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A delicious, modern-style, juicy Cab made by my friends Charles and Tony in a home winery. Loads of ripe cherry and plum with a toasty caramel undertone. Medium-full bodied with a silky texture. Proof that lovely fruit is grown in Maryland and skilled amateurs are capable of wonderful things.

New Job

Beginning January 2, 2014 I will have a new job at Roots Market in Olney, MD. Managing a beer and wine department with a focus on sustainable/organic/biodynamic and local products, while not an absolute necessity to me, is in line with my personal philosophies (as is likely evident to many of you who have read my prior posts). Ideally, this will provide me with more time and material for this blog which has languished badly over the last year.

With that said, I wish you all joy akin to that which I am experiencing so far this holiday season. Merry whatever you’re into and happy next go-’round!

The Final Round

The Final Round

I spent all day yesterday with friends and colleagues tasting and judging Maryland wines. This is the fifth year I have been a judge in this competition and each year provides new insight into the direction Maryland wines are headed. After years of dominance by white wines in the competition, the last few years showed the current success and tremendous potential of red wines. This year, whites seemed to dominate again. There was no clear evidence to me that this was due to vintage conditions across the board, rather, some redirection by winemakers toward working with new or more historically successful varieties.
With red and white varieties sharing the stage on more equal footing in the enormous final rounds of gold medalists in this and prior year’s competitions bodes quite well for the future of wine quality on the whole in our state. Congratulations to all Maryland winemakers for their efforts to release the best possible wines.

Kinda on the fly and in a hurry, but here goes…

Origin: Princess Anne, Maryland, USA

Composition: 100% Heyser Farm Spencerville Red apples

Appearance: foggy green-tinged straw yellow

Nose: ripe red apples, ginseng, honey

Palate: same as nose, super-clean, dry, and crisp

Mouthfeel: round front-palate with a lean, but long and fruitful finish

This is a cider I have been in love with for a couple of years now (a consistent gold medal winner at the Maryland Governor’s Cup wine competition). Not easy to find, even in our immediate market, but well worth going out of your way for. Crisp and refreshing for the Summer, but not un-shy at 8% alcohol. A fine breakfast cider that pairs well with a mixed-veggie frittata and potatoes.


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