Wine Cave is hot in February!
Maggie and Mark in search of Tannat inspiration in Uruguay
During the winter, when Wine Cave and vineyard work is a little less demanding, Maggie and Mark steal away to South America, where the weather is warm and the grape growing season south of the Equator is in full swing, .
But, instead of sitting on a sandy beach in Rio, the Malicks throw themselves into wine research.
The duo, who traveled this time with Wine Cave team member Leslie Fleming, and her husband, Barry, went in search of Tannat.
Wineries in Uruguay require a reservation and many have restaurants that pair their wine with multi-course lunches. They toured dozens of wineries; met winemakers and; spread good will wherever they went.
They visited Manuel at Los Nadies Winery; he had visited the Wine Cave last summer. They made new acquaintances like Pablo and his chef wife; Nico and sommelier Libor, who run the Montevideo Wine Experience, which specializes in Tannat. Maggie also encountered many fellow women winemakers throughout their Uruguay travels.
The two couples also enjoyed wine from a veranda set in the middle of a vineyard and soaked in the wine cellar at Bodega Juanicó, filled with bottles from generations of Tannat growers.
During a similar trip in 2017, Maggie and Mark tasted a Tannat/Viognier red wine blend that inspired a soon-to-be-bottled Virginia version created by Maggie. She will be offering barrel tastings of this brand new red wine, which is co-fermented and believed to be the only Tannat/Viognier blend in Virginia, at the Saturday, Feb. 2, Loudoun Wineries Association event. ( You can buy $55 tickets at the door of select participating winery locations. )
The Malicks are now back in the U.S. and they still feel inspired by their trip, Maggie says she is mulling the prospect of making a Port-style Tannat liqueur in 2019. Stay tuned!
Join Maggie for discounts, prizes on HFR Passport Tour
Maggie and her nearby Loudoun County colleagues invite you on the Harpers Ferry Road Wineries & Brewery Tour now through March 31, 2019! 
Print this passport and bring it with you, or pick up one at any of the six participating locations.
Wine Club members-only chance to win dinner at Maggie's table
Maggie and Mark love to entertain and their Wine Pairing Dinners are legendary!
One of the perks of working at the Wine Cave is being wined and dined at the Malick house, for an annual six-course meal served with distinctive wines from around the world.
For the first time ever, one of Maggie's Wine Club members will be eligible to win two seats at the exclusive Employee Wine Dinner with Maggie, Mark and the Wine Cave team on June 8.
Wine Club members can earn a chance to enter every time they visit the Cave, purchase a minimum of one wine bottle (in addition to the quarterly club pickup). Entry period ends May 31, 2019; one entry per Cave member visit with minimum one-bottle purchase.
Not a Wine Club member? Join today and save 20% on all food, wine and merchandise purchases. Enjoy quarterly Wine Club release parties, too! Enter to win, and you could be sitting at Maggie and Mark's table for a VIP dining experience.
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Chocolate & Wine in the Cave
Maggie has delicious Vermont-made chocolate truffles paired with her estate-grown wines, just in time for the Valentine season.
Try assorted flavors, raspberry, banana, orange and dark chocolate, from the Birnn family of Vermont chocolatiers, who have been making chocolate for 100 years.
Maggie is releasing her brand new  2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve just for the occasion! Truffles are only an additional $4 with each tasting.
Have an intimate tasting in the Wine Cave during February
February is a quiet month in Maggie's Wine Cave.
Why not come for a chocolate pairing ($4 extra) or extended wine tasting ($2 extra for two additional Wine Club wines) with someone you love?
We take the time to educate visitors about wine. When the Cave is quiet, we have more time to give you longer, in-depth tastings with one of our knowledgeable team members.
During the winter months, we're open 11-6 on Saturdays and 11-5 Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday. Come see us in the Cave!