TIPSY TOURIST: Triple Creek Winery

Triple Creek Winery is making a name for itself in Talbot County, Maryland.

Triple Creek Winery is making a name for itself in Talbot County, Maryland.

Ready for a taste of Chesapeake Reserve. A fine red with a lot of tannins, the owners think it will be great in a few years. We'll be back.

Ready for a taste of Chesapeake Reserve. A fine red with a lot of tannins, the owners think it will be great in a few years. We’ll be back.

We needed to get away from the beach traffic on Route 50 and Route 404 when we stumbled on Triple Creek Winery, a family winery in teeny Cordova in Talbot County, Maryland.

Turns out, stopping for a tasting was a good idea. We arrived on a sunny Sunday afternoon and the place was hopping. A bridal shower was in full swing in a tent behind the tasting room and inside, nearly every seat was filled with parties of two and ten. The mood was jovial, an infectious atmosphere we became a part of the moment we were welcomed in.

The tasting room is just off Cordova Road, set among rows and rows of grapevines.

The tasting room is just off Cordova Road, set among rows and rows of grapevines.

The tasting room is rustic,  with tables and chairs or stools scattered about. One of the owners rushes about making sure everybody’s glass is filled or that tasters are up to date on their products.

Triple Creek is very small and produces only a handful of wines. All of them are obviously flavored with love and pride.

Let me start by saying we were sad to hear the chardonnay was sold out. No wonder. Bright and crisp it’s the best of their wines. When we heard a few bottles had been unearthed, we snatched one up and carried it home like a valuable jewel.

The winemakers' dogs grace every label at Triple Creek Winery.

The winemakers’ dogs grace every label at Triple Creek Winery.

We had to have a bottle of their Blackberry Pickin’, too. Dark and luscious with fruit, it’s sweeter than we usually like but the blackberry gives it a tartness that we enjoyed.

The winery also produces several nice red blends: No Bull Red and Chesapeake Reserve. There are stories behind the names of the wine — stop in and make sure you get the full account. That’s part of the fun, isn’t it?

The winemakers love their dogs and it shows on the labels. All are graced with images of the dogs that have lived here on the farm.

Need one more reason to visit? Special events are always in the works. They’re listed on the winery’s Facebook page.

ⓒ Text and photos Mary K. Tilghman

 

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