Becoming Crow: The Wine Club Experience
One of the leading lights in Maryland wine is Crow Vineyards, a little gem of an operation located in the northern Eastern Shore. Right out of the gate Crow established themselves as a maker of first rate rosé, a distinction they still carry. They have since come on strong as deft masters of the Italian red varietal Barbera, and the versatile white Vidal Blanc. Crow somehow always seem to hire first rate talent to manage their vineyards and wine cellar, and it shows in the bottle.
``Classy, multi-interest B&B on the E-Shore:
If you like a real farmstead breakfast, classy accommodations, animals and/or wine, you’re in luck. My partner and I recently stayed here for a country getaway New Year’s Eve. This multi-interest B&B is the perfect staging point for Eastern Shore adventures of all types. The proprietors are savvy with farm-to-table products, and are key players in the Maryland wine industry - all while being gracious hosts. I have stayed at many a B&B. . . this one is different, and highly recommended.``
We drove by a few weeks prior and wanted to know more about the place. Found a Groupon for tasting, was a great deal and really enjoyed the tasting. Note - Be sure to call before going so they can prepare the platter as indicated on the Groupon. Joe was great in helping out with other selections and Judy was a gracious and incredible host showing us the property and all the incredible work they've put into the business, 3rd generation of ownership for her husbands family. A painting was going on in the main barn, the tasting room had a warm and friendly feeling. Walking around the area with Judy to feed and see the animals was amazing. We will definitely go back again, what a great way to spend the afternoon. Kudos to the Crow family on the wonderful wines and for sharing with the rest of us.
The tasting was quite nice, and we really enjoyed interacting with everybody, including the farm dogs who came over to say hello. Afterward, we walked around the farm and said hello to the cats, chickens, and cows that were roaming free.
I was there for labor day week end. We slept there two night and we had a blast. The room we reserved was facing the vineyard and was real spacious and beautiful. The bed was big king size, the furniture charming. The farmers are always there for you checking you are ok and served for all your needs. Judy is an outstanding chef , she can cook amazing farm breakfasts and after our request, she was able to arrange a 4 courses dinner with their farm steaks (super lean and juicy...yummy!) and their vegetables grow in the farm. As dessert we had a rose' cherry chocolate ice cream with homemade brownie! The wine is superb. I'm from Italy and I was surprises to see they are making an unbelievable Barbera, better than one they make in Lombardy, Milan where I'm from. The red is my favorite, they are famous for their Barbera rose' that is very good. I also found a good Cab Franc mixed with Merlot. Because the low level of alcohol, 12,5%, those wine are like the European wines high acidity and their pairing with the food that are offered in the tasting room. I suggested to order a cheese, farm beef tray to really enjoy the wine and have the perfect experience. The farmhouse had also a large pool and the view of cows, grapes, ponies and farm animals make the place an outstanding getaway.