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Wines and Vines

Nov 10, 2010 11:26PM ● By Anonymous

Here are just a few of my favorites: To kick off your holiday dinner try a Pinot Grigio from Bordeleau Winery ( in Eden, Maryland, founded by Tom Shelton, former executive at Perdue. Bordeleau, meaning water’s edge in French, refers to the winery’s being on the banks of the Wicomico Creek. Bordeleau Pinot Grigio is medium bodied with flavors of pear and citrus and a crisp, clean finish—a perfect wine to enjoy with light snacks and appetizers before you sit down to your feast. Bordeleau, which opened its tasting room in 2008, is one of Maryland’s few estate wineries. All the grapes used in production< are grown on 12 acres of this sprawling 1,200-acre estate.

As you move on to your turkey dinner with its many side dishes, select both a white and a red wine pairing. This ensures that you have something for everyone to enjoy. It can also be fun to compare them.

I recommend the Boordy Icon Series “Rockfish” white blend. The three grapes used to create this wine are Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, and Chardonnay. Together they create a fresh white that has aromas of melon with a hint of herbs and crisp acidity. Boordy Vineyards (, established in 1945, is one of Maryland’s largest wineries. It has many wines and a full calendar of lively events throughout the year.

Choosing a red wine that pairs well with turkey and all the sides can be difficult— you need the right balance of fruit and acidity without too much tannin. This balance can be found in Black Ankle Winery’s Passeggiata, a light-bodied version of Syrah. Passeggiata means evening stroll in Italian. And like a stroll, this red is easy to enjoy. Flavors of red berries are accented by a touch of spice, finishing with food-friendly acidity and soft tannins. Black Ankle Winery (, in Mt. Airy, Maryland, opened its tasting room a year ago. It is in a green, eco-friendly building built with material found on the property. Like Bordeleau, Black Ankle is an estate winery. Its more than 20 acres of grapes grow among stunning views of the surrounding Frederick County countryside.

After dinner thoughts often turn to desserts, such as pumpkin pie. Instead, I suggest a wine that is dessert in a glass, the St. Michaels Winery Chocolate Zinfandel. Founded in 2005, St. Michaels Winery ( has become one of the major forces in Maryland wine, currently with 18 varieties of wine. Just off the main street in downtown St. Michaels, the winery’s tasting room is full of locals as well as weekenders sampling wines. The Chocolate Zinfandel blends a full-bodied red Zinfandel with delicious chocolate to create what tastes like a chocolate-covered cherry in a glass. This wine is great on its own but it also pairs nicely with chocolate mousse or cherry pie. It’s just the right wine to serve at the end of a delicious Thanksgiving dinner.

As you reflect on all you have to be thankful for this year, remember you don’t need to look to the West Coast or Europe to find great wines. On Thanksgiving raise a glass of Maryland wine and make a toast to all the quality wines we have to choose from right here at home. Want to learn more about Maryland wine? Visit

Laurie Forster, the Wine Coach, is a wine educator and author of The Sipping Point: A Crash Course in Wine. For more information on her services or her book visit