• What Role Should Vidal Blanc Play in the Future of Maryland Wine?

    written by Aaron Menenberg for The Cork Report

    “There is a tension in the Maryland wine market. On one hand, consumers want the wines they know – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and the Vitis vinifera like – while on the other hand, Maryland doesn’t necessarily produce versions of these varieties that meet consumer expectation.

    Early last year, I had a Vidal made by Maryland producer Crow Vineyards that blew away my expectations for the variety. Unlike many other white vinifera varieties, Vidal is a good grape for the state’s challenging and varied climate, and when made like a serious wine it can, brace yourself, be a serious wine.”

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  • Spotlight on Crow’s 2014 Barbera

    Photo: loblolly.biz

    It has always been our intention to share with the public our sincere expression of who we are as local Kent County grape growers, and to create the best Maryland wine we can make.  We chose Barbera as it is known in the Piedmont area of Italy as the “Farmer’s grape” and the Barbera wine is enjoyed at dinner.  As farmers who enjoy growing Grass-fed Angus beef, we felt that the Barbera grape was a good choice for us to grow.  As visitors come to our farm and tasting room they are not sure if they want to try the Barbera, as it has a soft color, and once we encourage them to just give it a try they are blown away with the floral nose and the delightful flavor.

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  • Sip and Shop Crow at the Queenstown Premium Outlets

    Continuing their journey to address wine industry trends and bring quality local wines to a broader public the Crow family has opened Crow Wine Cellars at the Queenstown Premium Outlets on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Crows were invited to open a Queenstown Premium outlets storefront by Simon which manages a number of successful premium outlet center. Considered as one of the leading lights in Maryland Wine by WYPR “Cellar Notes” co-host, Al Spoler, the Crows are excited to make local global.

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  • Crow Celebrates Maryland Wine Month

    The month of March offers all sorts of wine immersion experiences for lovers of local wine from Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Judy Crow, President of the Maryland Wineries Association and Owner of Crow Vineyard & Winery, reports that this years celebration offers wine lovers up and down the Eastern Shore a chance to experience premium local wines from other wineries through discount opportunities.

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  • An Authentic Crow Experience: In-Home Wine Tastings

    Crow Launches In-Home Wine Tasting Packages

    Recognizing the growing in-home wine drinking trend, Crow Vineyard & Winery launched Crow In-Home Wine Tasting Packages.

    Crow fans can choose between three unique packages to taste premium Crow wines at home. These packages are perfect to craft your own in-home wine tasting event, special occasion, birthday, holiday or bridal party celebration!

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  • Barbera Authentic Excellence

    Crow Vineyard and Winery knows how to create superb wines from the Barbera grape. The Crow’s Vineyard is at an elevation just above the surrounding Mid Delmarva plain creating a wonderful cooling breeze for this intriguing grape to mature. The Barbera most known for its Italian roots is now taking on new importance as a Rosé partner due to an authentic protocol developed by the Crows. With the guidance of consultant John Levenberg the Crows studied the strengths of this varietal and added a twist by lengthening the Saignée process.*

    Barbera is not intrinsically the most flavorful grape in the viticulture universe however the Crow’s discovered that it achieves new life in the chemistry of Rosé creation. The Maryland Governer’s Cup just awarded the Rosé Best in Class to the Crow’s 2016 Barbera Rosé. Obviously the Crow’s know how to create a stunning twist on Rosé with their Barbera grape. Owner Roy Crow attributes the achievement to the care taken in growing this varietal letting it stay on the vine a bit longer than the brix reading would suggest.

    To learn more about how the Crow’s manage their farm crafted grapes and create wonderfully unique wines enjoy this “Thirsty Maryland

    Crow Vineyard & Winery Podcastpodcast.

     

    *When a winemaker desires to impart more tannin and color to a red wine, some of the pink juice from the must can be removed at an early stage in what is known as the Saignée (from French bleeding) method.

  • Crow launches .edu

    Education regarding the process of making quality estate sourced wines is integral to the Crow Mission. With that goal Crow recently launched a new initiative; “Crow Team Expertise & Education” aka crow.edu to inform interested wine aficionados and local supporters about the process of producing quality wines on a regional level using farm expertise.
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  • Cottage Mini Horses

    Crow Farmstay offers B&B accommodations at our renovated farmhouse and as well our backfields cottage house. Staying at the cottage is a wonderful way to feel even closer to the pastures, grass-fed angus cattle, farm cats. The cottage is a nice walk along the trail behind our winery and barns. To greet you in the morning we have a herd of miniature horses about six or so who love the bachelor button purple flowers.

  • Michael Zollo Crow’s New Wine Maker

    Michael Zollo grew up in wine. His father and grandfather made wine in their basement sharing the art with young Michael. After seven years as a home winemaker in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, he had the opportunity to go to California to pursue his hobby and passion professionally. His wine making skills were furthered with under the tutelage of Jacques Mercier at Solune Winegrowers.

    Zollo looked east and met the Crow Vineyard team in mid-April 2017. According to Zollo, “I am enthusiastic to be named Winemaker at Crow Vineyard and look forward to establishing the Chesapeake Bay Area as the next great wine region”. Zollo will work with Crow’s wine consultant John Levenberg to explore new techniques for the betterment of Chesapeake Eastern Shore wines. He loves to sing in the winery, especially while cleaning tanks because of the amazing acoustics.  Per Zollo part of making great wine is a fun and fantastically clean winery.

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