Thursday, June 3, 2010

The GrapeVine Digest

Give It A Swirl
Try a cool glass of wine for those hot summer days. Enjoy!

White – El Fogon Torrontes (Argentina)
Greenish yellow shades, flower and tropical fruit aromas. Pair with seafood, fish, poultry, Asian cuisine, salads and soft cheese. An ideal aperitif.

Rose – Tegernseerhof Zweigelt (Austria)
Bright redcurrant, tart raspberry, and strawberry wrapped in delicious wave of mouth-tingling acidity.

Red – Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages (France)
Not to be confused with Beaujolais Nouveau, this fruity red exhibits a ruby-purple color, red berry perfume and floral bouquet, and bursts on the palate with gobs of dark cherry and cassis fruit. Soft, lush and ready to drink now, serve slightly chilled at your next picnic or BBQ.

Wine Festivals
Summer is here, and so are wine festivals! For admission, you get a commemorative glass and unlimited tasting.

Saturday & Sunday June 5th & 6th – 11am – 6pm Vintage Virginia
In its 29th year this event is a cornerstone of the East Coast wine festival season, featuring a one-stop shopping environment for wine collectors and enthusiasts, as well as a unique opportunity to interact with winemakers, movers and shakers, cultivating your own understanding of what makes a quality vintage.
Bull Run Regional Park | 7700 Bull Run Drive | Centreville, VA

Saturday & Sunday June 5th & 6th – 11am – 6pm Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival
An opportunity to sample wines from 20 Maryland wineries, the Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival offers a little something for everyone. A variety of fine food vendors will please any palate! Bring a blanket or lawn chair, sit back, listen to the sounds of great musicians and spend a wonderful afternoon at the Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival.
Terrapin Park | 191 Log Canoe Circle | Stevensville, MD

Save the Date
Upcoming exciting wines event of note

Sunday, June 6th – 1pm – 4pm
Exclusive California Wine Tasting
Join us for an afternoon exploring twenty-five of California’s finest wines in the Dean & DeLuca Cafe.
Dean & DeLuca | 3276 M Street NW | Washington, DC 20007

June 10th – Smithsonian Presents "An Evening with Bonny Doon Vineyard’s Randall Grahm"

Participants have the opportunity to share the fruits of this vinous journey as he leads a guided tasting of Bonny Doon vineyard wines, including winery flagship red Rhone-style blend Le Cigare Volant; the white Le Cigare Blanc; the dry rose Vin Gris de Cigare; estate/single vineyard representations of Albarino and Syrah Le Pousseur; and Vinferno, a vin de paille-style dessert wine made from a single vineyard blend of Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. Grahm’s book, “Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology” (University of California Press), is available for signing after the program. $75 per person

June 12th & 13th – The Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor
Experience Flavor with a View: a world-class event, will celebrate distinctive cuisine, fine wine, beer and spirits. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the latest culinary and varietal trends.

June 12th & 13th – Great Grapes Uncork The Wine, Uncork The Flavor, Uncork the Fun…
Join us for the 8th ANNUAL year for Baltimore's favorite wine festival. Thousands of wine lovers have been visiting us over the years and this year will be bigger and better than ever. Think Global but Wine Local and this show has it all.
$20 advance online or $25 on-site includes a souvenir wine glass, unlimited samples, all performances and cooking demonstrations. Oregon Ridge Park | 13401 Beaver Dam Road | Cockeysville, MD

The Latest with The GrapeVine
For those of you that have missed The GrapeVine Digest, my apologies! I just recently returned from an amazing trip to France where I attended the International Malbec Days event in Cahors. Cahors is in Southern France and is actually the original home to the Malbec grape. I sat in seminars and attended tastings while overlooking some of the most beautiful vineyards and landscapes. Cahors is also known for foie gras, a fav of mine! I definitely got my fill of it on this trip. Boy it took a lot to get me to board the plane to return home!
A much different style than the Argentine Malbec, France's style has a dry, earthy characteristic with dark fruit flavors on the palate which expresses the terroir of the region. As an experiment, why not visit your local wine shop and try the Argentine and the French style of Malbec. You may find something new! Also, be sure to visit The GrapeVine Blog for trip recaps and pictures.

With the warm weather being here for good, it is now time for my summer winery visits! There are so many great wineries right here in our backyards in Maryland and Virginia, I can't wait to share my visits and the wines with you. I may start this weekend :-)

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