July 2014 – Happy 18th Birthday!

Disgorged – The Blog: 1 July 2014


Well it certainly is hard to believe that it has been 18 years since I began this adventure.  Hitting the famous ‘Family, Friends, and Fools’ for start-up money, cleaning out the old slaughterhouse as well as getting ready for the start of harvest little more than a month away, and getting ready to move to Manchester from the Waverly neighborhood of Baltimore City. All that and more joined forces in July 1996 to bring life to Cygnus Wine Cellars.


I am still committed to using only local grapes, whole cluster pressing for the white wines, and putting out a little methode champenoise sparkling wine just because I can. The reds of course have always been the staple, along with Manchester Hall (the most famous white wine in Maryland!). A few wines have come and gone, mostly on purpose as I firmly believe that very once in a while a vintage comes along that needs to be marked by a special wine or two, and that there is no expectation to have to do it every year. That is one of the things that will always, hopefully, set wine apart from every other beverage; vintage variation that brings hallmark to the harvest.


I will have a couple or three new wines coming out this September, keep alert for the release notice.


Be apart of the 18th Birthday celebration and come to one or both of the dinners planned for the end of July. Sunday the 20th brings in Chef Bill Schroeder, Executive Chef and owner of Giulianova in Westminster for an Italian feast. The following Sunday, July 27, I will host Chef Antonio Baines the Executive Chef of Tapas Teatro in Baltimore for a Spanish dinner. TT has again been honored as one of the best 50 restaurants in Baltimore by the Baltimore Sun. Reservations are due soon so don’t delay.


So, Happy Birthday to Cygnus Wine Cellars. Come help me put out the candles!


Ray @ Cygnus