The Washington Post did a neat article on Maryland Wine in their food section yesterday. They report a couple of interesting tidbits. First that Maryland wineries are up from 15 in 2000 to 52 today, with 15 additional applications pending. I also liked the information that Black Ankle Vineyards was the first Maryland winery that sought out land (poor, rocky soils on relatively steep slopes) specifically for grape growing rather than planting on a previously owned farm. Exciting times and you as a Frederick County resident are living in the center of Maryland’s wine country.
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Happy Maryland Wine week everybody! Apparently June 3rd through June 12th has been declared Maryland Wine Week by Governor O’Malley. Havent really heard of any special events in our area in response to this. Have you?
With the legislative session just around the corner here is an organization worthy of a look by readers of this blog: Marylanders For Better Beer and Wine Laws. As most of you know it is illegal to directly ship wine to an individual in Maryland. Ridiculous and crazy I know and something I have railed against for a while. So what is one to do? Have a close friend who lives in West Virginia and whose wife is a stay at home mom who can sign for packages? Well that’s one solution, but the real answer to the problem is to get involved. Every year for the past few years a bill has been introduced to change the law and every year the bill dies in the legislature. The wholesalers have deep pockets and do not want to see their monopoly broken so it is an uphill battle.
I will update readers as the session goes on but one great way is to join and support organizations like MBBWL.