Making A Statement

Not often do you see the new kid on the block make the splash Black Ankle Vineyards has in its inaugural year. Winning Maryland’s top wine award two years in a row, the coveted Governor’s Cup for their Crumbling Rock Bordeaux blend, Black Ankle has won “best in show” in three of the last fourRead more

The 2009 Maryland Governor’s Cup

The new kid on the block, Black Ankle Vineyards, has won their second Governor’s Cup in as many years. The soon-to-be-released 2007 Crumbling Rock follows its predecessor, the 2006 Crumbling Rock, in winning Maryland’s top prize. The Crumbling Rock is a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. Situated on theRead more

A Minnesota Marquette

In celebration of the 2009 International Cold Climate Wine Competition (ICCWC) focusing on cold-hardy varieties, I decided to pour the Fieldstone Vineyards Marquette from Minnesota. The Marquette was awarded a gold medal at the inaugural competition which included 315 Cold Climate wines from commercial wineries in 16 states including Vermont, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia,Read more

Hype?

I’m going to switch gears tonight and talk about two recent wineries who have won their respective states Governor’s Cup for best overall wine. The 2008 award went to Black Ankle Vineyards for their 2006 Bordeaux blend, Crumbling Rock. Black Ankle Vineyards is a new, up and coming winery located in Mt. Airy, Maryland. TheRead more