Friday, May 7, 2010

The GrapeVine Digest

Give It A Swirl

Need an idea for Mother’s Day, maybe Mom will like these. Enjoy!

Sparkling – Cavit Lunetta (Italy) Prosecco

Fine bubbles with enticing aromas of peach and apples. A refreshing dry wine that finishes crisp and clean with wonderful fruit.

WhitePaco & Lola (Spain) Albarino

A brilliant yellow straw color and a highly diverse aroma with a floral base aroma, fine notes of fruit such as citrus and green apples and touches of herbs such as basil.

RedBogle (California) Petite Sirah

Luscious boysenberry with touches of black pepper and herbs, and has an inky color that fills the mouth with rich ripe berries.

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 May 7th5pm – 8pm

Join us in celebration of Mother's Day for our free wine tasting this Friday featuring Sparklers, Rose and other surprises sure to please any mom this Mother's Day! Try before you buy! Bell Wine & Spirits also carries an assortment of gift bags and will gladly wrap up your gift purchases for those much deserving mothers.

Bell Wine & Spirits | 1821 M Street NW | Washington, DC 20036

Saturday May 8th - 2pm – 4pm

A complimentary rosé wine tasting where guests will have the opportunity to compare rosés made in different methods from various regions and grape varieties. Butcher’s Block store manager, Salena Zellers and BRABO wine and beverage manager, Leah Dedmon will be on hand to lead the tasting and help guests pick out the perfect rosé to share with mom on Mother’s Day.

Butcher’s Block | 1600 King Street | Alexandria, Virginia

Save the Date

Upcoming Wines Event of Note

May 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 16th – The GrapeVine Tasting Club – Battle of the Americas

Who has the best wines, North America or South America? This month’s tasting will pair up wines from the good ole USA against some of the best wines coming out of South America. This will be a blind tasting and guests will vote for the best wines of the afternoon. Any bets on who will reign supreme?? $30 per person

The Intown Uptown Inn | 4907 14th St NW | Washington, DC

Wine News

Female wine drinkers overtake men — who still get the wine list

Only 13 women are certified as master sommeliers out of 130 worldwide.

Bloomberg News

By John Mariani

I was surprised to read that 53 percent of wine drinkers in the United States are women, according to the Wine Market Council. And last year, women matched men as "core drinkers," those who drink wine at least once a week.

That trend may accelerate if women heed the results of a recent survey of 20,000 women over 13 years by Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital. The poll showed that women who regularly drink a moderate amount of alcohol, particularly red wine, are less likely to have long-term weight gain than non-drinkers.

Nevertheless, when a man and a woman sit down to dinner in a restaurant, it's usually the guy who grabs or is handed the wine list and chooses the bottle.

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