Maryland Rosé Round-Up

June 8, 2017

Rosé:  the quintessential summer wine.  While Rosé can be enjoyed year round, many people associate it with summer.  I tend to be one of those people, as nothing sounds better to me on a hot summer day than a dry, crisp, refreshing Rosé.  

  • One common misconception about Rosé that we need to debunk right away:  Rosé does not mean sweet!  While there are some Rosé wines that are sweet, many Rosés are dry.
  • Almost all of the Rosés featured here are made from 100% red grapes.
  • Another thing many people don’t realize:  Rosé pairs well with many different types of food!  I am certainly not a pairing expert, so my advice would be to ask someone at the winery what they would suggest pairing that specific Rosé with.

I wanted to create a post where readers could easily see some of the wineries here in Maryland that are carrying Rosé this summer.  Just to be clear, this list is not an exhaustive list of Maryland Rosé that is available around the state- just a taste. 🙂  But hurry!  Some of these Rosés are already on their way to being sold out!  

To be honest, I was conflicted about what information to include about each winery.  While Dan and I have learned so much about wine-making and all it’s complexities, I still want to stay true to the original focus of Love and Wine, which is to provide “stats” about each winery.  These stats don’t convey the passion each of these winemakers have for their vineyards and their wine.  The best way to see that passion is to visit the wineries yourselves- taste the wine, walk the properties, and truly see for yourself the amazing wine Maryland is producing.

Along with “stats,”  I included the composition of each wine (AKA what grapes it’s made of), as well as the tasting notes from the winery itself.

Big Cork Vineyards– 2016 Rosé

  • 95% Syrah, 5% Barbera
  • “Pale pink rose in color, the wine opens with notes of watermelon and strawberry. Bright and refreshing on the palate with the introduction of ripe white summer fruits, watermelon, and acidity creating a perfect balance.”

Location:  4236 Main St, Rohrersville, MD 21779

Hours:   Monday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Fridays until 9:00 pm.

Dog Friendly?:  Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes- definitely.  Lots of room for the kids to run on the lawn!

Food for Purchase?:  Yes

BYO Food?: Yes

Events?:  Live Music Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  Keep an eye on their Facebook Page for other events!

Check out more about Big Cork in my previous posts here and here.

 

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard– 2015 Rosé

  • Blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot
  • “Refreshing nose has the elegance of strawberries, melons, and floral notes.  Its sharp strawberry palate has bright acidity, and ends with a balanced, spicy finish.”

Location:  18125 Comus Rd, Dickerson, MD 20842

Hours:   Open 7 days a week, 12:00-6:00pm

Dog Friendly?:  Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes

Food for Purchase?:  Yes

BYO Food?: Yes

Events?:  Live Music Saturdays and Sundays

 

Elk Run Vineyard & Winery– Gypsy Rosé

  • 100% Pinot Noir
  • “Taken from the secondary bunches later in the season.  This produces a dry, rose pedal aroma followed by gentle honey dew melon flavor. With very little skin contact it produces a refreshingly light spring wine with a touch of pistachio and a lovely peach color.”

Location:  15113 Liberty Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771

Hours:   Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00-6:00pm (Friday 6-9pm), Sunday 12:00-6:00pm 

Dog Friendly?:  No

Kid Friendly?:  Yes

Food for Purchase?:  Yes

BYO Food?: Yes

Events?:  Live music Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  Keep an eye on their Facebook Page for other special events.

 

Loew Vineyards– Celebration

  • Blend of Cabernet Franc and Seyval Blanc
  • “Dry rosé, light-bodied with a floral bouquet and fruity character.”

Location:  14001 Liberty Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771

Hours:   Friday, Sunday: 1:00-5:00pm, Saturday 10:00-5:00pm 

Dog Friendly?:  Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes

Food for Purchase?:  Yes

BYO Food?: Yes

Events?:  No

 

Chateau Bu-De Winery & Vineyard– 2015 Rosé

  • Blend of 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot & 33% Cabernet Franc
  • “Notes of briar, cherry, and hints of cream bring elegant balance to this wine.”

Location:  237 Bohemia Manor Farm Ln, Chesapeake City, MD 21915

Hours:  Open Wednesday and Thursday: 2:00-7:30pm, Friday-Sunday: 11:00-7:00pm

Dog Friendly?:  Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes- lots of room for them to run around!

Food for Purchase?:  No

BYO Food?:  Yes

Events?:  Summer Concert Series, various weekend days- Check their website for dates.

 

Crow Vineyard – 2016 Barbera Rosé

  • 100% Barbera
  • “Packed with aromas suggesting fresh strawberry, red currant, rose petal, and mango.  This wine has bright and delicious flavors suggesting mandarin orange and peach with a very pleasant, lingering finish.”

Location:  12441 Vansant Corner Rd, Kennedyville, MD 21645

Hours:  Open 7 days a week, 12:00-5:00pm

Dog Friendly?:  Yes, preferably outside

Kid Friendly?:  Yes

Food for Purchase?:  Yes

BYO Food?:  No

Events?:  Occasional special events- Keep an eye on their Facebook page.

**Keep an eye out for a post about Crow Vineyards next week!

 

Clovelly Vineyards– 2015 Rosé

  • Blend of Cab Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Barbera and Chambourcin

Location:  301 Clovelly Lane, Chestertown, MD 21620

Hours:  Open by Appointment Only

Events?:  Occasional special events- check their website for dates.

 

Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery– Lazy Day Rosé

  • Chambourcin
  • “A semi-dry Chambourcin Rosé with hints of berry and spicy fruit flavors.”

Location:  4225 New Bridge Rd., Vienna, MD 21869

Hours:  Open Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 5 pm, Friday & Saturday: 11 am – 6 pm, Sunday:  12 pm – 5 pm

Dog Friendly?:  Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes

Food for Purchase?:  Yes

BYO Food?:  Yes

Events?:  Concerts in the Country Series- Check their website or Facebook page for dates, as well as other special events.

 

Great Frogs Winery– 2016 Chesapeake Rosé

  • 100% Barbera
  • “Pale apricot color.  Aromas of mandarin orange and sweet jasmine.  Flavors of juicy peach and honey, with a soft rounded body and smooth finish. “

Location:  218 Harness Creek Rd, Annapolis, MD 21403

Hours:  Tastings by Appointment only, Friday and Saturday: 1-5pm

Events?:  Occasional Special Events, including live music and “Date Nights”- check their website for dates and more information.

 

The Vineyards at Dodon– 2016 Rosé

  • Blend of 50% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 9% Petit Verdot
  • “Aromas of cherries and raspberries, a lively mineral palate and a rich, round texture.”

Location:  391 Dodon Road, Davidsonville, Md. 21035

Hours:  Appointment Only:  Personal tour and tasting is available most Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2 pm and lasts approximately 60 – 90 minutes.

**Keep an eye out for a post about The Vineyards at Dodon next week!

 

Port of Leonardtown– 2016 Rolling Rosé

  • 100% Chambourcin 
  • This is a sparkling and dry Rosé. The bubbles are fine and last a long time in the glass. It has beautiful aromatics of cranberry and strawberry.

Location:  23190 Newtowne Neck Rd, Leonardtown, MD 20650

Hours:  Open Daily, 12:00-6:00pm

Dog Friendly?:  Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes

Food for Purchase?:  Yes

BYO Food?:  Yes

Events?:  Live music every Saturday, the 1st Friday of each month, and every other Sunday.  They also have occasional other events.  Check their website and Facebook page for dates and details.

 

Royal Rabbit Vineyards– Chatelaine’s Blush

  • Blend of several reds and Vidal
  • This is a lively, fruity Rhone-Style Rosé with wild strawberry and citrus flavors.

Location:  1090 Jordan Sawmill Rd., Parkton, MD, 21120

Hours:  Thursday-Monday, 11:00am-5:00pm

Dog Friendly?:  Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes

Food for Purchase?:  Yes

BYO Food?:  Yes

Events?:  Occasional Events, keep an eye on their Facebook page for dates and details!

You can also find Rosé at the following Maryland wineries & vineyards:

Anyone have a favorite Maryland Rosé?  Let me know in the comments below!

 

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1 Comment

  • Reply R Albin of Royal Rabbit Vineyards June 23, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks for including us Jen Royal Rabbit does have a few events a year notably Our Medieval Festival at the end of August we also have a couple other things in the hopper but they’re not finalized yet

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