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ven in our quiet pastoral setting, there is a lot happening!
Here is the latest from Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard:

Bud Break 2014

SMV Wins at the 2014 Fingerlakes
International Wine Competition

Wine Release

SMV Voted #1 Vineyard

Wine and Grape Grower Magazine
Features SMV as Cover Story

SMV Awarded Proclamation
for Being the Area's Best Winery

2012 Chardonnay Wins
Double Gold and Best in Class

2011 Comus Wins "Best in Show"

Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition Awards
SMV with Several Medals

SMV Wins Medals at
U.S. National Wine Competition

SMV on East Coast Wineries Blog

Evoe! 2010 Voted "Best Red Wine"

SMV Wins Big at the 2013
International Eastern Wine Competition

2010 Evoe! Wins Gold Medal from
Tastings.com

Bacchus Club Members

Joining Forces with Sugarloaf Regional Trails

Travel the Maryland Countryside
with a Maryland Wine Passport


From the Tasting Room


Winter Warmth


The Return of Sangria

Tasting Room Calendar

Serve SMV Wines at Your Event

Group Visits, Private Parties, Events and Meetings

From the Vineyard and Winery

Around Town


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Bud Break 2014
May 3 & 4
SMV's annual celebration of the buds breaking out on the vines will be May 3 and 4. Join us for a weekend of award-winning wines and live music. MHB will be playing a healthy mix of Blues, Rock, Reggae, Funk and more on Saturday, May 3rd, and Freddie Long will be playing on Sunday, May 4th. We will also be releasing 2013 Viognier, 2013 Rosé and 2012 Anticiption.

SMV Wins at the 2014 Finger Lakes
International Wine Competition

2011 Evoe! and 2011 Comus both won Silver medals in the "Red Blend - Vinefera" category, and 2011 Cabernet Franc Reserve won a Bronze medal at the 2014 Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition to benefit Camp Good Days, the world's largest charitable wine competition. 3,756 wines were entered from 20 countries, including wines from all 50 US States and 6 Canadian Provinces. The wines were judged by 75 of the World's top judges from 16 countries.

Wine Release
We released our 2013 Chardonnay on April 5. Light straw yellow, with oak, green apple, tropical fruit, and lemon aromas and touches of butter, vanilla, nuts, oak and lees on the palate, this medium-bodied with great mouthfeel and some richness. It exhibits great balance between fruit and oak; the oak does not overpower the fruit and the entire experience is harmonious. 2013 Viognier, 2013 Rosé and 2012 Anticipation will be released at the Bud Break event on May 3 and 4.

SMV Voted the Washington Post Express
"BEST OF 2013: Vineyard"

For the second year in a row, SMV has topped the list as best vineyard in the annual "Best Of" issue, published by The Washington Post Express on October 17! Conducted through a region-wide nominating and voting process with thousands of participants, the issue presents "the best of everything D.C. has to offer" - favorite restaurants, bars, attractions, people and... vineyards! We'd like to thank our loyal customers and the voting public for this honor. In our "Vineyard" category, we faced an impressive list of competitors, with kudos to our good friends in Virginia - Barrel Oak Winery and Tarara Winery - for their second and third place finishes. With this honor, SMV continues to show the excellence of Maryland wineries. Check out all of the results, and SMV's listing. Thank you again for your votes!

Wine & Grape Grower Magazine
Features SMV as Cover Story

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard is featured as the cover story in the March/February 2014 issue of Wine and Grape Grower magazine, a bimonthly viticulture magazine. The article inside, "Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard - Commitment to Quality and Culture," highlights our outstanding vineyard, wine, tasting room and events. Wine and Grape Grower provides information and advertising on growing wine making and marketing to growers and wineries throughout the United States. Click here to read the full article on their website.

SMV Awarded Proclamation
for Being the Area's Best Winery
In recognition of its commitment to quality, being voted the "BEST OF...", and other awards and honors for its wines, the Montgomery County Council presented SMV with a proclamation at its November 5th meeting. The proclamation declares SMV Montgomery County's best winery and was accompanied by kind words regarding SMV's commitment to quality and success in wine making.

2012 Chardonnay Wins
Double Gold and Best in Class
SMV's 2012 Chardonnay won Double Gold and Best in Class (White Varietal), and our 2011 Cabernet Franc Reserve won a Gold medal at the 2013 Maryland Governor's Cup Competition. 2011 Comus, 2010 Evoe! and 2012 Rosé all won Silver medals. 2012 Circe and 2012 Pinot Grigio brought home Bronze medals. We currently have under 30 cases left in stock of Chardonnay 2012...so come stock up while supplies last! The Cabernet Franc Reserve will be the next Bacchus Club exclusive, with a planned release of Spring 2014. Click here to see the full listing of winners.

2011 Comus Wins "Best in Show"
at 2013 Maryland Winemasters Choice Competition

SMV won top honors at the 7th Annual Winemasters Choice competion. Other medals won include a gold medal for 2011 Comus and silver medals for our 2010 EVOE!, 2012 Pinot Grigio, 2012 Chardonnay, 2012 Rosé, and 2011 Cabernet Franc Reserve. Over 25 winemakers judged the competition alongside members of the trade, tasting over 100 wines in 25 flights.

Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition
Awards SMV with Several Medals

SMV won 4 silver medals (2011 Cabernet Franc Reserve, 2011 Comus, 2010 EVOE!, 2012 Pinot Grigio) and 2 bronze medals (2012 Chardonnay, 2012 Circe) at the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition on July 20 & 21, 2013. The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) is one of the oldest wine organizations located on the East Coast. Established in 1973 as the Vinifera Wine Growers Association (VWGA), it was an early supporter of planting world-class Vinifera wine grapes, the production of quality commercial wines, and the building of a wine industry along the Eastern seaboard. Today, the ASWA is a national and international wine trade association that works with state and national legislatures to resolve issues that challenge the U.S. wine industry.

SMV Wins Medals
at U.S. National Wine Competition

SMV won two silver medals for 2011 Circe and 2011 Comus at the U.S. National Wine Competition, celebrating wines from all 50 states. Each wine was judged on its own merits by qualified, experienced judges from the wine industry, wine journalism, wine trade and restaurants.

2010 Evoe! Voted "Best Red Wine"
SMV's 2010 Evoe! was voted "Best Red Wine" in the Drink Local Grand Tasting and Twitter Taste Off. The contest was the highlight of the 5th Annual Drink Local Wine Conference held in Baltimore on April 13. Over 400 people tasted wines from 26 Maryland wineries, then tweeted their comments about the wines and voted for their favorites.

SMV Wins Big at the 2013
International Eastern Wine Competition

In the 2013 International Eastern Wine Competition, SMV's 2011 Comus won a Best of Class and Gold in the Red Bordeaux type blend category, and the 2011 Circe and 2010 Evoe! won silver medals in the same category. Over 800 wines were entered in the competition, which is the oldest, largest professional wine competition in the United States. All of the judges were professionals in the wine industry.

2010 Evoe! Wins Gold Medal
in the 2013 World Wine Championships

The Beverage Tasting Institute has awarded our 2010 Evoe! a 2013 World Wine Championships gold medal, in the Bordeaux Varietal Blend, Red category, after a tasting on February 11 at their Chicago Tasting Room. They gave it a rating of 91 points (exceptional). Click here to check out our listing at Tastings.com.

Bacchus Club Members
April 2014 Package
The April 2014 package will be available for pick-up April 1. If you have opted to have your package shipped, it will go out April 7. Your credit card will be charged April 1.

This quarter's selection includes:
Anticipation 2012 - Not yet released to the public!
EVOE! 2011 - Not yet released to the public!
Comus 2011 - Highly decorated rich, medium bodied Bordeaux-style blend

Please pick up your packages promptly, as storage space is limited. If you prefer to have the package shipped (for $12) to you, please contact SMV at 301.60.0130 or susan@smvwinery.com.

Pick Up Party
Sunday, April 6
We will host a pick up party for the club on Sunday, April 6 from Noon to 5:30. We will feature a vertical tasting of EVOE - 2007, 2008 and 2009. These vintages will be available for sale while supplies last. The vertical tasting is for the club member and one guest - no reservations needed.

Cabernet Franc Reserve 2011, which won a gold medal at the 2013 MD Governor's Cup Competition and silver medals at the 2013 Winemasters Choice Awards and the 2013 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition, has been released and is available exclusively to Bacchus Club members. $29.95/bottle, $329.45/case plus the 10% club discount.

For more information on becoming a Bacchus Club member, click here.

Travel the Maryland Countryside with a Maryland Wine Passport
SMV is a member of the Maryland Wine Association and is participating in its Maryland Wine Passport program. Passports are available at participating wineries, simply pick one up and present it at each MD winery you visit. Each of the wineries has a unique code that you can collect while you visit. Participating in the Maryland Wine Passport Program will allow you to track your progress and enter the codes online to receive discounted tickets to events, exclusive invitations and more! You can either collect codes on your own, or by using the printed Passport, available for purchase at all Maryland wineries. For more information, click here.


From the Tasting Room

Tasting Room Notes
Taste all available wines for $10!  

The SMV Tasting Room is open 7 days a week, noon until 6 pm with last call at 5:30. We will be CLOSED Easter Sunday, April 20.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate large groups inside the tasting room. Walk-in service inside the tasting room is limited to parties of no more than four persons. Larger groups are required to use outdoor tables only on a first-come, first serve basis.

Winter Warmth at SMV
The tasting room is in winter mode. Come in for a tasting of our award-winning wines in our heated tent, or warm up by the fire pits and outdoor heaters with our mulled wine (available until late March.

The Return of Sangria
Happy Spring
Our delicious and popular fresh Sangria with fruit has returned! Available on Saturdays and Sundays only.

SMV Tasting Room Events & Festival Calendar
March 22 - Sangria returns to celebrate Spring
April 5 - Chardonnay 2013 Release
April 6 - Bacchus Club Pick Up Party
April 20 - CLOSED for Easter Sunday
May – October: Live Music every Saturday and Sunday 2 - 5 pm
May 3 & 4 - Bud BreakWeekend
- May 3 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, MHB, 2 - 5 pm
- May 4 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Freddie Long, 2 - 5 pm
May 10 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Denny Grizzle, 2 - 5 pm
May 11 - Mother's Day Celebration
             - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Radio Caroline, 2 - 5 pm
May 17 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Angie Miller, 2 - 5 pm
May 18 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Shane Gamble, 2 - 5 pm
May 24 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Rob Thorworth, 2 - 5 pm
May 25 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Freddie Long, 2 - 5 pm
May 26 - Memorial Day Celebration - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Denny Grizzle, 2 - 5 pm
May 31 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Kenny & Joel, 2 - 5 pm
June 1 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Freddie Long, 2 - 5 pm
June 7 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, MHB, 2 - 5 pm
June 8 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Radio Caroline, 2 - 5 pm
June 14 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Denny Grizzle, 2 - 5 pm
June 15 - Father's Day Celebration - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Shane Gamble, 2 - 5 pm
June 21 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Rob Thorworth, 2 - 5 pm
June 22 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Radio Caroline, 2 - 5 pm
June 28 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Kenny & Joel, 2 - 5 pm
June 29 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Ted Garber, 2 - 5 pm
July 4 - Independence Day Celebration
          - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Denny Grizzle, 2 - 5 pm
July 5 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Radio Caroline, 2 - 5 pm
July 6 - Bacchus Club Pick Up Party
          - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Freddie Long, 2 - 5 pm
July 12 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Denny Grizzle, 2 - 5 pm
July 13 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, MHB, 2 - 5 pm
July 19 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Rob Thorworth, 2 - 5 pm
July 20 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Shane Gamble, 2 - 5 pm
July 26 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Kenny & Joel, 2 - 5 pm
July 27- Live Music on the Lower Patio, Ted Garber, 2 - 5 pm
August 2 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Rob Thorworth, 2 - 5 pm
August 3 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Freddie Long, 2 - 5 pm
August 9 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Denny Grizzle, 2 - 5 pm
August 10 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, MHB, 2 - 5 pm
August 16 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Jason Masi, 2 - 5 pm
August 17 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Shane Gamble, 2 - 5 pm
August 23 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Angie Miller, 2 - 5 pm
August 24 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Kirk Phillips, 2 - 5 pm
August 30 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Kenny & Joel, 2 - 5 pm
August 31 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Ted Garber, 2 - 5 pm
September 1 - Labor Day Celebration
          - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Denny Grizzle, 2 - 5 pm
September 6 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Rob Thorworth, 2 - 5 pm
September 7 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Freddie Long, 2 - 5 pm
September 13 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Denny Grizzle, 2 - 5 pm
September 14 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Jason Masi, 2 - 5 pm
September 20 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, MHB, 2 - 5 pm
September 21 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Shane Gamble, 2 - 5 pm
September 27 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Kenny & Joel, 2 - 5 pm
September 28 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Ted Garber, 2 - 5 pm
October 4 & 5 - STOMP Festival
- October 4 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Rob Thorworth, 2 - 5 pm
- October 5 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Freddie Long, 2 - 5 pm
- October 5 - Bacchus Club Pick Up Party
October 11 & 12 - STOMP Festival
- October 11 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Denny Grizzle, 2 - 5 pm
- October 12 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Jason Masi, 2 - 5 pm
October 18 - Howl-O-Wine – Wags for Hope Fundraiser
          - Live Music on the Lower Patio, MHB, 2 - 5 pm
October 19 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Shane Gamble, 2 - 5 pm
October 25 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Kenny & Joel, 2 - 5 pm
October 26 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Ted Garber, 2 - 5 pm
November 27 - CLOSED Thanksgiving Day
November 28 - Black Friday Sale
December 6 - Pet Photos with Santa Paws
December 24 - Closing at 3 pm
December 25 - CLOSED Christmas Day

Serve SMV Wines at Your Event
When you are planning your next event, SMV’s award-winning wines are a perfect complement to the festivities. Whether a business, community or personal occasion, our selection of wines will suit the taste of your guests. Recently, SMV wines have been served at wine dinners at the Kennedy Center, the Knights of Malta event at the Mayflower Hotel, the Chesapeake Dinner at the Cosmos Club, and many other galas, weddings, anniversaries, holiday parties, country club events, and private dinner parties. For details please contact carolyn@smvwinery.com or anne@smvwinery.com.

Group Visits, Private Parties, Events and Meetings at SMV
Consider hosting your next private party, family gathering, or business meeting at SMV. We have facilitated many such events for individuals and groups, banks and corporations, Chambers of Commerce, commercial and private businesses, associations and charitable organizations. Private Event fees include wine tastings and a tour of the winery. Download our Private Events scheduling and fee information by clicking here.

Due to the volume of customer patronage during certain business hours, events must be scheduled. GROUPS PLEASE CALL AHEAD: we require two weeks advance reservation for large parties, with a 25 guest minimum. Groups of less than 25 guests can be scheduled on certain days and times.

Due to limited indoor seating, WALK-IN SERVICE FOR GROUPS IS LIMITED to parties of no more than four persons inside the Tasting Room during regular business hours. Walk-in groups of more than four persons are required to use outdoor tables only on a first-come, first serve basis; weather dependant. If inclement weather, we cannot facilitate large walk-in groups in the Tasting Room.

As with all our vineyard guests, private party attendees must follow our Vineyard policies.

Catering of your choice is permitted. For additional information, recommendations, or to arrange your event, contact Susan Reed at susan@smvwinery.com or 301.605.0130.


From the Vineyard & Winery

Pruning and Bottling
We continue to hand prune our 17+ acres of vines and plan to complete the process by the end of March. While we have had some damage due to the cold weather, it looks like we will be just fine.

SMV will bottle 3,500 cases of wine in mid March. It will be our only bottling for the year. Some wines will be released in April and May; others will be released in later months and future years according to our plan.


Around Town

For information about having a tasting by SMV at your event or location contact carolyn@smvwinery.com.

Volunteers
Thanks to all those who volunteered and helped to make the 2013 festival season a success. The festival season is over for the year but we will be back in touch after the first of the year.


 

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