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Crow Vineyards wine dog; Nassau Valley Winery; Bordeleau Manor House

vineyard. Crow does indeed farm, raise angus beef, soybeans and hay, but also has 12 acres of vineyards. Three generations of the Crow family have worked this land. Diversifying into the world of winemaking was a big step, but a move that’s paid off. With sevenplus years under their belt, Crow Vineyard and Winery has racked up some impressive awards. Just two years after building their winery Crow won a gold medal at an international wine competition for a Vida Blanc. Be sure and try their chardonnay, reserve red blend, sparkling vidal, and barbera rosé when you go. Crow Vineyards also offers a farm stay in an 1837 renovated farmhouse. Breakfast is included, and you can request a picnic lunch or dinner for an additional cost. Located one-and-a-half hours from Baltimore, Washington DC, and Philadelphia makes Crow Vineyard and Winery perfect for a peaceful weekend escape. Equestrian and wine lovers will enjoy a trip to Broken Spoke Vineyard and Winery south of Chesapeake City. With a lineup of wines covering sweet to dry varieties, Broken Spoke delivers down-on-the-farm fun. The tasting room looks more like a square dance barn with wine than a typical tasting room. The tasting flights are served on a wood plank, and glasses are held in place with horseshoes. A business card by each wine provides tasting notes. These delightful cards have humorous descriptions and cartoon characters to complement the name of the wine. Try the Rumors Red made from barbera grapes delivering hints of boysenberry, ripe cherry, and plum. White wine standouts are Broken Spoke’s traminette or Word Play (a chardonnay/traminette blend). If the weather is warm try Broken Spoke’s rosé offerings, Hey Hay Rosé and Just Say Rosé. Several wine tasting flights are offered or order your favorite wine by the glass. With a lineup of award-winning wines this good, you’ll probably take several bottles home. Chateau Bu-De is just a six-minute drive from Broken Spoke making it easy to try two wineries in an afternoon. With the opening of their new tasting room in October 2017, Chateau Bu-De is one of the

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finest Wineries on the East Coast. As you stroll the grounds of this historic estate founded in the 1660s by cartographer Augustine Herman, take time to see the ruins of Mr. Herman’s original. The 440-acre property looks out on the Bohemia River making this perfect to watch the sunset with a glass of wine in hand. Chateau Bu-De uses grapes from their estate, Maryland, and from Napa to make some of the finest red or white wines in Maryland. Winemaker Jacques van der Vyver uses old world and new world techniques in the state-of-the-art winery production building opened in 2015. Don’t miss the Grüner Veltliner, reserve chardonnay, or sauvignon blanc if white wines are your favorite. Their red wines are quite good also. Try the Dickerson Red or the Cabernet Franc for lush, full-bodied wines to pair with a cheese platter. With the opening of the new tasting room, event space, and winery, Chateau Bu-De is getting noticed. Both Chateau Bu-De and Broken Spoke are close to quality B&Bs in Chesapeake City for an overnight stay. Nassau Valley Vineyards was the first Delaware winery. Don’t miss the self-guided walking tour inside, just next to the tasting room. Walk through eight centuries of wine knowledge including photos, text, and winemaking equipment onsite. Guided tours are available by appointment. A $7 tasting fee includes a souvenir glass to take home. Nassau Valley Vineyards has won numerous awards over the years. Those who love fruity wines will find the award-winning Peach Ambrosia a perfect dessert wine or summer sipper. The Cabernet Sauvignon has racked up several awards and delivers a dry wine to pair with a rib eye steak, baked potato, and sautéed mushrooms. While Napa and Sonoma have little to fear from Delmarva wines, those of us who live near these excellent wineries have much to gain. This wine-snob writer was recently converted to believing Delmarva vintners can produce top-quality wines. And on the Delmarva, we get great seafood and produce to pair with these excellent local wines. That’s a winning combination close to home worth checking out.

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Food, Wine, Travel Magazine, Winter 2020  

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Food, Wine, Travel Magazine, Winter 2020 is our food, wine, and spirits issue. Join our writers as they take you on a culinary tour around t...