For the third year in a row, the Maryland Wineries Association is pairing up with quality restaurants and wine shops to celebrate local wine and produce. During the week of June 14-24, wineries, restaurants and wine shops will host a range of events themed around Maryland wine, including wine maker dinners, tastings, wine flights and more. Wineries in the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail are joining the celebration with a number of exciting events.
Knob Hall Winery
14108 St. Paul Road, Clear Spring, MD 21722 ∙ 301-842-2777 ∙ www.knobhallwinery.com
Friday, June 14, 7pm ~Wine Down Friday. Music by: John Ingles. Come to relax and enjoy good music and award-winning wine! You can bring food and/or purchase our locally-made cheeses. Seafood spreads are sometimes available. This event is family friendly! $5 admission for anyone 21 and over and your first glass of wine is only $1.
Saturday, June 15, 7pm~ "Something to Wine About." The Standup Sommelier, Laurie Foster, delivers an off-beat, hilarious show where wine meets punch lines. Foster’s edgy approach to demystifying wine caught the eye of major networks and led her to guest appearances on FOX Morning News, Martha Stewart Living Today and ABC News at Noon.
Red Heifer Winery
24606 Raven Rock Rd., Smithsburg, MD 21783; 301-824-5210; www.redheiferwinery.com
Saturday, June 15, 4pm ~ Wine Dinner at 28 South restaurant, 28 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD. 4 small plates paired with 4 of Red Heifer Winery wines. Cost is $35 with a donation going to Northern Middle School's PTA. RSVP by calling Red Heifer Winery or 28 South, 240-347-4932.
Sunday, June 16, 5-7pm ~ LIVE jazz music by Mike Gellar and Anita. Pack a picnic and enjoy a relaxing evening at the winery.
Wednesday-Saturday, June 19-22 ~ Wine Paired Dinner at Gourmet Goat restaurant, 41 N. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD. Enjoy an appetizer, salad, main course and dessert paired with Red Heifer wines.
Saturday, June 22, 2-5pm ~ Wine tasting at Valley Wine and Spirits, 17301 Valley Mall Rd., Hagerstown, MD
Big Cork Vineyards
4238 Main St., Rohrersville, MD 21779 ∙ 301-432-3889 ∙ www.bigcorkvineyards.com Saturday, July 20, 6-10pm ~ Taste of the Town, Main Street Middletown, MD. Food, wine and live entertainment to support Main Street Middletown. $35/person; free babysitting available.
The Antietam Highlands Wine Trail encompasses portions of Washington and Frederick Counties in Maryland and currently boasts five wineries: Big Cork Vineyards, Distillery Lane Ciderworks, Knob Hall Winery, Orchid Cellar Winery and Red Heifer Winery. The area includes the world-renowned Antietam National Battlefield and several other Civil War battlefields and sites. South Mountain climbs to 2,140 feet, high above the Potomac River and valleys below. The higher elevations, climate and shale/limestone soil character are considered prime for growing very interesting wine grapes. The area includes five national parks, 10 state parks and more than 30 museums. For more information on the wine trails, please visit www.marylandwine.com. The Antietam Highlands Wine Trail is sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.