Cost: -------Members: $30------ Patrons: $25 ------ Nonmembers: $30----
South of the Mason-Dixon – Black Ankle Vineyards Field Trip by Marty Cook
The Pennsylvania Wine Society invites your consideration of our first event since February of this year! We will journey just south of the Mason-Dixon Line to host an outdoor event on Sunday, October 11th , 11 a.m.—1:30 p.m. at Black Ankle Vineyards, located outside of Mt. Airy, Maryland (approximately a 59 mile drive from the Greater Harrisburg Area). Black Ankle has an enormous outdoor venue, and our event will enjoy the exclusive use of an area designated as “The Terrace”.
As their website states, “Black Ankle Vineyards is the culmination of a long-time dream of founders Ed Boyce and Sarah O’Herron.” Nestled in the central Maryland Piedmont region at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Black Ankle Vineyards (named for the road on which it is located) was established in May 2002. The first vines were planted in 2003 and 2004 with the goal of making world-class wines. Black Ankle Vineyards’ first harvest took place in 2006, although those wines were not released until after they had sufficiently rested in barrels. The wines were then bottled in early 2008. Their winery finally opened for business in October 2008 with their commitment to be an estate winery fulfilled, i.e., every grape for every bottle of wine that Black Ankle Vineyards produced was grown by them in their own vineyards. This has remained the case up to the present day.
Black Ankle Vineyards is intensely committed to sustainability, which has been their approach since they were founded. They have made use of the resources that they have and they take care to maintain those resources for continued use into the future. Black Ankle speaks of “farming the soil” to insure that microbial life in their soil has the proper mix of air, water and nutrients, thus creating a healthy environment for their vines. They also use as few outside resources and additives as possible by making use of locally made compost, and by farming without the use of herbicides while limiting the use of pesticides. The tasting room and winery facility were also built from straw, clay, stone and wood that was either grown or found on their land. And, solar panels are employed on the roof tops of both the tasting room and winery facilities.
Black Ankle Vineyards has garnered rather lavish critical acclaim, frequently listed on most Top 100 North American Wineries as being at or around the 75th best! Of course, the proof is in the tasting, and everyone in attendance at our October 11th event will receive ten 2-ounce pours of exquisite Black Ankle Vineyards wines to taste. The white wines include a recently released and absolutely delicious 2019 Albariño (which is Black Ankle’s signature white grape), a 2019 Chardonnay and a 2018 Reserve Chardonnay. The red wines include several recent releases and one limited release, and cover the gamut with several Syrah vintages, the ever popular Passeggiata (a table wine blend), and three phenomenal Bordeaux-style blends. Capping off this lineup is the recently released Terra Dulce VIII, a wonderfully balanced Port-style dessert wine. Additional detail on these wines will follow in an e-blast that we will distribute via e-mail in roughly 30 days from now.
A limited food menu of cheese, crackers, and the like are available for purchase at Black Ankle, but you are highly encouraged to pack a picnic basket and enjoy the foods you prefer with some simply delightful wines! Make a day of it! And, while you are there, take a walk and enjoy the beautiful grounds and vineyards surrounding the tasting facility, and share in the camaraderie of fellow wine aficionados! But, plan ahead, as seating is limited to just 35 attendees!
As a special courtesy to all of our group’s registrants, Black Ankle Vineyards has graciously extended a 30% discount on all purchases made that day at the winery!
Please note that both the Pennsylvania Wine Society and Black Ankle Vineyards will take every precaution possible to maintain adequate physical distancing, sanitization of facilities, and the required use of masks among servers and guests alike. We nonetheless emphasize our utmost respect for the right of every registrant to exercise caution and personal discretion; accordingly, the option to cancel—even at the last minute—will be honored.
Black Ankle Vineyards, 14463 Black Ankle Road, Mt. Airy, MD 21771 ~ www.blackankle.com
Register ONLINE at www.pawinesociety.com