Saturday, January 22, 2011

Linganore Mountain White

Linganore Winecellars (which also produces another line wines called Berrywine Plantations) is a family operated vineyard and winery nestled on 230 acres of picturesque rolling countryside, 4.5 miles northeast of historic New Market, Maryland. Linganore is one of the most popular, largest, and best selling of Maryland wines. They have been a part of Maryland's wine landscape for a long time. They do maninly semi-sweet grape and fruit wines. They are located in Mt. Airy, Maryland.

The winery was first established by Jack and Lucille Aellen in 1971, and they sold their first wines in 1976. In 1977, they hosted Maryland’s first wine festival. They introduced semi-sweet grape wines which were an off shoot of their German-Swiss winemaking heritage. By the early ‘80s, the winemaking responsibilities were taken over by Jack and Lucille’s son Anthony. Also in the early ‘80s, new experimental grape varieties from the grape breeding program at Cornell University were planted in test plots in their vineyards. The success of many of these new hybrids has been shown in expanded acreage and dedication to winery production.

By 1997, expansion was in the works again with the addition of a new 5,000 sq. ft. warehouse and bottling facility which moved this part of the production out of the original dairy barn where the winery operation remained. In 1999, expansion was in the works again with the addition of a 6,000 sq. ft. state of the art tank room and processing facility. This addition increased their capacity to over 100,000 gallons with enough expansion room to take them to close to 200,000 as they grew.
Linganore Mountan White is a semi-sweet white made from different native (and some hyrbid) grapes. Judging from the taste there's probably some Diamond and some Niagara. It's finished semi-sweet, with aproximately 6% residual sugar. But there's just enough acid on this wine to give it a really great flavor to offset the sweetness - so it's not syrupy or deathly sweet. Instead it's got a fragrant nose and would be great for sipping, or with fruit and cheese or with chips and nachos.

This is not a serious wine, for laying down. There's no oak, or reserve here. It's a fun drinking wine. It's a great picnic wine. Enjoy!