by Andrew Stover, Vino50, for Texas Wine and Trail Magazine
In conjunction with the Maryland Wineries Association and the Maryland Wine Festival, a special blind tasting of Maryland vs Texas Wine was held over the past weekend to coincide with the Baltimore Ravens playing the Houston Texas.
Sommelier Andrew Stover, owner of Vino50 Selections, a craft American Wine wholesale portfolio in the mid-Atlantic region, was tapped to assist in the selection of available Texan wine for the weekend challenge. Maryland wines were chosen by the Maryland Wineries Association from a selection of top producers. The goal was to match the style of the wines as closely as possible even though the grape varieties grown in Maryland and Texas are quite different due to climate and soil profiles.
The final score was Texas 2, Maryland 1 but the voting was very close.
Participants were asked to select their favorite wine from a series of 6 brown bagged, blind tasted wines in the categories of white, red and rose. Each category featured 1 wine from Maryland and 1 wine from Texas.
When revealed, Marylanders were surprised that many of their favorites were indeed wines from Texas.
The wines in question were:
Duchman Family Viognier
Terrapin Station Traminette–the winner
Crow Farm and Vineyard Barbera Rose
McPherson Cellars ‘Vin Gris’ Rose—the winner
Port of Leonardtown Winery Chambourcin Reserve
Duchman Family Sangiovese–the winner
For a full recap of the Free State Throwdown in the Premier Tent, visit www.marylandwine.org