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By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 7, 1999
AUTHOR Kevin Atticks will appear at Cygnus Wine Cellars of Manchester, where owner/winemaker Ray Brasfield will release three new wines at a free tasting from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday."
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By Marie Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
"Estate" is not a description that should be used indiscriminately - yet the term clearly when referring to the Colonial-style mansion at 1105 Bellevista Court in Severna Park. Located on nearly one acre in the subdivision of Belleview Estates, this four-story brick home with almost 9,000 square feet of living space was listed at $1,995,900 and sold for $1,850,000. It closed April 30 without ever being formally listed on the market. "[This was] one of the highest-selling, non-waterfront homes in Anne Arundel County and an example of the positive turn our housing market is taking," said Jennifer Sowers of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, one of two co-listing agents.
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NEWS
April 4, 2001
Cygnus Wine Cellars in Manchester will hold a spring equinox tasting of new wines Saturday and Sunday. Featured wines will include a barrel-aged 1998 vintage cabernet sauvignon, and a sweet white dessert-style wine made from Seven Valleys Vineyard 1999 Botrytis infected barrel fermented late harvest Vidal Blanc. The free wine tasting will be held noon to 5 p.m. both days at the winery, 3130 Long Lane, Manchester. Information: 410-374-6395. Hampstead will elect Town Council on May 8 Hampstead will hold an election for members of the Town Council from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 8. The council meeting will not be held as scheduled that evening.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2012
Raid your wine cellar, corkage is coming. The governor signed corkage into law on Tuesday. The new law, which takes effect on July 1, will allow Maryland diners to bring their own wine into licensed establishments. Previously, corkage has been allowed only in unlicensed, or BYOB, establishments. A corkage bill died in the assembly last year, when the practice, which is already permitted in at least 25 other states, would have been introduced in only a handful of counties.
BUSINESS
By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,Sun reporter | March 2, 2008
By design, the rooms are chilly, damp and dark -- but an environment in demand. Homeowners are turning to wine cellars to keep their vintages in optimal storage conditions, building rooms that can be as elegant as a Tuscany-styled entertainment hideaway or as stark as a rack-lined cave. Cellars can cost as little as a few thousand dollars for a simple grotto or well into the six figures for an architectural statement, and they are as likely to hold inexpensive vintages as they are those valued at upwards of $2,000 a bottle.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Annie Linskey | January 13, 2005
Wine and soup? Where: Woodhall Wine Cellars, 17912 York Road. When: Noon-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Why: Winter means soup. Date means wine. Ergo, the perfect winter date might require a bit of both. The Woodhall Wine Cellars is serving soups of France this month. This weekend's menu including seafood soup, tomato and herb soup and soup a la canard -- and of course each soup will be matched with a glass of wine. Information: Cost is $10. For reservations call 410-357-8644. Visit www.wood hallwinecellars.
NEWS
November 20, 1992
There was a notable absence at this year's Maryland Wine Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum: Montbray Wine Cellars of Westminster and its founder, Dr. G. Hamilton Mowbray, weren't present.After several years of trying to sell his winery to a white knight, the grand old man of Maryland's struggling wine industry did not renew his state license this year.Dr. Mowbray, a former Johns Hopkins University psychologist who began the winery in 1966, did not press any grapes last year. This year, another winemaker rented his Westminster land to produce grapes.
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By [Michael Dresser] | July 23, 2008
2007 Stags' Leap Winery Viognier From: Napa Valley, Calif. Price: $25 Serve with: Salmon, monkfish California viogniers have been a mixed bag ever since the state's vintners latched on to this elusive and once-rare white Rhone Valley varietal in the 1980s. They routinely deliver gobs of fruit, but often in a ponderous package of low acid and high alcohol. This lively, nuanced viognier from the winery (which is not the better-known Stag's Leap Wine Cellars) avoids these pitfalls with breezy acidity and a perfectly balanced mix of flavors of peach, apricot, oranges, spices and marzipan.
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By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 11, 1999
EVERY PUPIL entering Spring Garden Elementary School will see a large tree that climbs the foyer wall and arches its branches, which hang from the ceiling.The tree was built by every pupil, and many parents, for an Earth Day celebration late in the school year.It was planned by art teacher Jan VanBibber so that each of the school's 850 or so pupils would gain sculptural art experience. A group of parents modeled armature of chicken wire, plastic pipe and wood (donated by parent Joe Ibex).
NEWS
November 20, 1992
There was a notable absence at this year's Maryland Wine Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum: Montbray Wine Cellars of Westminster and its founder, Dr. G. Hamilton Mowbray, weren't present. After several years of trying to sell his winery to a white knight, the grand old man of Maryland's struggling wine industry did not renew his state license this year.Dr. Mowbray, a former Johns Hopkins University psychologist who began the winery in 1966, did not press any grapes last year. This year, another winemaker rented his land to produce grapes.
BUSINESS
By Marie Gullard | Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2010
Two iron lamps on chunky fieldstone posts straddle the entrance to a driveway that ambles past a sprawling front lawn and ends at the side garages attached to the equally sprawling, two-story Provencal-style home of the Twigg family. The gray stucco of the exterior, with gables, second-floor dormers and four white columns supporting a large roof over the front porch, would suggest an established estate were it not for new saplings planted along the ends of the property and the construction of houses rising nearby.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2009
SATURDAY THIEVERY CORPORATION: D.C.-based DJs Eric Hilton and Rob Garza usually keep their live shows interesting by bringing musicians from their label, ESL Music, on stage. So you can look for lots of special guests and music from the duo's latest release, "Radio Retaliation." Thievery Corporation performs at Pier Six Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$65. Go to ticketmaster.com. MARYLAND WINE FESTIVAL: Grab a designated driver and your wine notes journal: You're in for abundant samples from Maryland's wineries, including Basignani Winery, Boordy Vineyards, Cygnus Wine Cellars, Elk Run Vineyards, Fiore Winery, Woodhall Wine Cellars and dozens more.
NEWS
By [Michael Dresser] | July 23, 2008
2007 Stags' Leap Winery Viognier From: Napa Valley, Calif. Price: $25 Serve with: Salmon, monkfish California viogniers have been a mixed bag ever since the state's vintners latched on to this elusive and once-rare white Rhone Valley varietal in the 1980s. They routinely deliver gobs of fruit, but often in a ponderous package of low acid and high alcohol. This lively, nuanced viognier from the winery (which is not the better-known Stag's Leap Wine Cellars) avoids these pitfalls with breezy acidity and a perfectly balanced mix of flavors of peach, apricot, oranges, spices and marzipan.
BUSINESS
By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,Sun reporter | March 2, 2008
By design, the rooms are chilly, damp and dark -- but an environment in demand. Homeowners are turning to wine cellars to keep their vintages in optimal storage conditions, building rooms that can be as elegant as a Tuscany-styled entertainment hideaway or as stark as a rack-lined cave. Cellars can cost as little as a few thousand dollars for a simple grotto or well into the six figures for an architectural statement, and they are as likely to hold inexpensive vintages as they are those valued at upwards of $2,000 a bottle.
NEWS
By Connor Adams Sheets and Connor Adams Sheets,Special to The Sun | June 3, 2007
What do you have to do to get a good Chardonnay around here? Fly across the country for a tasting in Northern California's Napa Valley? Put down a few grand for a trip to St.-Emilion near France's beautiful western coast to savor the intricate flavors of a rich Cabernet? It turns out neither is necessary for a Maryland-area resident to experience the nuanced delights of oenophilia - the love of wine. Just drive about 30 miles west from Baltimore into the heart of Carroll County, and you will be greeted by the wonderful taste of fermented grapes at their finest.
NEWS
May 7, 2006
One-man act focuses on mental illness To raise public awareness for mental health, Carroll Hospital Center's Behavioral Health Services will co-sponsor a one-man play, "Hearing Voices," by Michael Mack, on Thursday at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main. St., Westminster. A wine-and-cheese reception and art exhibition will begin at 6 p.m., and the play starts at 7:15 p.m. Mack, a performing artist and poet, will share his family's struggle to cope with his mother's battle with paranoid schizophrenia.
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By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 8, 1997
MAKING FINE WINE isn't rocket science. But for Ray Brasfield, who opened Cygnus Wine Cellars in Manchester, having been a rocket scientist helps.Brasfield, a winemaker and consultant for three area wineries since 1981, was once involved in materials research and development for the Saturn rocket boosters at Thiokol Corp.He also studied winemaking with respected vintners Peter Bell and Dave Munksgard in the Finger Lakes wine-producing region of New York."The connection is that winemaking is a blend of art and science," Brasfield said.
NEWS
By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 27, 1999
MEMBERS OF Manchester Parks Foundation will honor a new board of directors from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday with a wine and cheese reception at Cygnus Wine Cellars.The public, including children, is welcome to visit the winery and meet members of the parks foundation.Cygnus Wine Cellars, 3130 Long Lane, has offered to present selections of its label wine, and cheese, bread and complimentary logo wineglasses. Coffee, tea and soft drinks will be available.Mayor Elmer C. Lippy Jr. will install the board of directors for the foundation, the nonprofit volunteer organization that oversees Pine Valley Nature Center in Manchester.
NEWS
By CASSANDRA A. FORTIN and CASSANDRA A. FORTIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 23, 2006
Ray Brasfield vividly recalls when he first started making wine about 25 years ago in the basement of his 33rd Street home in Baltimore. With only a small amount of equipment, including a small basket press, a wooden grape crusher and commercial garbage cans, Brasfield experimented with different varieties of grapes as he taught himself winemaking. His procedure was simple: He purchased grapes from growers in Maryland and southern Pennsylvania, crushed them and then poured the juice into the garbage cans to allow it to ferment.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joanne E. Morvay and Joanne E. Morvay,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 14, 2005
Some of the finest grapes in Maryland are grown in a small town off Route 70. The three vintners who call Mount Airy home were drawn to the area by its terrain and soil. Now the wineries are drawing attention to Mount Airy, thanks to their award-winning wines and popular wine tastings. With spring in full swing, Berrywine Plantations/Linganore Wine Cellars, Elk Run Vineyards and Loew Vineyards are open for tours, tastings and other events this weekend. Among the highlights is Sunday's April Champagne Release at Elk Run. This once-a-year tasting includes gourmet treats and live music.
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