Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sparkling Pineapple Wine

Howard County is one of the last counties in Maryland to pass legistlation enabling the establishment of wineries and our guest yesterday, was instrumental in making that happen. Kevin Atticks is the executive director of the Maryland Wineries Association and adjunct professor at Loyola University. He has also written books and articles about wine so he had a wealth of knowledge about viniculture to share like sparkling pineapple wine that is now being produced in Hawaii. Kevin told us that the only Maryland county that doesn’t have winery zoning in place is Caroline County but they will join the fold this fall.

With the annual Wine in the Woods celebration kicking off today and HoCo’s newly enacted wineries bill we thought it would be fun to do a show about wine . Councilperson Mary Kay Sigaty also joined us. Mary Kay was instrumental in crafting the amendments that addressesd some of the biggest objections to the bill.

This is the 19th Wine in the Woods. From seven wineries in those early years it has grown to 29 participating wineries this weekend, unfortunately, Black Ankle won’t be one of them, not this year anyway.

We aslo gave shout outs to my HoCo blogging bretern, Tom Coale and Trevor Green. The Columbia Council may never be the same now that HoCo Rising will be posting regular reports of the boards public meetings. To say that the new councilperson has upset the old guard apple cart would be a gross understatement.

We gave Trevor homage for sharing the story about "Maryland Influencers " from Campaigns and Elections. Ken Ulman did not make this list.

For those of you heading off to Symphony Woods today or tomorrow, Kevin has a couple of suggestions on things you might want to check out, such as first time participant, Slack Winery from Southern Maryland.

You can listen to the podcast here.
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