Wine Club Dinner & Heritage Discussion: Farming Wisely and Eating Well for a Resilient Environment
Thursday, June 1, 7 pm
Our guest speaker, Marcia DeLonge, is a senior scientist in the Food & Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Dr. DeLonge conducts scientific research and analyses identifying practices that lead to healthy, sustainable food and farming systems. Executive Chef Zachary Mills of Wit & Wisdom at Baltimore’s Four Seasons (a Davidsonville Native), joined by Julie Dalton, Advanced Sommelier, will prepare a four course dinner to be paired with Dodon wines and served in the vineyard
Click here to Reserve Seats. Dodon Wine Club members: $120 per person. Guests of Dodon Wine Club member: $135 per person.
Dodon ’til Dusk: Wine Club members and their guests are invited to join us under the pavilion on alternating Fridays and Sundays from 5 – 8 pm.
Sunday, May 28th – RSVP here.
Join us for an Annual Educational Event During Harvest 2017
The 2016 Harvest is now complete. Typically, harvest occurs over a period of weeks from late September to November. The best time to harvest is determined through sight, touch, smell, and taste and by measuring sugar content, pH, and acidity. A harvest date is announced by email a few days in advance. If you can make it, let us know by return email. We will notify you when the wines from the vintage that you harvested are about to be released so that you will be able to order in advance of the release to the general public. Sign up to participate in our Harvest 2017 event by sending an email to email@example.com with subject: Harvest Crew and your name.
Past Wine Club Events
Comparative Wine Tasting with Julie Dalton: February 5th, 3 pm
The characteristics of the world’s finest wines are reflective of their terroir. Using a blind tasting format, Julie helped us to understand these differences as we tasted wines from many wine growing regions. We tasted Sauvignon Blanc and red blends made with grapes traditionally grown in the Bordeaux region of France. We reviewed the grape varieties, the regions in which they are grown, and their role in the market. The tasting included light hors d’oeuvres & two flights of three wines. .
Julie Dalton, Advanced Sommelier, is a rising star in the mid-Atlantic’s community of wine professionals. Dalton has earned sommelier certifications up to the Advanced level through the Court of Master Sommeliers, and she is a Certified Wine Educator through the Society of Wine Educators. You can find Julie happily creating synergy with Chef Zack Mills’ cuisine at Michael Mina’s Wit & Wisdom at The Four Seasons in Baltimore.
Dodon Wine Club Holiday Party
Sunday, December 11, 2016; 5 – 7 pm
Dodon Wine Club members and their guests are invited to gather in the tasting room for some holiday cheer. Enjoy light appetizers, Dodon wines, and the company of fellow Wine Club members.
We invite you to bring your holiday shopping list, as PA Bowen Farmstead will be on site selling cheeses, honey, maple cream and other holiday gifts. RSVP here.
Wine Club Dinner and Conversation with Bob Marshall, Founder & CEO of Earth Networks
Monday, November 7, 2016; 6 pm
Our guest speaker, Bob Marshall, Founder and CEO of Earth Networks (which owns WeatherBug), owns a small vineyard in Western Maryland. He discussed climate change and it’s impact on winegrowing. Chef Steve Monnier of Baltimore restaurant Aromes prepared a seated three-course dinner that was paired with Dodon wines.
Amuse Bouche: Oyster + beet paired with Dodon Chardonnay 2015 served in the fermentation room
First Course: Celeraic, coffee, and toasted bread veloute with pumpkin brioche paired with North Slope Reserve 2014
Second Course: Beef cheeks served with fermented rye and fall vegetable risotto paired with Dungannon 2013
Dessert: Pumpkin + benne miso pie with creme fraiche paired with Dodon Sauvignon Blanc 2015
*menu subject to change based upon seasonality and availability from local farmers.
Saturday, October 15, 2016; 3 pm
We enjoyed our first Club hike across Dodon’s trails at 3 pm on Saturday, October 15 (approximately four miles). Afterwards we gathered in the Pavilion and enjoyed Dodon wine and cheese from PA Bowen Creamery in Brandywine, Maryland.
In 1743, Dodon’s thoroughbred, Dungannon, won the Annapolis Subscription Plate, the first recorded horse race in Maryland. On May 14, 273 years later, we honored the event with the release of Dungannon 2013, the first of Dodon’s Collector wines. We held a rematch of the original race between the Steuart and Carroll families and enjoyed an official presentation and tasting of Dungannon 2013, as well as a colorful first–person reenactment of Anne Catharine Hoof Green, the colonial-era editor of the Maryland Gazette. Appetizers created by Susan Gage catering were paired with our wines.
About Dungannon: The 2013 vintage of Dungannon is a blend of 49% Cabernet Franc, 46% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Petit Verdot from Dodon’s George Hume Vineyard. This age-worthy wine, fermented and aged in 100% new French oak barrels, offers stunning fruit that starts subtly and then opens like a peacock’s tail, accompanied by spicy aromatics and sound structure. The result is a wine of striking elegance, balance, and harmony.
Anne Arundel Heritage Series
A series focused on the human, geographic and environmental history of our county.
Wine Club Dinner and Anne Arundel Heritage Conversation with Jean B. Russo
Friday, September 18, 2015
Historian and author, Jean B. Russo. Jean is the co-author of the book, Planting an Empire: The Early Chesapeake
in British North America. At the September dinner, Jean discussed the tobacco economy in 17th century Maryland.
Chef Jean-Louis Evennou of Café Normandie prepared a seated four-course dinner that was paired with the newest Dodon
3rd Anne Arundel Heritage Conversation Series: English Exploration and First Settlement
June 28, 2015
Historian Jane McWilliams is the author of Annapolis, City on the Severn: A History. Jane shared the story
of John Smith mapping the Chesapeake in 1608, the persecution of the Algonquin by Iroquoian Susquehannocks, and the
first English settlement and was moderated by Polly Pittman. The meal was a traditional paella luncheon in the
pavilion and was paired with Dodon’s most recent wines.
2nd Anne Arundel Heritage Conversation Series: Archeological Findings at Pig’s Point
December 4, 2014
Jane Cox, Cultural Resource Planner for AA County Planning and Zoning, was our second interviewee. The
conversation, which was moderated by Terry Smith, focused on a recently discovered, highly significant
prehistoric site in Lothian which has redefined academic understanding of the regions’ prehistoric or Native
American past. The dinner included the newest limited production Dodon white wines paired with an oyster bar
& menu inspired by foods familiar to pre-historic inhabitants of our area.
1st Anne Arundel Heritage Conversation Series: A Discussion with Ernest “Bubba” Beasley
July 17, 2014
Our first Anne Arundel Heritage Series interviewee was geologist Ernest “Bubba” Beasley, who enlightened us on
the geological history of the Mid-Atlantic region and the geological specificity of Southern Anne Arundel
County. The dinner Chef Jean-Louis Evennou of Café Normandie. The French-country menu was paired with the newest
Dodon wines and included an exclusive “en primeur” tasting from the barrel of our 2013 premium red.