Ready for Highlandtown Wine Festival take two?

The festival benefits Our Lady of Pompei Church and Highlandtown Community Association.

No one likes their wine watered down—and that’s exactly what would have happened at the Highlandtown Wine Festival had it been held during the monsoon that fell on its originally scheduled date in April.

And that, dear readers, is why we have rain dates.

Di nuovo! Welcome to the Highlandtown Wine Festival, Take Two, this Sunday, May 20, 1-6 p.m. at Our Lady of Pompei Church, 3600 Claremont St.

Look at it this way. The wines, all homemade, have gotten more precious time to mellow in the bottle; the bouquet has lengthened and become more complex; the notes of tobacco, blackberry and leather are more pronounced. Or less pronounced, whatever you prefer.

Anyhow, the wine festival will be worth the wait. There will be plenty of homemade wine. The amateur vintners are competing for medals and prizes. They will bring their best.

Tickets are $25 at the gate, or $20 if bought in advance at DiPasquale’s Italian Marketplace, 3700 Gough St., or online at

The ticket price includes five tastes and an antipasto platter and souvenir glass from DiPasquale’s.

There will also be arts, crafts, musical entertainment, dancing, lots of Italian food, and a certain amount of trash-talking among the contestants.

Stop by the Baltimore Guide tent, chat for a bit and walk away with a little souvenir (while supplies last).

Proceeds benefit repairs and upkeep at Our Lady of Pompei, and neighborhood projects of the sponsoring Highlandtown Community Association.

by Jacqueline Watts

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