For Denise and John Wilkerson, owning a vineyard had always been a shared dream, but not one they thought would ever be realized. Wandering through the French regions of Dijon and Bordeaux on their honeymoon, the two sampled myriad wines and mustards, refining their palates and developing an appreciation for wine-dipped mustard sandwiches. Back in the states, the two tried their hand at cattle farming before making a dramatic decision: they'd sell the cattle, work on beautifying their 20 acres of land, and find a sunny patch of earth to plant those first few rows of wine grapes.
Today, the two curate tastings of their award-winning wines in a renovated barn, where barrels have been re-purposed into tables, and grapes have been re-purposed as alcohol. Through open doors, the rustic tasting room looks out over the Wilkersons' 20 acres, which are populated by rows of grapes and the lush undergrowth of native plants.
Perched on a hill overlooking northern Baltimore County's scenic valleys, Royal Rabbit Vineyards typically provides guests pleasing views throughout the year. It isn't until late spring and summer, however, that the landscape begins to change: heavy green and purple orbs crop up along 4 acres of climbing grapevines. By fall, the heavy, ripened grapes are ready for harvest—later on they’ll be turned into the winery’s award-winning wines or used as low-impact marbles. The small winery lies along the Piedmont Wine Trail and Mason-Dixie Wine Trail, which connects more than 20 small, family-owned wineries in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
In keeping with the Royal Rabbit Vineyards motto—"Treat yourself royally"—many of the wines have royal titles, including a cabernet franc blend dubbed “the duke.” Wine labels display a kingly rabbit holding a golden chalice.
Established in 1986, Basignani Winery cultivates and bottles hand-crafted red and white wines using a traditional cellar method and techniques perfected over several years. Owners Bert and Lynne Basignani have named some of their favorite wines after their four children, such as the dry Elena, a white seyval blend aged in oak, or the Lorenzino Reserve, a rich blend of cabernet sauvignon and franc melded with fruity merlot. Wednesday–Sunday, the winery holds half-hour tastings of its creations and encourages—weather and Dionysus’s mood permitting— self guided tours of the vineyard. A 20-minute drive north of Baltimore, the winery boasts rows of plump green and burgundy grapes hanging off vines as the winery’s resident border collies run and play in the fields. In spring, vibrant fuchsia petals burst from branches and delicate blush blooms droop low to the ground to provide cover for a romantic meal or microfiche exchange among visitors.
Find all your favorite cuts of beef cooked to perfection at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar — this steakhouse didn't earn rave reviews for nothing.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
There's no need to cram the whole gang into a booth — with the private room at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, you'll find a wonderful option for big groups looking for a place to celebrate.
Swing by after work for happy hour, featuring a wide range of discounted drinks and appetizers.
If waiting in line isn't on the agenda, call ahead and make a reservation during Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar's busy weeknight rush.
Everyone will feel comfortable dining at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, where business casual attire is standard.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Looking for convenient parking? Try the parking garage next door to Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
So whether you enjoy steak or just come for the sides, people can't get enough of Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.
In addition to great service, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar serves up juicy and flavorful steaks. Make your way over to the restaurant today and indulge in a good meal.
Four Things to Know About Germano’s Piatinni
When it comes to Baltimore Italian restaurants, few spots make an impression like Germano’s Piattini. Perhaps that’s because the food—while delicious—only represents a small facet of the experience. Here, find out how Germano’s has earned its many accolades, including a spot as a finalist in The Taste of Groupon Awards.
The owner treats you like family. When he’s not busy crafting contemporary dishes inspired by his Italian upbringing, Germano Fabiani is known to make the rounds and chat with guests.
You can have dinner and a show in one spot. At an upstairs Cabaret lounge, guests can enjoy food, drinks, and performances ranging from jazz to musical theater.
...but the food is a show-stopper too. Served tapas style, the small plates include short ribs over creamy polenta and ricotta dumplings with sage and brown butter.
You can take a class there. The restaurant frequently hosts hands-on pasta-making demonstrations that include lunch.
When you think of mead, you might immediately conjure images of Tyrion Lannister or the dwarves of Middle Earth tossing back horns of the stuff. Cool enough, sure, but James Boicourt is out to reinvent the perception of it. At Charm City Meadworks, the owner and mead-maker has developed modern spins on the spirit—instead of the viscous, sugar-sweet recipes of yore, his meads finish more like a crisp wine or cider, depending on the varietal. Using honey sourced from Dutch Gold in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as well as some from the meadery's own hives, Boicourt might offset its sweetness with something herbal (rosemary), bitter (elderberry), spicy (cinnamon), or floral (wildflower). Some are carbonated and some are not, but all can be sampled in the facility's brand-new tasting room. There, guests can hang on a patio with cornhole boards and feast on whatever snacks or picnic they choose to bring along.