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A lot happens at the Wine Cave in August. Maggie bottles her 2016 reds. Spoiler Alert: she has two new red varietals this year! Read more, below, to learn what they are. Late August will signal the start of the busy 2018 grape harvest season when Sauvignon Blanc is the first of Maggie's 15 grape varieties to ripen.
Maggie offers her famous case sale on three white wines. But you can do more than drink her sale wines. You can enjoy or cook delicious dishes with them, too!
Buy 12 bottles and save 50 percent off the regular price of a single variety case, or mix varieties of Maggie's award-winning sale wines. Check Maggie's website for these recipes!
Petit Manseng Chicken is quick, easy and delicious. It looks like you spent hours on dinner - but you won't have to!
Blending trials for 2016 red wines
Winemaker Maggie is expected to bottle her 2016 reds later this month. As part of the preparation, she's busy conducting wine blending trials.
Blending trials require taking barrel samples of all the varieties and, first, sampling them individually. Then, Maggie chooses which wines and the percentages she'll blend for each. (Many wine varieties benefit from small percentages of other grape varieties added to the mix.) 
Among the reds lineup, watch for single varietals of Maggie’s first-ever Tempranillo and a Mourvèdre - both to be released later this year or early 2019!
For the first time ever, Maggie plans to bottle single varieties of 2016 Tempranillo (her first harvest) and 2016 Mourvèdre (also used in the Captain's Cuv é e blend!)
Dropping fruit = tough love
Mark is busy with the vineyard crew performing shoot thinning and dropping fruit. It's a difficult time because dropping fruit is the hardest part of the growing season for Mark. 
Grape vines naturally produce more grapes than the vine can ripen fully each year. So, at some point during the year, healthy grape clusters must be cut and thrown to the ground, where they become organic material that feeds future harvests. 
For Mark, dropping fruit is tough love - choosing which grapes will thrive and become wine. If the grapes are left untouched on the vine until harvest, many would not ripen fully. Ripe grapes make the best wine. So, growing quality wine demands that some fruit must be sacrificed - and dropped.
When a grape grower has dropped the perfect amount of fruit, it is called "keeping the plant in balance".
A sad sight: The vineyard floor, after fruit has been dropped.
DockDogs: PondFest is Aug. 25-26
Join Maggie and Mark for PondFest - the last major DockDog competition of the summer - when dogs vie to jump for height and distance Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26, at a winery pond, next to 30 acres of gorgeous, green vineyards.
​Chesapeake DockDogs, the local chapter of the premier canine aquatics competition, built a regulation 40-foot dock for jumping competitions. Contact Chesapeake DockDogs for competition information!
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