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Jan 24, 2014

Eastern Shore winery war continues

A Talbot County couple cries foul over a fledgling winery's request to keep storing its wine on site.

Dec 17, 2013

Grapes allowed, winery banned in Talbot County

A federal judge has put a cork in a fledgling Talbot County winery. Chateau Bu-De LLC will be allowed to grow and harvest grapes but cannot process them into wine on the property.

Oct 7, 2013

Picking day

Picking day dawned clear. As I started up the tree, the trunk was as cool as marble.

Nov 26, 2012

Giving thanks for Beaujolais

What makes this part of fall special is the chance to purchase a dry wine mellow enough to be enjoyed in the same autumn it is made.

Jul 30, 2012

The hawk’s call means change

The first I noticed the hawk’s call was around July 4. I fetched binoculars and spotted it perched high in the tree across the road. ...

Jun 12, 2012

Working the graveyard shift

Sometimes in my job as winegrower I am required, on short notice, to work the graveyard shift. That happened in recent days when deer jumped the electric fence around my 2-acre vineyard and feasted on grapevine leaves and little fruit clusters. Problem is, I never witnessed this moonlight dining, between midnight and dawn. My electric […]

May 30, 2012

A big sale — to China

Just about anything, at any time, can happen working retail. But, two weeks ago at our small winery, something occurred that I suspect could only happen right now, during China’s ascending financial star. During a tasting with four business professionals, only Eli, having lived in New York City for many years, spoke English. She effortlessly […]

Apr 24, 2012

Newest Frederick Co. winery grows in Thurmont

THURMONT — Voytek Fizyta is not waiting until his grapes mature before beginning the process of turning the succulent treats into wine. While his grapes grow, Fizyta is using the oldest method to make wines at Catoctin Breeze Vineyard in Thurmont. Fizyta’s grapes will be ready for harvesting later this year, but the Polish immigrant […]

Sep 21, 2011

In Anne Arundel County, an urban vineyard is taking hold

On fields overlooking a Quiet Waters vista, a mop-headed dog named Finn McCool weaves in and out of rows of vines, his tail sweeping by bunches of tiny pearl-sized grapes. Finn lives on the 28-acre Harness Creek Vineyards with vintners Nate and Andrea O’Shea and accompanies them as they tend to the rows of chardonnay, […]

May 3, 2011

New vineyard adds to Md. wine-making industry

ROHRERSVILLE — A new vineyard in Washington County is adding to Maryland’s wine-making industry. Big Cork Vineyards said Tuesday it has begun cultivating 13 varieties of grapes on 22 acres near Rohrersville. Co-owner Dave Collins says the company plans to build a winery within two years and a tasting room within three. He says the […]

Jan 13, 2011

Maryland wineries hope to bottle growth trends

Maryland wineries are growing in number around the state, as the fledgling industry attracts more entrepreneurs. In 2010, six more wineries opened, an 8 percent increase to bring the total to 49, according to the Maryland Wineries Association. Sales at Free State wineries totaled $15.4 million in 2009 — the most recent sales figures available […]

Jan 13, 2011

From grape to glass: A day on the DeJon Vineyard

John Wilkerson and Denise McClosky, the owners and operators of the DeJon Vineyard in Baltimore County, gave The Daily Record a tour of their land and showed us how they make their wine. The DeJon Vineyard, which opened in 2010, is one of six that opened that year, and is part of the growing wine industry in Maryland.

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