While the weather outside might be frightful, but wine can be so delightful at this time of year!
While you may just want to curl up in front of the fireplace, a trip to one of our region’s many wineries can be just as cozy. According to the Maryland Wineries Association (MWA), there are nearly 1,000 acres of grapes growing in Maryland, from the mountains of Garrett and Allegany to the shores of the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland, there are more than 70 MWA member wineries in our state. Spend a day or weekend in wine country, or enjoy one of the many events offered by wineries around the state this month:
12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, Md.
Boordy Vineyards, located in Hydes, offers “Trucks ‘N’ Tunes” every Saturday and Sunday in January from 1 to 5 p.m. Guests gather in their handsome 19th century barn to enjoy live music from some of the region’s finest performers, and food-truck fare is available from Pasta La Vista on Saturdays and Brick’n’Fire Pizza on Sundays.
Admission is free and Wine tastings are optional ($8 or $15). Live Music from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. includes: Jan 6 — Jon Zorn; Jan 7 — Art Wachter & Friends; Jan 13 — Take 2; Jan 14 — Jay Swanson; Jan 20 — Tom Beers & Friends; Jan 21 — Dan Haas; Jan 27 — Dear Creek; Jan 28 — Smooth Groove. For more information, go to www.boordy.com.
5300 Hydes Rd., Hydes, Md.
DeJon Vineyard, also located in Hydes, is a family owned and operated winery that opened in June 2010. Previously a farm, established in 1996, the original barn has been renovated into the country-chic tasting room. Dejon offers two different event series throughout January.
Seasonal Saturdays are free for all ages with musical entertainment indoors from 1 to 4:00 p.m., or you can relax on the winery porch Food vendors will be on site so you can purchase your meals or bring your own snacks or picnic. Entertainment includes: Jan 6 – Tony Caluto Unplugged; Jan 13 – Radio Religion; Jan 20 – Sabrina Duo; Jan 27 – Three’s a Crowd. Feel Good Fridays feature live music entertainment indoors from 7 to 10 p.m., dancing, wine and food vendors, including Chef mac’s Louisiana Cuisine. Admission is $10.00 per person, ages 21+ only. You are also welcome to bring your own snacks or a picnic. Performers include: Jan 12 – The R.A.T. Pack; Jan 19 – Baltimore Rockabilly; Jan 26 – Speed of Sound (Paul McCartney Tribute Band). For more information, go to www.dejonvineyard.com.
Harford Vineyard and Winery
1311 W. Jarrettsville Road, Forest Hill, Md.
Harford Vineyard and Winery is located in the heart of the Piedmont wine trail region of Harford County. Harford Vineyard was founded in 2003 when Vidal and Traminette grapes were planted. They later added Merlot grapes in 2006. Harford Vineyard is offering Fireside Saturdays throughout January, featuring free live music from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. along with their extensive wine list. Entertainment includes: Jan 6 — John Weber; Jan 13 — Angelique Henle; Jan 20 — Bread & Cheese Duo; Jan 27 — Justin & Lauren.
Harford Vineyard will also be offering a Wine Glass & Bell Paint Night on January 18 from 7 to 9:30 pm. $40 per person includes Bell, Glass, Grapevine, Cork and your choice between wood or slate base. All paint and supplies will be provided. All wine purchases (glasses or bottles) will be 10% off during the class. Please feel free to bring snacks. For more information, go to harfordvineyard.com.
13601 Glissans Mill Rd., Mt. Airy, Md.
Berrywine Plantations/Linganore Winecellars is a family operated vineyard and winery nestled on 230 acres of picturesque rolling countryside, just northeast of historic New Market. On January 12 from 7 to 10 p.m., the winery will host a Hot 80s Dance Party. Wear your best 80s outfit, sky-high hair, neon colors and spandex anything, and head to Linganore for a retro-trip back in time. The cost of $15.00 per person includes a glass of wine. Must be 21 or older to attend. For more information, go to www.linganorewines.com.
Serpent Ridge Vineyard
2962 Nicodemus Rd., Westminster, Md.
Serpent Ridge Vineyard, located in Carroll County is Westminster’s first Vineyard Winery. Founded in 2009, Serpent Ridge specializes in small lots of handmade wine. The vineyard is hosting several events this month for those of us feeling a little artsy! The First Friday – Sip & Sign Paint Night will be held on January 5 from 6 to 9:00 p.m. There will be a variety of sign templates and paints to give you the capability to make your own sign. $32 admission includes a piece of wood about 7″x 14″, painting supplies and a light wine tasting for participants 21 and older.
Serpent Ridge will also host Sipping and Coloring Fun on January 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. Spend a relaxing evening sipping wine with friends and coloring in your own 20-page wine-themed coloring book. $16 includes your book, 12 colored pencils and a glass of wine of your choosing. This event for those age 21 and over. The final January paint night will be Sip and Paint a Wine Carafe on January 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. $33 includes one glass wine carafe, painting supplies, instructor and a light wine tasting for guests 21 and older. For all events, additional wine may be purchased and you are more than welcome to bring your own snacks. For more information, go to www.serpentridge.com.