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Website Update

As you can see, we have updated the website. We hope to get to a Maryland winery soon. Keep checking back and we’ll be posting soon. Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from Maryland Wine Time! We hope you are enjoying Maryland wines with your Thanksgiving meal today! Which Maryland wines did you pour?
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Holiday Sparkling Wine Dinner

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´┐╝AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar and Old Westminster Winery Present our Holiday Sparkling Wine Dinner Featuring the Premier of their 2012 Blanc de Blanc

Friday, December 13th at 6:00pm
$77.70 per ticket, all-inclusive
Contact the restaurant at 410-953-0500 for tickets

First Course: Raw Bar
Blue Point Oysters & Watch House Oysters Salmon Tartar
Old Westminster 2012 Blanc de Blanc (100% Chardonnay)
(In the Wine Bar & Buddy Room)

Second Course: House made Charcuterie Board
Pate Terrine & Veal Shoulder Sausage
Sliced Duck Prosciutto
Served with Crostini, House-made Mostarda & Chutney Chiarli Italian Lambrusco
(In the Buddy Room)

Third Course: Shellfish Frites
PEI Mussels & Crawfish in a Smoked Lobster Cream Sauce over Fries
Old Westminster 2012 Blanc de Blanc & 2010 Gruet Blanc de Blanc from New Mexico

Fourth Course: Duck Two Ways
Seared Duck Breast over Homemade Gnudi with Porcini Cream, Peas & Duck Confit 2010 Argyle Brut

Dessert: Sparkling Zabaglione

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AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar December 2013 Subject to Change & Availability


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Old Westminster Winery

Back in April we attended the Drink Local Wine event in Baltimore. We were able to taste some of Old Westminster wines at the Twitter Taste off held at Camden Yards. We really enjoyed the 2011 Chardonnay from Old Westminster. When we were back on the Maryland wine trail in August, we decided to pay them a visit and taste all the wines they had to offer. We should have posted this sooner but you know how life gets in the way.
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Old Westminster Winery is located just south of Westminster Maryland. It’s a family winery run by the Baker family. They have a strong commitment to producing high quality wines and it shows in the bottle. They have seven acres of grapes growing six different varieties: albarino, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet franc, merlot, and syrah. The day we arrived the winery was buzzing with wine tasters enjoying a warm sunny day with music filling the air. We recognized some of the Baker family right away. They recognized us from the Drink Local Event. It was nice to see some familiar faces.
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We selected a table to enjoy our tasting and they soon poured the first wine. We tasted six different wines and enjoyed them all. However, as we always do, we had our favorites. The 2012 Chardonnay presented apricot notes, with nice acidity. We thought it presented classic chardonnay characteristics. Warren quickly put his star next to this one. We both enjoyed the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc as well. The grassy notes with hints of citrus and green apple made for a bright, crisp wine. Of the red wines we tasted, we both enjoyed the 2011 Cabernet Franc. We noted tobacco, earthy, pepper elements with a clean, firm finish. Drew Baker also gave us a sneak peek of the new 2012 Albarino. We noted peach, citrus and stone notes with bright acidity. It wasn’t available for purchase when we visited but it might be now.
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After chatting with Drew and enjoying our own glass of the 2012 Chardonnay, we purchased some of our favorite wines and bid farewell. Old Westminster was part of the Maryland Wine Festival this past weekend. We hope if you attended the festival, you stopped by and tasted their wines. We don’t often get out on the Maryland wine trail but we’ll be sure to visit them again in the future. And when you visit them, tell them Maryland Wine Time sent you!

Maryland Wine Festival

ph-ce-wine-festival-0424-20130425-001The 30th annual Maryland Wine Festival will be here soon! The festival will be held on September 21 and 22 at the Farm Museum in Westminster in Carroll County. Tickets are $30 for adults with the option of a Premier Pass for $65. The Premier Pass gives you access to a special area to taste premier wines not available at the main festival. You also get to taste samples of cuisine from area chefs, listen to music, and private restrooms. Get more details about the Premier Pass here. Learn more about the Festival here. Get your tickets in advance and save a few bucks! If you attend the festival, tell them Maryland Wine Time sent you!

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