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Chat Leftovers: Wines without borders

Get those questions ready: We're counting down to today's post-Snowpocalypse Free Range chat. At this point I hope everyone's thinking less about the stuff on the ground and more about something like -- bison. Our cover story today says you'll be seeing more of this lean and green meat on restaurant menus. If you have a bison experience you'd like to share, turn up and chime in. See you there at 1.

Most weeks, we get more questions from readers than we can handle. Here's a leftover from a previous chat.

My husband loves Virginia viogniers, after we went to a few wineries and had a few tastes. But we can never seem to find them in wine stores on the Maryland side. More typically, we do see Maryland winery wines. Are there any go-to places for local wines in Maryland?

A great question. For this one we turned to wine columnist Dave McIntyre. Here's his response:

"This is essentially a distribution issue. Most Virginia wineries sell most or all of their wines in-state, at festivals or at their tasting rooms, and have little incentive to pay the fees and fill out the paperwork necessary to gain distribution in Maryland. That said, Breaux Vineyards recently began distribution in Maryland, and some of its wines are available at in Gaithersburg. Breaux is in northern Loudoun County and has a lot of visitors from across the Potomac who wanted their wines, so it was worth the effort to get into Maryland markets.

"Depending on where you live in Maryland, it might not be too far to travel to Leesburg Vintner, where Mike Carroll offers a great selection of Virginia wines, not only from Loudoun County (Breaux, Chrysalis, Corcoran, etc.), but also from other parts of the state."

Hope that was helpful. I wonder if Dave knows what wine to serve with bison?

-- Jane Touzalin

By Jane Touzalin  |  February 17, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Chat Leftovers  | Tags: Chat Leftovers, Free Range, Jane Touzalin  
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