I’ve been to a decent amount of wine festivals in Maryland and I always enjoy myself. I mean how can you not? There’s great wines to sample, great food, great company, and the weather is usually cooperative. The Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival was no exception.
When we go to our local county or winery event, we do get a lot of repeat visitors, which leads to tasting many of the same wines year after year or month after month. But that doesn’t mean it’s boring or repetitive. Many local wineries have new vintages, new years, and even new grapes altogether. But for my first of three posts at this years event, I am excited to a write about a debut of a new winery! And it was in my opinion the best experience of this years festival.
They were energetic, passionate, accommodating, and willing to answer any question posed to them. They took their time with each person at their booth. When there’s a new winery in the area, there will be plenty of curiosity seekers. This is a young, family winery run by youth and exuberance.
From talking to the winemakers, they mentioned this was their first major event and seemed appreciative and honored to be there. Their energy rubbed off on the crowd. With all the other wineries, food, and vendor booths in the vicinity, they come off unassuming, approachable, and endearing all at the same time. In middle of all the heavy hitters in Maryland, they really were a breath of fresh air.
They proclaim a fusion of American, Italian, and Spanish ways to create wine and the results were masterful. They have three bottles and all three were a joy to taste and sample.
Tempranillo, Rose, and Albariño is what was being sampled. These are the three they currently make and they were all phenomenal. Since they’re so new, I don’t have much to research and interpret of what other elements may be included in these offerings. So I will just say they were all a pleasure to sip and they went down smooth. They tasted approachable and down to earth like the folks that made the wine. You can tell there is a genuine soul behind what was made.
I’ve really grown to like Rose’s recently and this was something to be savored. Albariño is not a wine I’ve had much experience with, but this was fun too. As the days get hotter and brighter, these are more of the types of bottles I will be seeking out.
The Tempranillo was my favorite. We loved it so much, we bought our own bottle. It didn’t taste as full as many I’ve had before, but on a hot day like today, this was perfect. And at under $20.00, this was a bargain. It was worth that and more.
I am happy to support local wineries that feel passionate about what they’re doing and make awesome wines at the same time.
We enjoyed our wine with some yummy crackers, chips, dips, hummus, roasted pecans, nuts, and other fun foodies.
They are not yet open to the public, but when they are, I’ll be sure to take a drive to their winery in Rising Sun and report on hopefully another wonderful experience there.
People like this is why I love wine and love talking about wine. They make this thing so easy, so fun, and so enjoyable. I appreciate all of it.
For now, I am craving another bottle of theirs and wish I had gotten more. This was some of the friendliest bunch of people I’ve ever encountered at an event such as this. They were genuine, unpretentious, and willing to go to extra mile to answer any questions. That to me is just as important to wine tasting experience, as the wine itself. This is one of those experiences that was so positive, that it will resonate with me for a lifetime.