Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat, Jul 29 2006 - Great Grapes Wine & Arts Festival (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Kimberly Engle, Colin Babb
Participants:Colin Babb, Kimberly Engle, Jen A, Han Seung, Christie Pysher, Keith French, Nathan Rich, Tom Reichelderfer, Leo Seung, Amy Hatfield, Maria Maranto Dickey, Sarah Ho, Rebecca McKee, Eric Virro

Write Up:
The day began before noon with one group gathering at the carpool and meeting up with the second group at the entrance to the Great Grapes festival. We waited outside in the blistering heat under the bright sunshine for a few stragglers, all the while enjoying the live music from just inside the fence. Then we received our tickets, the souvenir wine glass for tasting, and entered. We ventured in and set up our chairs and blankets along the tree line in hopes of getting some shade a bit later in the day, then we all went off to explore. Most of us wound up under the pavilion where wines from around the world were available for unlimited tasting. Some of the favorites included some chilled sauvignon blancs from Italy and California, and a malbec from Tanzania. There were also a few beers to taste, and cold hard apple cider of various flavors.

Many of the Maryland wines we are familiar with like Boordy, Basignani, Cove Point, and Woodhall were there. I think the favorite of the local wines though was Solomons Island because their green apply riesling is just delightful when chilled and consumed on a warm summer's day.

After tasting far too many wines we decided to partake of some of the gourmet food. A crab cake sandwich was one of the more popular choices. Adjoining the food vendor tents were displays of arts and crafts items of all sorts, from paintings to jewelry to tote bags to other handmade gifts. We carried our food and drink purchases back to our chairs and blankets which were by now, thankfully, in the shade. We shared our thoughts about which wines we enjoyed most while drinking lots of water, listening to the live music, and trying to stay cool. By 5pm the majority of the MOCers had left the festival for their air conditioned cars, with their favorite wines in tow. Despite the very hot day, everyone seemed to have a good time. And there was talk of attending the Maryland and Virginia wine festivals this fall (when the weather is cooler!).

-Kim Engle

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