When I got the opportunity to meet Fred Wilson of Elk Run Winery, I knew I was in for a laid back and relaxed tasting experience. I suspect when I explained to the volunteer that I wrote about wine that she thought I was more serious then I actually let on. She introduced me to Fred and we had a nice rapport right away. I didn’t have anything too over-the-top or high brow to ask. We’re at a wine festival. And the weather is beautiful. Life isn’t that serious. And that leads me to my final post from Great Grapes.
At this point in the afternoon it was rapid-fire. I wanted to sample as much as I could while still being objective and appreciating what I was sipping. Without further adieu I got to try two of of Elk Run’s wines, despite all the bottled in that photo above, as the area was packed elbow-to-elbow. And I’m not exaggerating here. Room was at a premium.
In many ways, the two I got to try could not be more opposite and makes this all come full circle.
First, was the Cabernet Franc. I don’t see it listed under their reds on their site, so I’m glad I was able to get a snapshot at the tasting table itself. This is lighter than similar wine with the same grape that I’m used to. It doesn’t mean I didn’t like it and with the weather being what it was, and us being outdoors I h ad no problem getting a more medium bodied helping for this day. It wasn’t one of my favorites. And at almost $30, that may be a bit steep for me budget.
However, the Annapolis Sunset is what this festival and what this season is all about. First impressions can be misleading, but how can you not fall in love with that label? I was certain that this wine was automatically based on this artwork and the feeling associated with the wine. I’ve repeatedly stated in my writing and with friends how much I love Annapolis. This one really hits home.
Funny how I’ve sung the praises of this wine without even getting a taste. This is as simple and approachable a wine as I’ve tasted. It’s what I would be raving about when I started to segue from the sweeter wines and an evolving into the more dryer wines. This is a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio, according to the tasting sheet. At $16 this seems like a reasonable buy.
Yet if you look on the site it lists the aforementioned Cab and Viognier. The funny thing is I hope it’s the latter, or do I? I’ve had a hard time adjusting to Pinot Gris. I prefer Viognier for the fuller bodied wines that come from the grape. That’s not to knock the Pinot Grigio. It’s just never clicked with me. So if it’s the former, then my palates have expanded some more. And that makes this journey takes some twists and tuns I hadn’t planned for. And that’s the point of this thing.
I wanted to thank Fred for taking a few minutes to chat with me. I promised him I’d be as nice as possible, and I hope I’ve succeeded.
As I’ve intimated in the past, Elk Run is another winery I’d love to visit in person, to get a more up-close-and-personal feel that you may not always get a festival.
If you’re interested in purchasing bottles you can go here, for where to buy locally you can click here.
Their list of events look exciting too! I’m digging everything about this place and I’ve yet to even set foot at the winery itself.
For all of my recent and posts from the Great Grapes Festival, click here.
More to come this Summer! Enjoy all the sunrises and sunsets you can. We’re in the midst of some of the longest days of the year. I intend to make the most of ’em.
All The Best,