{free} Saturday Music Performance: Nashville artist Erin James with special guest Adam Fisher

Nashville artists come to Washington County, Maryland

We’ve got BIG plans for your Saturday. Spend your day having fun, drinking award-winning wine and listening to the talented Nashville performing artist, Erin James. James, a Maryland native (and local girl) will bring her uniquely downtown Nashville vibe to the vineyard. She’s shared the stage with some of country music’s greatest artist; Brooks and Dunn, Rascall Flatts, Darius Rucker, and the late Merle Haggard to name just a few. Adam is a southern country outlaw who has graced the stage of The Grand Ole Opry and performed with Little Big Town, Lee Ann Womack and Clay Walker!

There’s nothing better than a taste of Nashville in November and the great wines at Big Cork Vineyards! This is a don’t miss event, from 1:00  – 4:00 pm, and is free. We’re offering special savings on gift card purchases: for every $50 gift card you purchase, you’ll receive an additional $10 gift card.

The award-winning Big Cork Vineyard is just an hour from both Baltimore and Washington, DC. The venue offers stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along with heated outdoor patios. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine, relax and celebrate life’s little pleasures.

 

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Inaugural Independence Day Wine Sale

It’s our Inaugural Independence Day Wine Sale. Join us all day for great deals on wine. We’re liberating some of our wine at savings you’ll be declaring the best deal ever. You won’t see a sale like this except once a year.

Fri-Mon. – 2014 Vidal Blanc $10/bottle

Mon ONLY- 2014 Vidal Ice $15/bottle
2014 Viognier $18/bottle
2013 Traminette $8/bottle

***Extra 5% off a full case of every wine listed above, but no other discounts apply***

The Big Field is open to let your inner-child come to life. Pick up a game of Wiffle Ball, kick the soccer ball around, or enjoy a game of Giant Jenga. Pack your picnic or pick up something from our Grab and Go Market.

 

 

{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.

Harvest Season at Big Cork Vineyards

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Early on a crisp September morning, Big Cork Vineyards’ master winemaker Dave Collins is busy beginning to harvest fresh Chardonnay grapes. Carefully going through each row of grapes, and tasting a few along the way, he confirms that they are fully ripe and ready to be turned into a delicious batch of Big Cork’s award winning wine. Harvesting season has officially begun.

The Clone 96 Chardonnay grapes that are being harvested were developed about 20 years ago in the Dijon Region of France, and grow extremely well at Big Cork Vineyards in Washington County, Maryland.  These Chardonnay grapes are carefully hand-harvested from the vines and fill the bushel sized blue “lugs” for transportation. After all the lugs are full, the grapes will chill overnight before heading off to be crushed in the morning.

“It’s been a really great year for growing,” Dave said as he admired his beautiful Chardonnay grapes. “The fruit is nice and golden and the sugars are testing at about 22 percent, or “brix” as it is called in the industry. Nice acids and great flavors.”

On top of harvesting the new batch of Chardonnay, Dave has to decide when all of the other grapes will be ripe and ready to go. As we walk around the 24-acre vineyard, sampling the Nebbiolo and Barbera grapes, he identifies that these red grapes are almost sweet enough for picking.

“I am really excited about standing here in front of our Nebbiolo vines. I just love this grape. It’s a grape that is grown in the Northern Piedmont region of Italy, but I have grown it in Virginia and now in Maryland for 15 years,” said Dave. “It is a very dark, rich, bold, tannic red wine that will age for many, many years.”

Dave and the Big Cork Vineyards crew wake up bright and early the next morning for the next, and very important, step in the harvest process: the crushing. They begin by meticulously hand sorting the fruit to ensure that only the best and clusters go to crusher.

After these perfect grapes are selected, they head up the conveyor belt to the crushing and de-stemming machine and are one step closer to becoming Big Cork Vineyards wine.

There, the grapes are separated from their stems during the de-stemming process. The stems fall into a bin, while the grapes are lightly crushed and continue their journey to the wine press.

The wine press resembles a large cylinder, and a vinyl membrane inside the press slowly inflates and the sweet juice is gently released from the berries.  From the press, the juice is pumped to a refrigerated stainless steel wine tank, where the juice is settled, then inoculated with special wine yeast, and the juice then slowly ferments over the course of three to four weeks.  Some of the juice will then be removed to ferment separately in French oak barrels, before being blended together and finally bottled in the spring.

We can’t wait until this fresh, Maryland grown wine is on the shelves!

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!

New kid on the bloc: Big Cork’s Russian Kiss takes double gold in Indy

Article By Paul Vigna

15582861-mmmain“Big Cork Vineyards and Bordeleau Vineyards & Winery scored big in Indianapolis at the ‘14 INDY international Wine Competition. Big Cork earned a DOUBLE GOLD for its Russian Kiss ’13, a blend of white varieties; a GOLD for Viognier ’13, SILVER for Traminette ’13, Chardonnay ’13, Cabernet Franc ’12 & Syrah ’13. Bordeleau garnered GOLD for its Chambourcin Lot 5 and SILVER for Malbec. Congratulations”

The twist is Big Cork’s win with its wine called Russian Kiss, a blend of Russian white varietals and Muscat Canelli. According to the Big Cork web site, “Fall in love with its strong floral notes and impressions of tangy kiwi and pineapple.”

The success of Big Cork, a new winery in western Maryland that soon will open its tasting room, reiterates the potential this region has for growing a number of different grapes. Russian hybrids and varietals could be part of that mix.

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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

Big Cork Clouds

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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Big Cork’s Star Spangled Sangria

Celebrate Fourth of July with our refreshing and delicious Star Spangled Sangria!

Big Cork Vineyards Star Spangled SangriaIngredients:
2 cups Strawberries, sliced
1 cup Blueberries
Pineapple, cut into star shapes
2 bottles Big Cork Sauvignon Blanc
1 cup Triple Sec
½ cup berry-flavored vodka
½ cup simple syrup

Directions:
Combine the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir. Chill and refrigerate for at least four hours. Serve and enjoy celebrating!

CBS Baltimore: Big Cork Offers Wine Suggestions for Mother’s Day

Big Cork President and CEO Randy Thompson visited the CBS Baltimore studio to suggest the best Big Cork wines to serve for Mother’s Day.

A Wonderful Weekend at Wine in the Woods

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(clockwise from top left) Our delicious Chardonnay, Traminette, Vidal Blanc & Late Harvest Vidal Blanc are poured for tasters; a number of tasters flock to our tent to sample our fine Washington County wines; winemaker Dave Collins has some fun with our Big Cork goddess display prior to the festival; tasters sign up for our raffle: a Henri Bendel bag, a free wine tasting with Dave and a free case of wine; good times and good wines were the only thing on the Big Cork menu; President & CEO Randy Thompson pours a glass during Wine in the Woods.

Big Cork Vineyards was honored to share our white wines at this year’s Wine in the Woods festival. A number of volunteers helped pour, while hundreds of tasters lined up to sample our Chardonnay, Traminette, Vidal Blanc & Late Harvest Vidal Blanc. This was Big Cork’s first major wine festival, and it was a hit! A special thanks to everyone who helped set up, pour wine, Power Marketing & Advertising, LLC for all marketing materials and everyone who attended the event. Here are a few photos from the weekend. Like us on Facebook to see the rest.

Cheers!

 

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