artisans, and musicians. While DrinkMaryland events are free to attend, tasting passes could be ordered in advance to sample locally made wine, beer, and spirits.
Saturday’s event featured local musicians Chesapeake Sons & Philip Dutton, The Alligators, a guest appearance by “The Wine Coach”, and a multitude of local vendors as well as a selection of more than 40 of Maryland’s beer wine and spirits producers.To continue reading, visit the Bay Times website.
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A Maryland Wine Experience: Celebrate Local Wine In Annapolis
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Wine lovers should mark their calendars for April 15th and April 16th, as the Maryland Wineries Association and Graduate Annapolis host “A Maryland Wine Experience.” This two-day event showcases wines from Maryland and abroad and features educational master classes, a bubbly and fun sparkling reception, the walkaround grand tasting and guided winery tours at two esteemed Maryland vineyards.
“We are thrilled that the inaugural Maryland Wine Experience is taking place in Annapolis,” says the Maryland Wineries Association’s acting Executive Director, Kelly Dudeck. “We’ve been planning this event for three long years and can’t wait to celebrate the state’s growing wine industry. This event and our venue provide us with the perfect setting to highlight quality, discuss terroir and experience a diverse collection of wines.”
On Saturday, April 15, attendees may attend Master Classes, covering topics ranging from wine and oyster pairings to creating collaborative wine, beer and spirits releases with other local producers. Following the day’s classes, guests are invited to enjoy tastings and live music at the sparkling reception and walkaround grand tasting, where the wine selection includes offerings from local and international wineries.
The program for Sunday, April 16 includes guided wine tours of Great Frogs Winery and the Vineyards at Dodon. Led by a Vino 301 Tour Ambassador, these great excursion packages include transportation, bottled water, charcuterie, and private tours of the vineyards and wineries. Those taking the tour will learn about local winemaking and sample delicious, locally-made wines.
“We are thrilled to partner with our Maryland Wineries Association friends to welcome guests to savor Maryland wines in the historic city of Annapolis and encourage all to enjoy the many shops, attractions, and restaurants throughout the region,” said Kristen Pironis, Executive Director of Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. “We’re proud that Anne Arundel County is home to a growing craft beverage industry and we raise a glass to occasions like these that bring people together to support our state’s thriving wine industry—Cheers!”
Tickets for A Maryland Wine Experience are currently on sale as packages or as á la carte options. Don’t miss out on your chance to experience the best of Maryland wine. For more information about this event, and to purchase your tickets, please visit our event ticketing page. Guests interested in booking a stay at the Graduate Annapolis can do so here. The Maryland Wineries Association has partnered with Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County and the Maryland Department of Commerce Office of Tourism to promote A Maryland Wine Experience. Maryland wine is a vital contributor to the state’s tourism economy; Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County and the Maryland Department of Commerce Office of Tourism have remained dedicated to promoting the success of agritourism throughout Maryland.
About the Maryland Wineries Association. The Maryland Wineries Association (MWA), formed in 1984, is the non-profit trade association that represents more than 85 member wineries in Maryland. MWA’s mission is to develop and expand Maryland’s grape and wine industry – through education and promotion.
Join us All March long for specials on our Tasting Flights, live music, celebrations, and bottle discounts as we observe Maryland Wine Month!
March 22-April 2 We end Maryland Wine Month by featuring our White Wine Flight. The first day of Spring is here, and thoughts of sipping cool white wines are catching up to us. Taste our white wines, all fermented in stainless steel, and pick your favorite for the summer. Both dry and sweet, the featured wines are Vidal Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sweet Denise, and Just Peachy (made with Vidal Blanc grapes and real peach !) Find your favorite for summertime sipping, and enjoy 10% off your bottle purchase.Want to stock up? We are also offering 15% off the price of a case of these wines. Mix and match your favorites for more savings!
In celebration of the beginning of Spring, we are extending these discounts on the White wine flight and the bottle and case discounts through the weekend and ending April 2.
Picnics are always welcome. Live Music every weekend. Tasting Flights not available during ticketed events. 21+ only in the tasting Room, All Ages Welcome outside.
Plan your visit today! We’ll see you soon!