{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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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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Grown In Serbia, Vinted In Maryland, Winner at Indy Int’l

Russian Kiss

BCV 2013 Russian Kiss Wine

At the recent 2014 Indy International Wine Competition a wine called “Russian Kiss” from Big Cork Vineyards in Maryland won Best of Class in the White Vinifera Blend category. Indy International is known for showcasing new and exciting wines, but bestowing such an honor on a wine made from experimental Eastern European grapes is highly unusual. (That four judges selected “Russian Kiss” as their “Wine of the Year” is even more remarkable.)

Russian Kiss is a blend of Muscat Canelli and two little known grapes called “XIV” and “SK 77.” According to Big Cork’s general manager Heather Tapper,  “Two years ago, our winemaker Dave Collins tasted some experimental wines from several unnamed Russian grape varietals. The uniqueness of the Russian grapes led us to the conclusion that they are truly a special discovery in the viticulture world.” She said that the winery located “the only commercial vineyard growing these varietals” in the country, and immediately contracted grapes from them.

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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!

Big Cork’s Barbecue Beer Brisket

Our Barbecue Beer Brisket is delicious dish for Father’s Day! With the smokey flavors and hint of spiciness, it pairs best with Big Cork Vineyards’ Cabernet Sauvignon.

Prep: 10 minutes Cook TiBig Cork's BBQ Beer Brisketme: 5 hours

Ingredients:

4 pounds beef brisket
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon red cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons liquid smoke
1 cup barbecue sauce
1 cup beer (pick your favorite!)
Ciabatta bread (get enough for the number of sandwiches you want to make)

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Sprinkle both sides of the brisket with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and red cayenne pepper.  Place in a large covered roasting pan, add the liquid smoke on top and place in the oven, cooking one hour per pound. Before the last hour of cooking, remove the brisket and let it rest for 15 minutes. Then, slice the brisket and return the slices to the pan. Combine barbecue sauce and beer and pour over the slices. Then, place pan in oven for additional hour. Take the brisket out of the oven and let it rest for 15 minutes. Serve on ciabatta bread and top with BBQ sauce. Pair it with a side of potato salad or french fries and uncork a bottle of Big Cork Vineyards’ Cabernet Sauvignon to make the meal complete!

Big Cork’s Bourbon-Glazed Salmon

Big Cork's Bourbon Glazed SalmonOur Bourbon-Glazed Salmon is the perfect meal to create a fine-dinning experience right at your dinner table. The sweet notes from the brown sugar and soy sauce based marinade make it pair well with Big Cork Vineyards’ Syrah Rose wine.

Prep Time: 1 hour 45 minutes  Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons bourbon
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 (6-ounce) skinless salmon fillets

 

Directions:
Grate fresh ginger and combine with the bourbon, brown sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice and garlic in a large zip-loc bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 ½ hours, turning occasionally to ensure it is coated well.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and coat pan with cooking spray. Add fish and marinade into the pan and cook four minutes on each side (or until fish flakes easily when tested with fork). Plate each fillet, drizzle remaining sauce on top and pair with brown rice and asparagus. Pour a glass of Big Cork Vineyards’ Syrah Rose wine 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’s Cinco de Mayo Pearalicious Sangria

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with our delicious Big Cork Vineyards’ Pearalicious Sangria recipe! BC_Cinco_Mayo_Post

Ingredients:

1 bottle of Big Cork Traminette white wine

1-1/4 cups pear juice

1/4 cup brandy

1/4 cup Triple Sec

1 cup chopped fresh Anjou pear

1 cup chopped ripe apricots

1 cup chopped Red Delicious apple

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. For optimum flavors, marinate overnight before serving.

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…)

Meet the Winemaker: Q&A with Dave Collins

wineries in virginia, malbec wines, wineries in marylandWith harvest just around the corner, Dave Collins has been busy ushering BCV’s grapes from vine to wine. As the vice president of operations and master vintner at BCV, Dave oversees the growth and production of 24 acres and 13 varietals. He ensures the quality and consistency of all BCV wines through relentless attention to detail and skilled expertise that spans more than 25 years. Between tending the vines, the award-winning winemaker took a few minutes to chat about his love of winemaking and what’s ahead for the Washington County winery. Here’s what he had to say.

Q: How did you get into the winemaking business?
A: I didn’t choose the wine industry. The wine industry chose me. It was a progression of events and personal relations that brought me to where I am today.

After receiving my degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech in 1979, I spent a few years in the greenhouse business. At that time, Virginia wineries were in their infancy, and I saw an opportunity. It involved a tremendous risk leaving my horticulture career. I had a basic knowledge of viticulture from school, and I attended a class at the University of CA at Davis and toured Napa to learn more. When I returned to Virginia, I planted my first vineyard. In those years, the few Virginia vineyards were planted to mostly American and hybrid varieties. I planted one of the early vinifera vineyards, including one of the very first Cabernet Franc blocks.  (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…)

The State of Our Grapes

It’s a striking, sunny morning at Big Cork Vineyards as vintner Dave Collins scans the rows and rows of lush grapevines. A red-tail hawk flaps its wings in the cloudless sky above. Dave pauses from passionately reporting the progress of BCV’s grapes to point out the raptor perches scattered throughout the vineyard. BCV placed them here so the birds could live and hunt in their natural habitat among the grapes. In turn, the birds help manage moles, ground hogs and other pests that cover crops can attract.  (more…)

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