Wine And Bluegrass

Boordy Vineyards welcomes spring with a day of anti-snobbery

March 29, 2007|By Sam Sessa | Sam Sessa,Sun Reporter

Now that spring is here and temperatures are rising, Boordy Vineyards is kicking off its annual outdoor Reds, Whites and Bluegrass Festival.

Sunday, the vineyard will have a live performance by the Satyr Hill Band, catered food and about a dozen of the wines they make on premises for sampling and selling.

The vineyard's president, Rob Deford, said the festival fits in with Boordy's mission -- that wine should be enjoyed in a laid back, pretension-free atmosphere.

"It's casual, it's rural -- it's all the things that we are," Deford said. "It's upbeat. It's consistent with our theme that wine should be fun and not snobby."

Boordy's Reds, Whites and Bluegrass concert series runs every Sunday (excluding Easter Sunday) in April. Performers will include Jericho Bridge, Smooth Kentucky and Flying Blind. Most of the performers are from the Baltimore area.

"It has been traditionally how we break loose after being confined all winter. We've always enjoyed mixing music and wine at Boordy. It's a particular passion of mine."

The response has been great, Deford said. He estimates the event's biggest single turnout was in the hundreds. Sunday's show is one of the more than 100 events that Boordy puts on every year, he said.

"It's a relaxing environment," he said. "All in all, it's been a fun thing to do."

Deford thinks bluegrass is a good way to kick off the spring outdoor concert season because it's upbeat. It's also popular with the surrounding community, he said.

"It's such a festive music, and it's so celebratory," he said.

A floral Riesling and a sipping wine called JazzBerry are among the more than a dozen wines the vineyard will offer Sunday. The vineyard sets up a tent where the band plays, which is near a natural, grassy amphitheater. Patrons can spread blankets on the grass and, weather permitting, enjoy the sunshine with a glass of wine. A caterer will provide grilled food, salmon, salads and desserts, Deford said.

"Spring is a time when the vines start to push their leaves and we get a sense of the coming crop, beginning the whole natural cycle all over again," Deford said. "You can really feel the juices flowing."

The first Reds, Whites and Bluegrass Festival is 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Boordy Vineyards, 12820 Long Green Pike in Hydes. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 2-12 and free for children younger than 2. For more information, call 410-592-5015 or go to

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