{free} Sunday Music Series: Drew Adams

Join us on Sunday afternoon from 1:00 – 4:00 pm for our Sunday Music Series. This week we welcome back the acoustic sounds of Drew Adams. Pack a picnic or pick up something from our Grab and Go Market. It’s the perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

Sunday Music Series: The Glimpses

Our Sunday Music Series continues into the fall. Join us as we welcome, The Glimpses a folk rock/Americana duo based in Alexandria, Virginia. Drawing from traditional folk, blues, country, rock, and jazz, Mercedes Mill and Matthew Leonard create soulful tunes, steeped in haunting melodies and honeyed harmonies. Pick up something from our Grab and Go Food Market or pack a picnic and join us for free music from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

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Sunday Summer Music Series: Ebb & Nova

Ebb & Nova is a northern Maryland based indie band made up of Matthew Purpora, Steven Bainbridge, and Lauren Padgett. Their music has been described as transcendent, uplifting, thought provoking, and musically innovative. Guitar and cello melodies match with a sweet and soulful voice to bring a unique sound to the music scene.

Join us for a relaxing Sunday afternoon at the vineyard. Pack a picnic or pick up something from our Grab and Go Food Market.

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Sunday Summer Music Series: Robert Sykes Jazz Ensemble

The Robert Sykes jazz ensemble has been performing in the Washington area for the past 30 years. With an emphasis on the classic American songbook along with jazz standards the group manages to be accessible while at the same time pushing the boundaries in just the right places. Featured in venues such as Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns and the Kennedy Center the ensemble never fails to please. In the past few years Robert has performed at events hosted by many Washington notables including Hillary and Bill Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Dick Cheney.

Join us for an afternoon of free music, award-winning wine and relaxation. Pack a picnic or pick up something from our Grab and Go Food Market.

Frederick Wine Festival

It’s a BIG Saturday for us.We’ll be at Frederick’s Inaugural Wine Festival . We’ll be serving up wine along Carroll Creek Linear Park along with 19 other Maryland Wineries.

Plus our Tasting Room is open from 11 am – 5 pm.

We hope to see you today!

BIG Paint Night

Come join local artist and educator Kim Brown for some BIG Painting. You will enjoy our wine with an artistic flare as Kim guides your through the painting process. Have some fun with friends Friday night with a creative twist. Tickets are $30 per person and are limited to 40 people per event. Get yours today.

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4th of July Weekend Celebration

We’ve got a full weekend of events planned to celebrate the 4th of July.

Today we have the East Coast Stroke Band from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, special vendors, and old-fashioned children’s games from 1:00 – 2:00 pm;

  • Sack races
  • Water balloon toss
  • Hula hoop contest
  • 3-legged race

The Big Field is open for games, picnics and of course sipping wine.

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Wine In The Woods

One of the premier wine events in the region, Wine in The Woods has won Best Annual Festival in Howard County by Howard Magazine for the past five years. Join us for a celebration of tastes on May 21 and 22 at Symphony Woods in Columbia, Maryland.

Preakness Party

 

It’s the 141st running of the second leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, and we’re celebrating the only way we know how — BIG.

Join us from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 21 for an afternoon of music, food and a PREview taste of our 2015 Syrah Rose. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to PREorder our Syrah Rose before anyone else, and you can take advantage of a PREtty amazing discount on the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc and 2013 Petit Verdot.
Post time is 6:18 pm, and we’ll be staying open late to enjoy the race on our BIG screens.

With every preorder of a case Syrah Rose, you will receive 15% off any six bottles of either Sauvignon Blanc or Petit Verdot, or receive a 20% discount off a case.
Now that’s a TRIFECTA!

We’ll have some Maryland food favorites on hand too:
Crab dip, Old Bay chips and pork BBQ sliders.
Tickets are $15 for these Maryland food favorites and a tasting of 2015 Rose, 2014 Sauvignon Blanc and 2013 Petit Verdot. Tickets available at the door. 

Wine In The Woods

One of the premier wine events in the region, Wine in The Woods  has won Best Annual Festival in Howard County by Howard Magazine for the past five years. Join us for a celebration of tastes on May 21 and 22 at Symphony Woods in Columbia, Maryland.

 

{free} Friday Night Music: Ted Chapman As “Shady Lane”

We’re thrilled to be featuring this experienced musician who has been captivating audiences for 50 years! Join us for a fun night of music from the 50s, 60s, 70’s and 80s. Pack a picnic, pick up something from our Grab and Go Market or enjoy the VA BBQ food truck.

Learn more about this amazing performer!

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{free} Friday Night Music: Jamie & James

You’re invited to stop in for some wine and eclectic music from D.C.’s Jamie & James. These singer/songwriters are quickly making a name for themselves with their authentic sound—a fresh musical recipe of indie, jazz and Americana, with a large helping of blues for good measure.

Looking forward to seeing you and your friends for this can’t miss event! Pack a picnic, pick up something from our Grab and Go Market or enjoy dinner from Linda’s Luncheonette food truck.

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{free} Friday Night Music: Tall Blond & Thirsty

Join us for our {free} Friday Night Music Series 6:00 – 9:00 pm as we welcome Andrew Elwood & Jill Fulton appearing as Tall Blond & Thursday. These “seasoned” musicians, cover country, rock, & blues cover and original songs. Pack a picnic, pick up something from our Grab and Go Food Market or enjoy something from Grandale Restaurant’s food truck.

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{free} Friday Night Music: Annie Stokes

We are pleased to welcome Annie Stokes to Big Cork Vineyards for our Free Friday Night Music Series from 6 pm – 9 pm.

This indie-folk musician from Virginia grew up in the nation’s capital on an eclectic mixture of musical theater, bluegrass, and classic Americana, her music is a fusion of city sounds and country soul. Although playing guitar only began as a hobby, soon her hometown was buzzing about “that girl who sounds like Jewel.” Annie’s lilting voice, poetic and introspective lyrics, and fingerpicking style draw listeners in with their rootsy and authentic feel. She has found, after years of making music and connecting with audiences, that when the artist prioritizes the song and the human experience upon which it is based, everything else falls into place.

Pack a picnic or purchase food from our Grab and Go Market.

{free} Friday Night Music: Hello Strangers

We’re delighted to welcome The Hello Strangers to our vineyard for our Free Friday Night Music Series. Join us from 6 pm – 9 pm.

The Hello Strangers is a Roots Americana band from Pennsylvania featuring the Original Songwriting and Sister Harmonies of Larissa Chace Smith and Brechyn Chace. Originally from Austin, Texas, the band’s influences include Classic Country Music, Alternative Country, Texas Folk and Roots Rock. Now residing in Pennsylvania, their inspiration also draws from traditional Appalachian and Folk Music. With haunting vocal harmonies and noir songwriting as the backbone of their sound, this female led five-piece band performs live regionally, as well as tours nationally.

Pack a picnic or purchase something to eat from our Grab and Go Food Market or enjoy something from this week’s food vendor Virginia BBQ Company.

{free} Friday Night Music: Veronneau

Join us from 6 pm – 9 pm for Veronneau. This International acoustic quartet has been captivating festival, concert hall and jazz club audiences across North America and Europe with their vocal and guitar based world-jazz. Their delicious blend of bossa nova, samba and swing is performed in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Pack a picnic or purchase something to enjoy from our Grab and Go Food Market or enjoy a tasty pizza from Riverhouse Pizza.

Roasted Duck Legs & Big Cork Vineyards Merlot

BC_Duck_PostIngredients:

6 large whole duck legs (about 4 1/2 pounds total), trimmed of excess fat
1/2 cup of Big Cork Vineyards Merlot
2 heads garlic, cloves separated and peeled
8 fresh thyme sprigs
1 cup mixed dried fruit such as dried sour cherries, chopped dried apricots, chopped pitted prunes, and raisins
5 cups chicken broth
Accompaniment: buttered noodles or roasted and mashed potatoes

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. and season duck legs with salt and pepper.

2. In a heavy kettle just large enough to hold legs in one layer, cook legs, skin sides down, over moderately high heat 10 to 15 minutes, or until skin in scrip and mahogany colored, removing fat from kettle as it is rendered with a metal bulb baster (or very carefully tilting the kettle and spooning off). Turn legs over and cook until browned on the other side, about 2 minutes, transferring to a plate.

3. Pour off fat from kettle and deglaze with wine, scraping up brown bits. Boil wine until reduced to a syrup and add garlic, thyme and 1/2 cup dried fruit. Return duck legs, skin sides up, to kettle and add broth. Bring mixture to a simmer and braise, uncovered, in oven 2 hours, or until legs are very tender. Transfer legs to a platter and keep warm.

4. Pour braising mixture into a 1-quart measuring cup and let stand until fat rises to the top. Skim off fat and pour liquid through a sieve into a saucepan, pressing hard on solids. Boil liquid until reduced by about one third and slightly thickened and add remaining 1/2 cup dried fruit. Simmer sauce until fruit is softened, about 5 minutes, and season with salt and pepper.

5. Serve duck legs with sauce and noodles or roasted and mashed potatoes. Pour remaining Big Cork Vineyards Merlot into glasses then cheers and enjoy!

Recipe Source: Epicurious 

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 Vineyards Awarded 2014 Washington County Farm of the Year

Washington County Department of Business Development and Agricultural Business Development awarded our vineyard the Washington County Maryland Farm of the Year award! Our 100-acre farm has been in production for five years, producing black raspberries, pumpkins, vegetables, mixed timothy, orchard grass and hay in addition to our grape varieties for our wine. We are ecstatic that our farm was recognized by Washington County, and we look forward to opening our tasting room late this fall and welcoming people to our vineyard!

Big Cork Vineyards Winemaker Highlights Malbec Grapes

Big Cork’s Vice President of Operations & Master Winemaker Dave Collins highlights Malbec wines and discusses the ripening and harvesting process for these grapes.

Big Cork Vineyards Winemaker Showcases Syrah Grapes

Big Cork Vineyards Winemaker Dave Collins spotlights the Syrah grapes on the vineyard.

Patriot News: The End is Near – Grand opening for MD’s Big Cork Vineyards only a couple months off

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Article By Paul Vigna

Big Cork Vineyards is located in Rohrersville, Md., about 10 miles west of Frederick and 70 miles northwest of Washington D.C.

What’s there now are a couple of solid vintages of bottled wine, a lot of vines, and a great deal of expectation as construction continues on a 4,000-square-foot winery and tasting room. It’s scheduled to open in the fall, and based on the photos looks like it’s on target.

The vineyards are planed across 24 acres and feature 13 varietals, making it one of the largest growing vineyards in Western Maryland, according to the winery.

Based off a press release, here’s some information on their team.

The Big Cork Vineyards team also brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the wine and hospitality industries.  For President and CEO Randy Thompson, the hillside of his family’s farm was truly a field of dreams. Amid the rows of corn and hay, Thompson envisioned a vineyard with a grand winery filled with guests experiencing unforgettable moments with every bottle of wine.  He brought on Vice President of Operations & Master Winemaker, Dave Collins, who brings more than 30 years of winemaking experience to Big Cork. The skilled vintner, who holds a degree in Horticulture from Virginia Tech, will oversee the growth and production of 24 acres and 13 varietals at Big Cork.
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RELEASE THE REDS! Award-­Winning Big Cork Vineyards Unveils First Line of Red Wines

Big Cork Vineyards, nestled in Maryland’s Pleasant Valley just west of Frederick, today announced the debut of its first line of red wines. Now Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania wine enthusiasts who have been sipping on the vineyard’s award-winning white wines can enjoy Big Cork’s reds, including Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Big Cork’s Red, Wine & Blue Spritzer

Happy Fourth of July! Celebrate the long weekend and show off your American pride with our Red, Wine & Blue Spritzer!

Big Cork Red Wine & Blue Spritzer

Ingredients:
4 ounces Big Cork Vineyards Traminette (chilled)
2 ounces club soda
4 Raspberries
8 Blueberries
3 Strawberries (1 for garnish)
Ice cubes

Directions:
In a mixing glass, muddle raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and Traminette until raspberries and strawberries are completely dissolved. Fill glass with ice and stir until fully incorporated. Pour (do not strain) into a serving glass and top with club soda. Sip and enjoy!

FOX Baltimore: Big Cork Shares Summer Wine Suggestions

Big Cork Vineyards (BCV) President Randy Thompson visited FOX Baltimore studio and talked with Megan Gilliland about our best wine selections for summer!

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…)

5 DIYs for Empty BCV Wine Bottles

So, you just finished your favorite bottle of BCV Traminette wine. Now that the last sip has been savored, what do you do with the bottle? By reusing or repurposing just one bottle, you’re reducing pollution and waste. Rather than adding the bottle to the trash pile, think DIY.

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Photo Credit: DIY Network

With the popularity of Pinterest and the DIY movement, there’s never been a more creative time to turn your old wine bottles into functional, fabulous pieces. The unique silhouette and dark, green hue of our BCV bottles make it easy to transform your beloved wine into new and unique centerpieces in your garden or on your dining table. Save money and spice up your home with these 5 nifty, thrifty ways to repurpose empty BCV wine bottles.  (more…)

How to Care for Grapes: Cluster Thinning

“It’s very important as a winemaker that you don’t over crop the vines,” BCV Vintner Dave Collins says as he clutches a cluster of Petit Verdot grapes. Cluster thinning is a winemaking process that improves intensity, sugars and, most importantly, flavor. The goal is to reduce the crop size to help increase the maturity of certain grapes. During the process, any damaged, underdeveloped or congested grapes are removed so they don’t over crop or crowd the larger, juicer fruits.  (more…)

Late Harvest Vidal Blanc Wine & Dessert Pairings

vidal blanc wine, maryland wineriesDecadent, delectable, divine — that’s our Late Harvest Vidal Blanc. When paired with dessert, it’s important to ensure the wine is sweeter than the foods you’re pairing it with. If not, the wine will taste tart. But, when served with a dessert with a fair amount of acidity — a blackberry tart or a sophisticated cheese platter, for example — the pairing can be a sweet ending to a great meal. Here are three recipes sure to enhance the fruitiness of Late Harvest and satisfy any sweet tooth in the process.

Grilled Peaches with Burrata
Recipe c/o Lipstick & Leopard Print  (more…)

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