2018 calendar
March 2018

The Italian Job!

Saturday, March 3, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Italy produces more grapes than most countries, more vino della casa than any other country and grapes that most of us cannot pronounce – garganega, ribolla gialla, nuragus...This tasting we'll take the mystery out of wine. “The Italian Job” will take you on a journey through this great country with a line up of delicious and affordable Italian wines.

 

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POP-UP TASTING: Meet the Winemaker!

Friday, March 9, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join us today from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. for a very special Pop-Up tasting with Owner/Winemaker Paul-Henry Pellé of Domaine Pellé.

For four generations Domaine Pellé has produced world-class wines in the appellation of Menetou-Salon - Loire Valley's best kept secret. Blending the classic characteristics of the valley with the subtle nuances of crafted winemaking, Pellé's aim is clear - to create purest expression of the terroir.

 

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Spanish Jewels with Aurelio Cabestrero

Saturday, March 10, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Aurelio Cabestrero is the owner of Grapes of Spain and a former sommelier at Taberna del Alabardero in Washington DC. Cabestrero represents 36 producers with a portfolio of over 90 wines from all over Spain. He hand-selects wines that are new to the U.S. market from small family-owned vineyards that focus on producing high quality wines with limited production.He's a good friend and we are so glad to have him back at Wine Cellars with this brand new line up of exceptional wine!

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Pop-Up Tasting: Paul Hobbs CrossBarn

Friday, March 16, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

From the beginning of his career in wine, Paul Hobbs was known for his keen eye in picking out the best vineyard sites and regions. He has been part of winemaking teams with Mondavi, Opus One and Simi Winery, and has been the driving force behind the highly successful Crossbarn label. The namesake of CrossBarn wines is dedicated to the CrossBarn found on Paul Hobbs' family estate in upstate New York. Tonight we will be opening Paul Hobb’s CrossBarn Chardonnay and Cabernet in a Winery of the Month Pop-Up tasting. Come try these tremendous wines from one of California’s most iconic producers!

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Cycles Gladiator - What's Your Favorite? BONUS TASTING: Rosé for the People!

Saturday, March 17, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Cycles Gladiator’s label is much more than provocative, it pays homage to a French bicycle company, named Gladiator, who launched the sale of their new bicycle with a poster of a woman symbolizing freedom, liberation and happiness. And you’ll definitely be happy drinking these five expressive and tasty Central Coast wines! Guaranteed “vineyard to table”, these beauties can stand on their own, or liberate your favorite Tuesday (and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday…) night dinner. Which will be your favorite?

 

 

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Grapes Wine Bar's 7th Anniversary!

Sunday, March 18, 11:30 - 5:00

Celebrate Grapes Wine Bar's 7th Anniversary on this special Sunday with us! The Chef is cooking up a memorable menu and there will be awesome deals on premium wines by the glass...poured from Magnum and Extra-Large Format bottles! 

And a special surprise - Francisco Astudillo of SAWM Imports will be on site, slicing delicious Jamón ibérico to order! 

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POP-UP TASTING: Winery/Region of the Month, Domaine de la Rochette in Touraine, Loire Valley, France

Friday, March 23, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

If a visit to Touraine isn’t on your bucket list, it should be! Often dubbed the “Garden of France”, the Touraine region is known for its rich food, tasty cheeses, warm, friendly guinguettes (small bars/outdoor restaurants) and famously pure French accent, as well as a first-rate line-up of glorious châteaux, and let us not forget, WINE! The best white wines from this vast acerage with its often pebbly, flinty, riverside soils are among Loire’s greatest bargains. Don't miss these easy drinking, affordable, lip smacking wines...on sale all month long!

          One of the many chateaus in Touraine

 

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Vive La France!

Saturday, March 24, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

French wines set the standard against which all other wines and winemakers worldwide are judged. This is a great tasting to explore the most important and popular wines - and winemaking regions - in France. Come sip with us and enjoy the magic of France without leaving the state!

 

 

 

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Maryland Day Pop-Up!

Sunday, March 25, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Celebrate Maryland Day with local wine, cheese and friends of the environment!

Established in 2007, Dodon Vineyards is situated on rolling hills just south of Davidsonville, Maryland. Emphasizing the importance of the Dodon location, they only produce wine from grapes grown in their vineyards, as the fruit thrives in the deep sandy soil. Come out and taste these rich, aromatic wines that also have an unexpected minerality...you'll be surprised they come from our backyard!

You might know P.A. Bowen Farmstead from the Anne Arundel County Farmer's Market on Riva Road for their award winning raw milk cheeses and gmo-free meats.They are a small multi-species farm that uses their animals to work and improve the land by harnessing the unique talents of each: the heritage-breed pigs (Berkshire, Tamworth & Spotted) clear wooded areas of the farm to create pasture for the dairy cows (Jerseys); the cows are rotationally-grazed each day and provide beautiful milk to make award-winning artisan cheeses; and chickens come behind to clean up after everyone! We look forward to seeing you!

A proud partner of Grapes Wine Bar, ORP (Oyster Recovery Partnership) will also be on hand to talk about how watershed residents can make a difference right in their own backyards. An Annapolis-based nonprofit and national leader in Chesapeake Bay oyster restoration, ORP has all the bay-friendly backyard guidance you'll need to get started growing oysters!

 

 

 

Adam and Jocelyne Cottrell, owners of Floating Lotus Farmstead will be here to promote their small scale, first generation farm, located in Lothian. Adam and Jocelyne quit their "day jobs" to pursue their passion - producing nutrient dense vegetables and herbs using chemical free, regenerative "biomimic" practices that are sustainable for their farm and environment. Their operation also includes organic, free-range eggs, broiler chickens and turkeys. And with convenient pick-up locations, joining their CSA is a great way to share in the harvest! 

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Battle of the Vignerons!

Saturday, March 31, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Francoise Le Calvez, Winemaker/Owner Chateau Coupe Roses Estate, Minervois, Languedoc, France

Françoise Le Calvez and her husband Pascal Frissant work Château Coupe Roses with passion and acumen high in the Mediterranean hinterlands. Their vineyards are in Le Causse and Le Petit Causse (a causse refers to an enormous outcropping of exposed rock— in this case, limestone). These two areas make up the highest growing zones in the Minervois appellation. The wines from Coupe Roses have excellent acidity and freshness, which Françoise adores, without any plodding, overripe character, which she really doesn’t adore.

Xavier Weisskiopf, Winemaker/Owner Le Rocher des Violettes, Montlouis, Loire Valley, France

Xavier Weisskopf is one of the new generation of young producers buying well established old vineyards in the Loire Valley. Xavier’s deft touch in the winery is transforming this old-vine material into wines of freshness, vivacity and not least, great value!

 

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