Great Wines Made in Maryland

By January 6, 2012Wineries

Those of us on the East Coast usually look West(our West Coast)- or way to the East (Europe)- or South (as in South America). Rarely do we look under our proverbial noses, literally in our own back yard.

OK, NY State has an established reputation, but there are gems to be found in unusual places. Our focus is Maryland with over 50 wineries and in particular, our friends at Elk Run Vineyards.

Elk Run was established in 1983 by Fred Wilson and Neill Bassford. Neill, along with his wife Margie, have been frequent participants in our wine tours. (Over 10 tours!) And Neill always brings some bottles of Elk Run on the tours, to share with winemakers and other tour participants. This is how I have become familiar with Elk Run wines.

Elk Run has a lot of wines to offer, almost 20, ranging from sparkling (Champagne Blanc de Blanc), crisp remarkably dry whites, delicious dry reds, slightly sweet wines and dessert wines, so you could do an entire dinner paired with their wines. They have accumulated an astounding 600 awards for their wines!

That’s me, Bob & Neill at Guigal in the Rhone Valley .

The most recent Elk Run wine I tried was their Cabernet Franc Cold Friday Vineyard- a rich red deep in fruit flavors- most delicious. They do a great job with their Bordeaux style wines. In fact Neill, Margie and their wine buddies, Bob and Sue Cecil, will all be joining us on both our Bordeaux tours this May.

So if you can’t make it to Maryland, if you come on our Bordeaux tour, I’m pretty sure you’ll have the opportunity to try their wines.

Keep up the good work!

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