Saturday, January 31, 2009

Maryland and Pennsylvania Wineries Continue to Grow and Shine

Here's a really nice, long article about all the great wienries down by the Mason-Dixon line, etc. Some of these are among my favorites. Twin Brook. Va La. Paradox. And the others are nice too! This is a really undervaalued region. Twin Brooks has graduated several winemakers to much larger jobs, including John Graziano at Millbrook. Read it and have fun.

Exciting growth in regional wineries
Fine wine
By ROGER MORRIS • January 28, 2009
The News Journal (Delaware)
Delaware Online

Black Walnut. Chaddsford. Dove Valley. Galer Estate. Kreutz Creek. Paradocx. Patone. Penns Woods. Stargazers. Terrapin Station. Twin Brook. Va La.

Ten years ago, there were three wineries in the region, and one was floundering. Today, there are 12 properties making wine for sale -- 10 in Chester County across the Pennsylvania line, and two in Cecil County in nearby Maryland, although not all have yet opened shop. And more wineries are on the drawing board.

The newest is Mario Patone's Patone Cellars, which made wine this year from purchased grapes and has bought land in West Grove, Pa. to develop as a winery and tasting room. "We hope to have the tasting room open this fall," Patone says, although he has not decided whether to plant the bulk of his grapes in West Grove or elsewhere.

IBM executive Morris Zwick, a graduate of the University of Maryland, established Terrapin Station winery on his wife Janet's family farm just west of Newark in Cecil County, Md.

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