Friday, April 30, 2010

The GrapeVine Digest

Give It A Swirl

The weatherman calls for a warm sunny weekend, pull out the grill and enjoy a glass (or two) of wine!

WhiteFair Valley (South Africa) Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Pale straw color with a greenish tinge. Fresh lime and mineral aromas with a zesty mouthfeel. Hints of capsicum on the nose with pear fruit flavors and good acidity.

Rose – Red Bicyclette French Rose (France) 2009
Light-bodied, with a clean, crisp finish and the delicious scents of fresh raspberry, strawberry and plum.

RedCasillero del Diablo (Chile) Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Bright, dark plum in color. Appealing ripe cherries, black currant and dark plums with a touch of vanilla and toasted oak. Medium bodied with smooth and friendly tannins. Hints of plums and cherries and a generous touch of toasted American oak.

Wine Tastings

Venturing out to taste a few wines at these tastings is a great way to find out way you like (and don't like!)

Friday April 30th 3pm – 7pm; Saturday, May 1st – 1pm – 6pm
We're tasting wine from 2 of the West Coast's Big Hitters. From Clos Pegase Winery in Napa we'll be sampling their Chardonnay and Merlot and from Lemelson Vineyards in Oregon, you'll enjoy their Pinot and Dry Riesling. It's a combination that can't be beaten and it's free!

Howard County's finest store for wine, beer or spirits - we cater to the seasoned collector as well as the value seeker, located less than 30 minutes from downtown DC.

i.mWine 8180 Maple Lawn Blvd. Fulton, MD 20759

Sunday May 2nd – 12:30pm - 4 pm
The Washington, DC Street Performance Festival returns to La Maison Française at the Embassy of France! See more than 40 shows throughout the day, with performance acts by jugglers, stilt walkers, clowns, acrobats, aerialists, comedians, magicians, puppets and much, much more.

In addition, amateur regional performers, live music, dancing, and workshops with the visiting "street performance" artists will add to the ambiance!

Relax at the Embassy's terrace-style café, savor specialties from the grill, and enjoy pastries, crêpes, quiches, croissants, cheese, coffee, bloody marys, beer, wine, and mimosas! (food and beverages sold separately)

Tickets / More Information:

La Maison Française at the Embassy of France 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW Washington, DC

Thursday May 6th – 7:30 PM
A Chocolate Feast in Spain: 12 exquisite Chocolates and Truffles masterfully pared with Cava, Red, and White Wines from Spain. Start your evening with a refreshing glass of Cava Rosé, and then enjoy a flight of cava, white and red wines from Spain, while learning about how to choose your next bottle of Spanish wine. The evening would not be complete without the usual pairing of Biagio's masterful selection of 9 premium fine chocolates for tasting, as well as 3 world class filled chocolates made by local artisan chocolatiers.

Tickets / More Information:

Biagio's Fine Chocolate Studio B 1904 18th Street NW Washington DC 2009

Save the Date

An upcoming exciting wine event of note
May 14th & 15th – Drink Well Do Good Tour DC

Drink Well DC is an evening reception, featuring wines produced by indigenous African vintners, courtesy of official tour sponsor Heritage Link Brands. Wines will be paired with delicious Afro-centric cuisine prepared by nationally renowned chefs. Drink Well DC will also feature Afrobeat music by local sensation DJ Underdog, along with an art exhibition and silent auction. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on artwork, wine tastings, and other unique items.

May 15th – 16th – Wine in the Woods
Sample Maryland's finest wines from a souvenir glass; make food purchases from an abundance of high quality, distinctive restaurants and caterers; sharpen your palate by attending wine education seminars; enjoy exceptional works offered by invited artists and crafts persons; and revel in continuous live entertainment on the Main and Vignette stages.

Wine News
Is Drinking Wine the Key to Anti Aging?

The latest antiaging weapon is not an injection or a wonder cream, and it doesn't involve any nipping or tucking either.

It's a glass of red wine a day for women and two for men, according to Richard A. Baxter, MD, a plastic surgeon in Seattle and the author of Age Gets Better with Wine. Baxter gave a talk on wine and beauty at the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Washington, D.C.

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