It’s not too early to talk about Thanksgiving, especially when we’re a mere two weeks away from one of my favorite holidays, if not my favorite altogether.
As I referenced weeks ago, if timing and the universe worked out, I would revisiting some of my favorite stations from the Maryland Wine Festival. And I’m honored to present my favorite to you today, Thanksgiving Farm.
Why I had never heard of them until now is just one of those things. But that’s the joy of this journey. The wine experience will go on till eternity. Just when you think you’ve started to narrow down the choices in your area, let alone globally, more just tend to sneak up on you.
The micro of this came into play at the festival. I’ve been to a decent amount of these wineries or, at the very least, sampled their vintages somewhere. This was my inaugural tasting of their wines, and what a remarkable experience this was.
This years festival was done mostly by myself. After doing a few loops and walking around in repetitive circular motion can get rather boring quickly, that the tasting experience can be rendered meaningless. If you’re not in the best mood than the wines may not as taste as well versus being in a harmonious position.
After a few seconds of telling myself this festival is about fun, this gorgeous banner showed up in my field of vision. And the lovely folks at Thanksgiving Farms welcomed me with opens farms.
I felt like I’ve known Doug and Maureen Heimbuch for years.
While exchanging pleasantries I explained this thing of mine and promised I would write about them sometime in November leading up to this most celebratory of holidays. What perfect name for this winery. And I’ve yet to even talk about their wines.
What I loved was their no nonsense approach to this festival. They had two wines to taste, both reds, and both were Meritage. I sampled a 2011 and 2010 respectively.
The mood I was in made these great wines taste even better. I said wines because I did get to try both. Even though the 2010 (Reserve) was a premium pour. They gave it to me on the house and it was quite the treat. That’s going above and beyond.
The wines are priced at $19.95 for the 2011 and $24.95 for the 2010 Reserve. I think are both worth that but it’s understandable if that’s out of your price range. As I’ve said before, $20 is right around my cut-off. But both of these wines are worth the prices being listed.
I can’t say which I loved more. But the blends of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot , and Cabernet Sauvignon in both vintages were champion caliber. The Reserve tasted ligter than I thought it would but that’s not a complaint. I’ll safely assume blackberry, cherry, among other fruits encompass these blends. But more importantly the soul behind these wines makes me yearn for more. These were excellent.
Their world class hospitality is going to make me come to them. The intent is to make a visit. I was hoping it would be before the holiday. That still may happen. But if it’s later on I will still be happy to to a strong write-up about what I can only assume will be just as world class of an experience, and wine tasting.
I look forward to trying more of their wines, which can you see listed across the page. So the two they presented to the patrons of the festival was fantastic preview of what’s to come.
Here’s a rundown of my past posts from this years and last years Maryland Wine Festival.
Happy Early Thanksgiving and you know many great holiday posts are coming!