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April Showers bring May Wine Events

I love April. No, really, I do. Sure it’s annoying to be running three miles from home and encounter a torrential downpour, but hey, it’s the Mid-Atlantic. If you’ll only wait ten minutes, things’ll shake out. And if you plan your jogging route accordingly, you can wait it out at one of the fantastic wine bars in the Roland Park/Hampden/Belvedere Square neighborhoods. Like 13.5%, Grand Cru, or Alizee.

Marathon training at its best, definitely.

The Baltimore Drinks Examiner has already covered this afternoon’s Highlandtown Wine Festival, so I’m not going to elaborate on that one. Still, if you’ve never checked it out before, I highly recommend this oenophilic adventure that features a Bocce tournament, a petting zoo, and some of the most interesting homemade wines available here in Baltimore. For more information, check out Mark’s article or

As for me, I’m looking forward to May. In addition to the marked improvement in Baltimore’s running weather, opportunities abound for the wine hearty to don big hats, get outside, and become one with the grapes.

• Starting on May 7 and running through October, Elk Run Vineyards begin their Wine Down Fridays series. For a $5 cover and a nominal tasting fee, enjoy the sunset with wine and cheese. For more info, check out

• Mothers Day at Boordy Vineyards brings a mom-centric festival of food, music, and tiaras for the moms. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for kids, and if you check out the website, you’ll find a couple of different picnic packages that you might find interesting as well.

• Wine in the Woods (May 15-16, 12-6 pm). This Preakness-weekend alternative to the big horse race, features bands, wine seminars, arts exhibits, and samples from all of Maryland’s wineries. Tickets are on sale now at

• Linganore Winecellar’s Caribbean Wine Festival (May 29-30). Though the bands and performance times are yet to be announced, you can get more information at Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for the 18-20 set, and free for the under-18s who are accompanied by parents.

So while April showers are still a distinct possibility for the next couple of weeks. Just keep looking forward. May is right around the corner, and I’ve got a collection of big hats that’s just itching to get outside!


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