The Washington Times - May 8, 2009, 08:15PM

By Jacquie Kubin, special to Donne Tempo Magazine

The Imperial Hotel Chestertown is launching an incredible summer of wine tasting events entitled Grapes, Vine and Wines.  Mark these dates on your calendar and remember, you need to make a reservation to attend any tasting event.

I would do so well in advance!

At The Imperial Hotel & Front Room Restaurant
208 High Street
Chestertown, MD
(410) 778-5000
Reservations Required for Wine Tastings. Tastings are held on Tuesdays and begin at 6:30 p.m. $12.00 per person.
June 2  - The Wonder of Wine
A course in Wine Tasting 101, this evening will provide an introduction to wine appreciation that includes a tasting of the six classic grape varieties.
June 9 - “Varietal” Variety
A tasting of popular grape varieties that offers options to the old standards
June 30 - Popular New Varietals
Explore the flavors and regions of the new popular grape varieties and the wines they produce
July 7 - The Wines of Spain
Spain is one of the most widely planted wine regions in the world. This tasting will feature some of the countries most popular regions and wines.

wine decantJuly 14 - The Wine Regions of France
& Bastille Day BBQ

Tasting 6:30 p.m.; Dinner 7:30 p.m.
 A celebration of France’s Independence Day with a tasting of the countries most popular wine regions, followed by a French BBQ in the Courtyard
(weather permitting)
Tasting $12.00 per person; Tasting and Dinner $30.00 per person (tax and gratuity not included)
July 21 - The Wines of Germany
Germany produces wonderful white wines with an affinity to food. Enjoy a tasting of the Mosel, Rhine and Pfalz Wines from this classic wine region
July 28 - The Wines of Italy
Italy is one of the oldest wine regions in the world and the art of viniculture encompass the whole of the Country. Indulge in this tasting of classic Italian grape varieties.

August 4 - California Wine Regions
Once considered a place worthy of only jug wines, California and her wine industry pioneers, put the region on the map as an ripening grapesinternational leader in fine wine
August 11 - The Wines of South America
The Wine Regions of Chile and Argentina have grown considerably in the past 20 years and with a new commitment to quality, are showing exceptional promise as world class wine producers
August 18 - The Wines of New Zealand
New Zealand has the ability to offer a diverse range of exceptional wines from it’s various regions
August 25 - The Wines of South Africa
Since 1994, the post-apartheid era in South Africa has shown great strides in quality wine production and exportation. This tasting will represent a selection of wonderful wines.