Chesapeake Wine Company
Chesapeake Wine Company is a bar-in-a-wine-shop in Canton, just east of Fells Point and the Inner Harbor, in Baltimore. You can drink or taste in the bar (and if it's nice outside, on the veranda), or take your drinks and snacks home. The regular CWC crowd is diverse, welcoming and easy to get along with. The wine by the glass list changes weekly, offering both glasses and tastes. Our bar menu offers artisanal cheeses, house-cured olives and house-made tapenades, small pizzas, hot-smoked salmon, pate - you know, stuff that tastes great with wine. We also make top-shelf martinis and margaritas, and we have an extensive selection of Belgian ales and other microbrews.
CWC does wine tastings every Tuesday (7pm, usually $25 per person for eight wines and antipasti). The house band plays old rock 'n roll on the first Friday of every month. In cooler months, we offer occasional Saturday afternoon tastings/seminars. If you're looking for the latest "100 point wine," you probably will not find it here. We pick wine by tasting it. If it's good, and we think you'll like it, we buy it. No points, no fads, no deals (though we do offer 15% off - mix or match - cases of wine), few if any big brands, just delicious wine.
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EVENTS at CWC:
Tasting: New Arrivals, Italy
(7pm, $25 per person)
Live Music! The House Band
Tasting: New Releases from Black Ankle Vineyards!
(7pm, $25 per person)
Wine Tasting in Patterson Park at Sunset!
(stay tuned for details)
CWC will donate $5 of each $25 Tuesday Tasting fee to
Partners In Health.
A typical Tuesday Tasting consists of eight wines, antipasti and a program with a bit of background information. Unless otherwise noted, reservations are not required You sit, we pour - no standing in line - and no lecture. Questions are welcome, but this is not a class - conversation and laughter is welcome. We try to start promptly at 7pm, so if you think you're going to roll in at 7:30pm, you might want to give us a call and make sure we'll be able to fit you in (or that we have enough wine).
First Fridays - 8:00 PM
Join us on the First Friday of every month for live music from the house band! No reservations, music kicks off at 8pm.
The $100 Case of Wine
I’ve been asked often enough about it that I finally decided to do it. That is, pre-select a mixed case of wine for those folks who don’t want to have to think about it, they just want to run in, plunk down their $100 (plus tax, of course), and move on. So here it is.
The basic parameters - twelve different bottles; more reds than whites; at least twelve different grape varieties; and of course, great quality and value, because that is the house rule for every selection in the store, regardless of price.
The April Case:
Poema Cava Brut NV - Sant Sadurini d'Anoia, Spain
Marques de la Villa Malvasia Blanca ‘09 - Toro, Spain
Vieille Ferme Grenache/Ugni/Bourboulenc/Roussanne ‘09 - France
Arroyo de la Vega Verdejo/Viura ’08 - Castilla y Leon, Spain
De Angelis Montepulciano/Sangiovese ’08 - Rosso Piceno, Italy
Cuvi Tempranillo ‘07 - Castilla y Leon, Spain
Owl House Red Blend - California
Chabert Pinot Noir ‘07 - Vins de Pays d'Oc, France
Yellow + Blue Malbec ‘08 - Medoza, Argentina
Collado Granacha ‘08 - Campo de Borja, Spain
Xplorador Carmenere ‘08 - Chile
Stray Dog Zinfandel ‘07 - Lodi, California
Good to know:
*CWC is Smoke Free and TV Free.
*Outdoor seating is available, weather permitting, and dogs are always welcome on the terrace!
*Plenty of FREE parking in lot in front of store.
About wine gadgetsI've been asked recently, and often, about the latest gadgets for "improving" the taste of wine. An article in the New York Times (Wednesday, 14 January 2009) under the "Curious Cook" column, written by Harold McGee, addresses this issue and more, much better than I can. The title of the article (and link): For Tastier Wine, the Next Trick Involves...
About TV-Free TavernsCWC is tv-free. Evidently we have a few soul mates in the city. This article - The Few, the Proud: Pubs That Still Resist the Pull of the Television Screen - appeared in the Sunday New York Times (8 March 2009).