2 Days of Blissful Touring in North Carolina Wine Country

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A WHISPERING WILLOW
BRUSHES ACROSS YOUR FOREARM

 
as you sway in a tattered wooden rocking chair. The deeply
purple pinot noir splashes gently against the sides of the
glass—releasing scents of blackberries and dark chocolate.
The vineyards of the North Carolinian winery stretch before
you, dust lazily wafting through the rays of dusky sunlight.
“What a visage!” you conclude as you calmly sip the last of
the local noir —a blanket of cicadas chirp across the vines.

It’s a weekend of wine tucked away on a quaint trail in North Carolina. From
the city of Charlotte to the shores of Lake Norman, this is some of the best
wine you’ll find during your vintage vacation.

Getting There

Although North Carolina is a smaller state, there are quite a few airports in the area. This gives you a variety of travel options for your trip.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport: This is the most centrally located airport and is smack dab in the big city of Charlotte. In 2010, CDI received an award for “best airport” in the U.S. (not to mention it has excellent prices).

Piedmont Triad International Airport: In the northern part of the state, the next largest airport is Piedmont Triad. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, it’s just as reasonable as the Charlotte Douglas and really just depends on where you are flying in from.

Wilmington International Airport: A smaller airport, Wilmington is still international. It is highly unusual that a smaller state has more than 1 international airport, so you really have your pick of locations

Driving

If you are driving into the state for your wine tour, the following are some easy routes to remember:

I-85 South from Richmond, VA

I-77 North from Columbia, SC

I-40 East from Knoxville, TN

Friday

North Carolina is alive with whimsical vineyards and themed wineries, and the first stop on your tour is a prime example.

Treehouse Vineyards

Named after the three treehouses that sit on the property, the vineyards also rent them out. In 2004, springing from that idea, the family-owned farm planted 8 different varieties of Muscadines. They officially opened to the public in 2010 and have been going strong ever since.

Scattered across the property are wooden rocking chairs, picnic tables, and lazy swings. Wine tastings are done 7 days a week at the top of the hour and are $6 per person. If you want to take a bottle or two home, try the Crystal Creek, a semi-dry white, or their Tack Shack Red, a sweet noble.

Hilton Vineyard

Right down the street lies the quaint Hilton Vineyard Wine Bar where all wines are hand poured, hand crafted, and double waxed with two different colors. 100% of all their wines are grown, fermented, and bottled in Union County (except for the mangoes).

After making wine for over 20 years for family and friends, the Hiltons decided to open to the public in 2010. Their retail store is open 7 days a week with tastings happening all day long. For good take-home ideas, try the Apple Riesling or their best-selling Mango Wine.

Before downing more vino, why not catch a break by checking out some local scenery? North Carolina is known for it’s old gold mines, and the Reed Gold Mine is a historic site down the street from Hilton’s. At Reed’s, can explore restored mine tunnels and even pan for your own gold.

Lure Oyster Bar

At this point you are probably famished. If you crave oysters with your vintage, Lure Oyster Bar is a happening spot with fantastic fare. Try the Oysters Rockefeller if you want to melt into your seat.

Oysters aren’t for everyone, however, and you might just want something a little easier to stomach. Duckworth’s Grill and Taphouse serves delectable American food at a fair price. The Mongolian Beef Flatbread will fill you up for sure.

Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne

After a full day and a big meal, you may just need someone to roll you over to the Aloft hotel. With a thriving bar scene, bed might not be an option just yet. Or you can settle for swim in their indoor heated pool.

Saturday

Wakeup, Buttercup, your journey’s just begun. It’s day two of your tour so you may need some strong coffee. For a quick breakfast a block away from the first vineyard, hit up the Sunrise Grill. It’s your typical coffee, eggs, and pancakes joint but it will solidify your stomach for the rest of the morning.

Rocky River Vineyards

Planting the first vines in 2003, the Rocky River Vineyards opened to the public in August of 2007, and has been going strong ever since. Holding annual spring and fall festivals, the family-owned winery grows Carlos and Noble Muscadine grapes and ferments all wines on site in stainless steel tanks.

The winery has a gift shop and a tasting room nestled in a wooded glen with stone masonry and a bubbling brook. Tastings are $8 per person for 8 types of wines. You can also take a self-guided walking tour of the property should you feel inclined. The tasting room hours vary so it’s best to call ahead of your visit. Some of their finest vintages include Chambourcin Dry, a full-bodied red with aromas of mocha, and the Niagara, which is sweet with a nose of jasmine.

Cougar Run

Offering hand-crafted wine made in small batches, Cougar Run Winery was named after the owner’s run-in with a wild cougar—and he’ll tell you the story himself at your tasting. What is also unique to this winery is that they are genuinely interested in teaching others about the craft of wine-making itself, and sell an assortment of items for doing so.

The winery is closed on Mondays and the hours vary the rest of the week, so it’s best to call ahead. Tastings are $5 per person, which buys you a sample of 6 wines. Flights start at $12. When you are ready to jam, grab a bottle of their Gentle Spirit to go. It’s a Bergamais red. Or if you enjoy a sweeter wine, their Summer Sunlight is a tangerine flavored Pinot Grigio.

The Charlotte Motor Speedway

For a break in the tour, why not explore some of what North Carolina is known for, like fast racing cars? The Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts year-round events that will get your blood pumping and your adrenaline rushing. It’s the perfect intermission between a relaxing and tasty day of vino.

The speedway is located within a few miles of Lake Norman, the largest body of water in the state. It also happens to be a breathtakingly beautiful shoreline.

The Lake Norman Winery

Creating special blends from barreled wine combinations, the Lake Norman Winery is setting itself apart from everyone else. Additionally, they will create custom labels for any bottles that you purchase. All tastings and sales must be scheduled ahead of time, but with a little planning, it’s well worth it. For wine by-the-bottle, try their 2014 Lakeside Chardonnay, with flowers and notes of grapefruit, or the 2013 Catamaran Pinot Noir, with red cherry and raspberry flavors.

For a hearty dinner to top off the day, roll up to the Smoke Modern Barbecue. After all, you cannot leave North Carolina without a good old fashioned BBQ. For a true southern meal, start with the Fried Pickles before you dig into the Baby Back Ribs.

Instead of a hotel for the evening, why not opt for a cute cottage on the water? The Condos at Harborside are surprisingly affordable for being an entire living space, and they will rent to parties for just one night (almost unheard of with vacation condos).

Sunday

When you wake up on a lake, you should at least consider jumping in a boat for a bit. At Westport Marina, you can rent a boat for the morning for under $200. Add on a tube if you’re feeling adventurous, or bring a picnic and lounge on the boat.

Vesuvius

The last stop on the trip is an incredibly beautiful vineyard aptly named Vesuvius. Located at one of the oldest standing homes this side of the country, the estate was built in the 1700’s. They generally only host events, but if you give them a call, they’re open to tours. You simply don’t want to miss these grounds before you go. It’s photo-op central.

North Carolina is a state rich in history with a fairly new wine country. As it continues to grow and more people discover the wine secrets that it holds, the wine trails will become more like beaten paths. Take your indomitable spirit and book your next weekend in North Carolina today. The wine adventure of a lifetime awaits and it still has secrets to be discovered.

Wineries

Sneaky Meade Winery: 3040 Ed Reid St, Charlotte, NC 28216 | (704) 299-7468.

The Vineyards on Lake Wylie: 5102 Casper Dr, Charlotte, NC 28214 | (704) 394-9780

Dennis Vineyards Winery: 24043 Endy Rd, Albemarle, NC 28001 | (704) 982-6090

UwHarrie Vineyards & Winery: 28030 Austin Rd, Albemarle, NC 28001 | (704) 982-9463

Douglas Vineyards: 7696 Freeze Rd, Kannapolis, NC 28081 | (704) 939-6260

Morgan Ridge Vineyards: 486 John Morgan Rd, Gold Hill, NC 28071 | (704) 639-0911

Treehouse Vineyards: 301 Bay St, Monroe, NC 28122, 704-283-4208

Hilton Vineyard: 104 S Main St, Monroe, NC 28122, 704-776-9656

Rocky River Vineyards: 11685 Reed Mine Rd, Midland, NC 28107, 704-781-5035

Cougar Run Winery: 363 Church St N, Concord, NC 28025, 704-788-2746

Lake Norman Winery: 10508 Bailey Rd, Cornelius, NC 28031, 704-840-2116

Vesuvius Vineyards: 6173 Vesuvius Furnace Rd, Iron Station, NC 28080, 704-996-1566

Places to Eat

The Melting Pot: Providence Place, 199 Providence Pl, Providence, RI 02903 | (401) 865-6670

Safari Mile: 390 N Highway 16, Denver, NC 28037 | (704) 489-2366

Kindred: 131 N Main St, Davidson, NC 28036 | (980) 231-5000

Heirloom Restaurant: 8470 Bellhaven Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28216 | 704.595.7710

131 Main Cornelius: 17830 Statesville Rd, Cornelius, NC 28031 | (704) 896-0131

Duckworth’s Grill and Taphouse: 560 River Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28117 | (704) 799-2881

Flying Biscuit Café: 4241 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209 | (704) 714-3400

Place to Stay

Charleston Grand Hotel: 3640 Dorchester Rd, North Charleston, SC 29405 | (843) 554-4140

Hilton Charlotte University Place: 8629 J M Keynes Dr, Charlotte, NC 28262 | (704) 547-7444

The Westin Charlotte: 601 S College St, Charlotte, NC 28202 | (704) 375-2600

Renaissance Charlotte South Park Hotel: 5501 Carnegie Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28209 | (704) 501-2510

Candlewood Suites Mooresville Lake Norman: 3247 Charlotte Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28117 | (704) 360-4899

Omni Charlotte Hotel: 132 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202 | (704) 377-0400

Sleep inn Northlake: 6300 Banner Elk Dr, Charlotte, NC 28216 | (704) 399-7778

Activities

The Golf Club at Ballantyne Resort: 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28277 | (704) 248-4383

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: 6500 S New Hope Rd, Belmont, NC 28012 | (704) 825-4490

U.S. National Whitewater Center: 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214 | (704) 391-3900

Charlotte Motor Speedway: 5555 Concord Pkwy S, Concord, NC 28027 | (704) 455-3200

Historic Latta Plantation: 5225 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078 | (704) 875-2312

Carowinds Amusement Park: 14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273 | (704) 588-2600

 

Surrender to Southwestern Michigan’s Wine Trail Adventure

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CLOSING YOUR EYES YOU CAN HEAR THE GULLS KEOWING calmly as the sun sizzles over the horizon of Lake Michigan. You gaze on as it slowly transforms the sky into iridescent shades of soft violet hues. spicy florals of the region invade your senses. You didn’t have to travel far this weekend to get to this spot right here—and you are glad you made the call. Inhaling deeply from your wide brimmed glass of Traminette, spicy florals of the region invade your senses. You didn’t have to travel far this weekend to get to this spot right here—and you are glad you made the call.

Michigan is abounding with wine trails throughout the state, and there’s enough fun to fill every weekend. The southwestern part of the MI (near the border), and along the shores of Lake Michigan, is home to over 20 different wineries in the area. Once you’re in, you needn’t travel too far to have a good time.

Getting There

When flying into Michigan, you have a variety of choices for airports. Just keep in mind that some of these routes are a little more affordable than others.

Main Airport: The Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is a three-hour drive west, but it is the closest main airport in Michigan (in case you were doing other sightseeing in the state).

• Closest – cheap: The airport that requires the least amount of travel time would be out-of-state in Indiana. The South Bend International Airport is only a 30-minute drive south from your weekend wine trail.

• Closest – VIP: The Southwest Michigan Regional Airport is located right in the middle of wine country. It may not be for everyone’s budget, so call ahead when planning your flights.

Michigan is cradled by the great lakes, but this wine trail is on the border. When you are driving in, there are only a few main roads to get there from the rest of the country. Once you are in-state, it’s pretty simple to get to your wine trail starting point.

 
• I-90 West from Toledo, Ohio
• I-69 North from Fort Wayne, Indiana
• I-94 North from Gary, Indiana

Friday

Michigan is about sunsets, good wine, and good times. The southwestern part of the state
(along the shores of Lake Michigan) is topped with fertile soil that provides the perfect
nourishment for vineyards. As your wine trail adventure begins, you’ll soon discover why
Michigan is where it’s at when it comes to wine.

 
Grand Mere State Park

Before you get too far down the tasting rabbit hole, check out Grand Mere State Park for some keen photo ops. The park runs a mile along the shoreline and is known for its rolling sand dunes and in-shore lakes. It’s also super close to where you check-in for the first night of your trip.

Waverland Beach Bed & Breakfast

A quaint accommodation, Waverland B&B literally has it’s own road right on the water (with no one else around). The B&B also plays host to a private beach, hot tub, sauna, and everything else you need to encourage your wino ways. Throw your bags on the bed and head over to your first winery.

Gravity Vineyards and Winery

Family-owned and operated, Gravity Winery’s claim is that they “do things a little differently.” Their 2,000 square foot tasting room is open every day (the schedule varies by season) where they offer their signature flight pairing. You select 4 glasses of wine which are then paired perfectly with palate pleasing samples (say that 5 times fast).

Their outdoor patio accommodates over 40 people and there is also seating on a large wooden deck overlooking the bay. During your visit, go for a taste of the Peaceful White, a crisp Chardonnay substitute, or their Peach Paradise—part of an exotic line of fruit wines.

Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant

Why not kill two birds with one stone? The next stop on your tour is the ideal place to sample local wines while enjoying an incredible dinner. The vaulted dining space serves up regional fare like the Lake Superior Walleye stuffed with spinach and roasted beets. For wines, order the Tabor Hill Pinot Gris, a light-bodied white, or the Tabor Hill Dry Traminette, bursting with intense florals.

Howard Performing Arts Center 

If you are itching to catch some entertainment in the area, the Howard Performing Arts Center at Andrew’s University has a packed calendar year round of shows put on by performing artists, students, and the local community. Shows include events like “Vienna Boys Choir,” “Wind Symphony Vespers,” and the “Lake Michigan Orchestra.” Ticket prices range from $15-$30 depending on the event.

Saturday

Grab breakfast at Waverland (their home cooking is delish) and head out on the next leg of your Michigan wine country tour. First stop: Dablon.

Dablon Vineyards & Winery

Producing some of the best grown and bottled wines in the region, the 44-acre vineyard was established in 2009 with 4-acres of Chardonnay and 4-acres of Pinot Noir. Since then, the winery has expanded rapidly. The tasting room at Dablon features an arcing granite bar, fireplace, and patio overlooking their rolling vineyards.

Samples start at $12 for 6 wines and the tasting room is open 7 days a week. If you are going to grab a bottle for the road, try the 2013 Dablon Pinot Noir with spicy hints of cherry, or their 2014 Music Box Sweet Seyval Blanc, with sweet honey and citrus.

Domaine Berrien Cellars

Just down the street is another local winery known as Domaine Berrien. Priding themselves on their dry reds and Rhone varietals, they are the first winery in Michigan to grow and vinify Syrah. The winery is on the smaller side, but their tasting room is open every day from 12 p.m.- 5 p.m.

The tasting fee is $10 per person and includes a souvenir glass. They currently grow 21 different varieties of grapes, so the sky is the limit on their custom crafted vintages.

Lemon Creek Winery

Right around the corner from Domaine Berrien (all of these wineries are within a few miles of each other) lies Lemon Creek Winery. The family-owned winery was established by the Lemon ancestors in 1855 and remains successful to this day.

With over 31 years of winemaking, the winery has earned hundreds of awards over the years with their impressive collection of red, white, and specialty wines. Their tasting room is open 7 days a week and features different prices on tastings (starting at $8 for 5 standard wines). The tasting room also houses special events, pick your own fruit, and live winemaking sessions.

For take-homes and wines by the bottle, try their 2013 Riesling with notes of crisp apple, or the 2013 Merlot Reserve with subtle barrel toast aromas.

Four Winds Casino

Just because you are in wine country, it doesn’t mean you can’t get down with a little gambling. After a long day on the wine trail, what better way to unwind than to throw the dice on some tables, catch a show, order room service, and top the night off with a hot-stone massage? The casino also has several places to dine and a shopping promenade (if you still have any shred of energy left).

Sunday

You know you’ve had fun when you’re dead on Sunday. Use this day to recover and explore before you head back to your normal life.

Head down Whitaker Street for the best shopping in the area. From surf stores to posh art galleries, you are sure to find something as a souvenir. The street ends at New Buffalo Beach and Marina. Have lunch at the Terrace Room while the boats laze easily on the water. A hidden gem on the New Buffalo waterfront, the restaurant features rustic Italian fare paired perfectly with—of course—local wines. Try the Grilled Branzino with roasted cauliflower, or the Skuna Bay Salmon with sautéed escarole.

The greatest thing about Michigan wine trails is that they are the best-kept secret in the country. There wouldn’t be 20 or so wineries popping up in one place if it wasn’t prime pickins. Forget about Sonoma, who cares about Napa Valley, Southwestern Michigan has everything you need to whisk yourself away for a weekend of good food, amazing scenes, and of course, incredible wine!

 

Wineries

Gravity Vineyards and Winery:10220 Lauer Rd, Baroda, MI 49101 | (269) 471-9463 12

Corners Vineyards: 1201 N Benton Center Rd, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 | (269) 927-1512

Dablon Vineyards & Winery: 111 W Shawnee Rd, Baroda, MI 49101 | (269) 422-2846

Lemon Creek Winery: 533 E Lemon Creek Rd, Berrien Springs, MI 49103 | (269) 471-1321

Karma Vista Vineyards and Winery: 6991 Ryno Rd, Coloma, MI 49038 | (269) 468-9463

Hickory Creek Winery: 750 Browntown Rd, Buchanan, MI 49107 | (269) 422-1100

Domaine Berrien Cellars: 398 E Lemon Creek Rd, Berrien Springs, MI 49103 | (269) 473-9463

Places to Eat

Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant: 185 Mt Tabor Rd, Buchanan, MI 49107 | (269) 422-1161

Lake Street Eats: 4228 Lake St, Bridgman, MI 49106 | (269) 465-3287

D’Agostino’s Italian Restaurant and The Navajo Lounge: 8970 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman, MI 49106 (269) 465-3434 221

Main: 221 Main St, St Joseph, MI 49085 | (269) 982-4000

Copper Rock Steakhouse: 11111 Wilson Road, New Buffalo, MI 49117 | (866) 494-6371

Frankie’s Other Place: 16036 Red Arrow Hwy, Union Pier, MI 49129 | (269) 469-9865

Santaniello’s Glenlord Restaurant: 2262 W Glenlord Rd, Stevensville, MI 49127 | (269) 429-3966

Full Circle Café & Espresso Bar: 5729 St Joseph Ave, Stevensville, MI 49127 | (269) 429-8696

Grande Mere Inn: 5800 Red Arrow Highway, Stevensville, MI 49127 | (269) 429-3591

Places to Stay

Waverland Beach Bed & Breakfast: 7022 Waverland Path, Stevensville, MI 49127 | (269) 465-5777

Dove Nest Bed and Breakfast: 5000 Scottsdale Rd, St Joseph, MI 49085 | (269) 429-2211

The Painted Turtle Inn: 3205 Lakeshore Dr, St Joseph, MI 49085 | (269) 982-9463

South Cliff Inn: 1900 Lakeshore Dr, St Joseph, MI 49085 | (269) 983-4881

Rabbit Run Inn: 6227 Elm Dr, Sawyer, MI 49125 | (269) 405-1050

Duncan House Bed and Breakfast: 1117 State St, St Joseph, MI 49085 | (269) 930-9698

The Boulevard Inn & Bistro: 521 Lake Blvd, St Joseph, MI 49085 | (269) 983-6600

Activities

The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center: 601 Main St, St Joseph, MI 49085 | (269) 983-1191

Weko Beach: Stevensville, MI 49127

Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve: 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, MI 49120 | (269) 695-6491

Revive Spa: 313 Main St, St Joseph, MI 49085 | (269) 982-3800

Lana’s Boutique: 400 State St, St Joseph, MI 49085 | (269) 983-8777

Four Winds Casino: 11111 Wilson Rd., New Buffalo, MI 49117 | (866) 494-6370

Moments in Mount Airy, Maryland

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Heading West Through The Foothills of The Applachians

Rolling vineyards unfold around you. The countryside blooms with tiny globes in muted shades of purple, red, and rose; their juices bursting at the skin. You’re in Mount Airy wine country. A little slice of Maryland heaven that only the ad-venturous winos have traversed.

You slowly roll up to your first vineyard, the gravel underneath crinkling with an excited melody of anticipation. The varietals in this wine country are brilliant, but you’re no wine snob… you just know a good one when you taste it. As you settle into your rustic picnic on the veranda, you gaze out over the bounding mountainous expanse while sipping a sultry Syrah. Ahhhh now THIS is a Maryland weekend wine getaway.

Although Sonoma is synonymous with wine, Maryland is not to be missed. Check out a snapshot of what you could be doing next weekend in Mount Airy:

Friday

Maryland is in the northeastern part of the country but it’s not part of New England, and it’s certainly not the south either. Housing Washington, D.C., the state is unique to itself.

The main airport in the Maryland is the centrally located Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Davis airport is located right in the middle of Mount Airy wine country, but it only services smaller planes. There is no public transportation in the Mount Airy wine trail region, so you will want to rent a car when you land.

DRIVING: When driving in, follow these routes based on your direction:

West: I-70 from Baltimore, MD

• East: I-70 from Frederick, MD

North: I-270 from Washington, D.C.

South: Rte 15 from Gettysburg, PA

Black Ankle Vineyards

Less than an hour drive from the Baltimore airport lands you with a glass of wine in your hand at the Black Ankle Vineyards. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the rolling knolls of the vineyards serve as the home to a variety of delicious grapes that produce some of the area’s finest wines.

Black Ankle Vineyards is named after the rustic road and the winding trails that thread through the hills. Their tasting room is open by appointment and comes with a picnic selection of locally sourced meats and cheeses. Sample their Passeggiata IX a simple, – earthy Syrah, or the 2015 Albarino, a bold and fruity white.

Take a Break

While you are in the area, a cool place to check out that is right down the street is Twins Polish Pottery. Incredibly unique, the warehouse sits down a dusty country road and is run by a friendly set of twins and their families. All of the pottery is handmade, reasonably priced, and fills the 2-story complex form top to bottom. Even if you aren’t going to buy, no worries, people literally travels for hours just to browse their wares.

Elk Run Vineyards

Elk Run is named after a local river and was established in 1983. October-April they hold “wine downs” with cozy fire pits, intimate music, and wine trivia. Their tasting room hours vary by day and season, so it’s best to call first. When you get there, try their award winning 2001 Blanc de Blancs, a sparkling signature white, or the Gypsy Rose, a dry rosé with hints of fresh cherry and rose petals.

By now you must be famished, and a smear of cheese on a cracker won’t do. The Brick Ridge is a few minutes south of Elk Run and is the perfect place to nosh. It also has a little regional history. The brick building used to serve as a one-room school- house in which a single teacher taught 20-30 children ages 6 to 20 years in the 1800s. Try their Shrimp and Smoked Gouda Popovers and their Crab Pasta Carbonara. Don’t worry, your final destination for the day has a bed.

After you are done eating, head west on I-70 for half an hour into center of Frederick for a place to decompress.

Hollerston Hill Bed and Breakfast

The Hollerstown Hill Bed & Breakfast, established in 2002, is located in a quiet down- town Frederick neighborhood. The late Victorian is reasonably priced and features carved mantels, fireplaces, period antiques, reproductions, and collectibles. Every morning, a three-course elegant breakfast is served in their handsomely crafted foyer. Since you are in Frederick, you are also close to an assortment of commercial hotels and motels (if the intimacy of a bed and breakfast isn’t your thing).

Saturday

If you are hungry in the a.m. it’s best to grab breakfast/lunch in Frederick. If you are itching to get on the road, Concetta’s Main Street Bistro is a good stop to grab lunch in the area of your next winery.

Loew Vineyards

The Loew family has been making wine since the 1800’s across five generations and three centuries, in which time they have truly perfected the art. The vineyard was planted in the early 1980s and includes 6 different varieties of grapes: Marechal, Leon Millot, Foch, Seyval Blanc, Chancellor, Riesling, and Chardonnay.

The majestic sloping vineyards produce every type of wine from a harvest red to a sweet honey white. Try their award winning Serendipity with hints of mango and citrus. Their Honey & Grape is a complex sweet white that took home the 2015 Gold Medal at the Governer’s Cup. The tasting room is open on the weekends and other days by appointment.

Seasons At Magnolia Manor

Now is a good time to toss your bags on the bed of your room for the night. The Seasons at Magnolia is a historic bed and breakfast with rooms named after classic writers like the Hemingway and the Poe. Rates are reasonable, and the manor features elegant details like hand-carved murals and claw-foot bathtubs.

Once you’ve settled, get ready to head out to your next vineyard, which is only a hop, skip, and glass of wine away.

Step Away

Before you hit your next vineyard, there are a few spots in town you can take a moment to relax.

Sulphur Springs Park sits in the middle of downtown New Windsor, and it a casual place to take a stroll. Try the Atlee Ridge Walking Path near the river.

The Serrv International Gift Shop down the street is truly one-of-a-kind and a unique place to shop. A non-profit for fair-trade and handmade crafts, you are sure to find something in there to take home as a souvenir.

Serpent Ridge Vineyard

One of the first wineries in the Westminster area of Mount Airy, Serpent Ridge is a quaint vineyard that pays close attention to every grape they pick and wine they craft. Opened in 2009, the intimate 2-acre winery features special events like “yoga in the vineyard” and “cheese and chocolate night.”

Each vintage wine is made in small lots and aged in oak or stainless steel. The bottles are then sealed with a Zork (a new innovative approach to bottle closures). The – winery’s tasting room is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but every other day they are serving up some of their special wines like the 2012 Vitner’s Cabernet, an aged red with hints of blackberry, or their signature Serpent Kiss, a Vidal wine infused with white chocolate.

If you are starting to get hunger pains, head over to the Mount Airy Inn to cap off your night with a hearty regional dinner. They serve up American classics like steak, burgers, and a variety of brick oven pizzas. Try the innovative Bay Harbor Pizza with scallops and local blue crab (you’ll want to order 4 more to-go).

Sunday

A Sunday on any weekend wine tour should always help you wind down. Take your time with breakfast on this one. Luckily, the Olde Town Restaurant nearby serves breakfast all day, so fear not if you’re hitting the snooze on your checkout. When you get there, try their famous Chesapeake Benedict, a delicious take on the norm topped with (of course) meaty Maryland crab chunks.

When breakfast is done, head 15 minutes west to your last winery on your weekend whirlwind wine tour.

Linganore Winecellars

Planted in the fertile soils of an old dairy farm in the 1970s, Linganore Vineyards is rife with varietals that will have your palette dancing. The small vineyard is operated by the sons of the founder and continues to pride itself on relaxing tours, award-winning wines, and joyfully skilled winemakers.

Their tasting room is open 361 days a year with a $5 tasting charge and a free 30-minute tour of the grounds. Make sure you try their incredibly smooth Chardonnay with hints of Carmel and pear, or the Bacioni, a light red with fruit and oak flavor notes

Maryland is home

Home to an unsuspecting wine country, but ripe for the plucking (pun intended). Explor- ing different wines and tastes doesn’t require you to be a connoisseur, or even act like one. Wine is about simple enjoyment—it always had been. Maryland provides the perfect backdrop for a moment away complemented by vast mountainous views, rich local foods, and a fresh regional vintage always at hand.

Mount Airy, Maryland awaits you.

Wineries

Black Ankle Vineyards:14463 Black Ankle Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771 | (301) 829-3338

Old Westminster Winery & Vineyard: 1550 Old Westminster Rd, Westminster, MD 21157 | (410) 881-4656

Elk Run Vineyards: 15113 Liberty Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771 | (410) 775-2513

Serpent Ridge Vineyard: 2962 Nicodemus Rd, Westminster, MD 21157 | (410) 848-6511

Loew Vineyards: 14001 Liberty Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771 | (301) 831-5464

New Market Plains Vineyard: 11111 W. Baldwin Rd New Market, MD 21774 | 240-674-2859

Linganore Winecellars: 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mt Airy, MD 21771 | (301) 831-5889

Places to Eat

Olde Town Restaurant: 206 S Main St, Mt Airy, MD 21771 | (301) 829-4257

Concetta’s Main Street Bistro: 231 S Main St, Mt Airy, MD 21771 | (301) 829-7571

Laurienzo Brick Oven Cafe: 114 S Main St, Mt Airy, MD 21771 | (301) 829-6900

Town Grill: 15943 Frederick Rd, Woodbine, MD 21797 | (410) 489-5016

Katana Sushi Bar: 1311 S Main St #302, Mt Airy, MD 21771 | (301) 829-9333

Memories Charcoal House: 403 E Ridgeville Blvd, Mt Airy, MD 21771 | (301) 829-2264

Brick Ridge: 6212 Ridge Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771 | (301) 829-8191

Place to Stay

Hollerstown Hill: 4 Clarke Place, Frederick, MD 21701 | (301) 228-3630

Seasons At Magnolia Manor: 111 Springdale Ave, New Windsor, MD 21776 | (301) 466-6644

Inn at Norwood: 7514 Norwood Ave, Sykesville, MD 21784 | (410) 549-7868

The Columbia Inn at Peralynna: 10605 MD-108, Columbia, MD 21044 | (410) 715-4600

THE WAYSIDE INN: 4344 Columbia Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042 | (410) 461-4636

Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel: 30 Trevanion Rd, Taneytown, MD 21787 | (410) 756-6812

Atlee House Bed & Breakfast: 120 Water St, New Windsor, MD 21776 | (410) 871-9119

Activities

Gaver Farm: 5501 Detrick Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771 | (301) 865-3515

La Bella Medispa: 1304 S Main St, Mt Airy, MD 21771 | (301) 829-1800

The Pony Place: 5206 Sidney Rd, Mount Airy, MD | (240) 372-3478

Servv International Gift Shop: 500 Main St, New Windsor, MD | (410) 635-8711

A Chesapeake Wine Trail Escape is Everything you Need This Weekend

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The Waves at the Chesapeake Shore

Slowly tease the pebbly beach as the sun dips behind the Bay Bridge. You sip on a local rosé, twirling an oyster shell in your palms as you laze in a Cape Cod chair. A slow inhale…your eyes crescent moons as the salty breezes washing over you.

“What an incredibly relaxing moment…” the thought rolls around as you finish the last of your crisp and fruity apertif.

The Maryland wine country awaits you and you’re ready for a relaxing weekend of discovery, adventure, friendships, and most importantly, lots and lots of vino.

Maryland is rife with wine trails, but being the adventurous spirit that you are, you’re itching to check out the road less traveled. The northeastern part of the state—on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay— is a lesser explored wine coun- try that is dotted with brick colonials, quaint wineries, and hearty local fare. It’s the perfect place to escape for a weekend and sample some local wines.

Friday

Maryland is in the northeastern part of the country. If you are flying in, chances are you will be landing at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, located centrally in the state. There is no public transportation in the Chesapeake wine trail region, so you will want to rent a car when you land.

Driving: If you are coming from the:

North: I-95 from Wilmington, DE or rte 213 from PA

South: I-95 from Richmond, VA

East: US-301 through Warwick, DE

West: Rte 50 from Washington, D.C.

BWI Airport: I-97 to Rte 50

Chesapeake Bay Bridge

The Chesapeake Bay is Maryland’s famous expanse of water with a dual-span bridge that connects the eastern and western part of the state. It also separates the state’s rural Eastern Shore region with the urban Western Shore. Built in 1952, the bridge spans over 4 miles and is still one of the longest continuous over-water steel structures in the world.-

You hit land again once you reach Kent Island, 3/4 of the way over the bay. Check out Terrapin Beach Park for prime places to snap a pic of the bridge in all its glory. The 276-acre park features scenic views and a 3.5-mile oyster chaff walking trail that is brilliantly speckled with tide pools and wildflower meadows.

Stop and Enjoy

By now you have probably worked up an appetite from your trip. Kent Island is the perfect place to stop and enjoy one of the main staples that Maryland is famous for—crab.

The Fisherman’s Seafood Market and Crab Deck is a typical New England pier boasting rows of boats docked at the waterfront restaurants, and a fresh seafood market. Don’t leave before you get your first taste of the local wines and your hands dirty with a bucket of crabs.

The Great Oaks

Another 45 minutes north and you’ve hit your first spot to hunker down on your trip. Much like most places to stay in MD wine country, the Great Oak Manor is a beautiful brick Georgian-style bed and breakfast right on the water. The 12-guestroom country-style estate is pet-friendly and serves breakfast every morning.

If you are looking for something a little more upscale, the Mears Great Oak Landing is a stone’s throw away from the B&B. Mears is a 28-room lodge and marina resort with a restaurant, six-hole golf course, and a boat dock. Check out Jellyfish Joel’s Beach Bar on the resort’s sandy shores if you want to end the night with a bang.

Saturday

Fuel up with breakfast at the Great Oaks and get ready to continue your Chesapeake Bay wine tour. A 20-minute drive south on the 213 will take you to the first winery on your stop—Cassinelli’s.

Cassinelli Winery & Vineyards

Along the shores of the Chester River lies the family owned Cassinelli Winery & Vineyards. The boutique winery and distillery is the perfect spot to start your wine tour with a 100-acre farm boasting grape varieties like Merlot, Chardonnay, Viognier, Malbec, Petit Verdot and San Giovese vines.

The winery tasting fee is $8 and the tasting room is open M, F, Sa, Su, at 11:30 am (closing hours vary). Try their deliciously popular 2010 Rosé of Barbera, a crisp wine with strawberry flavor notes and the Bronze medal winner of the Governer’s Cup. For a dryer wine, try the 2010 Vidal, a sweet white with fruity overtones.

Keep in mind, this winery does not serve food, so when you’ve worked up an appetite, head over to the Lemon Leaf Cafe in downtown Chestertown. The homey, quaint outpost serves up sandwiches, steak, pasta, and of course, seafood. Their Baked Crab Imperial is to die for, but they also have a ton of salads too.

At this point, you may want to unload at your lodging for the night, as the rest of the day will unfold in downtown Chestertown.

Crow Farm

Once you get to the point where your even-keeled buzz is evolving into naptime, Crow’s Farm is your haven for rest and relaxation. Owned by the Crow family, the 365-acre farm and winery offer rooms with antique decor and a hearty breakfast in the morning. And if you’re up for it, they also have a tasting room of their own. Besides, you can sleep when you’re dead, right?

Try these award winners on for size:

2015 Barbera Rosé -Double Gold – Governer’s Cup

2014 Chardonnay -Bronze – Governer’s Cup

2015 Vidal Blanc -Gold – International Women’s Wine Competition

To Do:

Once you’re heading back into town (it’s about a 15 minute drive), now’s the time to consider some fun activities outside of drinking (you wino). There are several things to do in downtown Chestertown:

Day: The Chestertown Historic District is home to a plethora of art galleries and small boutiques that you can peruse to your heart’s content. Stop in to some of these galleries in the area for some impressive artwork:

o The Tree of Life Gallery

o The Artist’s Gallery

o Hegland Glass

Night: The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theater holds a variety of shows throughout the week from plays to concerts, and even an open mic. Most of the shows start at around 7 p.m. so dinner is either going to be early or late.

Chester River Wine & Cheese Co.

All of these stops are within walking distance, so it only makes sense for you to mosey on over and check out the Chester River Wine & Cheese Co. Located a block south of Cassinelli’s in the vibrant arts district, the boutique is a specialty market that serves domestic wines, cut-to-order cheese, charcuterie and pate, as well as gourmet foods like handmade jam, mustard, salts, olive oils, and vinegars.

Sunday

If you skip breakfast at the farm, you may want to grab a light lunch at Café Sado before you hit your last winery. The chic setting serves a broad menu of sushi, Thai, and Ameri- can fare—not to mention a reasonable selection of local wines (and of course sake—it is sushi after all).

Clovelly Vineyard

The last winery on your tour, Clovelly is known for it’s bountiful vineyards and lolling hills neatly hugged by a bend in the Chester River. As they themselves proclaim “Our wines are borne from the rich earth and the warm river breezes.” Established in the 1950’s, this third-generation winery knows what they’re doing.

Clovelly offers vineyard tours and tastings starting at $10 and they require an appoint- ment. Guests get to keep a souvenir glass as they sample 6 of the vineyard’s refreshing varietals. Try their citrusy 2015 Traminette or their 2013 Devils Reach with chocolate and cherry flavor notes.

Crossing over the bridge on your way home, Sandy Point State Park is the perfect stop to end your trip. The 786-acre state park has a variety of trails and stops to get the last of the vacation selfies out of your system.

As you watch the sparkling sun set like a jewel across the expansive Chesapeake Bay—the last tastes of Clovelly still on your breath—you think to yourself “this is exactly what I needed.”

As you watch the sparkling sun, set like a jewel across the expansive Chesapeake Bay—the last tastes of Clovelly still on your breath—you think to yourself “this is exactly what I needed.”

Chesapeake, Maryland awaits you.

Wineries

Crow Farm: 12441 Vansant Corner Rd, Kennedyville, MD 21645 | (302) 304-0551

Cassinelli Winery & Vineyards: 323 High St, Chestertown, MD 21620 | (410) 556-6825 Chester River

Wine & Cheese Co.: 117 S Cross St, Chestertown, MD 21620 | (443) 282-0220 The Clovelly

Vineyard: 301 Clovelly Lane, Chestertown, MD 21620 | (410) 708-1775

Triple Creek Winery: 11138 Three Bridge Branch Road, Cordova, MD 21625 | (410) 924-4190

Great Frogs Winery: 3218 Harness Creek Rd, Annapolis, MD 21403 | (410) 626-6193

Boordy Vineyards: 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, MD 21082 | (410) 592-5015
BONUS: This winery is located just north of Baltimore, perfect for locals or anyone travelling south from Pennsylvania or New York!

Places to Eat

Luisa’s Cucina Italiana: 849 Washington Ave, Chestertown, MD 21620 | (410) 778-5360

Blue Heron Café: 236 Cannon St # 1, Chestertown, MD 21620 | (410) 778-0188

Uncle Charlie’s Bistro: 834 High St, Chestertown, MD 21620 |(410) 778-3663

Nonna Maria’s: 5306 Church Hill Rd, Church Hill, MD 21623 | (410) 556-6171

The Kitchen at The Imperial: 208 High St, Chestertown, MD 21620 | (410) 778-5000

Café Sado: 870 High St, Chestertown, MD 21620 | (410) 778-6688

Fish Whistle: 98 Cannon St, Chestertown, MD 21620 | (410) 778-3566

Place to Stay

Crow Farm: 12441 Vansant Corner Rd, Kennedyville, MD 21645 | (302) 304-0551

Great Oak Manor: 10568 Cliff Rd, Chestertown, MD 21620 | (410) 778-5943

Brampton B&B Inn: 25227 Chestertown Rd, Chestertown, MD 21620 | (410) 778-1860

Inn at Mitchell House: 8796 Maryland Pkwy, Chestertown, MD 21620 | (410) 778-6500

Imperial Hotel: 208 High St, Chestertown, MD 21620 | (410) 778-5000

Mears Great Oak Landing: 22170 Great Oak Landing Rd, Chestertown, MD 21620 | (410) 778-2101

White Swan Tavern: 231 High St, Chestertown, MD 21620 | (410) 778-2300

Activities

Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre: 210 High St, Chestertown, MD 21620 | (410) 810-2060

Flow Salon Spa: 305 High St, Chestertown, MD 21620 | (410) 810-1881

Ennisbrook Farm Equestrian Centre: 2201 Bennett Point Rd Queenstown, MD 21658 | (410) 739-6266

Top Holiday Wine Gifts for Women

Women, as amazing and lovely as they are, can be complex beings. Especially when it comes to shopping for them. Whether it’s a gift for your wife or partner, mother, great-aunt, or colleague, holiday shopping for the women in your life can get stressful.

This year, don’t accidently make her mad and purchase her an XL sweater when she’s clearly a medium, or make the mistake of buying her a perfume she’s allergic to.

Instead, purchase her an XL bottle of wine, and check out a few of these gifts that pair perfectly with a Pinot Noir or Burgundy.

 

Winc

In 2012, Winc  founded Club W: the world’s first personalized wine club, making it easier and fun to discover and purchase new wines.

Winc wine experts build personal palate profiles for each club member. Then, Winc suggests a list of wines customized to your personal palate profile, ensuring wine lovers get sent bottles of wine they will love.

There’s no better gift to give a wine lover than superbly crafted wines delivered directly to her doorstep. Give the woman in your life the gift of new wine every month with Winc.

Link to Buy: hi.winc.com/winetrailadventures

 

3 Digit Wine Bottle Combination Lock

There’s nothing worse than opening a bottle of wine, only to come back later to discover that the wine is gone. It’s a crime comparable to stealing a woman’s chocolate bar, and perpetrators should be prosecuted. Give the woman in your life the gift of break-in-proof wine with a 3 Digit Wine Bottle Combination Lock.

Best Price: $17.95

Link to Buy: 3 Digit Wine Bottle Combination Lock

 

Wine and Liquor Bottle Lock

If a 3-digit code isn’t enough to keep people out of your lady’s wine stash, perhaps a lock and key will work better. Give your wife, daughter, or friend the gift of break-in-proof wine with a Wine and Liquor Bottle Lock.

Best Price: $9.90

Link to Buy: Wine and Liquor Bottle Lock

 

Funny Silicone Wine Reusable Caps

There’s nothing worse than having to dump half a bottle of good wine down the drain because you simply can’t finish it. This year, give the gift of Funny Silicone Wine Reusable Caps. Now, with ability to recap opened wine, the lady in your life will be able to sip some Chardonnay anytime she feels the need, without worrying about wasting anything.

Best Price: $21.99

Link to Buy: Funny Silicone Reusable Wine Caps

 

Mini Wine Fridge

Every woman needs a special place to stash her expensive wine collection where it won’t go bad. Give a women in your life the gift of a new mini fridge that will keep her wine chilled and ready to drink whenever she needs it. Not to mention, impress her girlfriends when they come over for the next girl’s night.

Best Price: $149.99

Link to Buy: Mini Wine Fridge

 

Break-Resistant Fusion Duck Decanter

 

Every wine connoisseur needs a stunning decanter to wow her guests as well as bring out the bold flavors of her favorite wine. This year, send this elegant decanter to a wine-loving woman in your life.

Best Price: $68.49

Link to Buy: Break-Resistant Fusion Duck Decanter

 

Arc Design Lacquer Wood Wine Bottle Holder

If you know a lady that loves design just as much as she loves wine, this trendy Arc Design Wood Wine Bottle Holder is guaranteed to please. After all, why should her wine collections have to sit and gather dust in the garage when you she can show it off in a stylish way in her home?

Best Price: $18.99

Link to Buy: Arc Design Lacquer Wood Wine Bottle Holder

 

Allure Aerating Decanter

This Allure Aerating Decanter is another popular style of decanters that beautifully show off a bottle of wine while bringing out the intense flavor notes before it’s consumed. We have no doubt that the wine-loving woman in your life will love this elegant decanter.

Best Price: $40.99

Link to Buy:  Allure Aerating Decanter

 

Whimsical Wine Box Sign

If you have a sassy women in your life, these whimsical wine boxes make great gifts. You can choose from a variety of fun and snarky sayings that will be sure to make whoever is on the receiving end of the gift smile.

Best Price: $10.50

Link to Buy: Whimsical Wine Box Sign

 

The Original Wine Glass Markers

Wine Glass Markers make the perfect gift for  the practical and eco-conscious women in your life. No more losing those easy-to-lose wine glass tags or having to buy disposable plastic cups people write their names on. Simply use the pens to write names on wines glasses, and at the end of the night, all your lady needs to do is wipe the names off with a damp cloth.

Best Price: $17.99

Link to Buy: The Original Wine Glass Markers

 

Wine Around the World Tin Sign

Art makes a wonderful gift for those who are hard to shop for. If the woman you’re shopping for loves wine, well then, wine-inspired art is  always a great home decor choice. This Wine around the World Tin Sign will make a perfect addition to her home.

Best Price: $9.53

Link to Buy: Wine Around the World Tin Sign

 

Box Sign Coasters

These box sign coasters make a great gift in addition to the wine box holders we shared with you earlier. Surprise the woman in your life with an extra little something and grab these box sign coasters for her.

Best Price: $11.95

Link to Buy: Box Sign Coasters

 

9 Piece Wine Travel Bag and Picnic Set

For the woman who’s also on the go, heading to parties and different events, having a wine travel bag is important. Make sure she reaches her destination with all her wine bottles intact and has everything she needs to serve wine on the go with this 9 Piece Wine Travel Bag and Picnic Set.

Best Price: $26.99

Link to Buy: 9 Piece Wine Travel Bag and Picnic Set

 

Wine Wars: A Trivia Game for Wine Geeks and Wannabes

Test the IQ of the wine lover in your life by giving her Wine Wars: A Trivia Game for Wine Geeks and Wannabes. This gift will certainly make for a fun night around the table. Tip: include a bottle of wine with the gift so you can enjoy a glass of wine while playing!

Best Price: $26.99

Link to Buy: Wine Wars: A Trivia Game for Wine Geeks and Wannabes

See, it’s really not as hard to shop for the women in your life as you thought it would be. In fact, with this list, your shopping experience will go down as smoothly as that bottle of Moscato you’ve got in your cabinet. So, what are you waiting for? Start shopping for these awesome wine lover gifts now.

For more ideas, follow us on Facebook where we are always posting links to great new products that we find.

 

Top Holiday Wine Gifts for Men

Whether it’s a brother, spouse, boyfriend, or friend, we all have those men in our lives that are difficult to shop for. You know who we’re talking about…the ones who either already have it all, or the men who, regardless of your nagging, can never seem to find 5 minutes to write down their wish list.

And then what happens? You end up running out last minute and buying him the same cheesy gift (you know, like a new pair of argyle socks) you bought him last year that he definitely does not want.

This year is going to be different because we’ve put together a list of gifts we know he will love!

So please, put down the grilling spices, that tacky tie he’ll never wear, and what was about to

be the third cordless power drill in his collection, and check out our top ten gifts for wine lovers we know he will enjoy.

 

Winc

There’s no better gift to give a wine lover than superbly crafted wines delivered directly to his doorstep. Give the man in your life the gift of new wine every month with Winc.

In 2012, Winc founded Club W: the world’s first personalized wine club. They made the process of discovering and buying wine easier than ever.

Winc wine experts build personal palate profiles for each club member. Then Winc suggests a list of wines customized to your personal palate profile, ensuring wine lovers get sent bottles of wine they will love.

 

Link to Buy: hi.winc.com/winetrailadventures

Jet Bag Reusable Padded Absorbent Bottle Bags

Jet wine bags are the perfect thing to keep your wine bottles safe and protected when transporting

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wine for a man that’s always on the go. The best part? These bags are also designed to safeguard your luggage by absorbing liquid should something damage the bottle.

Best Price: $17.99

Link to Buy: Jet Bag Reusable Padded Absorbent Bottle Bags

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A man can never have too many tools. So, what better gift than a tool set that allows him to easily consume his favorite Pinot Noir or Chardonnay? This year, give your favorite guy a wine accessory tool kit that will come in handy for years to come.

Best Price: $22.89

Link to Buy: Deluxe Wine Accessory Gift Set

 

BUILT NY Neoprene Wine Tote

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You know how to carry more of something? You add handles to it. So, for the guy who always wants more wine, give him the gift of a neoprene carrying case with handles so he can carry more of it wherever he goes, so you don’t have to.

Best Price: $11.99

Link to Buy: BUILT NY Neoprene Wine/Water Bottle Tote

Other varieties available:

2 Bottle Carrying Case

6 Bottle Carrying Case 

 

Wood Plank Wine Holder

There’s something about the smell of fresh lumber and the need to use power tools that give the male species the desire to work with their hands. But unfortunately, those crafts often tend to look

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more like kindergarten popsicle stick projects by the time they are done. This year, give the man in your life this preassembled wood plank wine holder. No mess, no fuss, and certainly no unforeseen trips to the emergency room to sew a finger back on.

Best Price: $12.55

Link to Buy: Wood Plank Wine Holder

 

Magic Chain Link Wine Holder

If the guy you know is more into metal than wood, this Magic Chain Link Wine Holder makes for a perfect gift. This rack holds one bottle of wine and makes a fun and interesting statement piece for your kitchen or dining room.

Best Price: $9.99

Link to Buy: Magic Chain Link Wine Holder

 

Home Illusionz Magic Rope Wine Bottle Holder

Why store a bottle of wine on a boring wine rack when you can store it on a Magic Rope Wine

Bottle Holder? Help the guy in your life up his cool factor with this trendy and fun wine holder.Note: the illusion becomes even better once the bottle of wine it was holding has been consumed.

Best Price: $10.64

Link to Buy: Magic Rope Wine Holder

 

Fisherman Wine Caddy Bottle Holder

If you have a man in your life who lives for drinking and fishing, this gift is sure to top his gift list this year. Put his favorite hobbies together when you give him the gift of a Fisherman Wine Caddy Bottle Holder.

Best Price: $30.30

Link to Buy: Fisherman Wine Caddy Bottle Holder

 

Monogram Wine Cork Holder

This monogram wine cork holder is the perfect decoration for the guy in your life to hang in his beloved man cave. Nothing beats a man cave art piece that requires drinking wine for assembly.

Best Price: $16.99

Link to Buy: Monogram Wine Cork Holder

 

Shopping for the men in your life doesn’t have to be as complex as the flavors in a bold Grenache. A few fun wine gadgets, a trendy new wine rack, or some time enjoying each other’s company over a bottle of wine is all you need to make him happy this year.

So, quit “wine-ing” and start shopping today. Happy Holidays!

For more ideas, follow us on Facebook where we are always posting links to great new products that we find.

 

March Madness is Here! Fill Out Your Brackets for a Chance to Win Some Cool Wine Gear

March Madness

March Madness is my favorite time of the year since you get four days of non-stop college basketball!   And what goes perfect with college basketball?  Wine of course!   So we wanted to have a little bit of fun with all the Wine Trail Adventures fans and see who can pick the best brackets.  Now is your chance to enter the Wine Trail Adventures Bracket Tournament for your chance to win some really cool wine related products.   The grand prize winner will receive a complete kit of wine related gifts and products, and 10 lucky runner up winners will receive wine sippy cup sets.   We will also randomly give away a set of wine sippy cups to other entrants each week, so the more people we have participating, the more we will give away!

Hurry up and fill out your brackets before the games start, and keep checking back to see how you are doing in the points race… oh, and while you are at it, don’t forget to register for the website and mobile app which we will be launching any time now (they are hard at work finalizing all the details).   Make sure you share and like this contest with your friends or anyone that like college basketball and wine.

Good luck to everyone that enters!

Top Holiday Gifts For The Wine Lovers On Your Gift List

Holiday Gift List for Wine Lovers

Top holiday stocking stuffers for wine lovers

If you are like us, you probably have a mile long list of people that you need to find presents for this holiday season. Rather than walking the malls aimlessly trying to figure out what to get your family and friends, we compiled a list of the top gifts this year for wine lovers. Whether you are looking for something small to stick in their stocking, or something cool to WOW that special person, here is a nice list of gift ideas. There is literally something for EVERYONE here!

Ultimate Wine Glass

Ultimate Wine Glass

Ultimate Wine Bottle Glass

It holds 750 ml of wine… do we have to say any more? LOL  This is a great gift that is certain draw some attention.  If you know someone that really loves wine, and has a great sense of humor, this is must have for any wine-o.  The price makes it perfect to buy multiple for ALL your friends!

Best Price: $19.95

Link to Buy: Ultimate Wine Glass

Sipping Stones

Sipping Stones

Sipping Stones to keep your drinks chilled

A lot of people like their white (and red) wines chilled, but you don’t always have the time to wait for the bottle to get chilled.  Adding ice only waters it down… so what do you do?  That is what sipping stones are for.  Chill your wine without having to water it down.  These are great to keep in the freezer and use when your wine just isn’t quite cold enough.  For the price, this is a great gift to give ANY drinker, not just wine lovers!.This is a 9 piece set, but you can also get 6 and 12 piece sets.

Best Price: $12.99

Link to Buy: Sipping Stones

Good Day-Bad Day-Don’t Even Ask Wine Glass

Good Day-Bad Day Wine Glass

Having a bad day? This wine glass will let everyone know just how bad!

Some days you just let your wine glass speak for you. LOL  This is a crowd favorite as we have had hundreds of people ask us where you can find this glass.  Good for a laugh, and also a great glass for enjoying your favorite wine in.   Everyone should have one of these glasses for when you are having a rough day 🙂

Best Price: $13.95

Link to Buy: Good Day-Bad Day Wine Glass

Wine Sippy Cup

Wine and Beer Sippy Cups

Vino2Go and Brew2Go sippy cups

This isn’t your kids average sippy cup.  This is by far, one of THE most popular piece of wine gear you can buy this year.  The wine sippy cup is great for camping to keep out the bugs, by the pool or on a boat where glass is not a good idea, or for person who tends to spill their drink after the first glass.  Available in regular and XL size, this is the one gift that everyone will absolutely love!  For beer lovers, there is also a Brew2Go which is available so that no matter what you like to drink, there is a sippy cup for you.

Best Price: $15.99 (buy 3, save 20%)

Link to Buy: Wine Sippy Cup

Corkcicle Wine Chiller

Corkcicle Wine Chiller

Corkcicle Wine Chiller

Still one of the most popular wine accessories, the Corkcicle is another way to help chill your wine.  Inserted directly into the wine bottle, the corkcicle will help keep an open bottle of wine chilled.  Perfect for summer days on the patio, or helping to cool down a room temperature bottle.  The Corkcicle is also available for beer bottles as well.  This makes a perfect stocking stuffer!

Best Price: $19.95

Link to Buy: Corkcicle Wine Chiller

HOST Cooling Wine Glass

Freezable Wine Cooling Glass

Freezable Wine Glass

There are plenty of products on the market that help cool down your glass of wine, but the HOST freezable wine glass, you can take that to another level!  These glasses retain their cool temperatures much longer, ensuring your wine is always the perfect temperature.  These are great for hot summer days!

Best Price: $24.99

Link to Buy: HOST Cooling Wine Glass

Prodyne Fruit Infusion Sangria Pitcher

Fruit Infusion Pitcher

Sangria Pitcher

Sangria is one of our favorite drinks, whether it be winter or summer.  With the fruit infusion pitcher, it is even easier to make a great tasting Sangria!  Just insert the fruit in the center cylinder and let it sit!  We have tried numerous pitchers, and this one is our favorite by far.

Best Price: $24.99

Link to Buy: Prodyne Fruit Infusion Pitcher

Oster Rechargeable Cordless Wine Opener

Oster Cordless Wine Opener

Oster Cordless Wine Opener

Every home needs a good wine bottle opener.  Rather than wasting your time fumbling with a cork screw or breaking a cork in the bottle, the Oster rechargeable makes the job easy!  Compact, easy to use, and a very inexpensive price point with make your friends and family think you spent a lot of money on their gift! This is one of the best gifts for the price, and one of the most popular kitchen accessories on Amazon.

Best Price: $13.49

Link to Buy: Oster Rechargeable Cordless Wine Opener

Winedoctor Bar Ware Kit

Wine Doctor Wine Preservation Kit

Wine Doctor Wine Preservation Kit

If you are like us, you rarely have an opened bottle go unfinished… but there are those times when you open a bottle of wine, can’t finish it, and then it goes bad.  That is where the Wine Doctor kit comes in! It keeps good wine from going bad. The classic includes 2 intell-stoppers and 1 grip-touch pump that works with the intell-stopper to remove the precise amount of air from wine bottles, ensuring that even days later, wine will be as fresh and fragrant as when it was opened.  We have tested this out, and it REALLY does extend the life of an opened bottle of wine by about a week.  Great holiday gift for anyone that drinks wine.

Best Price: $24.95

Link to Buy: Winedoctor Bar Ware Kit

HOST Chilling Wine Pourer

HOST Chilling Pourer

HOST Chilling Pourer

The corkcicle helps chill your wine, but the HOST Chilling Wine Pourer take it to the next level.  It not only chills your wine, but allows you to pour from the bottle while still chilling it.  The corkcicle, you have to remove before you can pour the wine.   This one is lesser known, but in our opinion, an even better gift!  If anyone wants to get us this for Christmas, we would be very happy 🙂

Best Price:  $22.50

Link to Buy: HOST Chilling Wine Pourer

Vinturi Wine Aerator

Vinturi Wine Aerator

Vinturi Wine Aerator

Everyone always says “You need to give red wines time to breath”… but who really has time for that?  Do you want to sit around for 30 minutes while your wine “opens up”?  Well, the Vinturi Wine Aerator helps speed up that process.  All you do is hold the wine aerator over your glass and pour the wine through it.  BOOM!  Instant aeration.  You would be surprised by the difference in flavor and bouquet from pouring your wine through the aerator versus drinking it when it is first opened.  One of our favorite gifts on the list.

Best Price: $24.99

Link to Buy: Vinturi Wine Aerator

Metrokane Rabbit Wine Opener Tool Kit

Rabbit Wine Tool Kit

Rabbit Wine Tool Kit

This is the ultimate kit for the wine lover that still loves to pull the cork the old fashioned way.  This is a complete kit that includes a foil cutter, drip-stop ring, bottle sealer, wax remover, and of course the cork remover.  What is impressive about the Rabbit is how easy it is to use.  You can literally remove a cork in less than 3 seconds.  We have both the Rabbit and the cordless Oster.  You can NEVER have enough cork screws!

Best Price: $49.01

Link to Buy: Metrokane Rabbit Wine Opener Tool Kit

Wine Baggy

Wine Baggy

Wine Baggy

Ever wish you could take your wine on the go without having to carry around a cardboard box, or drink out of brown paper bag? (don’t tell us you haven’t done that before!).  Well now you can carry your wine in style and most people won’t even notice you are carrying it.  The wine baggy allows you to insert the interior bag from a boxed wine right into the bag, and carry it like a purse.  With the new disposable inserts, you can also transfer wine from a bottle into the bag.  This is a great gift for the stylish wine drinker that like to be on the go!

Best Price: $46.99

Link to Buy: Wine Baggy

There are a TON of other great wine gifts that we could have listed, but these are some of our favorites, and some of our fans favorites. Did we miss anything that YOU think should be on this list? Let us know and we will add it. Happy Holiday’s everyone!

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Cooking with Wine: Yes, You CAN Use It For Something Other Than Drinking!

Using Wine When Cooking

I think the picture says it all – “I love cooking with wine… and sometimes even put it in the food”.  It’s a fact that wine and food are MEANT to go together!  Sure, we often drink a glass of wine with a meal, but it is also very easy to incorporate wine into your meal preparation as well.  By adding wine while cooking, it will not only add flavor to the food, but it will also help enhance the flavors that are already there.  That being said, there are some DO’s and DON’T’s when it comes to cooking with wine.   Here are a few tips that we found useful when we first started using wine when cooking

You Do Not Have To Use Cooking Wine

Did you know that cooking wines sold in the grocery store usually contain salt and are horrible to drink? Keep in mind that a more concentrated flavor is present in the dish so if something tastes nasty before cooking, it will carry its flavor to your dish. Common advice is to stick with a regular drinking brand and avoid those marketed for cooking.   Stick with the wines that you like and use them for cooking as well.  This way you will always know that the flavors you are adding to your dish, are flavors that you already like.

Use the Type/Varietal of Wine That Pairs Well With The Dish

A common question people have is “What type of wine should I use for a particular dish?”.  Honestly, there is no right or wrong answer to that question.  If you want a good rule of thumb to go by, try cooking with the wine that would best pair with that particular dish.  If you are looking for a quick cheat sheet, here are some common pairings for wines

Pairing Your Favorite Food and Wine

Common pairings for food and wine

Pair White With Light and Red With Dark

This certainly isn’t set in stone, but when you are first starting out it will help you easily recognize what wine to use. White for light dishes and light colored meats such as chicken or fish and red for more full flavored dishes and darker meats such as beef and duck. You’ll learn though that both can work well with many meats so you’ll need to experiment and once you get more experienced, you’ll get more adventurous and learn which will do well in your favorite dishes and you’ll just “know” which ones to try for new recipes.

It’s Not About The Price of The Wine That You Use

By this we mean that you don’t have to use an expensive bottle of wine for your dish to taste good. Focus more on the taste of the wine that you are using versus the price. If it is a wine that you enjoy, then you will more than likely enjoy it in the meal. Believe it or not, boxed wine is a great choice for cooking with (at least most of them). They’re inexpensive yet work nicely as a recipe ingredient. As long as it doesn’t smell, taste vinegary or taste off, you can use it.

Don’t Wait Until The Last Minute To Add Wine To Your Dish

In order to really bring out the flavors of the wine and your dish, you need to cook off the alcohol that the wine contains. The earlier you add it to the dish, the more enhanced the flavors will be and you will taste less alcohol… the later you add it, the more prominent the wine flavor will be and so will the alcohol. It’s always best to follow the recipe instructions, but if you feel like adding it to a dish that doesn’t call for it, you can play it safe by adding the wine a minimum of 7 minutes before the dish is done cooking.

Cooking with wine, and having a glass of wine while cooking are all part of the experience. You will be surprised by the way wine can completely transform the flavors of a dish when properly added during cooking. The good news is that as long as you are using a bottle of wine that you know you like, you can’t really screw it up! So try experimenting with some recipes that call for wine… you just might find some new favorite recipes 🙂

Black Friday Sale! Get the Perfect Stocking Stuffer

After stuffing your face full of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, do you REALLY feel like standing in line for 6 hours to hopefully get that hot new toy that Wal-Mart advertised but only has 4 of at each store?  I know we don’t feel like!   Rather than risky getting arrested or losing a limb in those crowds, why not do some Christmas shopping from the comfort of your home?

Black Friday sale on Wine Sippy Cups - save 20% on 3 or more

Black Friday sale on Wine Sippy Cups – save 20% on 3 or more

Ok… so we can’t cover everyone on your Christmas list, but we CAN help you with your wine loving family and friends!   We are having a Black Friday sale on the Vino2go, Vino2go XL, and Brew2go cups.  Order any combination of the three and get 20% off.  They make a great stocking stuffer for the wine lovers on your list  The sale is running all weekend long, so when you are done stuffing your face and watching football (like we will be), head over to http://www.winetrailadventures.com/store to pick up a couple of the wine sippy cups.

We hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving!