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November 2017

POP-UP TASTING: Winery of the Month - La Ferme du Mont

Friday, November 3, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

The wines of the Ferme du Mont are very regularly quoted by the greatest critics of wine and recognized as being among the finest wines of the region. Robert Parker gives them a superb quote that leaves no doubt about the beautiful style of this property: "If Chambolle Musigny was done in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, it would be in this area".

Parker goes on to say "Proprietor Stephane Vedeau continues to produce a bevy of high-quality Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf du Papes. Readers need to check out his Côtes du Rhônes as they represent superb values."

La Ferme du Mont has a dedication to biodynamique winemaking; the integrity shows in the quality of the wine and sincere expression of terrior. 

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Carpenter Wines with Owner/Winemaker Laura Carpenter Hawkes with BONUS TASTING: Argentina's Cutting Edge

Saturday, November 4, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

We are very excited to welcome back Laura Carpenter Hawkes of Carpenter Wines - a tiny, niche production that focuses on the fruit – the varietal, the clone, and the site. The lovely Ms. Carpenter Hawkes has a varied and vast background in wine - from educator & distributor to working in some of California’s most prestigious restaurants and now, the sole proprietor of Carpenter Wines - she also happens to be Dawn’s sister! Carpenter Wines are generating quite the buzz in California - restaurants and wine club members are gobbling them up - but luckily she's saved some for us to sell exclusively in Maryland. Ladies and gentlemen - its hammer time, grab your friends and join us for a spectacular Saturday tasting and bottle signing!

BONUS TASTING: Argentina's Cutting Edge Catena Zapata Winery

Bodegas Catena is one of Argentina's high altitude Malbec pioneers and one of the few family-owned wine companies in Argentina. Owned today by Nicolás Catena and his daughter Laura, the Catena family were one of the first to see potential of Mendoza’s mountain vineyards. Nicolás is recognized as the vintner who revolutionized wine quality in Argentina!

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Kermit Lynch's Beguiling Beaujolais and A Glorious Harvest of German Rieslings

Saturday, November 11, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Kermit Lynch's Beguiling Beaujolais

Kermit Lynch’s name has become synonymous with discovering and importing authentic French wines that express their local terroir. He has had so much success shining the spotlight on small, artisan producers that he has won two James Beard awards and was knighted by the French government with their prestigious “Legion d’Honneur.” This week we will taste through Lynch's Cru Beaujolais, the hidden gem in the wine world! These are some of the best values in red wine that you can find right now. Cru Beaujolais is seriously well-made, balanced, food-friendly, delicious, and perfect for your Turkey Day festivities.

A Glorious Harvest of German Rieslings

Riesling is all about mouth-wateringly fresh flavors, ethereal delicacy, vibrant minerality and most of all, precision and balance. We have selected a dynamic range of Rieslings, produced by top historical estates from some of Germany’s best vineyards in the Mosel and Rheingau regions. Harvesting the Riesling at different levels of ripeness creates an impressive variety of wine styles; some light and refreshing, some rich and unctuous, but all absolutely glorious!

 

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Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!

Thursday, November 16, Noon to Close

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is marked in France on the third Thursday in November with fireworks, music and festivals. Just think, over the course of a mere two months, these grapes went from idling bunches hanging from the vine to a juicy elixir that will inspire song, dance and overall merriment. We are excited to bring you the first wines of the highly anticipated 2017 vintage!

We'll be celebrating at Grapes Wine Bar next door, opening at 12:00pm with a special menu and gobs of Beaujolais by the glass. See you there!

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!

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POP-UP TASTING: Special Guest Christophe Lassause, Owner/Winemaker of the Beautiful Alain Vincey Champagne House

Friday, November 17, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

From the historic hillsides of Champillon comes this beautiful Champagne from a small family-owned estate. When we tasted these wines for the first time, we immediatly fell in love. Then we found out Christophe was available for a Pop-Up Tasting, and we felt like we had won the lottery! We have never found a Champagne as beautiful and delicate as this at such an astonishing price point. Come on by and see for yourself!  

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Napa's Blockbuster Cabernet Icons - Caymus, Cakebread and Phelps - and Affordable Beauties for Your Thanksgiving Table

Saturday, November 18, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Napa's Blockbuster Cabernet Icons - Caymus, Cakebread and Phelps!

California's Napa Valley is undoubtedly the most famous wine region in the United States and is known for big, bold Cabernets. If you love Cab, like we do, this is one tasting you don't want to miss. Caymus, Cakebread and Joseph Phelps are iconic Napa Valley estates and have been setting the bar for classic, top-notch Cabernets for over 40 years. We will be featuring these wines at special sale prices for this tasting only! (Tasting 11am - 2pm; Tasting samples will be limited, please come early.)

 

Wines for Your Thanksgiving Table

In addition, we tasted and tasted through numerous wines for Thanksgiving and specifically picked this line up for your Thanksgiving table. From whites to reds, you'll be sure to find just the right wines to impress!

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Stock up for the Season!

Wednesday, November 22, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

It’s that time of year again! Do you need to stock up for Thanksgiving, holiday parties, and gift giving?  We thought you might; so we will be showcasing a variety of wines that will put everyone in the holiday spirit. From go-to wines for parties to that unique bottle for your office gift exchange or a special bottle to pair with grandma's stuffing; we'll have a little something for everyone. Be sure to stop by and find your new favorite!

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Small Business Saturday Tasting!

Saturday, November 25, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This Saturday marks one of our favorite days – Small Business Saturday! A day dedicated to supporting small, local businesses as the Holiday Season kicks off. What better way to un-wine-d after a hectic holiday weekend! To celebrate, we are featuring a lineup of small and boutique wineries that are making delicious wines on a not-so-big scale. We hope you come by Wine Cellars (another small business!) and we look forward to helping you find that perfect bottle of wine!

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