Of course it is, but society doesn’t always acknowledge that fact. If it did, you’d probably see more wineries selling their products at farm markets. But that’s not so easy here in the Washington, D.C. area. I explore the topic – along with a move to make it easier for Maryland wineries to participate in farm markets – in my column today in The Washington Post. Check out my videoblog as well, including interviews with Sarah O’Herron of Black Ankle VIneyards, Mitch Berliner of the Bethesda Central Farm Market, and Amanda White of Willowcroft Farm Vineyard.
From the Post column, click on the link for recommended wines to see my personal faves from the recent Virginia wine festival at Bull Run Regional Park, sponsored by the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association.
Black Ankle, by the way, recently won the 2009 Maryland Governor’s Cup for best wine in the state for their 2007 Crumbling Rock Bordeaux blend. Not bad for a winery that only opened for business last year, and also won the Governor’s Cup for their 2008 Crumbling Rock before they’d even built their tasting room.