Sipping Away the Day at Boordy Vineyards, Maryland
Maryland's oldest public winery, Boordy Vineyards, came about in the days of Prohibition. The farm on which it sits is part of the Maryland Environmental Trust, and the historic buildings on site are worth a tour. But the best part of Boordy is, of course, the wine.
Boordy has three wine series–Landmark, Icons of Maryland, and Just for Fun–for a total of 18 different tasting options. The reds in the Icons of Maryland line are rich and complex, with flavors of berries and musk. For whites, their Rockfish blend of Seyval, Chardonnay, and Vidal is crisp with a savory bite of umami.
Those who prefer something sweet can choose from the popular Just For Fun series with flavors ranging from spiced wassail to tango peach. The spiced wassail is rich and comforting warmed up on a cool winter evening, but most locals go for the flavorful Jazzberry.
Tastings are $5 for the traditional flight and $15 for the landmark series. The tasting room is in the basement of a rustic, 1800s barn, with low ceilings and ample seating. The tasting staff is extremely knowledgeable, and their pours are generous.
It's relative closeness to Baltimore makes Boordy a popular spot on the weekends all season long; for a more-intimate experience, try to visit on a weekday.