I found Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard about a year ago when looking for wine festivals. I ended up on a list for all wineries to contact about volunteer opportunities at events. One of the first wineries to contact me was SMV. This past fall I worked the Maryland Wine Festival as a SMV volunteer and received a free bottle of wine as a thank you.
Since last fall, I’ve volunteered for several different SMV events and wine festivals – it’s becoming something my mom and I do together. It’s a great way for us to share something we love, enjoy the events for free, and spend precious time together.
Through volunteering with SMV, I’ve gotten to know the whole SMV family well and try to attend their vineyard events. This past weekend they held a French Celebration in the Vineyard, unveiling their new Revolutionary Rose wine.
SMV is just a few miles away from the base of Sugarloaf Mountain, so you can imagine the vineyard view is amazing – the mountain is in the distance. The farm is hilly with plots of vines neatly organized throughout the terrain. The processing room is state of the art, tucked between two old barns that house the barrels and tasting rooms. In the same area, a beautiful patio with lots of picnic tables and cafe tables allow all visitors to sip SMV wines among the beauty of the countryside. You can bring your dogs and play in the grass, or bring a blanket and have a picnic with a bottle of your choice of wine and a pre-packed lunch.
This past Saturday, I headed up to SMV for the french fiesta. The drive in the beautiful weather was so peaceful. I had the windows down, sunroof open, and just let my hair blow in the wind. When I got to SMV, I went straight to the bar and picked up a glass of sangria, made with their new Revolutionary Rose, peaches, raspberries, and strawberries. YUM! I plopped down in the grass and read my latest book, “Creative Living” by Wilferd A. Peterson. Every now and then I looked up to watch the dogs prance around, the toddlers stumble down the small grassy slopes as they practiced walking, and tables filled with people laughing, telling stories, and just enjoying life.
What a great day. I still smile when I think about it.
Sitting in the vineyard is truly one of life’s simple pleasures for me. Whether I am pouring and sharing what I love about wine or sipping it from a blanket in the grass, I am happy.
And that, is GOOD STUFF.