Life is full of the unexpected and the awesome. I found myself near the Eastern Shore of Maryland yesterday, and had an inspired idea to find the closest winery near Easton, MD. Per investigating, I drive 15 minutes to the beautiful, St. Michaels Winery. What an absolute treat this was.
A big thank you to Elizabeth, who had me sample some delicious wines. Our conversation was on par with people who just enjoy wine and are big into user friendly descriptions of what is being tasted.
I am not a huge fan of dessert wine, but I am all for trying new things. So I tried to the Chocolate Zin, and I was the told the flavor would resonate with me for 15 minutes. It certainly did just that. My first response was it tasted like Halloween candy. At $25, it was a bit steep for what I was looking for. But it’s a good wine for all year round. A great after dinner wine for the holidays would be apropos.
In addition, I tried the Pinot Gris, which contained hints of apple and pear. I could detect the apple. It’s more suited for warm weather months. I found it to be decent, but in the Springtime may appreciate it more.
The “Martha” Chambourcin was not what I expected. This was Oak aged, but it seemed lighter than Chambourcin’s I’ve had in the past. Maybe I was looking for something more powerful.
The Island Beauty was fantastic. It’s a mix of Cab Sav, Cab Franc, and Merlot. I was told to look for hints of tobacco. I didn’t taste it. At $45 this was a tough call. It’s a bottle I would definitely purchase in future. But I opted to go with the…
“Island Belle” Sangiovese. It’s a light bodied wine that can be drank any time. No thrills and can be used for any occasion. At $20, I was thrilled to buy it and take it as a souvenir. This will definitely be opened in time for Christmas.
I have uploaded photos from my visit yesterday, including one of the original wine press, which you can see below.
There is something so authentic and charming about visiting a winery. Most of the time, I get a good aura from these visits. Many are family run. So you know there is a lot of joy and feeling emanating. I look forward to my next impromptu (or not) visit. Thanks so much.