Big Cork Pours at Maryland Wine Festival

Our Big Cork team had an incredible weekend pouring wine at the Maryland Wine Festival! For two days, our team uncorked bottles and filled glasses with our Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah Rose, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Vidal Ice! We are amazed at the outflow of support we received, and the new Big Cork fans we gained! For everyone who was there, thank you for letting us fill your weekend with Big Cork wine, and we look forward to filling glasses at our tasting room late this fall!

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Big Cork’s Memorial Day BBQ Recipe

Chardonnay and grilled chicken make the perfect pair for a Memorial Weekend BBQ!

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Ingredients:
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 can pineapple juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sauce:
1 stick of butter
1/4 cups heavy cream
Remaining marinade
1/2 cup of Big Cork Chardonnay

Directions:
Marinate the chicken in garlic and herb infused olive oil and pineapple juice (best if overnight but marinate at least four hours). Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil grate. Cook on the prepared grill 10 to 15 minutes per side, or until no longer pink and juices run clear.

In a saucepan, over medium heat, use the leftover marinade and combine with the Chardonnay. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the mixture reduces by half. Add the cream and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter, a couple of pieces at a time. Stir well and keep warm.

Finally, pour a glass of our Chardonnay and cheers to a great meal!

Big Cork Pours at Wine in the Woods

The Big Cork team poured wine at the Wine in the Woods event at Symphony Woods in Columbia, MD. Throughout the weekend, our staff and volunteers served hundreds that lined up to try our award winning wines including our Chardonnay, Traminette, Vidal Blanc, Late Harvest Vidal Blanc and our new Merlot wine. Thank you for those that visited us at Tent #7 and took the time to try our wines. We are amazed by the support we received, and we look forward to seeing everyone at future tasting events!

 

5 Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

Have you ever shared a bottle or two of your favorite BCV Chardonnay white wine with friends, and then kept the cork as a special memento? Upcycling old wine corks is a hot trend right now thanks to Pinterest and the DIY movement.

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Photo Credit: Design Improvised

With the help of creative crafters, old wine corks are finding new life as coasters, candleholders, and more. Cork’s lightweight, 100% natural and biodegradable features make it optimal for a number of design and craft projects. Instead of pitching the cork after you’ve finished your favorite bottle, break out the old glue gun and get your DIY juices flowing with these crafty, quirky repurposed cork ideas.

1. Wreath
Greet guests at the door au natural — with a 100% natural cork wreath, of course! All you need are a stash of wine corks (start saving early), an 8-inch or larger wreath form, hot glue gun, and paint or nail polish for coloring corks (optional). Glue the corks to the wreath form in any random order. Continue gluing in a circular pattern until wreath form is filled. This is by no means a quick DIY, so prepare to spend a couple hours working on this project. Hang it on your front door, near your wine rack or in the kitchen.  (more…)

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