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by KATE COLEMAN | September 27, 2004
katec@herald-mail.com "You have some downy," said Dick Penna, looking at the leaves on a vine of nebbiolo grapes in his friend and neighbor Dawson Ahalt's southern Washington County vineyard. Downy - downy mildew - is caused by a fungus, and it is but one of many hazards faced by growers of wine grapes. Penna and Ahalt have been making wine since the 1980s - white and red - from different varieties of grapes grown in their Pleasant Valley vineyards. Ahalt, a retired U.S. Department of Agriculture economist, has an acre and a half in grapes.
NEWS
January 25, 2012
The Washington County liquor board has issued a license to a new business in Hancock to sell alcohol. During a hearing in Hagerstown Wednesday, the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County granted a license to the Blue Goose Fruit Market & Bakery at 557 E. Main St. in Hancock, to sell beer and wine. Blue Goose owner Penny Pittman said she intends to use the license to sell only wines from local wineries. Pittman said the business, which sells fruits, gourmet foods and baked goods, opened Nov. 21. - Dan Dearth
NEWS
By ROBERT SNYDER | February 18, 2006
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - It's been more than 140 years since a reputed last-minute intervention by President Abraham Lincoln saved the historic house from being burned to the ground, but people are still fighting over Boydville. Two members of the Berkeley County Commission and its legal counsel took turns uncorking concerns Thursday over a proposed wine festival held each year for a decade on the grounds of the 13-acre property, renewing contention with the county's farmland bureau, which bought the property last year.
NEWS
May 2, 2008
An Italian wine-tasting dinner and auction will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, at Beaver Creek Country Club, 9535 Mapleville Road in Hagerstown. Proceeds benefit the performing arts programs offered by Cumberland Valley School of Music programs at St. Maria Goretti High School. The wines served are from various regions of Italy. The menu will include crab and cheese bruschetta, bacon wrapped scallops, spinach and feta wrapped in phyllo, chicken Florentine, baby green beans with roasted shallots and fennel, penne pasta with plum tomatoes, proscuitto and fresh mozzarella, beef tenderloin medallions with port and peppercorn demi-glaze, and asparagus with lemon and dill, and fruit compote.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | October 2, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- Berkeley County Commission meetings, typically held on Thursday mornings, soon will be broadcast in real time on the Internet. "I think we need to be transparent as possible," Commissioner William L. "Bill" Stubblefield said before voting Thursday to authorize the county's IT director to install equipment needed for Web streaming. In a memo to commissioners this week, Gary A. Wine said the purchase and installation of cameras and other equipment in the commission's meeting room would cost $9,698.
EDUCATION
May 29, 2013
Elizabeth A. Wine of Greencastle, Pa., received a Master of Arts in clinical psychology as part of Regent University's doctor of clinical psychology program, the third year of which she is completing.  As part of the doctoral program, Wine provides therapy and psychological assessment services through an internship program at the Hampton (Va.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  In addition, Wine provides couples therapy as part of a clinical trial research team at Regent.
NEWS
March 3, 2001
Berkeley County built on limestone The problem of contaminated water in Berkeley County is made worse by the fact so much the county is built on limestone, said William Alexander, president of the county's Water Advisory Board. "Limestone doesn't purify as well - it doesn't filter as well," he said. His neighbors Robert and Sarah Steptoe recalled an incident many years ago when a railroad tanker filled with Mogan David wine derailed and split open, with the contents seeping into the limestone, where it was quickly carried into drinking water aquifers.
NEWS
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | February 11, 2008
His family vineyards date back to the 1720s and span five estates. He is a 13th-generation vintner. Wine is in his blood, and when he speaks, Pierluigi Giachi pours forth his passion on the subject. "It's the protocol of the glass. It is a glass. It is not a boccie ball. It is not an umbrella," Giachi said Sunday evening at a Hagerstown Garden Club wine tasting at Younger Toyota. Giachi spoke rapidly with a thick Italian accent, and indicated that the wine glass should be held with the base between the second and third fingers, not palmed like a ball or double-handed like an umbrella.
LIFESTYLE
July 9, 2013
Lori Cooper of Greencastle, Pa., submitted an entry in The Herald-Mail's 2013 Cupcake Contest. She didn't win, but her wine-infused recipe caught the judges' attention. “The cupcake thing is a hobby for me,” Cooper said this week by phone. “About two years ago, I entered  a competition with a lemon-limoncello cupcake. So this led me to making alcohol-infused cupcakes. Now this is my hobby business - Cocktail Cupcakes.” Cooper said she recently catered cupcakes for a wedding reception - 100 cupcakes in two flavors, lemon-limoncello and chocolate-cabernet.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 9, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --The Berkeley County Commission on Thursday voted 2-1 to add an IT technician to the county's payroll, a decision that the majority said was justified by the Information Technology Department's workload. Commissioner Anthony J. Petrucci, who voted against creating the position, commended Deputy County Administrator Alan J. Davis and IT Director Gary Wine for their presentation proposing the additional hire, but declined to comment after the meeting when asked about his vote.
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LIFESTYLE
September 3, 2013
Antietam Tours will operate guided tours and transportation to four of the five wineries on the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail in Western Maryland. Tours will begin Saturday, Sept. 7. There are six tours scheduled for September and October, and groups of at least six may create custom tour packages for other dates.  “This is the best way I can think of to tour our region's wine offerings. Not only will participants experience most of our wonderful wineries, they'll get expert tour guide service from the experienced staff at Antietam Tours. This is an extraordinary journey combining agro-tourism, history and heritage tales, and unmatched Maryland scenic beauty,” said Tom Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | August 14, 2013
Walk into any wine store and the shelves will be filled with award-winning brand names from around the world. But over the past few years, local wineries have been making the case that their bottles deserve a place at the table, too. Cellar-worthy reds? Crisp whites and flavorful roses? They can be found practically in your own backyard. Serious sippers and novices alike will have an opportunity to enjoy the fruits of local winemakers' labor when the fifth annual Pop a Cork for the Capitol wine festival is held on Saturday, Aug. 17, at The Capitol Theatre Center.
LIFESTYLE
July 9, 2013
Lori Cooper of Greencastle, Pa., submitted an entry in The Herald-Mail's 2013 Cupcake Contest. She didn't win, but her wine-infused recipe caught the judges' attention. “The cupcake thing is a hobby for me,” Cooper said this week by phone. “About two years ago, I entered  a competition with a lemon-limoncello cupcake. So this led me to making alcohol-infused cupcakes. Now this is my hobby business - Cocktail Cupcakes.” Cooper said she recently catered cupcakes for a wedding reception - 100 cupcakes in two flavors, lemon-limoncello and chocolate-cabernet.
OPINION
By ALLAN POWELL | May 31, 2013
It would seem that Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine, now deceased, must have been a most interesting and provocative person. He left a legacy of scholarship that's hard to match. His challenging book, “A Provocative People: A Secular History of the Jews,” carries a title that might discourage some from reading this very well-crafted book. Others might be nudged away because Wine begins by stating clearly and openly that he is committed to the methods of secular historians and will respect the findings of scientists in archaeology and other relevant disciplines.
EDUCATION
May 29, 2013
Elizabeth A. Wine of Greencastle, Pa., received a Master of Arts in clinical psychology as part of Regent University's doctor of clinical psychology program, the third year of which she is completing.  As part of the doctoral program, Wine provides therapy and psychological assessment services through an internship program at the Hampton (Va.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  In addition, Wine provides couples therapy as part of a clinical trial research team at Regent.
NEWS
April 28, 2013
Red, white and blue ribbon was cut, and glasses of red and white wines were lifted to celebrate the official opening of the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail on April 16 at Knob Hall Winery in Clear Spring. The Antietam Highlands Wine Trail is the sixth and newest wine trail in Maryland. It stretches across Washington and Frederick counties, touching on renowned wineries, historic sites and scenic Maryland nature. The event was attended by representatives of the wineries on the new trail; Kevin Atticks, executive director of Maryland Wineries Association Inc.; Tom Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau; John Fieseler, executive director of the Frederick County Tourism Council; Maryland's Chief Viticulturalist Dr. Joe Fiola; and representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Rep. John Delaney and Md. Sen. Christopher Shank.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 4, 2013
A bill that would allow Sunday sales of beer and wine to begin at 10 a.m. died Wednesday in the House of Delegates, according to the legislation's lead sponsor. Wednesday was the deadline for bills that originated in the House and Senate to pass out of their respective chambers. “I'm very sorry about it,” Del. Stephen Skinner, D-Jefferson, said of House Bill 2946. “I'm not going to stop fighting for it.” Current state law now only allows alcohol sales on Sunday to begin after 1 p.m. Advocates of the legislation included the owners of the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, W.Va., where patrons cannot order a glass of champagne or other alcoholic beverage with their Sunday brunch until the dining part is more than halfway through.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | January 27, 2013
As wine was poured, hors d'oeuvres were tasted and music was performed, several people milled about tables, deciding whether to place bids on items ranging from gift cards and gift baskets to personal concerts and a Bustin Ratmobile, a downhill skateboard. The Gourmet Goat on North Potomac Street in downtown Hagerstown hosted the fourth annual Wine and Cheese, Silent and Lively Auction on Sunday to benefit the Community Free Clinic. The clinic, on Mill Street, treats medically uninsured Washington County residents for free.
NEWS
December 19, 2012
On Saturday, Gordon's Grocery owners John Gordon and his sister, Cynthia Milsap, will host a wine-tasting event with Monument Fine Wines from noon to 6 p.m.  Gordon's is at 101 Cypress St. in Hagerstown.  The event is a benefit for the Humane Society of Washington County. Donations of food, toys, nonclumping cat litter and other animal-related items will be collected in front of the store. “What better way to spread holiday cheer than to host a benefit for the homeless animals in Washington County,” Gordon said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | November 27, 2012
On three acres of sloping Myersville gravelly loam, hundreds of young grape vines are maturing, waiting to yield their first harvest late next year. The ground near Smithsburg where the vineyard sits is, by soil composition, elevation, slope and climate, similar to what one would find in the Burgundy region of France, said Joe Fiola, a viticulture specialist with the University of Maryland Extension. Myersville gravelly loam, he noted, is the soil type and the limestone over shale substrata and slope allow the kind of drainage that produces excellent wine grapes.
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