August 27, 2017
Delawares second meadery and very delicious! The small warehouse is on Rt 9 on the way to Lewes, Delaware beaches filled with the Viking theme. The founders of the meadery are actually brewers of Dogfish Head (also in Milton, DE) who now work part time at Dogfish and run their meadery the other spare time of the week. Brimming Horn is very family oriented with multiple medal winner meads to try. They have been making mead for almost 20 years but finally made their dream into a reality in 2017 with the opening of the meadery to the public.
JR’s Favorite: Strawberry Basil
Traci’s Favorite: Gringer (which was honey, grapes and ginger)
February 2, 2018
I have been passing this vineyard sign for many years and finally took the time to stop! The Vineyard was founded in 1987 but did not open to the public until 1993 and it is Delaware’s first winery. Their grape varieties they grow onsite consist of Chardonnay, Cabernet, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. All other grape juice they receive from other suppliers and blend with their own. They have 14 wines they produce and sell but we tried 12 of them. There is a tasting room where you can try 6 wines of your choice. I mostly tried the dry wines while JR tried the sweet but we shared all 12. The Rose was our favorite so we definitely took a bottle of that home! Their tasting profile was mostly sweet but that is basically everywhere on the eastern shore due to the soil and every changing weather we have from hot to cold and cold to hot. Their reds in my opinion were almost too dry and not full bodied at all like I like my red wines to be. Their wines are great Summer wines though!
The coolest part about this place is they have a museum tunnel that looks like a wine cellar with old wine bottles and barrels. Along the walls contain history of wine, how its made and history of the winery itself. At the end of the fun historical tunnel you come up the actual wine making room which is underneath the tunnel and you can see the operation through glass windows. The property contains two banquet areas to have weddings overlooking their vines and they also have Farmers market every Sunday! A really cool spot for the little historical town of Lewes!
August 27th 2017
Decided to start out our Wine page by taking the Beast locally where we live full time now. Salted Vines is located in Frankford, Delaware just outside of Fenwick Island near the beach. They started out as Fenwick Wine Cellars but decided to re-brand themselves as Salted Vines when their Winery and Vineyard was complete in November 2016. The winery is a quaint location beautifully decorated inside with stained pallet walls and concrete counter tops. The best thing about this winery is they let you taste their entire selection for $10 bucks a person! All of their wines are definitely closer to the sweeter side but very good quality. My personal favorite was their Ambrosia which is a red blend. Ambrosia has big bold fruit flavor with a sweet jammy ending. After we tried all of the wines we went outside on their patio where they have many weddings and other events. I packed us a little picnic of cheese, olives, veggies and other tid bits while enjoying a glass of wine, whilst J.R. chose a red wine slushi (too sweet for me) with our little pups! Yes they allow pets outside their venue so they are very pet and family friendly. With only 4 wineries in the whole state of Delaware this is one to stop at along your travels!