If you like bright red barns as much as you like bright red wines, then Friday’s Creek Winery in Owings, MD might be the perfect stop on the Patuxent Wine Trail for you. Situated at the end of a road where residential houses give way to fields and farms, the winery is impossible to miss with its fully restored red barn and associated buildings. The restoration is a testament to the owner’s “other” job as a builder, and his attention to detail is just as evident in the wines he produces as it is in the buildings.
Though Friday’s Creek produces a wide variety of both red and white wines, it being autumn I was compelled to stick to reds. Of the several I tasted I found both the old vine Zinfandel and the Cabernet Sauvignon to be to my liking. The latter possessed an undertone of smokiness I don’t usually associate with the wine but that worked well with this particular bottling. With a bottle of the Cab tucked under my arm, and at the advice of the staff, I took a tour of the rest of the facility.
A unique feature of the winery is that both the fermentation room and the barrel room are on full display. Too often, wine enthusiasts get to see the vines in the field and the wine in the bottle, with little vision into what goes on in between. By offering a view into these two rooms, Friday’s Creek invites visitors a little deeper into the process. Another feature I found appealing was the second level gallery, which displayed both works from local artists and historical artifacts from the surrounding area. To its credit, Friday’s Creek seems to appreciate its place as part of the local community. One may come for the wine but is just as likely to leave with a more permanent remembrance of their visit.
Friday’s Creek Winery is the northern most winery on the wine trail, and as such is the starting point for many of the bus tours. With the overall quality of the facility, the offerings in its gallery, and the wines it produces, Friday’s Creek seems perfectly suited for that honor.
By guest blogger Mike Billard
Photo courtesy of Mike Billard