Burnt Hill Farm Summer Solstice Natural Wine Festival. I'm Going! Are You?
A few weeks ago I was able to meet Drew of Old Westminster Winery and the Burnt Hill Project in Maryland. I had tried the wineries wines, but when you actually meet the winemakers it create a connection that is hard to replace. During our tasting and conversation he mentioned a summer solstice at Burnt Hill Farm and I was like “what?” The hippie in me immediately said “I’m going.”
The Summer Solstice Festival is “a natural wine festival celebrating the best low-intervention winemakers from around the world under a giant circus tent.” It is the DC/MD/VA (“DMV”) landmark festival for the natural wine community and will feature 30 natural winemakers and importers pouring over 100 wines.
Then Drew said the words that changed everything for me: KRISTA SCRUGGS of Zafa Wines and I knew I was going. As a Black woman in this space to see a Black woman winemaker I respect, hung out with, and actually enjoy being around I’m stoked.
I know you are probably thinking “natural wines, Julia. Really.” Yes. I am not the first person who has issues with the definition of natural wines because it carries a weight that all other wines are not natural which is wrong. But that is for another day. There are some wines I like and some I don’t. And this has nothing to do with natural.
What matters is I am here to support the winemakers and I am here to support Krista because her wines are that good. It's going to be a landmark gathering of the natural wine community in the DMV featuring 30 natural winemakers and importers pouring 100+ wines.
You may be wondering, Julia which winemakers will be there. Take a gander:
The Scholium Project, Broc Cellars, Zafa Wines, Fable Farm, Purity Wine, En Cavale, Fausse Piste, Old Westminster Winery, Lightwell Survey, Liten Buffel, Brooks, Art + Science, Floral Terranes, Margins Wine, Methode Sauvage, Iapetus Wine, Wild Arc Farm, Inconnu Wine, Johan Vineyards, Hiyu Wine Farm, Les Lunes, Ruth Lewandowski, Native Selections, Zev Rovine, Williams Corner, Siema, Plant Wines, Domestique, Revel, MFW Wine Co, and more!
If you live in the DMV area, I have a code for half off:
Here is the link to purchase.
Also, let me know if you are coming?
I’ll be there dancing with a wine glass, taking it all in, and having a good time.