If you haven’t noticed by now, the love I have for wine is out of this world. Now, I call myself fancy and desire a nice cheese board to pair with it (our National Drink Wine Day post has a great cheeseboard option). I’m rubbing off on my husband, because he is officially a wino with me.
We are red wine drinkers. Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Malbec are staples around the house. One of my anniversary treats from JaMarcus was a trip to a local vineyard, which included a tasting of over 15 wines and a tour with a very informative tour guide. It was amazing. I’ve been to an winery before, but that was before I fell in love with the art of wine.
Boordy Vineyard is a HUGE vineyard tucked away on the outskirts of Baltimore. It is located in Hydes, Maryland and the grounds are immaculate. For $17 we were able to try a wide variety of wines and take home a souvenir glass. What I love about wine tasting is the educational part (clearly I’m a teacher). To learn the process on how to make wine, obtain a certain flavor, or achieve particular body amazes me and boy does the employees at Boordy know their stuff.
We actually fell in love with Boordy wine at our local Farmers Market (another deadly addiction for me). They had a booth there, we stop for the free samples and walked away with a bottle (that’s how they always get me). All the wine we sample that day were light body and even the reds had a sweet taste to them. We had talked about it for a few days then let it go. When we started brainstorming anniversary plans, JaMarcus mentioned it again and it was definitely a must.
When we walked into the tasting room, I was surprise to see quite a crowd. There were about eight others in our tasting, and there was another group in the room participating in a tasting also. The traffic coming in and out was also shocking. We looked at each other and realized we stumbled upon a “hot” spot.
The first half of our tasting we were able to sample all nine Landmark wines. I love when they provide a sheet detailing the wines because I like to take notes. When I take notes I rank them, note what I don’t like so in the future, we don’t make the awful mistake of buying a bottle we don’t really prefer.
After, we made our way down the list and finished the tasting, they invited you up to the sitting area where you could enjoy a bottle of wine you purchased, or do an extended wine tasting. Who could say NO to more wine? It was only an additional $2 dollars which made the offer even more appealing.
At the second tasting, we were able to try five additional wines. The sweet lady in the photo provided us with some serious knowledge. She took her time during the tasting and just made us fall in love with the place even more. During our conversation with her, she informed us that they have a host of events during the summer. Live bands, karaoke, and they even have a food truck on the property. Not only do they have a variety of events, they also allow you to bring food into the vineyard. You are allowed to have a picnic out there (I’m sold). I wish I would have known that before we came, we would have loaded up!
After we went through all the wine tastings, we purchased a bottle of wine and sat down to enjoy the vibe. We started on the outside, then shifted to the inside. It was the perfect kick off to our anniversary weekend.
For all of my wine connoisseurs, this is a must add to your vineyard bucket list. Pack a picnic or a nice cheese board and enjoy. You have to do the full wine tasting, it’s worth it!
Address:12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, Maryland 21082 USA
Located in Baltimore County, 8 miles northeast of the Baltimore beltway (I-695) exits 29 or 31, and a thirty minute drive from downtown Baltimore. Boordy is 50 miles from Washington D.C.; 90 miles from Philadelphia, PA; and 45 miles from Annapolis, MD.
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