Notes From The Cellar

We keep growing!

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Those of you who have been fans of Linganore for quite some time have seen how we’ve grown. Just in the last year or so we rebranded our whole line! The winery and all of our buildings have grown quite a bit as well. Raise your hand if you sampled our wines in our old tasting room, or heck, if you go all the way back- Did you taste wine when our current tasting room was simply a dairy barn we made into a tasting area!

We keep growing and expanding, making our customers’ experience better every day. To that end, we bring you the photographic progress of our newest building.  Keep coming back to see all the progress we make over the next few weeks (and months)!

Something awesome is coming…

Ground Breaking March 2013














A Day in the Life of a Winemaker

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A Day in the Life of a Winemaker

We began doing barrel tastings today and started blending trials of the 2013 red wines. Over the past few years we experimented with lots of new techniques from processing to fermentation to aging of the wine. We have used many different types of yeast in the past two years to see  the effect in taste and complexity they will have on the finished wines. We even included some European oak in our trials this past year just to see what difference in style of aging the wines will generate.

The wines have been resting now for 6 months, mellowing and aging, so this morning (yes it was 9:30am) we started pulling samples and tasting. It’s tough being a winemaker, but who else will do such a grueling job? OK, everybody, don’t all call at once. We had a dozen glasses, a few barrel thief’s (a thief is a glass tube, sort of looks like a turkey baster without the bulb) and a note pad. It was time to get to work. Ming (my co-winemaker) and I started pulling samples (to taste, of course). Reserve Chardonnay first, followed by our regular Chardonnay, some in new oak and some in older barrels. The flavors and aromas are turning out great; buttery with a bit of oak but not too much to cover the fruit.

Next, we proceeded to  the reds. All of you lucky folks who did the Barrel Tastings in January, February, and March had a preview of what everyone else will taste later on this year. We started with Barbera grown for us by Quail Ridge Vineyards, a great grower in Hampstead Maryland. Then we moved onto, our Estate grown Chambourcin (Estate bottled means we grow all of the grapes in the wine), fermented on 4 different yeasts in 4 different types of barrels. Some will be chosen especially for our reserve Chambourcin and others will be our regular Chambourcin. A few special barrels will be selected to be blended with our Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc to become part of our 2 year’s running award-winning Red Skins blend.

It’s 1pm now and we both feel like we need something to eat, so here I am munching on lunch and writing an update to our blog. We are waiting to start putting the blends together this afternoon and  have decided on tasting them this afternoon once they are ready. Sometimes my wife doesn’t know how I make the walk up to the house for lunch.  I hope you can understand this as the letters are a little hard to find on my keyboard. HaHa


Anthony and Ming!

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Here is a picture from last month, when we sampled our Barbera.

Changes at Linganore Winecellars

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Upgrades to our Storage to Keep Going Green:

You may have noticed that we built a new barn near the lake to house our harvester last fall. This was so we could create a bigger warehouse, which we finished remodeling this month. The new warehouse has foam insulation to better control the climate for housing wines without the need for additional heating or cooling. This helps us to continue reducing our carbon footprint and allows us to store more wine at stable temperatures.


Facility Remodels to Better Serve You:

If you visited the barrel room or took a peak through the glass while enjoying a Signature Tasting or Food Pairing  this winter, you may have noticed a hole in the barrel room wall. We are in the beginning stages of making this room amazing. Keep an eye out as we develop an intimate wine dinner/reception room that leads into the barrel room. This room is sure to be a favorite for small special occasions. Look for small events coming soon in our new room as well.


This is the view from the new room. We cut a hole in the old barn to provide access from the barrel room.

This is the view of the stairs where staff will enter the new room. We love the warm feel that the wood adds.
















More label changes coming soon! 



2014 Festivals & Special Events

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We are please to announce our line up of 2014 Festivals & Special Events!


Days of Wine & Roses - February 8-9 and 14-16

Celebrate love and romance with a tasting for two paired with Parfections truffles, and gift of a long stemmed rose. $25/couple. Purchase tickets at

Ladies Day Out – March 23 1-4pm

Enjoy an afternoon out with friends for wine, shopping, music & more. Tickets go on sale February 1. Limited availability. $15/person.

An Afternoon of Wine, Cheese & Chocolate - April 6 1-4pm

Enjoy samples of wine, cheese & chocolate and great music. Tickets go on sale February 1. Limited availability. $15/person.- April 6 1-4pm

Sundays on the Patio- Sundays May-September 1-4pm

Every Sunday, enjoy live music on our Patio. Spend the afternoon relaxing in the country- wine, beautiful views and music make for a great day.  If it rains, we move the party inside!  Free to attend.


Wine, Music & Art FestivalsCaribbean Festival – May 24 & 25

Vine Rewind Retro 70′s, 80′s & 90′s Festival - June 21 & 22

Reggae Festival - July 19& 20

Autumn Reggae Festival- October 18 & 19

All Wine, Music & Art Festivals run from 11am-6pm each day. Tickets go on sale April 1. Ticket options and more information to follow.



       2nd Annual Taste of Linganore Food & Wine Festival - Aug 10 12-5pm

Indulge your taste buds in this Foodie paradise. Food, Wine, Music… Food Vendors and more information to follow.


Christmas in the Barn- December 7 12-4pm

Holiday shopping at its best with wine, music & more. Free to attend.



Christmas in the Barn

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We are so excited about our newest event, happening this Sunday, December 8th. Our Abisso Hall will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland, complete with holiday music, great shopping and delicious food- and of course Linganore wine!

We selected some of our favorite vendors to create a holiday shopping experience that allows you to relax, have fun and get great gifts for those on your list.

Check out these great vendors:

A Reason to Wine                                                 Author: Ken Lang

Alpaca Flair                                                            By the Bay Botanicals

Garbs for Good                                                      Stella and Dot 

Synergie Arts                                                        Origami Owl 

Tastefully Simple                                                Dianne’s Crystal Reflections

My Corner Attic                                                  Livingston Photography

H. Sipes Studio                                                    Mom & Me Gourds

Handmade cat and dog toys, bibs, adult and childrens’ aprons, too.


Food Available for Purchase from:

Kent Island Crab Cakes                         The Grills on Us                                From Momma’s Kitchen

Take a chance and win a great gift.

We will also be holding a raffle to benefit the Maryland Food Bank. Raffle tickets are $2 or 3 for $5.

Raffle items include:

  • Two tickets to a barrel tasting with one of the owners of Linganore Winecellars, Anthony or Eric Aellen
  • Wine and Food Pairing for 2
  • Box of 15 3oz crab cakes from Kent Island Crab Cakes
  • Pair of wine glasses from H. Sipes Studio
  • Gift set of wine accessories from A Reason to Wine
  • A $25 gift certificate to Origami Owl
  • 4 pack of mini Christmas Candles from By the Bay Botanicals
  •  Etched mirror and crystal home decor from Dianne’s Crystal reflections & a fiber wrapped aromatherapy soap from Alpaca Flair
  • A stunning necklace and earring set from Garbs for Good

 To see pictures of raffle items and to invite friends to our event go to our facebook event page.