By Amy Spiezio
WESTMINSTER, Md. -- It promises to be a fine year for the
Maryland Wine Festival. Oenophiles and novice lovers of the grape
can spend Sept. 20 and 21 tasting the wares of Maryland's vintners
at the Carroll County Farm Museum here. The two-day festival, rated
one of the American Bus Associations' Top 100 Events in North
America, will provide guests with wine tasting and dining
opportunities as well as entertainment and handicrafts available
The event, which is hosted by the Association of Maryland
Wineries, the Maryland Grape Growers Association, the American Wine
Society and the Carroll County Farm Museum has attracted more than
250,000 visitors since its inception 14 years ago. On tap will be
chardonnays, cabernets, berry wines and zinfandels as well as other
offerings from nine Maryland wineries.
Visitors can develop their wine palates at amateur-friendly Wine
Education Seminars on judging wine by its taste, aroma, color,
clarity and finish, sponsored by the American Wine Society. The
information sessions will be held hourly from 11 a.m. through 4
p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The $13 admission fee to the festival for adults age 21 and
older includes a logo-engraved wine glass, 10 one-ounce samples of
Maryland wines, attendance at the wine-tasting seminars, guided
tours of the museum's 19th century farmhouse and self-guided tours
of artisan exhibits and demonstrations by crafters dressed in
period attire. Proper age identification is required to sample the
wines. Visitors under age 21 are admitted free of charge if
accompanied by a paying adult.
A tempting menu of dining options, from snacks to gourmet meals
on sale by local eateries, will complement the selection of
libations on hand. Once visitors' thirst and hunger are satisfied,
they can shop for handcrafted items on the festival grounds or pick
up event-related memorabilia.
The festival runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 20 and from noon to
6 p.m. on Sept. 21. For more information, call the museum at (800)
654-4645, (410) 848-7775 or (410) 876-2667.