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Winery News 2017-08-11T15:17:17+00:00

NEWS FROM THE VINEYARD

Between the Ears – November 2017

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Horse Racing Nation: Maryland Pride Day Features Cap Giveaway, Food & Drink Specials

MD Pride DaySaturday’s Maryland Pride Day program will offer 12 races, six over Laurel’s world-class turf course and three $75,000 stakes, as well as a baseball cap giveaway and food and drink specials throughout the afternoon.
Fans can pick up a gray cap featuring the Maryland Jockey Club logo stitched in blue and horse decked out in the colors of Maryland’s state flag with the purchase of a program, while supplies last.
In addition, food and drink will be available from Flying Dog Brewery, Hidden Hills Farm & Vineyard, Jailbreak Brewing Company, Linganore Winecellars and Sagamore Spirit on the grandstand apron, where fans can also shop an array of local artisans.
First race post time Saturday is 1:10 p.m.

Corks with Cade Wine and Jazz Event

cork with cade wine and jazz event

Corks with Cade: Wine and Jazz Event

Event Description: Enjoy an evening out sampling 4 different wines, live jazz music by Real Thyme Band, and a silent auction at one of Frederick’s newest wineries. All proceeds will help support the Cade Foundation’s Family Building Grants which assist families with costs associated with fertility treatment or adoption.
Every regular ticket includes a commemorative stemless wine glass, and four tastings. Feel free to bring your blankets and yard chairs to enjoy the outdoor concert while you sample some of the best wines of Frederick County!

VIP Event: VIP tickets are available! These include a private reception (food and wine) in the vineyard owners private wine cellar from 3pm-4pm, a commemorative stemless VIP wine glass, a commemorative event photo, narrated history of the vineyard by the owner, and a live jazz piano concert. VIP tickets will also include the four tastings during the regular event.

Designated Driver: We recommend that each car has a designated driver. They will receive a different colored wristband and will not have wine served to them. However, they will recieve four complimentary tickets for beverages such as soda during the event. Tickets for the designated drivers are available at a significant discount.

Food:  For your dining pleasure – food will be available for purchase from two of Frederick’s hottest food trucks- Ali Baba’s Mediterranean Grill and Pablos Toc O’s.

For more info please visit our event registration page

Awards! From the MD Comptroller’s Cup

Hidden Hills Farm and Vineyard is thrilled to be an integral part of the advancement of the Maryland Wine Industry. We have just been awarded a Gold Medal for our 2015 Bay Roan Cabernet Sauvignon in the 2017 Maryland Comptroller’s Cup. We were also awarded Bronze medals for our 2015 Pinot Grigio and 2014 Cabernet Franc.

Hidden Hills Winery Featured in the Frederick News Post

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Open for business: Wines, vines and equines on tap at new vineyard

By Allen Etzler  |  May 7, 2017

Hidden Hills Farm and Vineyard Owner Robin Sagoskin and General Manager Barbry Williams spoke with The News-Post about the recently opened vineyard off Green Valley Road in Frederick.

What inspired you to open a vineyard on your farm?

RS: Like most of the citizens of Frederick County, I am in love with its gorgeous farmland and rolling green hills. I never want it to be lost for future generations. Being very ecologically focused, we opened our horse farm making certain we were conscious of any impact on the Chesapeake Bay.

I have enjoyed watching the beautiful vineyards develop on the 103-acre property, and having the opportunity to make small-batch wines that are unique and delight the palate. Our goal is to share this hidden gem as a place for serious wine drinkers and for those who are truly in love with this area. By concentrating on growing grapes that thrive on our extraordinary Mount Airy channery loam and on our elevation, we minimize our human and mechanical footprint on the ecosystem.

Finally, I have been blessed to live in various countries around the world, finding passion in travel to beautiful wine regions, visiting their vineyards, tasting their wines, and learning the stories behind them.

Working as a female in predominately male-driven professions throughout my life, I was constantly encouraged by the support of other women. I continue this passion today, looking to encourage women in this industry, applying life lessons and explorations to develop Hidden Hills Farm and Vineyard as a memorable woman-owned winery right here in Frederick County.

Your wines on your website are listed next to photos of horses from the farm. What is the thought behind this? Are the wines named after certain horses on the farm?

BW: Wines, vines and equines. Since the property was first conceived as a horse farm, we want to stay true to our love of animals. We recently bottled three Bordeaux-style blends, naming them after the red-coated horses at the barn. I am looking forward to naming my next white wine after my beautiful, head-strong gray dressage mare, Enchantress.

Can you explain what your equestrian wine club is, and what people receive should they join?

RS: Our Equestrian Wine Club is a great way for folks to ensure access to our newest releases. We consider members to be family, and we are committed to sharing new wines with them first. Equestrian Club members sign up to receive four bottles of wine per quarter (February, May, August and November) and receive wines at a 10 percent discount.

Members and their guests receive complimentary tastings, by appointment or during special events. The input of our members is very important to us and enables us to continue improving the entire Hidden Hills experience.

What do you think makes a good wine?

BW: Almost every winemaker will tell you that wine is made in the vineyard. Everything starts with viticulture. When the grapes are excellent, the wine will embody the fullest expression of that varietal. We have chosen to produce dry, European-style wines which are complex, multi-dimensional, and that weave a story. We have chosen some production methods, such as the use of natural yeast fermentation, in order to create more interesting wines.

In the future, we are looking into producing ports, rosé and bubbles.

There is so much talk about Frederick’s craft beer scene. Do you think the wine scene in Frederick gets overlooked? How would you summarize Frederick’s wine scene?

BW: We are thrilled to be part of the craft beverage renaissance in Frederick County. Whether brewers, distillers or vintners, we are all so proud of what this region has achieved.

Frederick’s wine scene has evolved so much in the last 10 years. Longer-established wineries and new wineries like Hidden Hills Farm and Vineyard are working together to create a bustling agri-tourism hub. We are encouraging folks to come to our area and experience the beauty of Frederick County, while sipping lovely wine and sharing the experience with others.

What is the No. 1 thing the casual wine drinker doesn’t know about wine?

BW: Many people get trapped into thinking a particular varietal always tastes the same. Actually, there are truly so many different factors influencing what creates a great wine, from the work in the vineyard, to the handling of the grapes, to pressing techniques and aging. Most people are unaware of the work involved, from grape to glass. It is truly a marriage of art, nature and chemistry here at Hidden Hills Farm and Vineyard.

How much work goes into making a bottle of wine?

BW: Each bottle involves a minimum of three to four years of carefully thought-out planning to yield the perfect flavor. One of the key decisions is where on a property you want to grow a certain varietal.

Soil testing and preparation as well as vineyard orientation are crucial to making planting decisions. The journey continues with carefully picking grapes, crushing them, fermenting, barrelling and bottling.

Deciding how long you want the wines to age in oak and later in the bottle can prolong the process further. The final flavors reflect the decisions made at each stage of the process: planting, harvesting and fermentation.

 

Takeaways from Errazuriz

We travel for many reasons, but two reasons stand out for Hidden Hills Farm and Vineyard: Inspiration and education. Rather than reinventing the wheel, we prefer to learn from wineries and vineyards that have already learned the difficult lessons.

​In the last few years, Errazuriz has been recognized as perhaps the single top quality producer of Chilean wines.  Its wines were either the top-rated or shared the top rating in the last major Chilean reviews from the Wine Spectator, the Wine Advocate, and Tanzer.

As an estate winery, Viña Errazuriz strives to produce the finest wines by controlling every stage of the winemaking process, from grape growing in the Aconcagua, Casablanca and Curico valleys, to winemaking with the most natural techniques. An emphasis is placed on the delicate handling of the wines, with the aim of producing wines with elegance and complexity. It is this dynamism and passion for wine that has made Errazuriz such an internationally respected producer of quality wines. Here are some photos we took…

Journey to Quintay

Viña Quintay is located in the Casablanca Valley, a coastal plain off the Santiago-Valparaiso highway in Chile’s 5th Region. This valley has been internationally considered as the best in Chile for the production of white wines. The winemaking history of Casablanca Valley dates back to the early 1980´s thanks to the area’s climatic characteristics much influenced by breezes from the Pacific and soils suitable for growing grapes. Slowly but surely, it has become one of Chile’s favorite valleys for wine-industry projects.

Here are some pictures we took to give you an idea…