The human palate can make very subtle distinctions, from finding floral notes in a pinot noir to determining the exact value of a rare stamp. Lick your thirst with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $35 for one wine class with bread and cheese for two (a $70 value)
- $67 for two wine classes with bread and cheese for two (a $140 value)
- $94 for three wine classes with bread and cheese for two (a $210 value)
Oenophiles lead a varietal class on Sunday, February 3, and sippers explore vintages from a series of years by individual wine producers during the Barrel and Vertical tasting on Sunday, March 10. Sessions also include the playful April Fool's Day Blind Tasting on Saturday, April 6, and the Elk Run vs the World Varietal Tasting on Sunday, April 21. Classes and tastings typically convene from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; see the full event schedule.
Elk Run Vineyards
Underneath the same big, country sky that blankets Frederick County's dairy farms and horse ranches, the winery building at Elk Run Vineyards, built in 1756, overlooks rolling hills that were originally a land grant to Lord Baltimore from the King of England. Though this land has seen many uses, today Fred and Carol Wilson and Neill Bassford tend its soil to produce a range of Gold, Double Gold, and Best of Maryland award-winning wines such as cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, and Cold Friday chardonnay. Winemakers craft these libations using a blend of contemporary equipment and Old-World winemaking techniques. They harvest grapes from plots planted in schist and shale soil designed to follow sustainable agricultural practices.