Mount Airy, MD – Saturday December 18, 2010

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Well here we are a week before Christmas and all though the winery everybody was scurrying especially the winemaker and his assistant Jeff. Actually we have been working our collective tails off getting the 2010 wines ready for their long winter’s nap (ok, maybe it’s more like a long deep sleep) waiting to awaken months to years from now and emerge as a wondrous new vintage. We have shut down the processing room – its crusher and press equipment will be idle until next year’s fruit season. But the tasting! Oh the tasting! What promise this vintage holds! I wait with great anticipation for the time when I can share with everyone the rest of this new vintage. The beginning of this vintage, the ’10 Nouveau, is almost gone. I have had the exquisite pleasure of being able to do “quality control” tastings as we have been putting this vintage to rest and each wine tastes better than the last.

Folks are coming to the winery and buying wine for presents for friends, family and holiday entertaining. What better gift to give than a locally made product which you personally love.  Flip my bottles over and you won’t see “made in China”. As a matter of fact, over the years our recycling program has expanded to the point where we look at everything to see how we can “repurpose” it instead of just throwing it away. I have done my best to source as much as possible from as close as possible further reducing our “carbon footprint”. Our labels are printed in Maryland, our corks come from North Carolina, our fruit comes from the northeast, and in the last few years its been  AMERICAN GLASS baby! Yes American glass is back!!! It used to be Mexican or Canadian glass were our only choices, but now it’s American glass all the way. Even our barrels are AMERICAN WHITE OAK!

With the hustle and bustle of the season don’t forget we have two great rooms, the Bacioni Room and the Abisso Banquet Hall which are available to rent for private parties throughout the year. Just email Lisa at for dates and availability.

We would like to thank everyone who has donated non perishable food items in our “Barrels of Hope” campaign to help the Glade Valley Food Bank. We will be excepting food throughout the holiday season. See our web site for more details.

From our family to yours we would like thank you for your continued support of our family endeavor and to extend our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Anthony Aellen – Your Winemaker

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