TasteCamp 2017: Maryland June 9-11


Friday, June 9 (Attendees Drive Themselves)

10:45 a.m.: Registration & Welcome at Old Westminster Winery‘s Burnt Hill Vineyard Site

We’ll start the festivities at Old Westminster’s new vineyard site — so new that it’s not even planted yet. We’ll be greeting by Drew Baker who will tell us about his family’s new vineyard site, invite attendees to hop into a soil pit to see what makes the site special and pour some pet nat to whet our appetites for the rest of the weekend.

Note from Drew: Anyone who wants to walk the hillside and/or hop into the soil pits should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. 

12 noon: Tour, Tasting & Lunch ($) at Old Westminster Winery‘s Tasting Room

Here we’ll meet Drew’s sisters — winemaker Lisa Hinton and estate manager Ashli Johnson — as well taste the winery’s current lineup and some in-process wines if we have time. There will be a pizza truck there for us to purchase lunch as well (<$20/person)

1:30 p.m.: Tasting of Regional Producers in Old Westminster Winery‘s Production Facility

Confirmed producers who will be pouring for us: Antietam Creek Vineyards, Cool Ridge Vineyard, Harmony Vineyards & Winery, Links Bridge Vineyards, New Market Plains Vineyards

4:00 p.m.: Arrive at Fairfield Inn & Suites Frederick

Check-in and relax a bit before leaving for dinner at 5:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m. Dinner at Smoketown Brewing Station

Casual dinner, sponsored by Visit Frederick, of Maryland crab cakes, grilled chicken and side dishes. Beer will be available for purchase ($).

 Saturday, June 10 (Bus Provided by Visit Frederick)

8:15 a.m.: Depart Hotel on Bus

9:00 a.m.: Tour & Tasting at Black Ankle Vineyards

There is little doubt that Ed Boyce and Sarah O’Herron helped put Maryland wine on the map and have inspired the current quality wine renaissance in the state. We’ll get a quick tour and taste current releases.

11:30 a.m.: Tour & Tasting at Big Cork Vineyards

Big Cork is another one of the top producers in Maryland. We’ll meet and taste with winemaker Dave Collins to learn about how he’s brought his experience making wine in Virginia to Maryland and how they are similar and different.

12:30 p.m.: Tasting of Regional Producers and Lunch ($) at Big Cork Vineyards

Confirmed producers who will be pouring for us: Knob Hall, Hidden Hills Farm & Vineyard, Linganore Wine Cellars, Mazzaroth Vineyard, Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery

3:00 p.m.: Tour & Tasting at Attaboy Beer

After a long day of tasting wine — who doesn’t love to have a beer or two? We’ll stop at Attaboy, one of the area’s newest breweries, to taste some beer on our way back to the hotel. We’ll get back on the bus around 4:30 p.m. to give everyone a bit of time to relax before dinner.

6:00 p.m.: Tour, Tasting and  BYOB Dinner at McClintock Distilling

Without the BYOB dinner, it’s just not TasteCamp. We’ll taste McClintock’s spirits — a gin, a white whiskey, and a vodka — and then we can all share the bottle or two we bring with us to share with the group.

Also pouring for us will be Dragon Distillery and Tenth Ward Distilling Company


9:00 a.m.: Tour, Tasting & Brunch ($) at Boordy Vineyards

The Deford family first planted vines at Boordy in 1965. We’ll learn more about the history of Boordy, its place in Maryland wine and, of course, taste the current portfolio.

Note: Boordy is about an hour from the hotel. I know this is an early drive, but you’ll make it.

10:30 a.m.: Tasting of Regional Producers at Boordy Vineyards

Confirmed producers who will be pouring for us: Catoctin Breeze VineyardChateau Bu-De, Crow Vineyard, Elk Run Vineyards, Harford Vineyard, Royal Rabbit VineyardsThe Vineyards at Dodon


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