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Wine Wednesday: The Urban Winery of Silver Spring

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I love finding new wines, new wine bars and places to hang out and drink wine. Through Ian Glispy with Mighty, I found out about The Urban Winery of Silver Spring. A small batch wine bar in the heart of Downtown Silver Spring.

The family that owns Urban Winery has been making wine as a hobby since the 70s, but in recent years have started turning their hobby into a business opening 2015-07-16 17.30.21the wine bar in 2015. They pride themselves on the quality wine they create and many of these wines were created with little to no sulfites, using a traditional preservation method they still use today.


I had an opportunity to visit the Urban Winery on a Thursday evening and instantly fell in love with the rustic homey feel. The wine list includes the small batch varietals they create and a few other local wines. All can be purchased by the glass for about $6 to $10 per glass or by the bottle from $18 to $25 per bottle. The wine tasting flight cost $12.00, which is what I did the day I went.




I tasted and enjoyed all of the following:

Green Apple Riesling

Blueberry Pinot Noir

White Cranberry Pinot Grigio <<<< my favorite

Sauvignon Blanc

Silver Spring Red

I had not intended to test the only the sweets but that is what ended up happening due to some availability issues, the Cabernet Franc is their bestselling red was sold out; which is an awesome thing for the winery but sadness for the wine taster who wanted to try it. I’ve heard that they are making a peach sangria, I can’t wait to taste that.



2015-07-16 17.21.05Their food menu offers appetizers, cheese plated, sandwiches, and a special created from ingredients purchased from local farmers. For dinner I had the Greek Lamb Meatballs with pita bread and crème brulee for desert. Every craving I had before I got there was satisfied when I left that e2015-07-16 17.47.21vening.






Join us tonight for our first edition of Off the Wall Wednesdays at The Urban Winery 949 Bonifant Street, Silver Spring, Maryland. There is limited street and metered parking is available on Bonifant. We suggest using the metered garage on at Bonifant & Dixon Ave, or the full-featured garage on Wayne Avenue between Georgia and Fenton. The wine bar is not far from the Silver Spring Metro station.


Wine Wednesday: Vivino App

Vivino-Wine-AppThis should go without saying, I attend a wine tasting every chance I get and drink new wines all the time. If I was the student of wine I claim to be I would have a wine journal, a place to track what I have tasted, what I like and what I hate. I have no such journal, no record of what I tried unless I blog about it here. Until NOW, for the past two weeks I have been playing around with an app for my phone calls Vivino. This is the answer for me.

The Vivino app is available IPhone, Android and Windows phones. It is simple to use, just take a picture of the label, the app searches its database and responds with reviews from others who have the app. Then you can add your review along with where you purchased the wine and how much you paid for it. The app also helps you create wish list, so if you try a wine one day you can add it to a list to purchase later. Almost forgot you can share wines you have found via text or social media. All of this is included in is included in the free version. The upgrade at $4.99/month or 49.99/year includes personal buying guides based on your tasting profile and a database for your wine cellar, neither feature I have used as of yet.

I’ve really enjoyed this app. I have only one minor complaint. Prior to downloading the app I attended a tasting and took some pictures of the labels to remind myself what I tasted. There is no way to import the pictures from phone into the app. There is a solution to this problem, if you can find a clear picture of the wine bottle on the internet, take a picture of the label on the computer and it will match the wine in their database.

So if you are like me and are looking for a way to organize what you have tasted try the Vivino app.


Until we taste again



Wine Wednesday: Just a thought

I love it when I stumble into an in-store wine tasting, besides being able to drink wine; it’s an opportunity to taste wines from different areas of the world, new varieties of grapes and I’ve learned what I am supposed to ‘taste’ for in each different type of wine. I have pictures of new wines to add to my personal menu. (side note: I need a wine journal)

This past Saturday, as I found myself in the midst of a wine tasting, I heard something that I wanted to share. The lady that tasted next to me commented on how she preferred the sweeter wines such as Moscato and Riesling. The Sommelier stated to her that most people from non-wine drinking areas of the world are raised on sodas and sweet fruity drinks thus their palates are skewed to sweet drinks. Consequently our preference for sweet and fruit tasting wines. He also stated that he has trouble opening people up to tasting the dryer varieties of wine because of this, some people just won’t try a red, or something that they are told is dry (not sweet), he has this misfortune with his girlfriend.

This Wine Wednesday will be short this week, I challenge everyone the next time they have an opportunity, try a wine outside of their normal taste preferences. You might not like it but that is OK, wine tastings are about finding something new. I found a sweet red that is glorious and a Pinot Nior that is heaven this past weekend. Who knows what I will find next week.


Until we taste again