2017 calendar
April 2017

E.Guigal's Wonderful World of Rhone Wines

Saturday, April 1, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

E. Guigal is one of the most famous producers of Rhône wines. Although the winery's acclaimed (and super-expensive) Château d'Ampuis Côte Rôtie put E.Guigal on the world stage, we will be trying some of their more affordable—and very impressive—other bottlings. In fact, E. Guigal is so well known and respected that Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate credited the Guigal family as “This planet’s greatest winemaker.” If you haven't tried the wines of E. Guigal, it's time you did!

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April Wine Region of the Month: South Africa

Sunday, April 2, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

South African wines offer impressive values, and feature styles and tastes that are food friendly, blended with elegance and power. South Africa has been producing wine since the first vines were planted in the 17th century. At one time, the sweet wine of Constantia was the most prized in the world. The most important South African wine regions are around the two cities of Stellenbosch and Paarl. A range of wine styles are made, from stunning blockbuster reds to full bodied Chardonnay and crisp, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. Chenin Blanc, also known as Steen, is the local white workhorse grape capable of making impressive dry and sweet wines. 

Put your explorer’s cap on and join us for the South African wine tasting to discover all that this wonderful wine-producing region has to offer!

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New Finds from the French Countryside

Saturday, April 8, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This week we're taking you on an enchanting wine tour of the French countryside! From the cobblestoned streets and criss-crossed canals of Burgundy to the fairytale chateaus of the Loire Valley to the medieval bridge in Cahors, come sip your way through France with these brand new wine finds for Spring.  

 

 

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Sunday Tasting: One Eight Distilling with Director of Sales John Carrabus

Sunday, April 9, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Opened to the public less than two years ago, One Eight Distilling takes its name from the Constitution – article one, section eight, which among other things provided for the establishment of a district to serve as the nation’s capital. In true Washingtonian fashion, the “grain to grass” distillery’s liquors scream DC pride: There’s the DMV (District Made Vodka), which somehow manages to be clean, smooth, and spicy; the Ivy City Gin, made with traditional juniper and hints of American spicebush tannins; and the exceptional Rock Creek Rye Whiskey with notes of pepper and honey. We’re excited to have our neighbor John Carrabus, Director of Sales, pouring these exceptional spirits…he's even going to prepare a couple of small batch cocktails to inspire your creativity!

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Pop-Up Tasting: Spring Forward!

Friday, April 14, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

 

We're welcoming the warmer weather and longer days of Spring with a hand-picked selection of wines we think are perfect for Easter entertaining, patio parties and pairing with all of the delicious foods of the season.


 

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Everything's Coming up Rosé

Saturday, April 15, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

In preparation for this tasting, we have tasted as many rosé wines as possible over the past month! And, oh, Provence (sigh)...that dreamy place in France you envision when imagining the French countryside. Surely you know this picturesque region: lavender fields, the French Riviera, olive trees, Cézanne, and of course, wine–specifically rosé wine. Whether for an aperitif; with spicy food like Mexican, Thai, or Indian; standard fare such as burgers and BBQ; or any sort of seafood, rosé is your go-to wine.

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Getting Down to Earth with Sustainable Wines

Saturday, April 22, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Over the past dozen years, words such as green, organic, biodynamic, and sustainable became popular terms to characterize vineyards and wineries. With the 47th Anniversary of Earth Day this week, what better way to celebrate than with some delicious, sustainable wines that you can feel good about buying and drinking. Importer Franck Agositini will be here pouring some of his brand new arrivals and these hand-selected sustainable wines are perfect for your Spring grilling. 

 

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Ziobaffa: Inspired by Surfing, Organic Food, Family and Wine

Sunday, April 23, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

In continuation of our Earth Day observance, we will be popping sustainable corks on a trio of 100% organic and sustainable wines from Ziobaffa winery in Italy. Ziobaffa wines, featuring the new Helix re-usable eco-friendly-cork, are a modern twist on an old tradition. Developed by three friends through their love of the outdoors, the focus of Ziobaffa is to bring the world affordable, high-quality Italian wines that are produced with an eco-minded awareness. From traveling surfers, vinters, artists and filmmakers to you...live healthy and enjoy!

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A Celebration in Chianti

Saturday, April 29, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Chianti, the pride of Tuscany, just turned 300 years old and is still going strong. The most recognized wine outside of Italy, Chianti is more written about, drank, and talked about than any other Italian wine in history. Chianti is as essential to Italian cuisine as extra virgin olive oil and there are few pleasures as distinct as a tart, spicy, herbaceous Chianti wine next to a plate of sliced prosciutto or margherita pizza. Join us this Saturday as we celebrate and explore the extraordinary world of Chianti.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Tasting: Brewery Focus: Flying Dog

Sunday, April 30, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Maybe it’s the epic story of brave men ascending the second highest mountain in the world, or the artwork on each bottle that makes it easy to pick out on a shelf, or maybe it’s just the beer is flat-out good - whatever your reason is, we all know and love Flying Dog Brewery. Founded by George Stranahan and Richard McIntyre in Aspen, Colorado in 1990, they sought out to make an uncommon brew because they just love beer. Simple. Now based out of Frederick, Maryland, Flying Dog Brewery makes over 10 year-round beers along with seasonal and limited releases. Never boring, they almost always have a new brew to entice your taste buds.

Oh – and the art work on the labels! You can thank Ralph Steadman for that.

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