May, 2018
Maggie's new rose, DockDogs and music!
Introducing Sunset Sonata!
Just in time for summer!
Sunset Sonata, Maggie’s brand new off-dry rosé wine, debuts Saturday, May 12. 
Like a tropical sunset, it’s bright and fruit-flavorful - a vacation in a glass!
Warm weather has been a long time coming this spring.
Celebrate the new growing season and toast the setting sun over the Blue Ridge, from our back patio with the sounds of live music now playing every weekend, with Maggie's Sunset Sonata!
Bud Break in the Vineyards
Growing Season Begins!
One of the first signs of spring at Maggie Malick Wine Caves vineyard is bud break.
That's when green leaf shoots emerge on the vine.
This spring, bud break was a little late - just a few days behind the typical mid-April date. (Last year, it was two weeks early!)
Moving earth
Over the winter, Mark rented a 55,000-pound excavator and spent weeks clearing land at the foot of Short Hill Mountain, a location for possible future vine plantings.
The land clearing also promotes air drainage in the existing vineyard. Cold air drainage in the spring and fall helps prevent damaging frost from forming on the vines.
Air flow also is important for the grape vines during the growing season because it is critical in drying foliage and preventing fungal spores from settling on leaves, fruit and vines.
Nothing goes to waste
Mark excavated 15 tractor trailer loads of logs that became lumber you may have purchased at the local hardware store.
Smaller branches are used at the vineyard property to fuel the fire pits at the Wine Cave during the cooler times of the year.
The newly cleared area will be seeded with grass. The same area of the vineyards was farmed more than 100 years ago.
But Mark unearthed a lot of rocks in the newly cleared area.
"I think whatever vines we might plant up there," Mark joked, "are going to have a lot of minerality!"
Dog Days at the Wine Cave
Chesapeake DockDogs hosts PuppyPalooza May 19 and 20 - the first competition of the 2018 season - at the Wine Cave pond.
There will be plenty of dogs watching and participating in the competition.
Maggie's refreshing Sangria, her award-winning wines and her new, off-dry Sunset Sonata rosé will be flowing in the Cave throughout the weekend!
Watch for Jet, Maggie and Mark's 18-month-old black lab, in the DockDog competitions this summer.
Check Maggie's Dog Events page for other important summer practice and competition dates!
Music in the Cave
Summer weekends at the Wine Cave feature live musical entertainment by a variety of local musicians and singers. 

Maggie Lights Up the Wine Cave Signal Calling for TR Help
Calling all wine lovers!
Maggie is looking to hire new tasting room associates or volunteers to help in the tasting room this summer.
Do you want to enhance and share your knowledge of wine?
You can do it while earning an hourly wage, tips and discounts on wine.
Join us in the Wine Cave tasting room and help us, just one or two days a month, during the busy summer season.
Also coming up in May...
Maggie is participating in several upcoming events.
Sip Maggie's award-winning wines while strolling the grounds of George Washington's estate during the Mount Vernon Spring Wine Festival May 18-20. Mark and a handful of our regular Wine Cave team members will be pouring at the festival. The Wine Cave is one of only 20 wineries invited to participate!
Join us at the Wine Cave for the Loudoun County Spring Farm Tour May 19-20, in addition to PuppyPalooza that weekend. Visit the winery and Loudoun County farms, market stands and local producers.
Watch our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for weekly announcement about events!