This past weekend, I attended "Wine on the Beach" in Ocean City, a two-day festival of wine, food, and music at the Inlet Park. The festival, in its 16th year, is a great opportunity to sample wines from the East Coast, with a big concentration on the Mid-Atlantic region.
For $25, guests get a wine glass and unlimited samples for eight hours (11 a.m.-7 p.m.), which is a great value. There were about a dozen wineries giving out samples, as well as craft-brewers Fat Tire and Eastern Shore Brewing selling beer and oyster shooters.
The best bet was to go around and sample the wineries—everything from Linganore in Mt. Airy to Brotherhood in New York—and, once you deicde what you like, buy a bottle, spread out a blanket on the beach, and watch the band. You could also purchase baguettes, cheese, or Thrasher's fries (depending on how classy you wanted to feel). Eastern Shore locals "Bird Dog and The Road Kings" provided classic Americana tunes while people danced or relaxed with an ocean view.
"Wine on the Beach" is a great chance to give summer an appropriate send-off, while getting to relax on the beach one last time.
[Image: courtesy of octhebeach.com]