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Bringing Old World Charm to Maryland, Maureen Heimbuch

Celebrating Women in Maryland’s Wine Industry

Have you ever played the game, “How many Maryland wineries you can name?” It is fun to compare notes with your friends. Boordy Vineyards and Linganore Winecellars are usually the wineries names. Thanksgiving Farms is rarely mentioned. But a winery you should know, especially if you love Bordeaux-style wines.

Thanksgiving Farm (Harwood, MD) is a hidden gem outside of Annapolis, MD.  If you drive by the entrance quickly, you will miss it. It is tucked behind another farm. A striking image is unveiled once you drive beyond the neighboring farm. Lush vines and a historic home emerge. Located in Southern Anne Arundel County, the vineyard and tasting room have old world charm. Maureen and Doug Heimbuch are the proud proprietors, grape growers, and winemakers.

Operating and managing a vineyard is a second career for Maureen, like many women in Maryland’s wine industry. Her career began as an attorney in New Jersey. Her analytical and interpersonal skills developed in the legal professional easily transferred to her burgeoning winemaking career.
While Maureen leaves most of the winemaking tasks to Doug, she is a significant contributor to their end product. From the very beginning, they decided they were making traditional Bordeaux-style wines. Maureen discusses how she was influenced by old world French wines. Thanksgiving Farm grows noble grapes such as Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. They are known for their Meritage vintages. Meritage is a term used to identify American handcrafted wines blended from the traditional “noble” Bordeaux varietals. She expresses her desire to bring that history and quality winemaking to Maryland.

We also discuss Thanksgiving Farm notable Franc Blanc and what was the impetus. Franc Blanc is a white Cabernet Franc wine. Cabernet Franc is traditionally a red wine. They decided to try making it as a white wine because they were not making white whites. Franc Blanc was a surprising success.

Our chat with Maureen took place in Thanksgiving Farm’s tasting room. Thanksgiving Farm tasting room is one of the most stately tasting room I have ever visited. The mahogany panel walls remind me of a formal parlor or sitting room. Although the tasting room is well appointed, it is not stodgy. It is an inviting and intimate setting. It is like the television show Cheers, “everyone knows your name.” When you visit once, you will never be forgotten. You will always be greeted by name. Thanksgiving Farm’s tasting room is an extension of Maureen’s and Doug’s home. They want you to feel as welcome in the tasting room as you would in their home. Please enjoy our discussion.

 

Maureen Heimbuch Thanksgiving Farm - YouTube

Stay tuned for more videos in March.  We love to hear from you. Who do you know who is making an impact in Maryland’s wine industry?

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Influencing the Business, Janna Howley Celebrating Women in Maryland’s Wine Industry

Have you ever attended a Maryland wine festival?  Have you ever read an article about legislative changes in the beer industry? Have you ever sought information about starting your own vineyard?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, more than likely you interacted with Grow and Fortify.  Grow and Fortify is the back office, advocates and event managers for Maryland’s agricultural producers, startups, operators and growers.  They represent and support several non-profit organizations, like the Maryland Wine Association.  In plain English, Grow and Fortify help craft beverage business owners thrive so that businesses can focus on producing great beer, wine, and spirits we love to enjoy. Janna Howley is the Chief Operating Officer, COO, for Grow and Fortify.  She is the business behind the business.

Janna and I first met years ago when she worked for the University of Maryland Extension.  I was in search of agri-tourism resources.  Agri-tourism was relatively new back then.  It was novel. Not a lot of people understood it or knew anything about it.  Janna recognized the potential and value of bringing people to Maryland’s farms like Maryland’s vineyards.  Vineyards are working farms. People sometimes forgot that fact.  During her time with the Extension program, Janna positively influenced the public’s perception that farming is exciting and fun.

Fast forward to today, Janna influences on a larger scale. Her, along with the team connect agricultural producers to organizations and resources which assist operators and growers develop their businesses.   This is not just a job for Janna.  She speaks with enthusiasm about the services her organization provides.  It is infectious. Partially, we talked about the seminars they host for potential, dreamy-eyed growers.  The support available to startups is inspiring.  Within minutes of our conversations, I wanted to go out and buy a tractor, vines, and start growing grapes.  But seriously, the support Grow and Fortify offers has had a positive impact on the wine industry and, may attribute to some of the growth in the industry.

Our chat with Janna took place in her kitchen.  It felt like I was catching up with a good girlfriend.  Thanks for making me feel so comfortable, especially since I had production issues and annoyed with myself.  I have to apologize for the video quality. You’ll notice Janna, and I go in and out of frame. My usual camera did not have sufficient memory.  So, I used my camera phone as a backup.  A very friendly Target salesperson later told me I did not insert the correct memory card.  Ughhh…  Thank you, Janna, for being a good sport and putting me at ease.   You are awesome!  Please enjoy our discussion.

Influencing the Business, Janna Howley, Celebrating Women in Maryland’s Wine Industry - YouTube

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Celebrating Women in Maryland’s Wine Industry Make A Way   Jo-Ann Romano, Romano Vineyard and Winery

When I was Howard University graduate student, I learned several invaluable lessons. The lesson which stuck with me the most was Make A Way.  When there is not a way make a way. Sometimes you have a dream that has never been realized by anyone.  No precedent.  No one can conceptualize your vision.  You have to forge your own path to make your dream your reality.  This is exactly what Jo-Ann and Joe Romano did.  They are the owners of Romano Vineyard and Winery (Brandywine, MD). Romano Vineyard and Winery is the first commercially operated winery in Prince George’s county.

During our Vino 301’s Celebrating Women in Maryland’s Wine Industry chat, Jo-Ann discussed how the vineyard became a reality. Prior to the winery’s opening, zoning regulations and laws did not exist allowing a winery to operate in Prince George’s county.  Unintended, the Romanos became visionaries when they pursued their dream.  They convinced others to share their dream and the possibilities.  They worked with elected officials, the Maryland Grape Growers Association, the Maryland Wine Association and other organizations to help rally their cause.  The Maryland Grape Growers and the Maryland Wine Association are tremendous resources.  Almost all of the women I spoke with often referenced these organizations.  These groups helped them develop their businesses and provided educational assistance.

Eventually public policy was codified for wineries to operate in the County.  Amazingly, this was less than 10 years ago. Now there are three other wineries in Brandywine.  The wineries formed a wine trail, known as the Legacy Wine Trail. Jo-Ann could not have imagined their dream would lead to these incredible events. She is truly a trailblaze. Thanks for bringing wine to my favorite County.

There is an old saying, “good wine starts with good grapes.” Jo-Ann is responsible for the good grapes. She is the vineyard manager.  The vineyard manager is responsible for maintaining the vineyard to produce a healthy and abundant grape harvest. She loves it. Notice how her face lights up when she talks about it.  Jo-Ann spends a lot of time in the vineyard.  Oh, by the way, she still has a full-time job.  Can you imagine?  She works all day at the office and in the evenings, she works in the vineyard.  I assume, Jo-Ann’s vineyard chores are not considered work to her. It is a labor of love.

Our chat with Jo-Ann took place at Romano Vineyard and Winery.  Fortunately, the March weather cooperated and we were able to sit near the vineyard for our visit. Please enjoy our chat.

Jo Ann Romano Romano Vineyard & Winery Making a Way - YouTube

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Powerhouse Winemaker, Lauren Zimmerman Celebrating Women in Maryland’s Wine Industry

Last month I attended a ceremony honoring the 2018 Governor’s Cup Competition winners. The Governor’s Cup Competition is Maryland’s wine competition recognizing the state’s best wines.  Port of Leonardtown Winery was among the wineries of distinction honored at this reception.  Port of Leonardtown Winery (Leonardtown, MD) won top honors – Best in Show for its Barbera Reserve 2015.  Port of Leonardtown Winery didn’t stop there.  Their wines took home –not one, not two, not three, but SEVEN gold medals in 2018.  A first in Maryland winery history for a winery to win seven gold medals for seven of the eight wines entered in the competition.

Who?  Who is the person behind this history making event and leaving lasting impressions on Maryland’s wine industry? It is powerhouse winemaker, Lauren Zimmerman.  She is making finely crafted wines.  She answered the question asked for centuries: “Is wine making a science or an art?”  Her wines clearly demonstrate it is an art.  Winemaking starts with the science of fermenting grapes, but Port of Leonardtown wines end with priceless art.   In every glass is complexity, dimension, and passion that tells a story which only an artist could convey.  Please do not mis-interrupt my statement to imply technical skill is missing, which is frequently hinted when people describe female winemakers. It is a given these wines are technically solid.

Lauren has been mastering her craft for 14 years.  Her youthful appearance makes it hard to believe she has been in the industry for a stretch of time.  She literally started as a child and developed a love for all aspects of wine.

Our chat with Lauren took place at the newly renovated Port of Leonardtown Winery tasting room.  It is a great place to visit. Bring your friends, family, even your pet with you when you go wine tasting.  There is a park directly across from the tasting room.   The Winery is opened daily.  We recorded the video in barrel room. Hence, why we are wearing the coats in the video.  It was a special treat to be in the barrel room.  Visitors do not often have a chance to enter the processing area.

Our chat with Lauren was a perfect way to begin the weekend.  Please enjoy my chat with Lauren.

Powerhouse Winemaker, Lauren Zimmerman - Celebrating Women in Maryland’s Wine Industry - YouTube

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Celebrating Women in Maryland’s Wine Industry

March is Maryland wine month and women’s history month.  What an outstanding duo! Vino 301 recognizes some of the women who make Maryland wines phenomenal.  We chat with several women who work in the wine industry. We visit tasting rooms, barrel rooms, and even board rooms to discuss their roles in the industry.  It’s exciting times in Maryland.  Maryland wine industry is experiencing record growth. We seek these phenomenal women insights how they foresee the future of the industry.

Celebrating women in Maryland’s wine industry is video series.  The series begins with Lynn Basignani, co-owner of Basignani Winery (Sparks, MD).  Basignani Winery is among the original 13 vineyards which established Maryland’s wine industry.  Basignani started as a passion project and grew into a labor of love. Lynn and Bert, winemaker and co-owner, have operated Basignani Winery for since 2016.  Bert is the master vintner, but Lynn is the heart and soul behind the tasting room and events.  She is very modest about managing a successful business.

Our chat with Lynn takes place in Basignani’s quaint and inviting tasting room.  The walls are aligned with vintage wine bottles from all over the world. We discuss how she got started in the business and how her role evolved over time.  Lynn shares with us her favorite wine they make and their brick oven pizza.  OMG!  You have to go to Basignani for their brick oven pizza.  A perfect Friday night is sitting on Basignani’s lawn, a glass of Lorenzino Reserve and their mushroom pizza.  That is good living!

We also talk about Basignani’s newest project, its wine club.  Their wine club replaced their case club.  We talk about why it was important to make this change to the wine club and building a better relationship with their loyal customers.  If you are fan of Basignani’s wines, you can visit or contact them to learn more about their wine club.

Our chat with Lynn was a great way to start a winter Saturday morning.  Please enjoy my time with Lynn.

Women in Maryland Wine -Lynne Basignani - YouTube

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Complete Guide to 2019 Maryland Wine Festivals

credit: Maryland Wine Association

2019 Maryland Wine Festival season starts in April with Decanter at Laurel Park.  Decanter is the perfect marriage between Maryland wine and horseracing. Dust off your wide brim hat or your seersucker suit; and it is off to the races for some great Maryland wine.  Decanter is the first festival in 2019, but definitely not the only wine festival. Vino 301 has assembled a list of over 30 wine festivals for you.  Below is the complete guide to 2019 Maryland Wine Festivals.  The list is downloaded .pdf.

Along with the complete list, here are some helpful tips to know about Maryland wine festivals.

WEATHER: Rain or shine wine festivals will happened.  Rarely are festivals cancelled because of the weather, sometimes rescheduled. Make sure you wear and bring weather appropriate gear with you.  Remember your rain boots for those mudding fields.  Conversely, festivals are usually held in large open fields without protection from the sun. Do not forget the sunscreen.

BRING YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE: This sounds like an obvious thing to do. However, you would be surprised by the number of people who are turned away because they did not bring identification. Be prepared with photo identification showing proof of age.

credit: Carroll County Times

OUTSIDE FOOD AND BEVERAGES: Most festivals have several food vendors available for you to purchase food.  Check with the festival organizer if you can bring outside food. Also, check whether grilling is permitted. Outside alcoholic beverages are never allowed. Event staff will confiscate outside alcoholic beverages.  We have witness security confiscate cases of beer, wine coolers especially at Linganore’s Carribean festival. It is not worth the trouble leave the alcohol at home.

PETS: We love your pets, but the event organizers may not.  Review the event guidelines before you bring your pet. Keep in mind, festivals are crowded and may not be the best environment for your pet. Use your best discretion when determining to bring your pet.  If pets are permitted, be respectful of others.  Leashed your pet, do not leave it unattended, and please, please clean up after your pet.

Happy festivals hopping.  Here is your complete guide.

2019 Maryland Fesitivals Wine Guide Festivals 2019

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Easy Holiday Punch Recipes

As much fun as it is to host friends and family, entertaining can be overwhelming. I am always looking for ways to make things simpler to avoid the stress.  Serving a holiday punch puts the merry back in the holidays.  A good holiday punch eliminates the fuss of setting up a full bar.  Here are three easy holiday punch recipes you can serve at your next festive gathering. Cheers!

Apple Cider Bourbon Punch

Vino 301 served this punch at one of our client’s holiday party recently.  It was a big hit!!! We served the  punch cold and rimmed the glasses with a cinnamon sugar mixture. For an additional surprise, a splotch of caramel was added to the bottom of the glass. The Apple Cider Bourbon Punch can be served warm too. The warm punch will melt the caramel adding a new flavor element.  If you serve it warm, remember to keep the heat low.  You do not want cook away the alcohol.

Ingredients

3 Cinnamon sticks

9 Cloves

1 Star Anise

4 cups Apple cider

1 cup Orange juice (no pulp)

1 cup sugar

½ cup Bourbon or to taste

Optional

Orange slices

Cinnamon sugar mixture

caramel

 

Directions:

In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine all ingredients and garnish with orange slices. Before serving rim your glasses with cinnamon sugar mixture, and place a dollop of caramel in the bottom of the glass for an added treat. Serves 10 – 15 people

photo credit: delish

Ornament Punch

This cocktail reminds me of a Christmas tree decorated with all of the lights and ornaments.  It sparkles, and has traditional red and green colors…hence the name Ornament Punch.  This recipe calls for sparkling wine.  Remember, it is okay to select an inexpensive wine. Select a dry sparkling wine.

Ingredients

2 Granny Smith apples, chopped

1 c. whole fresh cranberries

1 c. green grapes, halved

1 c. pomegranate seeds

2 c. sparkling white grape juice

1 bottle sparkling wine (e.g., Cava or Prosecco)

DIRECTIONS

In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine apples, cranberries, grapes, and pomegranate seeds. Pour over sparkling grape juice and champagne and stir, then serve.  Serves 8 – 10 people

photo credit: bon appetit

Ginger Spritz

If you are not keen on serving a punch, have a signature cocktail.  Set up a self-serve cocktail station. The Ginger Spritz is a simple four ingredients recipe. It has my new favorite aperitif, Lillet (lee-lay).  Lillet is made from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes.  It is flavored with herbs, citrus, spices and fortified with citrus liqueur (17% ABV).  Lillet goes a long way. You do not need generous portions. Also, it should always be served chilled.  Try Ginger Spritz recipe courtesy of bon appétit.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 thin slice peeled ginger

2 oz. Lillet Blanc

3 oz. sparkling wine (e.g., Cava or Prosecco)

Splash of ginger beer

DIRECTIONS

Place ginger slice against the inside of a rocks glass, fill with ice, and add Lillet and sparkling wine. Top off with ginger beer and stir gently to combine. Single serving.

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Last Minute Wine Gifts 

Christmas is next week.  Are you still undecided what to get your beloved wine lover?  We compile a list of our favorite wine inspired gifts.  Here are last minute wine gifts you still have time to ship.

Stocking Stuffers

Trudeau Digital Wine Thermometer  – End your worry about if your wine is at the proper temperature.  Trudeau’s Digital Wine Thermometer is a self activating devise clips around a wine bottle and provides the temperature in either Fahrenheit or Celsius, with suggested temperatures for popular red and white wines printed in the stainless steel band.   Retails $18.99 on Amazon

Bring Me Wine Socks –  I received these socks last year.  I love ’em.  In addition to being fun, they keep your feet warm. Put these socks on, put your feet up, and let the wine flow. They are on sale at VINEPAIR $12.00 

Personalize your Corkcicle –  These insulated tumblers are very popular.  We see a lot of guests bring them on our wine tours.   The stemless stainless  tumbler keeps your preferred drink at the perfect temperature. The triple-insulated stainless steel promises a cold beverage for up to 9 hours and a warm beverage for 3. I have one.  I can’t say my wine stayed chilled for 9 hours, but wine doesn’t stay in my glass for 9 hours. It has an easy-grip side, no-slip bottom and comes with a shatterproof lid. Things Remembered can personalize your Corkcicle in time for Christmas. Personalize the front and back with a name, monogram or a fun message. Things Remembered $24.95

Electric Wine Aerator – The electric aerator pump stopper sits on top any size wine bottle making a tight seal to store open bottles of wine. Pour and diffuse air directly into your glass with the touch of the button infuser LUXURY CARRYING CASE: This instant decanter breather system is 100% portable. The included soft fabric bag protects the diffuser’s metal finish from scratching and will impress your friends with a touch of class. Amazon pricing starts at $55.00

Standout Gifts

Rotating wine glass –  Cupa wine glasses are made from lead-free crystal, their unique stemless construction creates a swirling rotation when set down.  Rolling wine glasses oxygenate the wine. Enhance the sensory experience of enjoying a glass of your favorite vino.  You can find them at aha . The set of two retails for $52.00

Rotating Decanter – This hand blown decanter is designed to aerate your favorite wine in an unsurpassable way. Comfortably fits one whole 750ml bottle. Works for both white and red wine. It retails for $65.00 at aha  aha is offering free shipping on all US orders.


Serving Cart – Every gathering will have Gatsby flair when serving from this Belham Living Braxton Bar Cart. This generous bar cart is graced with a shimmering glass top and lower mirrored shelf with X side detailing and guard rails that keep your liquor in place. The hand-painted gold finish on the iron frame provides the fun and fancy, while wine glass racks, wine bottle storage, flared arms, and smooth-gliding wheels make this bar cart as practical as it is pretty.  The Bart Cart on sale through December 20 for $179.00 at Hayneedle 

Wine and cheese board – This is not your ordinary cutting board.  It has so many features. The Bamboo Cheese Board with Cutlery Set, Wooden Charcuterie Platter and Serving Meat Board with Slide-Out Drawer with 4 Stainless Steel Knife and Server Set . This natural bamboo cheese board features a concealed slide-out storage tray and a knife set that includes cutting and serving tools all made with stainless steel blades and bamboo handles. It’s a  Bambüsi great hostess gift or holiday present for the friend who loves to entertain. Price starts at $55.00 on Amazon.

Cheese and charcuterie pairingWine Down Box is a unique monthly wine subscription service.  Their experts curated pairings of small-batch California wines and deliver them with fresh, artisanal cheese, handcrafted charcuterie, and scratch-made crackers. You can get a one-time subscription or in intervals of 3, 6, or 12 months.  Pricing starts at $70.00.  Shipping is included in the price.

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Online Wine Clubs

I have a confession: I LOVE wine shops. I visit wine shops for fun.  It’s not a casual love. Going to fine wine shops for me is like a shopaholic going to Neiman Marcus. I love strolling down the aisles, reading  wine labels, discovering new varietals, and taking advantage of weekly wine tastings.  Part of the fun is the hunt for new and interesting wines.  Engaging all my senses; see, smell, touch and taste heightened my experience. Traversing the wine shop aisles was my only mode of discovery. Skepticism prevented me from trying shopping for wine online.  I did not think you could have the same experience.  I was wrong.  Online wine clubs are an exciting way to appreciate wines and great gifts to share with others.  Wine clubs no longer randomly select wines for you.  It is a personalize experience.

 

Single Serving – Wine by the glass

VINEBOX was my first plunge into the wine clubs’ membership universe.  Recently, I purchased the Twelve Nights of Wine.  The Twelve Nights of Wine is VINEBOX version of the Wine Advent calendar.  I was pleasantly surprised. The wine was presented in a beautifully decorated box.  The decorated box contains 12 sexy glass tubes. Each tube is single serving (3.3 ounces).  A closed nitrogen system is used to bottle each tube, preserving the wine up to three years.  Beyond the sleek packaging, the quality of wines is exceptional. The wines were interesting and multi-dimensional. My inventory was dry European wines, from France and Italy.  White and red wines from popular regions, such as Medoc, Brouilly, and Sicily, were among the selections.

VINEBOX is the perfect sample gift. You do not commit to a bottle of wine.  This is great for the person who likes to try a little of this and a little of that.  You can choose between two sample boxes.  The original VINEBOX has nine wine tubes.   They have a new brand called the Usual.  It is “a large glass of real wine, in a bottle”.  It is six ounces per wine. The Usual is a box of six glasses of wine.  The Usual does not offer white wine, just red and Rosé. You can make a one-time purchase or quarterly subscription.  Prices range from $48 to $72 per package.

Taste Profile Subscription

Bright Cellars Wine personalize your wine subscription based on your taste profile.  Before you select your wine, you are prompted to take a seven-question quiz. “How do you like your tea?”, is an example of a question asked.  Once you take the quiz you can select white, red or combination.  I took the quiz and my selections were close to the types of wines I like, with one exception.  They selected a Moscato, not my first choice.  I was able to swap it out for another wine.  Four wines were selected. All of the wines were California wines rated on a 100-point scale.  Most of the wines were 92 points or higher.

The cool part about Bright Cellars is that they encourage your feedback.  They are all about personalizing your selection to better match your taste profile.  You can choose the frequency of your subscription.  Monthly subscriptions start at $80.

Winc is another taste profile wine club.  You are asked similar questions before your wine selection is presented.  In addition to the flavor profile questions, you are asked what price point do you normally pay for a bottle of wine.  Which is great! They are conscience of your wallet. Prices range from $15 to $25+ per bottle.  Winc started with a California winery and partnered with other domestic and international vineyards that produce small batch wines. You won’t find these wines at your local wine shop. In addition to red and white wines, they offer sparkling wines and ciders.  They even offer Vegan wines.  The monthly subscription starts with three bottles. You can cancel your subscription at any time without penalty.  They often run specials and shipping is inexpensive.  My first order was $79, but with the specials and discounts I paid $47.00  Winc is offering a special for your first time purchase. You can take $20 off.  Click here to view your deal.

Click and Order

WSJwine is The Wall Street Journal wine club.  It is one of the most well-known clubs. You pick and click.  There is not a big selection process.  You can purchase 1, 6, or 12 bottles without joining the wine club.  If you are looking for a regular allotment, the wine club is available and wine shipments are quarterly.  You can get a mix case, or select white or red wines.   There are two clubs Discovery and Premier Club.  The Premier Club are rare find wines.  You can customize your case with this membership. The Discovery Club membership is $149.99 per shipment (not including shipping cost) and Premier Club is $239.99 quarterly. The holidays are a perfect time to join because they are offering a lot of incentives.

Keep in mind shipping regulations and time when deciding on a wine club.  Make sure the club ships to your state.  An adult 21 years or old must sign for the shipment.  Consider having the package delivered to your job so there is someone always available to sign for the package. Usually it takes longer than you think to ship the package to you.  Allow for shipping time, especially if you are giving this as a gift.

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Membership Rewards: Wine Club by Vino 301

Vino 301 is excited to announce our first membership club.  We love vineyard hopping and wine tasting with you.  We want to reward you with savings. Wine Club by Vino 301 is a rewards program for individuals who love to explore Maryland vineyards.   The more wine tours you take the greater the rewards and savings.  You can select the level of membership based on how many visits you take over a year.  You may select from any wine region (Patapsco, Heritage, Westminster and Chesapeake region) and specialty tours (Chocolate and Wine, Wine and Cheese, and Wine Beer & Spirits: A Beverage Adventure).

Membership Levels

 

Silver

Gold

Platinum

Discounted Wine Tours

2

3

 

4

Free Lunch

Free Wine with Lunch

Cost Per Tour

$95

$110 $118
Wine Club by Vino 301

Cost Per Tour

$76 $80.75

$80.75

Invoiced

Bi-annually Tri-annually

Quarterly

How does it work?
  • Join Wine Club by Vino 301 and select your membership level (silver, gold or platinum) you want
  • Make a 25% deposit.
  • Select gift card option and you will receive a voucher number at check out. Use this voucher number to book your tour at any time.
  • You will be billed quarterly for the balance of your Wine Club By Vino 301
  • You can book your tours at any time. Your membership pricing is listed. Visit Vino 301 booking website.

Rules:  Wine Club By Vino 301 membership is valid for a year.  Your membership starts from the date of purchase. Tours must be taken within that years.  Membership not renewed annually. You may cancel or upgrade your membership at any time. You are responsible for any unpaid portion of a wine tour taken.  Deposits are non-refundable.

Joining is easy! Click here to join

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