Rain fails to keep patrons from wine fest

Hollywood, MD--  Whether the wine helped visitors weather the rainy conditions and cold is up for debate. However, It certainly brought out  many people in Southern Maryland. Historic Sotterley celebrated the 13th Annual Riverside WineFest this past weekend with many great attractions.

Maryland wineries traveled far and wide to showcase their wines to the masses at WineFest. Many of the wineries are locally owned and operated and contribute directly to the economy of Southern Maryland.

Some of the local wineries in the Southern Maryland area that exhibited wines for the patrons to enjoy were Port of Leonardtown Winery, Running Hare Vineyard and Perigeaux Vineyards and Winery.

"The turnout has been great, the rain hasn't put a damper on us, we came prepared. I look around and all I see is people having a lot of fun," said Richard Fuller who is one of the multiple owners of Port of Leonardtown Winery.

In addition to wonderful wines, Riverside WineFest featured nearly 10 food vendors, including local favorites Sunshine Catering, Lenny's Restaurant, and Myra's New Orleans Cuisine.

"It is a little rainy today, but everyone came prepared," Historic Sotterley Plantation Marketing Manager Anna Harrison said Saturday. Attendance estimates were not available Monday morning.

Once the patrons were full of great wine and food they had the opportunity to listen to four different live bands. Come Back Iris and The Piranhas played Saturday, Nov.7. The bands that played Sunday, Nov.8 were The John Luskey Band and HydraFX.

Sunday would prove to be a better day for Riverside WineFest, the weather was a little chilly, but dedicated wine lovers made the trip.

"Sunday was a lot better for attendance, we had a food vendor actually completely sell out of product [Frug's Grub]. We took a proactive measure in spreading mulch and straw to help with the mud from the rain on Saturday," said Harrison. 

Photos taken by Ron Bailey News Photographer.

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