The Tasting Table
Friday, April 25th at 4:00:
* Remember, when you purchase any of the featured wines during our tasting events, you will receive a 10% discount or the super-discounted sale price, whichever saves you more!
Today, we're going to taste some wines from another Maryland winery, that has an entire label dedicated to fruit wines, and another strictly for wines from grapes.
Get ready for a taste of...
Mt. Airy, MD
Linganore Wine Cellars is a family operated vineyard and winery that was established in 1971. It is nestled on 230 acres of Maryland's picturesque rolling countryside.
Since those early days, they have created a splendid variety of wines which have won over 200 medals in national and international competitions.
Today they produce over 30 wines, ranging from stylish white and red dinner wines to elegant semi-sweet grape, fruit, and honey wines.
We'd like to pour you some samples of these wines this Friday evening, and let you taste for yourself some of this Maryland goodness! Let's start with some fruit wines...
Blackberry - $14.99: This medium bodied semi-sweet wine is produced from ripe blackberries. This wine is full of flavors and aromas of the fully ripened fruit.
Strawberry - $14.99: Soft, medium bodied, semi-sweet pure fruit wine. Enticingly aromatic and full of flavor.
NV Skipjack - $13.99: This full bodied sweet white wine is complex with notes of honeysuckle and peach on the pallet with a crisp clean finish. Enjoy the refreshing taste of summer in a bottle.
2012 Terrapin - $13.99: Medium bodied semi-dry white wine with hints of honeysuckle and stone fruit, similar to a drier Riesling.
NV Black Raven - $13.99: Made from a proprietary blend of red grapes, Black Raven is bursting with fresh berry aromas! This light bodied red blend has a pleasantly dry finish. Great on its own or paired with food.
2011 Red Skins - $18.99: Made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin and Cabernet Franc, this medium bodied red wine is earthy with restrained fruit and round tannins making for a complex dinner wine. Estate Bottled, and winner of the 2013 Wine Master's Choice Gold Medal!
This Saturday, Starting at 1:00:
Just a few weeks ago, Brenden was in Bordeaux evaluating the 2013 vintage from various Chateaux in the French countryside from towns with names like Margaux, Pomerol and St. Emilion.
The Bordeaux region's wine making aristocracy hosts this annual event in order to allow buyers from around the world to get an early appreciation for their products, and to establish baseline pricing for the futures markets.
It's important and rewarding work, and we very much appreciate Brenden's sacrifices on our behalf. Especially the day he had to endure a dozen or more Sauternes wines interspersed with oysters on the half shell and duck liver pate! Poor Brenden...
Welcome home - now get to work!!
With the celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd, Brenden thought it would be a good idea to spotlight some of the wonderful wines from around the world that are made with an ecological, ethical and spiritual approach.
These include wines made using biodynamic, sustainable or organic farming practices, limiting or eliminating any chemical fertilizers, sprays or additives, and which try to minimize their carbon footprint on the planet.
Think of them as "Tree Hugger" wines if you like, and we hope you will join Brenden as he presents them to you this Saturday afternoon. Here's what's on the table:
2011 Paul Blanck Riesling - $20.99: Alsace, France - At Paul Blanck et Fils, the main preoccupation is respecting the vines and the soil, creating a natural ecosystem in the vineyards that allows the terroir to shine through.
In the case of this light straw yellow wine, you will notice light floral notes and fine acidity. The flavors of lemon and pineapple are enhanced by a distinctly Alsatian mineral note that enhances the sweet floral finish.
2011 Viña Ilusión Rioja - $15.99: Rioja, Spain - It is rare to find a pure and unadulterated wine from Rioja. While the region has the most illustrious reputation in Spanish wines, unfortunately, they are often so overly manipulated that their identity has lost its sense of place.
This is what makes the beautifully non-interventionist Rioja of Viña Ilusión so exciting; their wine is simply the essence of their vineyard and the way it's farmed. It is certified organic, wild yeast fermented, and bottled with minimal added sulfites. This is an unoaked Tempranillo with tremendous purity and drinkability, floral notes, citrus, and a lovely mouthwatering minerality.
2011 Millbrandt Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon - $17.99: Prosser, WA - Blended with 12% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, this classic Cabernet Sauvignon is smooth and rich with aromas of ripe plum, blackberry and subtle notes of mint. Layered dark cherry and mocha flavors are paired with gentle tannins leading to a full, luscious finish.
2011 Millbrandt Vineyards "Brothers' Blend" - $17.99: The "Brothers' Blend", named for brothers Butch and Jerry Millbrandt, is a blend of 6 red grape varietals from the Columbia Valley. In fact, this was an accidental blend of the reserve tier juice. What a wonderful mistake!! It offers enticing aromas of fresh blueberry, cherry, plum and vanilla. The palate is robust, yet supple, with generous flavors of dark berry, dense cocoa, vanilla and a hint of spice that is beautifully framed by polished tannins and a long finish.