Crossroad Company, LLC is a small, family-owned business located in Baltimore, MD. We are the proud innovators of Winecream – wine ice cream. Our product combines the best of two worlds: super-premium, naturally sourced gourmet ice cream and craft-made fruit wines. The results are delicious, boozy frozen desserts.
Crossroad Co. began late one Christmas after a day of family togetherness that involved lots of wine and ice cream – separately. Eventually, we figured we’d just skip a step, and Winecream was born. We’ve been pursuing our dream of sharing our delicious product with the world ever since.
Food and wine festivals throughout Maryland have been the core of our business since we began – we’ve been serving our boozy desserts at events since 2014. At festivals, Winecream is made in individual 6 ounce servings that are mixed and flash frozen to order. A customer first chooses her wine from a variety of house-made options including strawberry, mixed berry, pineapple, or peach.
Tell us about your Vineyard. Where is it located? How large is it? Does your property have a historic backstory? Are you open to the public?
We don’t have a vineyard (we purchase all our fruit from local suppliers) but our winery is located in Baltimore. We’re one of two wineries/meaderies located within the bounds of city (Charm City Meadworks is the other), so it’s a pretty small club. The space we occupy is an old industrial building on the west side – it has a very historic, loft-type vibe. We are not yet open to the public, but beginning this spring we’ll be offering small group tours and tastings by appointment only
When did you begin making wine? What kind of wines do you specialize in?
We began making Winecream in 2012, but didn’t start selling it until 2014 – there was a lot of R&D involved in getting our product just right. We started out selling Winecream by the scoop at local wine and food festivals, and in 2016 began selling pints in local liquor stores and restaurants. And we’re excited to open our tasting room this spring. There is a lot more information about how we make Winecream and the flavor options we offer on our about us page: http://www.crossroadco.com/
What do you find most enticing about Maryland Wines in general?
We love that the Maryland Wine community is so welcoming and open to new products like ours – there is a real progressive attitude that allows innovators to really spread their wings and try new and exciting things, which you often don’t see in other places. The result is a constantly evolving community with exciting new offerings. I really don’t know if we could have brought our product to market in any other state.
What most excites you about being part of the Arts & Wine Festival?
We’re VERY excited to make this our first official Annapolis Arts and Wine festival! Our family has attended the festival multiple times over the years, long before we started our business. It’s a favorite event and we’re thrilled to be bringing our unique product to your unique event!