The Maryland Wineries Association presents A Maryland Wine Experience, showcasing the best of Maryland wine in a three-part consumer event. Winemakers, winery owners and expert winery staff will be on hand to talk about their wines and offer a sneak peek into why they’re so passionate about what they do. Focused on exploration and education, you are invited to attend all three parts of A Maryland Wine Experience.
This unique spring wine experience will be hosted at the Graduate Annapolis – book your room today and stay for the weekend. Our full-event package includes admission to one Master Class from each session, our effervescent Sparkling Reception and the Grand Tasting, featuring dozens of Maryland-grown wines and wines from abroad.
We invite you to attend all three sessions of this great event.
If you’d prefer to attend individual sessions of the event, don’t hesitate to build your own experience and purchase individual session passes for the Master Class Sessions, the Sparkling Reception and the Grand Tasting.
And if you love the featured wines, visit the Maryland Wine Bottle Shop where you can purchase any of the wines to take home at the end of your visit. Winemakers not included, though…
On the second day of our multi-day event we’re working with Vino 301 to offer a curated and all-inclusive wine tourism experience at Great Frogs Winery and The Vineyards at Dodon. Join the Vino 301 Tour Ambassador for a customized and guided local winery tour experience.
We look forward to seeing you at A Maryland Wine Experience this April.
Learn. Sparkle. Taste.
PART I – LEARN
Master Classes | SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
What’s better than learning about something you enjoy? Wine education is a large part of A Maryland Wine Experience and we’ve curated a selection of excellent Master Classes. Each of these classes gives you an opportunity to experience wine with a newfound sense of appreciation.
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Blending Master Class | SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Individual Tickets – $75
Join us in the Carrick Bend conference room for this hands-on seminar will learn about why wine blends are so important to a winemaker’s portfolio. You’ll learn how to create your own Bordeaux blend wine and will take away your own small bottle of a customized wine.
This session will include the following panel and will be moderated by Brett Drucker of Own Your Palate.
- Judy Crow, Crow Farm Vineyard & Winery
- … AND MORE
Oysters & Wine Master Class | SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Individual Tickets – $75
This IS the Chesapeake Bay and oysters are an everyday part of Maryland’s ecosystem and cuisine. Learn about oysters, how they contribute to the Bay, the flavors that different oysters present and which wines pair well with these awesome, local bivalves.
Learn about the wonderful marriage between local oysters and wine from our great panel, moderated by Abby Casarella, Maryland Wineries Association, and Jason Whiteside in the Bowline conference room.
- Olivia Caretti, Oyster Recovery Partnership
- Dan Worrell, Shell & Barrel
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Library Wines of Maryland Master Class | SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Individual Tickets – $75
Commercial winemaking has flourished in Maryland for more than 50 years. Join our State Viticulturist, Maryland Wine Champion, and Maryland Wine Historian in the Carrick Bend conference room for an educational walk through a tasting of wines dating back several decades.
Our panel of great Maryland wine personalities includes:
- Moderator: Regina McCarthy, Author, “Maryland Wine: A Full-Bodied History” and GM at The Vineyards at Dodon
- Dr. Joe Fiola, Principal Agent at the University of Maryland Extension
- Al Spoler, Co-Host, WYPR “Cellar Notes” and MPT “Maryland Farm & Harvest”
Clever Collabs Master Class | SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Individual Tickets – $75
Expanding the world of wine to include spirits and beer. Beer made with wine, spirits aged in wine barrels, wines aged in spirits barrels; it’s all happening in Maryland! Join a tri-industry group for a talk and tasting of these collaborative efforts in the Bowline conference room.
Moderated by Vanessa Cominsky, Sommelier, Prestige-Ledroit Distributing this panel includes representatives from:
- Boordy Vineyards & Sagamore Spirit
- Crow Farm Vineyard & Winery & Sapwood Cellars
- Mazzaroth Vineyard & McClintock Distilling Co.
- The Port of Leonardtown Winery & Tobacco Barn Distillery
PART II – SPARKLE
The Sparkling Reception | SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Individual Tickets – $55
Starring Maryland’s best sparkling wines, the Sparkling Reception offers enthusiasts an opportunity to explore delicious, bubbly wine from home and abroad. Complete with light hors d’oeuvres, the Sparkling Reception kicks off an elegant evening of wine tasting, live music, and fun.
If you’re joining us for the Grand Tasting, be sure to include the Sparkling Reception as part of your Maryland Wine Experience.
PART III – TASTE
The Grand Tasting | SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Individual Tickets – $85
The Grand Tasting at A Maryland Wine Experience features a curated selection of wines that are renowned for their exceptional flavor and quality. We’ll be showcasing varietals that shine in our state, with comparative tastings of the same varietals from other winemaking regions. Wines included in this tasting session include Maryland-made wine and wine styles from abroad.
Learn about the care and consideration that goes into growing and making world-class wines while enjoying live music. An array of scrumptious light appetizers is available to attendees of the Grand Tasting.
This excellent event will include wines from a curated selection of Maryland wineries and some guest wineries, including:
• 61 Vineyards • Big Cork Vineyards • Black Ankle Vineyards • Boordy Vineyards • Boyd Cru Wines • Catoctin Breeze Vineyard • Corteau Vineyards • Crow Vineyard & Winery • Elk Run VIneyards • Linganore Winecellars • Links Bridge Vineyards • Old Westminster Winery • Philosophy Winery • Port of Leonardtown Winery • Robin Hill Farm & Vineyards • Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard • Thanksgiving Farm Vineyards and Winery • The Urban Winery of Silver Spring • The Vineyards at Dodon • Two Lions Vineyards • Windridge Vineyards •
We are highlighting exceptional, Maryland-grown wines during A Maryland Wine Experience. View our wine list here.
VINO 301 WINE TOURS
Guided Wine Tour from Vino 301 | SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 11:15 am
On Sunday, April 16, Vino 301 will provide guided tours to two local wineries, Great Frogs Winery and The Vineyards at Dodon. On the tour, you will visit these two Maryland wineries that are producing high-quality fine wines and striving to make a beneficial impact on their communities and the ecology.
This guided tour experience will convene at 11:15 am at the Graduate Annapolis. The Vino 301 Tour Ambassador will head up an outing that includes transportation, private vineyard tours, meetings with local winemakers, charcuterie, light snacks and bottled water. Following the tour, you’ll receive a tote bag and souvenir wine glass home from this memorable tour.
ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
BOOK YOUR HOTEL STAY AT GRADUATE ANNAPOLIS NOW
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A Maryland Wine Experience is curated for Maryland residents and visitors. We’d like to thank our promotional partners at Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County for their ongoing support of this great event.
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