WEDNESDAY, APRIL 08, 2020
Recently I was at the Eastern Winery Exposition 2020. At the Grand Tasting on Tuesday night of the three day exposition, I was offered a tasting of the Crow Vineyard Sparkling Vidal 2017. I eagerly accepted.Roy & Judy Crow are the owners of Crow Vineyards in Maryland. Lovely folks. I first wrote about them in 2013 but actually met them in 2017 at a tasting organized by Paul Vigna. It was there that I first tried their Sparkling Vidal (2014 vintage). As well as their Barbera Rose.Crow Vineyard Sparkling Vidal 2017 is a special wine. This is an estate wine. 1.7 tons of grapes were hand harvested on September 12, 2016. This wine was made in using the traditional méthode champenoise. And it was bottled in March 2018.
The Chalk Report
Sunday, April 5th
By Andrew Chalk
THE MARYLAND WINE INDUSTRY: WHERE IT STANDS
The thing that grabs your attention when you look at the Maryland wine industry is that it is in a state of volatile flux. Simultaneously growing and pivoting, it renders any description at risk of being overtaken by the facts. In just the last decade, the number of wineries increased 250%, grape acreage more than 70%, the grape blend shifted decisively towards vinifera from hybrids, and Maryland wines began speaking for themselves by regularly winning medals at national wine competitions.
Most portraits of the industry lay it on heavily with the history. However, in this case, it is superfluous since Rebecca McCarthy’s Maryland Wine: A Full-Bodied History has already done this with depth and style that renders any other attempt liable to pale into triteness and inadequacy. The only thing to add to her 2012 edition is that it is nearly a decade old and lots has happened since its timeline stopped.
SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY
TTB (the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) data show over 125 bonded wineries in Maryland in 2017 vs. 40 in 2007. Table 1 shows that the bearing and non-bearing acreage under vine increases from 299 in 2002 to 1100 in 2019.
To our loyal and future guests, Crow Vineyard & Winery is still open and operating at this time!
Thankfully, as a farm-winery we are considered essential businesses and allowed to remain open, and truthfully, we still have a lot of pruning to do with the vines heading towards bud-break and wines needing to be bottled. We are a working family farm with a small, tight-knit staff and we are encouraging our staff to take health and safety precautions, should they feel any measure of sickness, they should stay home. We would like to see that same measure being taken throughout our community to prevent spreading of the virus.
Cleanliness is a large factor in this, we are sanitizing surfaces and product packages regularly, stocking bathrooms and our Tasting Room areas with the necessary items needed to follow protocol on handwashing and sanitizing and wearing gloves throughout packaging, payment and handling.
Curbside pick-up and delivery –
What we are offering now:
- Open Monday – Sunday | 12pm – 5pm
- If you already know what you would like to order you can contact us via phone or email and we will package it up for you
- Products we can offer:
- Wine (bottles & cases)
- Grass-fed Angus Beef (by the pound)
- Farm-fresh Eggs (when available)
- Local Langenfelder Pork (priced per package)
- Local Eve’s Cheese (1/2lb blocks)
- Crow Coffee (whole bean)
- Wine Pasta Sauce (pint)
- Brothers’ Hemp Salve, Oil & Flower
- Wine Pairing Chocolates
- Gift Cards ($25.00 +)
- Ask us about current sales!
If visiting the farm is still not a viable option for you, we can make deliveries to the following area:
- Chesapeake City
- Rock Hall
- Kent Island
Just call or email us your order of Crow products (wine, beef, cheese, etc.), have a minimum of $75.00 for your order, and we will schedule an appropriate delivery time!
(Discounts do not apply to home deliveries).
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We look forward to serving you in any way we can!
The Crow Family and Staff