Growers offer oenophiles wide variety of tastes to please the palate
Friday, Oct. 30, 2009
By LAURA BUCK
The Enterprise (Southerland Maryland Newspapers)
Behind every bottle of wine there is a grape. Behind every grape there is a vineyard. Behind every vineyard, there is a grower.
He sells to Fridays Creek Winery in Owings.
"They claim if you're making wine and selling wine, it can be lucrative, but I'm not a winemaker," he said. "It's a hobby and it's paying for itself, but you're not getting rich off of it."
Connick said that growing grapes takes a large amount of time and energy. That includes checking the sugar content of grapes, spraying them for pests, ensuring that they're growing properly and finally picking them at the end of August and through September.
In order to grow grapes for wine successfully, certain condition have to be met, Connick said.
"The land has to be right. The layout has to be right. The type of grape has to be right," said Connick, who explained that dry land is needed.
He said he learned most of this knowledge, as well as what grapes to grow, from the University of Maryland Extension.
He said there is enough adventure in growing grapes for wine. "It's never-ending. You're always learning something."