Wedding Crashers told the world \u201ccrab cakes and football\u2014that\u2019s what Maryland does!,\u201d but it\u2019s not everything for which the state should be known. Previously overshadowed by New York\u2019s Finger Lakes to the north and Virginia wine country to the south, Maryland is quietly making a name for itself, with the hub of all-vino activity centered squarely in Baltimore.\r\n\r\n\r\nWine Shops\r\nRemington Wine Company\r\nRun by a husband-and-wife team, Mitchell and Debbie Pressman, Remington Wine Company is a cozy neighborhood shop stocked with an impressive collection of natural wines from around the world. Maryland-based Old Westminster Winery and Charm City Meadworks are represented, as well as other local goodies like fresh baguettes that are delivered daily and flowers delivered weekly. There are also pastas, olives, cookies, cheese and condiments. Stop in each Thursday for the wine of the week tasting, or Saturdays from 2\u20134 pm for tastings.\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Wine Source \r\nLocated in the trendy Hampden neighborhood just off The Avenue (36th street), The Wine Source is bigger than most local wine shops, offering hundreds of wines categorized by geography. There\u2019s a section dedicated to organic wines, another for Maryland-made wines and helpful shelf talkers that list tasting notes and food pairing suggestions. A bulletin board educates customers with the latest news from the wine industry and flow charts that describe how certain wines are made. There\u2019s also a corner wine bar with glasses of red, white and ros\u00e9 for $4.\r\nChesapeake Wine Company\r\nCanton\u2019s Chesapeake Wine Company is one of Baltimore\u2019s longest-running wine shops. Taking ownership three years ago, Phyllis Wert and Kimberly Bangs (along with their shop puppy, Bay) have breathed new life into the space. In addition to wines and spirits from around the world, there\u2019s an in-store wine bar with a full menu that includes antipasto and pizzas. There\u2019s also a performance space for live music during the fall and winter (the front wall opens during warmer months). Complimentary tastings take place each Saturday from 3\u20136 pm.\r\n\r\nAt 13.5%, you\u2019ll find musically inspired wine flights a la \u201cGuns & Ros\u00e9s,\u201d wine cocktails and vino representing regions that range from Oregon to New Zealand, as well as lesser-recognized wine-producing countries like Lebanon and Bulgaria.\r\n\r\nWine Bars\r\n13.5% Wine + Food\r\nStacks of wine bottles act as d\u00e9cor along the main wall at 13.5% Wine + Food in Hampden. It opened as a traditional wine bar in 2009, but has expanded to offer heartier small plates alongside cheese and charcuterie boards. Wine is still the star of the show, though. Here, you\u2019ll find musically inspired wine flights a la \u201cGuns & Ros\u00e9s,\u201d wine cocktails and vino representing regions that range from Oregon to New Zealand, as well as lesser-recognized wine-producing countries like Lebanon and Bulgaria. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, take advantage of no corkage fees, plus $13 off any bottle from the wine wall.\r\nV-No Wine Bar and Shop\r\nPart wine shop and part wine bar, V-No has a prime location in Fells Point, a neighborhood older than Baltimore itself, situated right along the Inner Harbor. Tables outside that overlook the water are a hot commodity, while inside, a full bar and rows of bottles for purchase line each wall. Guests are welcome to select a wine off the shelves, or there\u2019s a by-the-glass and bottle menu along with bar bites and specialty summertime fros\u00e9.\r\n\r\n\r\nWine-Centric Restaurants\r\nMagdalena at The Ivy Hotel\r\nTrue wine lovers will want to dine in the vaulted Robert M. Parker Wine Cellar at Magdalena restaurant within The Ivy Hotel, Maryland\u2019s only Relais & Ch\u00e2teaux property. A born-and-bred Baltimorean, Parker\u2019s namesake cellar primarily focuses on small-production American wines, complemented by a selection of rare vintages from around the world. Pair your wine with fresh, regional seafood and seasonal entr\u00e9es.\r\n\r\nLa Cuchara's wine list changes every other week during the fall and winter, and offers whimsical, helpful descriptions like \u201cBeaujolais: If Pinot Noir is Washington D.C., Gamay is Baltimore.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\nLa Cuchara\r\nYou won\u2019t find any California wines at La Cuchara, and the eatery is proud of it. The Spanish restaurant sticks primarily to the Old World, and it offers a list stocked with French and Spanish wines, with the exception of one Maryland p\u00e9t-nat from Old Westminster. The wine list changes every other week during the fall and winter, and offers whimsical, helpful descriptions like \u201cBeaujolais: If Pinot Noir is Washington D.C., Gamay is Baltimore.\u201d On Sundays, bottles that usually go for $100 or more are 50% off. The dinner menu centers on dishes from Spain\u2019s Basque region like bacalao croquettes and lamb shoulder a la parrilla (grilled lamb), made with Mid-Atlantic sourced ingredients.\r\nWoodberry Kitchen\r\nWoodberry Kitchen takes \u201clocally sourced\u201d to another level. If the food or spice can\u2019t be found from a local farmer or purveyor, it won\u2019t be on the menu. That philosophy extends to the wine menu as well, where diners will find one of the most East Coast-heavy wine lists in Baltimore.\r\n\r\n\r\nGunther & Co.\r\nAt Gunther & Co. in the Canton neighborhood, try the Wine Spotlight program, where restaurant owners Nancy and Jerry Trice serve lesser-known, high-end varietals by the glass to introduce them to guests without the commitment of buying a bottle. Prices have ranged from $12\u201320 for 6-ounce pours.\r\n\r\n\r\nMaryland Wineries to Visit\r\n\r\nNone of Maryland\u2019s 80-plus wineries are located in Baltimore itself, but you can find some of the state\u2019s most respected wineries less than an hour from the city.\r\n\r\n\r\nOld Westminster Winery & Vineyard\r\nIn an effort to preserve their family farmland in 2009, three siblings who categorize themselves as a farmer (Drew Baker, 31), a winemaker (Lisa Hinton, 29) and a general manager (Ashli Johnson, 28) set out to start a winery. Two years of education and research followed before they planted the first 7,600 Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Chardonnay and Albari\u00f1o grapevines.\r\n\r\nToday, Old Westminster Winery produces 60,000 bottles annually, made with grapes grown both on their property and from neighboring vineyards in Maryland. Recently, the lineup has expanded to include innovative offerings like canned natural wines and nitrogen-infused sparkling wines. On weekends, sample five seasonal wines for $10 at its onsite tasting room, located just 40 miles northwest of Baltimore. Visit on Fridays and Sundays for food trucks and live music.\r\n\r\nAlthough we wish the name of this winery had something to do with grape stomping instead of a historically muddy road, Black Ankle Vineyards is still dedicated to the traditional methods of wine preparation.\r\n\r\nBlack Ankle Vineyards\r\nAlthough we wish the name of this winery had something to do with grape stomping instead of a historically muddy road, Black Ankle Vineyards is still dedicated to the traditional methods of wine preparation, in addition to modern techniques. The team utilizes all the natural resources available to them, which includes local compost. Even its tasting room is crafted from straw, clay, stone and wood found on the farm.\r\n\r\nOfferings range from Gr\u00fcner Veltliner to Bordeaux-style red blends, and Thursday through Sunday, guests can enjoy a tasting with five wines for $16 at the onsite tasting room. Guided walking tours of the vineyards are also available weekends at 1 pm and 3 pm.\r\n\r\n\r\nBoordy Vineyards\r\nOpened in 1945 by Philip and Jocelyn Wagner as Maryland\u2019s first winery, Boordy Vineyards gained new ownership in 1980 via the Dedford family. The winery spans two separate vineyards across two Maryland microclimates.\r\n\r\nLong Green Vineyard is located on the home farm in the Piedmont Plateau, north of the Chesapeake Bay, produces Sauvignon Blanc, ros\u00e9s and light reds. South Mountain Vineyard, along the southeast portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains, creates red varieties that include Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah, alongside Chardonnay, Albari\u00f1o and Viognier. Take the half-hour drive for a tour of the vineyards and winery, followed by a tasting of seven wines from both its Chesapeake Icons and Landmark Wine Collection. Prices range from $10 to $15 per tasting.\r\nCharm City Meadworks\r\nCharm City Meadworks, while not a traditional winery, deserves a mention thanks to their delicious floral and fruity meads right in the heart of Baltimore. Stop by the taproom near the Mount Vernon neighborhood Thursday through Sunday for a tasting of its lineup of still and draft meads.\r\n\r\n\r\nOut and About Drinking Destinations\r\nWit & Wisdom\r\nIn a port city, one of the best places to enjoy a glass of wine is near the water. Wit on the Water, the outdoor patio of Wit & Wisdom at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, is the perfect place to people watch along the seven-mile Waterfront Promenade. The wine list features more than 400 bottles from around the world. During the summer months, Wit on the Water serves a truly Maryland-style \u201cCrabs and Crushes\u201d feast with Old Bay-steamed blue crabs, fried soft shell crabs and a jumbo lump crab cake with ice-cold beer or wines by the glass.\r\nSandlot\r\nNearby, Sandlot is Baltimore\u2019s 30,000 square-foot manmade beach. Alas, patrons are not allowed to go into the water. Nevertheless, there\u2019s plenty of sand to provide a tropical vibe, along with volleyball courts, live music, games of cornhole and places to lounge, drink in hand, while enjoying the views. Beverage options include bottled sangria, ros\u00e9 slushies, wine on tap and cans of Charm City mead.\r\n\r\n\r\nGertrude\u2019s Chesapeake Kitchen\r\nGertrude\u2019s Chesapeake Kitchen, within the Baltimore Museum of Art, hosts a Patio Party happy hour each Wednesday from 5\u20139 pm during summer months. Visitors can sip canned wine from Old Westminster Winery while strolling through parts of the sculpture garden. Other patio events include Lobsterama, fall harvest dinners and the upcoming 20th anniversary party on October 1.\r\nMaryland Wine Festival\r\nImmerse yourself in local and regional wine culture at the Maryland Wine Festival, held October 13 this year, where more than 150 Maryland wines from 25 wineries will be showcased. You\u2019ll also get a chance to sample Winecream, the signature creation from family-owned Crossroad Company LLC. Winecream is where gourmet ice cream and fruit wines converge, which results in a sweet treat with up to 10% alcohol by volume.