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December 7, 2007

Fab Five Friday

I'm not a huge wine fan, but I'm always down for wine tastings -- provided they don't cost too much, and the servings are generous.

And yes, while there are a few fancy, expensive wine tastings on this week's Fab Five Friday list, they're not totally exorbitant.

With that in mind, here's the skinny: 

1. Five wines for $5 at Charlotte's, 1542 Light St.

With The Vine out of commission for the next few months, Charlotte's has stepped up as its temporary successor. Head there Tuesday evenings for the most unpretentious tastings in town.  

2. Metropolitan Coffeehouse and Wine Bar, 902 S. Charles St.

Five generous pours for $15 on Tuesday nights is the second best deal you'll get around town. 

3. Chesapeake Wine Company, 2400 Boston St.

Here, you get roughly eight wines for $25 at 7 p.m. Tuesday nights.

4. Bin 604 Wine Sellers, 604 S. Exeter St.

Monthly tastings aren't cheap -- $29 to be exact -- but the folks at Bin 604 really know what they're doing. Their next one is Dec. 27, I believe.

5. The Wine Market, 921 E. Fort Ave.

The Wine Market's tastings are more sporadic, and usually cost around $20-$25. 

If you have any suggestions for the list, I'd love to hear them. 

(Photo by Los Angeles Times) 

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I'm checking this out on Saturday.

Celtic Christmas Weekends at Boordy Vineyards

Need a gift for your favorite wine-lover? Looking for something fun and unusual to do with out-of-town guests? Just want to get away from the hustle and bustle? Come to Boordy Vineyards’ Celtic Christmas Weekends – the perfect antidote to jangled holiday nerves!

Spend an afternoon in Boordys’ cozy cellars, whose rustic oak barrels and fieldstone walls exude an old-world charm that’s hard to find during the hectic holiday season. Enjoy live Celtic harp music by acclaimed harpists Lee Davenport (Saturdays) and Emily Reid (Sundays) as you sip a glass of hot Wassail and nibble holiday cake. Toast marshmallows over an open flame cauldron. Guided tours of the winery are offered on the hour, along with winetastings. Relax with a glass of your favorite Boordy wine, or peruse the wine shop for the perfect gift.

Best of all, these spirited afternoons are only $5! No reservations required, just drop on in. The vineyard is only 15 minutes from the Baltimore Beltway, yet it’s setting in the gentle hills of the Long Green Valley seems a world apart!

Admission: $5.00

The Wine Source in Hampden (Elm St.) has FREE tastings every Friday and Saturday of 5-7 wines from various parts of the world. Each week has a theme. Sometimes they even do beer tastings. They have an e-newsletter you can subscribe to for wine tasting notices and updates. Plus, the employees at the Wine Source really know their stuff. Best wine tasting I’ve ever gone to!

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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