Membership Has Its Privileges
How do you get people excited about your wines a year before they’re on the shelves?? An exclusive Wine Century Club that’s how!! Old Westminster Winery in Westminster, MD won’t release their wines until about Spring 2013…but if you’re lucky enough to secure a spot in the Wine Century Club, you get a private tour, barrel tastings throughout the aging process, a 20% lifetime discount…and I know I’m leaving some stuff out but you get the point. You get a LOT!! And let me tell you it’s totally worth it!!
For President’s Day, a couple of girlfriends and I took a trip up Old Westminster Winery (OWW) for my tour and tasting. Only open for a few years, OWW currently has planted Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc. They plan to have classic Bordeaux and Rhône blends as well. The family owned OWW is the brainchild of Mom Baker and one of the daughters, Lisa, is the winemaker. The Dad works in construction which was the perfect background to plant the vines and build cellar/tasting room.
Drew Baker, Son, Winery Manager and Tour Guide, greeted us at the door and walked us back to where the magic happens. With Pandora set to Michael Buble, glasses and chocolate already set up for our arrival, this tasting is off to a great start! We grabbed the glasses and headed over to the barrels. First up, Merlot that’s to be released in 2013. I found bright red fruit on the palate. It’s only been in the French Oak barrel for 2 months but still was pretty full-bodied. By the end of the year more fruit flavors will emerge and this wine will be phenomenal.