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Cave Ridge Vineyard & Winery   0
4.5
8/24/2015

Cave Ridge Vineyard, opened in 2005 by Randy and Karen Phillips, is located in the northern section of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley near the small town of Conicville. Although the winery is only a few miles from the truck-infested I-81, you're not likely to "stumble across it." You'll have to travel down some narrow, country roads to get to it, but it's worth it.

You'll know you've arrived when the hill-covering changes from cows and corn to grapes. It's a wonderful sight. The winery and tasting room are located in large, wood-sided buildings that fit naturally ... Read full review



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New Kent Winery   0
4.0
9/24/2014

Justified or not, I've always been a little weary of country club-style, gated communities, and when I exited I64 onto Emmaus Church Rd, the large signs advertising luxury living made me a little nervous. Was the tasting at New Kent Winery really just a wine-focused version of a timeshare sales presentation? I could imagine the server saying, "Here, I have another twenty wines for you to taste as I tell you about our wonderful community. Tastings are free with the purchase of six or more acres."

The relatively new Virginia winery, 20 miles east of ... Read full review



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3.5
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Serpent Ridge Vineyard   0
4.0
9/11/2014

Located 45 minutes northwest of Baltimore, Maryland, Serpent Ridge Vineyards is a small, 2.5 acre vineyard originally planted by Greg and Karen Lambrecht in 2002. In 2013, the winery and vineyard, which produced about 1000 cases, was purchased by the Lambrechts' friends Hal Roche and Karen Smith.

Rather than the usual farmhouse on rolling hills, Serpent Ridge feels more like a mountain resort. The narrow, tree-lined access road opens up to a small but well-detailed tasting room and a vineyard-covered hill to the east. Although I was the only guest at the tasting room at 10:00 ... Read full review



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4.0
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Williamsburg Winery   0
3.5
8/19/2014

As you travel towards Williamsburg Winery, you're reminded why the Williamsburg area is such a popular tourist destination. In addition to Colonial Williamsburg, the area is home to Water Country USA, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and numerous resorts and golf courses. My first thought was, "What a great destination for the whole family." Unfortunately, the tasting experience indicates that there may be a few too many tourists entering through Williamsburg's doors.

Williamsburg Winery is located on the historic Wessex Hundred farm, and the winemaker is Matthew Meyer. Meyer studied at UC Davis and worked ... Read full review



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4.5
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Elk Run Vineyards   0
3.5
8/5/2014

Elk Run Vineyards is located among a small cluster of Maryland wineries approximately 50 miles north of Washington, DC and 40 miles northwest of Baltimore, Maryland. The vineyard was established by Fred Wilson, Carol Wilson and Neill Bassford in 1979, and the winery was founded in 1983. Fred Wilson was a student of the Finger Lakes' Dr. Konstantin Frank so it's not particularly surprising that Mr. Wilson decided to plant Maryland's first all-vinifera vineyard (Dr. Konstantin Frank planted the first successful Vinifera vines in New York's Finger Lakes region in 1950s).

If I hadn't ... Read full review



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3.5
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4.0
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Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard   0
4.0
7/29/2014

For wine lovers with pets and/or children, Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards is a wonderful, weekend wine tasting destination. The outside tastings with numerous picnic tables and games makes it easy to grab a bottle and spend a couple hours at the vineyard.

Based on the crowds at the vineyard at 1:30 on a Saturday afternoon, it's obvious that Sugarloaf Mountain is a popular wine destination. Summer wine tasting at Sugarloaf Mountain is similar to showing up at a friend's house for an afternoon party. You don't actually go into the house/barn/tasting room (until after your tasting). Instead, ... Read full review



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4.0
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Black Ankle Vineyards   0
5.0
5.0
7/16/2014

Few, if any, Maryland wineries have received as much acclaim as Black Ankle Vineyards. The winery, which opened in 2008, has won Best in Show at four of the last six Maryland Governor's Cup Competitions and was recognized by the Washington Post's Dave McIntyre as one of two new Maryland wineries that are "changing the way wines are made in Maryland." The winery, located at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains in Maryland's Linganore AVA, was founded by former management consultants Ed Boyce and Sarah O'Herron. Boyce and O'Herron purchased the farm in 2002 and ... Read full review



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Great Frogs   0
4.0
6/15/2014

Located three miles south of Annapolis, Maryland, Great Frogs provides a wonderful opportunity for Annapolis residents and tourists to experience Maryland wine country. It is also one of a dozen or so Maryland wineries that Washington DC residents can get to in less than an hour. The vineyard and winery are managed by the young and energetic team of Nathanael and Andrea O'Shea and their vineyard dogs, led by Finn McCool.

For those unfamiliar with the area, finding the winery can be a bit of a challenge. After passing subdivisions, family farms and a ... Read full review



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Longboard Vineyards   0
4.5
11/20/2012

If you're concerned that a tasting room filled with surfboards might indicate more interest in surfing than making quality wine, don't be. Longboard brings the two together beautifully. The tasting room colors and materials create an extremely warm environment. The service was great with just the right amount of engagement, and the wines were excellent. The genial tasting room attendant poured one white, a Sauvignon Blanc, which was very good. The stars of the show, though, were the reds.. The Russian River Valley Pinot and Syrah both exhibited great concentration while maintaining a sense of elegance. Fruit bombs they are not; the evident mineral and earth flavors create balanced wines with significant complexity. If you're looking for a light and fruity summer sipper, make sure to try the Zinfandel.

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4.0
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Copain Wine Cellars   0
4.0
11/19/2012

You visit some wineries primarily for the wine and others primarily for the view. With Copain you get both. The service was excellent and Copain's cool-climate wines speak for themselves (and a slew of great ratings don't hurt). The only downside is that Copain's wines are particularly well-suited for food, and a sans food tasting might not do them the justice they deserve. The view is amazing!

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Davis Family Vineyards   0
4.5
11/19/2012

Apparently the overcast day foiled the tasting room attendant's customer warning system, and we spent the first 5 minutes entertaining ourselves in the tasting room. Fortunately, the wait was worth it. The tasting room attendant's knowledge and passion for the business, and the winery, resulted in an excellent experience, and that’s not even taking into account the wine – which was just as impressive. The white Rhone blend made from Sierra Foothills' grapes was good, but the Pinot and Syrah were great, exhibiting an admirable balance between fruity concentration and spicy elegance. The tasting room and barrel room are co-located so you might want to wear a sweater or light jacket.

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4.5
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Davis Family Vineyards   0
4.5

Apparently the overcast day foiled the tasting room attendant's customer warning system, and we spent the first 5 minutes entertaining ourselves in the tasting room. Fortunately, the wait was worth it. The tasting room attendant's knowledge and passion for the business, and the winery, resulted in an excellent experience, and that’s not even taking into account the wine – which was just as impressive. The white Rhone blend made from Sierra Foothills' grapes was good, but the Pinot and Syrah were great, exhibiting an admirable balance between fruity concentration and spicy elegance. The tasting room and barrel room are co-located so you might want to wear a sweater or light jacket.

Red Wine White Wine Service View/Ambiance
4.5
4.0
4.5
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Copain Wine Cellars   0
4.0

You visit some wineries primarily for the wine and others primarily for the view. With Copain you get both. The service was excellent and Copain's cool-climate wines speak for themselves (and a slew of great ratings don't hurt). The only downside is that Copain's wines are particularly well-suited for food, and a sans food tasting might not do them the justice they deserve. The view is amazing!

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4.5
3.5
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Longboard Vineyards   0
4.5

If you're concerned that a tasting room filled with surfboards might indicate more interest in surfing than making quality wine, don't be. Longboard brings the two together beautifully. The tasting room colors and materials create an extremely warm environment. The service was great with just the right amount of engagement, and the wines were excellent. The genial tasting room attendant poured one white, a Sauvignon Blanc, which was very good. The stars of the show, though, were the reds.. The Russian River Valley Pinot and Syrah both exhibited great concentration while maintaining a sense of elegance. Fruit bombs they are not; the evident mineral and earth flavors create balanced wines with significant complexity. If you're looking for a light and fruity summer sipper, make sure to try the Zinfandel.

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4.5
4.0
4.5
4.0

Great Frogs   0
4.0

Located three miles south of Annapolis, Maryland, Great Frogs provides a wonderful opportunity for Annapolis residents and tourists to experience Maryland wine country. It is also one of a dozen or so Maryland wineries that Washington DC residents can get to in less than an hour. The vineyard and winery are managed by the young and energetic team of Nathanael and Andrea O'Shea and their vineyard dogs, led by Finn McCool.

For those unfamiliar with the area, finding the winery can be a bit of a challenge. After passing subdivisions, family farms and a ... Read full review



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4.0
3.5
5.0
5.0
4.5

Black Ankle Vineyards   0
5.0
5.0

Few, if any, Maryland wineries have received as much acclaim as Black Ankle Vineyards. The winery, which opened in 2008, has won Best in Show at four of the last six Maryland Governor's Cup Competitions and was recognized by the Washington Post's Dave McIntyre as one of two new Maryland wineries that are "changing the way wines are made in Maryland." The winery, located at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains in Maryland's Linganore AVA, was founded by former management consultants Ed Boyce and Sarah O'Herron. Boyce and O'Herron purchased the farm in 2002 and ... Read full review



Red Wine White Wine Service View/Ambiance
5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
4.5

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard   0
4.0

For wine lovers with pets and/or children, Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards is a wonderful, weekend wine tasting destination. The outside tastings with numerous picnic tables and games makes it easy to grab a bottle and spend a couple hours at the vineyard.

Based on the crowds at the vineyard at 1:30 on a Saturday afternoon, it's obvious that Sugarloaf Mountain is a popular wine destination. Summer wine tasting at Sugarloaf Mountain is similar to showing up at a friend's house for an afternoon party. You don't actually go into the house/barn/tasting room (until after your tasting). Instead, ... Read full review



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4.0
3.5
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4.0

Elk Run Vineyards   0
3.5

Elk Run Vineyards is located among a small cluster of Maryland wineries approximately 50 miles north of Washington, DC and 40 miles northwest of Baltimore, Maryland. The vineyard was established by Fred Wilson, Carol Wilson and Neill Bassford in 1979, and the winery was founded in 1983. Fred Wilson was a student of the Finger Lakes' Dr. Konstantin Frank so it's not particularly surprising that Mr. Wilson decided to plant Maryland's first all-vinifera vineyard (Dr. Konstantin Frank planted the first successful Vinifera vines in New York's Finger Lakes region in 1950s).

If I hadn't ... Read full review



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3.5
3.5
4.0
3.0

Williamsburg Winery   0
3.5

As you travel towards Williamsburg Winery, you're reminded why the Williamsburg area is such a popular tourist destination. In addition to Colonial Williamsburg, the area is home to Water Country USA, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and numerous resorts and golf courses. My first thought was, "What a great destination for the whole family." Unfortunately, the tasting experience indicates that there may be a few too many tourists entering through Williamsburg's doors.

Williamsburg Winery is located on the historic Wessex Hundred farm, and the winemaker is Matthew Meyer. Meyer studied at UC Davis and worked ... Read full review



Red Wine White Wine Service View/Ambiance
4.5
3.0
3.0
3.0

Serpent Ridge Vineyard   0
4.0

Located 45 minutes northwest of Baltimore, Maryland, Serpent Ridge Vineyards is a small, 2.5 acre vineyard originally planted by Greg and Karen Lambrecht in 2002. In 2013, the winery and vineyard, which produced about 1000 cases, was purchased by the Lambrechts' friends Hal Roche and Karen Smith.

Rather than the usual farmhouse on rolling hills, Serpent Ridge feels more like a mountain resort. The narrow, tree-lined access road opens up to a small but well-detailed tasting room and a vineyard-covered hill to the east. Although I was the only guest at the tasting room at 10:00 ... Read full review



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4.0
3.5
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New Kent Winery   0
4.0

Justified or not, I've always been a little weary of country club-style, gated communities, and when I exited I64 onto Emmaus Church Rd, the large signs advertising luxury living made me a little nervous. Was the tasting at New Kent Winery really just a wine-focused version of a timeshare sales presentation? I could imagine the server saying, "Here, I have another twenty wines for you to taste as I tell you about our wonderful community. Tastings are free with the purchase of six or more acres."

The relatively new Virginia winery, 20 miles east of ... Read full review



Red Wine White Wine Service View/Ambiance
3.5
3.5
4.0
4.5

Cave Ridge Vineyard & Winery   0
4.5

Cave Ridge Vineyard, opened in 2005 by Randy and Karen Phillips, is located in the northern section of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley near the small town of Conicville. Although the winery is only a few miles from the truck-infested I-81, you're not likely to "stumble across it." You'll have to travel down some narrow, country roads to get to it, but it's worth it.

You'll know you've arrived when the hill-covering changes from cows and corn to grapes. It's a wonderful sight. The winery and tasting room are located in large, wood-sided buildings that fit naturally ... Read full review



Red Wine White Wine Service View/Ambiance
4.5
3.5
4.0
4.5