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Wine and Cheese Samples

Fridays, 3-6pm

March 15 – Cheese from Steelville Farms, with Lee Cook

Wine Samplings Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Join us as we’ll be sampling 2 – 3 wines in our wine cave.  Just ask us when you come into the store!

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 Wine Tasting:  Burgundy

Special Guest:  Patrick Harney, Vineyard Brands

Wednesday, March 20  7-9pm

$15 Per Person – Reservation Required

Tentative Tasting List:

  1. Vincent Girardin 2016 Cuvee St Vincent Bourgogne Blanc 
  2. Thibault Liger-Belair 2016 Bourgogne Blanc 
  3. Louis Michel 2016 1er Cru Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 
  4. JM Boillot 2016 1er Cru Montagny Blanc 
  5. Henri Gouges 2016 Bourgogne Rouge 
  6. Vincent & Sophie Morey 2016 Santenay Rouge “Gravieres” 
  7. Thierry & Pascale Matrot 2016 Meursault Rouge 
  8. Thierry & Pascale Matrot 2016 Blagny la Piece Sous le Bois 
  9. Thibault Liger-Belair 2016 Moulin-a-Vent Vielles Vignes

Fundraiser:  Iron Hill Museum

Tuesday, March 26    7-9pm       $25

Party for a cause!  Its the 2nd Annual Fundraiser here at State Line!  Proceeds from the event help to raise funds for the Heritage and Archaeological Festival.  Join them for snacks, Samples of 5 different beers and 5 different wines, raffles and fun! 

To purchase tickets, call the Museum at 302-368-5703 and ask for Maureen.  You may also email Maureen at  And yes, you may also purchase tickets at the door!

Check out the Facebook Link!  


Wine Tasting:  Cowan Cellars

Special Guest: Jim Cowan

Friday, April 12   7-9pm  Seated

$20 Per Person- Pre-Paid Seats Only.  1-800-446-9463

Join us for Jim and Diane’s fourth visit to us here at State Line, back by popular demand.  For those of you not familiar with these wines, they are all very small batch, with a strong sense of place and purity, with an eye to serving as a perfect accompaniment to food and friends! 

Tentative Lineup:

  1.  Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  2. Ribolla Gialla 2018
  3. Ribolla Gialla 2017
  4. Ribolla Gialla 2016
  5. Isa 2012
  6. Isa 2011
  7. Pinot Noir 2014
  8. Pinot Noir 2013
  9. Syrah 2017
  10. Syrah 2016 
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Tap Social: St Patrick’s Day Warmup

Saturday, March 16th, 3-6pm, just $5

Wet your whistle at this St. Patrick Day Eve’s tap social. We’ll have four beers available for sampling, or full pint pours, and a number of other seasonally appropriate beers for sampling on the side. On draft:

Harp Lager, O’Hara’s Red Ale, O’Hara’s Stout, Guinness

Tap Social: Evolutiom Brewing

Thursday, March 21st  4:30-6:30pm

Special pricing on all Evo beers!

Brewery Spotlight: Monument City Brewery 

Friday, March 22nd, 3-6pm 

Sampling in front of store.

Special pricing on all Monument City beers.

Special Sampling: Orval Day

Saturday, March 23rd, 12-4pm

Bottle sampling at the growler bar.

Orval Day The Orval legend began almost 1,000 years ago, when a princess accidentally dropped her ring into a spring and a trout returned it. It continues now, with a day to reflect on and enjoy this amazing Trappist ale. Orval Trappist Est. 1070 Orval Trappist About Orval Day (Orval Day 2019 will be Saturday, March 23, 2019) On March 26th, 2016, March 25, 2017, and March 24, 2018 devotees of Orval Trappist Ale – and even some folks who hadn’t tried it yet – convened upon their favorite bar to celebrate one of the world’s unique and highly-respected beers. Orval was the first Brett beer to land on US shores, and has become the favorite beer for many star American brewers. ( “Brett” – brettanomyces – is a yeast variety that adds appetizing, sharp acidity and dryness.) Orval sells one beer, brewed to exquisite perfection within the walls of Notre Dame d’Orval Monastery in Belgium. It’s delicious when it leaves the brewery, but also evolves in the bottle for five years or more. Each year we make a donation to charity based on US sales of Orval on Orval Day, and participation and sales have grown each year. (On Orval Day 2018, Saturday, March 24, we had almost 500 accounts participating, across the USA.) Our charity partner for 2019 is Safe Water Network, helping to bring clean, sustainable water to communities in Ghana and India. After we tally up Orval Day 2019 sales, Merchant du Vin will donate 50 cents to Safe Water Network for every bottle of Orval sold.

Super Tap Social: Union Craft Brewing

Saturday, March 23rd  4-6pm



Tap Social: Neshaminy Creek Brewing

Thursday, March 28th  4:30-6:30pm

Special pricing on all NCB beers!

 Brewery Spotlight: 

Friday, March 29th 3-6pm 

Sampling in front of store.

Special pricing on all Monument City beers.

The Beers of Belgium: Annual Lou Thomas Memorial Tasting 

Saturday, April 13th





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Spotlight Spirits Samplings- 

Cozy up to the wine bar in our tasting room and try some samples, usually being poured by someone from the distillery.  Its a chance for you to try before you buy, hear the story, learn about how it is made.


Saturday, April 13th  3-5pm  Celebrate Game of Thrones with Painted Stave!

Special Guest, Ashley Munro

Painted Stave is a local distillery in Smyrna, DE.  Join us for samples of 4 spirits and a few themed cocktails.  Beware of the Dragons!  


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Haus Alpenz Portfolio Samples- Cocktails and Spirits!

Special Guest- Jake Parrott, National Sales Manager

Friday, April 5   7-9pm  Seated    $10 per Person- Pre-Paid Only.   1-800-446-9463

Jake is Back!  Spring Cocktails will be the theme!  Haus Alpenz has a premium portfolio of an array of spirits and aromatized wines from around the world.

Here’s a tentative list of what we will learn about, taste and then use to make cocktails with goodies such as chopped strawberries, grapefruit peel, orange peel and Hefeweizen:

Comoz Vermouth de Chambery Blanc,- Savoy, France

L. N. Mattei Cap Corse Blanc Quinquina – Corsica, France

Cappelletti Pasubio Vino Amaro-  Trentino, Alto Adige, Italy

Hayman’s Old Tom Gin- England

Rothman & Winter Apricot Liqueur – Austria

Rothman & Winter Violette Liqueur – Austria

Cappelletti Amaro Sfumato Rabarbaro- Trentino, Alto Adige, Italy

John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum Liqueur – Barbados

Tasting:  Single Malt Scotch, Single Cask Nation Portfolio 

Special Guests:  Jason Johnstone-Yellin, Founder of Single Cask Nation

  Jared Card, Regional Sales Manager, ImPex Beverage

Wednesday, April 17   7-9pm    Seated Event   $20 Per Person-  Pre Paid Only

We are truly excited about this newly available portfolio of Single Malt/Single Cask Scotch Whiskies, presented by Jason.  Single Cask Nation: Founded in 2011 by Joshua Hatton and Jason Johnstone-Yellin, two former whisky bloggers, Single Cask Nation is the United States’ only independent bottler following the Scottish tradition. Each cask selected is bottled at natural cask strength, free from chill filtering and artificial color, with the distillery source front and center. While Joshua and Jason established their reputation with exquisite Scotch selections they also bottle American bourbon, rye, single malt, light whisky (aka American grain whisky), rum, and mezcal.

Tentative Lineup:

Craigellachie Cask

Undisclosed Islay Cask

Stones Of Stenness Cask

Glenrothes Cask

and a few surprises from the vault!

Tasting:  World Single Malt Whiskies – Tasted Blind 

Special Guest:   Raj Sabharwal, Certified WSET Spirits Educator, Certified Whisky Ambassador and Founding Partner of Glass Revolution Imports. 

Wednesday, May 8   7-9pm    $20 Per Person-   Pre-Paid      Call 1-800-446-9463
Single Malt Whisky is often associated with Scotland. However today Single Malt whiskies are produced around the world, Japan, Germany, England. Wales, Australia, India, USA and more. 
During this tasting we will experience 8 single malts from around the world.    All will be tasted blind, so that any bias is eliminated. Taste test your knowledge to see if you can figure out which country is in your glass!
Glass Revolution Imports  selections have been added to the store shelves quite a bit over the last year, and are recognized for their quality and interesting taste profile, already garnering many fans and loyal customers.  
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Different Tasting Formats for Different Occasions

We love wine tastings. What better opportunity to sample different wines with all of our favorite people (that’s you guys). As we schedule our tastings we’ll send the information out in our biweekly email and update our website so that you know what is going on. We aim to suit different needs for different occasions, both formal and casual, so read below to learn more. 

Wine Samplings: Every Friday 3-6pm at the Cheese Department

Cost: Free!

Join us as we have at least 2 wines paired with 2 cheeses to sample!  


The Friday Night Casual Tasting: Various Fridays 7-9pm (No Reservations Required)

Cost: Usually $10 – $15 / Person Depending on the Event

This tasting usually features a particular grape, region, or style. The arrival time is flexible and you’re welcome to casually taste through the wines at your own pace, and these events are done in a stand-up format. You are also welcome to ask as many, or as few, questions as you please. This tasting is about enjoying wine, maybe learning a little, and having a good time.


The Seminar Style Tasting: Dates Vary, Typically 7-9pm (Reservations Required, 30 – 45 person limit depending on the event)

Cost: Usually $10 – $30 / Person Depending on the Event

Tasting wine isn’t just fun, it’s educational! These seated tastings usually feature a winemaker, an importer, or some one with particular knowledge on the subject at hand who can lead us through a selection of wines that best illustrates their story.


The Small Group Classroom Tastings: Dates Vary – Can Be Scheduled as a Private Event, Typically 7-8:30 (Reservations Required, 8 – 12 person limit depending on the event)

Cost: Usually $30 / Person Depending on the Event (As an added bonus attendees will receive a 20% discount on any wine they care to buy the evening of the event.)

Recurring Tastings: These seated tastings use the same wines each time (unless otherwise noted) because of the small group format.   

Wine 101: The Elements of Wine

We taste through eight wines blind (four flights of wine, two wines per flight) to better understand the role of acid, oak, and tannin in red and white wine. We discuss wine vocabulary & terms, misconceptions, impressions, and anything else that comes to mind.

Wine 201: Get to Know a Region / Grape

Taste through a selection of wines (6 – 9 depending on the theme) to better understand a particular wine-making region or grape. 


Beer News...

The $5 Growler is back!

Check out the first 5 taps on the Growler Board…WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s right, the $5 Growler (the 64oz size) fills are back! So as long as we can fill those taps with quality beer, we’re going to keep them flowing. Thanks for visiting!

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State Line Liquors Rated #3 Bottle Shop in the WORLD!

Max's Taphouse (J.M. Giordano / February 14, 2015)

Max’s Taphouse (J.M. Giordano / February 14, 2015)

Feb. 17, 2015 –By Steve Fogelman, City Paper. “Last month, just two establishments in Maryland were honored as “Top Places to Have a Beer in the World” by the crowd-sourced annual survey. Max’s Taphouse in Baltimore and State Line Liquors in Elkton made the cut, which makes sense, as both are hallowed Free State beer grounds for aficionados. I caught up with the owners of both businesses by phone while they were coincidentally on separate and simultaneous vacations in Florida earlier this month. The traits these businesses share, such as family and dedication to the craft scene, are the underpinnings of their success… READ the FULL ARTICLE at:

(Baltimore) City Paper, News, Arts, Culture, Events, Marketplace

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The $5 – 64oz Growler Fill is back! Check the Board for current selection(s).

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What is a “Tap Social?”

Well, a Tap Social is similar to a “Rep Tasting”… a casual get-together for sampling beers from a single brewery and are generally held on Friday afternoons from 5pm to 7pm.  Most of the time we charge a nominal fee to “participate” in this 2 hour social. For that fee, you usually get a free glass along with unlimited sampling! The beers are generously discounted and often the reps will have giveaways on top of it!

Check out our upcoming Tap Socials in the Event Schedule below or click for our complete schedule!

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 Winter Holiday Cocktails

 Our favorite resource-  Difford’s Guide- just put together a list of 20 cocktails for the winter holidays.  Ingredients run the gamut- cognac, sherry Advocaat, champagne- find your new favorites!


State Line’s Selected Single Barrels:

 Two New Barrels from Four Roses!

State Line’s Four Rose’s OBSQ Barrel   $69.99  750ml

Bottled December 4th, 2017   

The OBSQ mashbill has a rye content of 35%, much higher than most other bourbons, along with 60% corn and 5% malted barley. This produces a rich, spicy flavor that has great length on the palate that has been mellowed by 9 years and 8 months of aging. The yeast strain Q adds a floral component to the aroma of this single barrel bottling that is at a cask strength of 116.6 proof. Most will find the addition of a little water will enhance the flavors of this bourbon and will allow you to balance it to where you like to drink it.

State Line’s Four Rose’s OESQ Barrel     $69.99  750ml

Bottled December 4th, 2017

The OESQ mashbill has a rye content of 20%, the lowest of Four Rose’s bourbons, along with 75% corn and 5% malted barley.  This produces a soft, creamy, and floral flavor that has a sweetness on the palate that has been mellowed by 9 years’ ageing.  The yeast strain Q adds a floral component to the aroma of this single barrel bottling that is at a cask strength of 117.2 proof.  Most will find the addition of a little water will enhance the flavors of this bourbon and allow you to balance it to where you  like to drink it.




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