Thursday, July 22, 2010

The GrapeVine Digest

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

White – Carafe WineMakers Cabana Breezin’ (VA)
A Viognier with fresh tropical fruit aromas and lively pineapple and mango on the palate. Pale lemon in color, the crisp acidity of this wine and rich fruit balance perfectly leading to a soft lingering finish.

Rose – Gardo Besciano DOC Chiaretto (Italy)
Light pink in color with an intense fragrance of flowers and ripe red berries. Delicate in body and bright strawberries on the palate this wine is perfect for that quiet evening on the patio.

Red – Jacob’s Creek Grenache Shiraz (Australia)
A bouquet of fresh, juicy raspberry and cherry fruit aromas, with hints of rose petal, white pepper and spice. Lively and fruit-driven in the mouth, with a clean finish. Delicious on its own on a warm summer's day or as a partner for anything you pull off the grill.

Local Wine Tastings
You don't know if you like it until you try it!

Saturday July 24th – 1pm – 4pm Budget Friendly Summer Quenchers
An in-store tasting and sale on 6 terrific wines at equally outstanding prices. On the tasting table, Verace Pinot Grigio 2009, Strele Soave, Domaine du Vissoux Beaujolais Pierre Chermette, Monte La Sarda Garnacha Viñas Viejos, Simone Scaletta Barbera d'Alba Sarsera DOC.

Weygandt Wines | 3519 Connecticut Ave, NW | Washington, DC 20008

Saturday July 24th & Sunday July 25th – 12pm - 6pm

Great Grapes Uncork The Wine, Uncork The Flavor, Uncork the Fun…

Join us for our 5th year in Annapolis. Travel around the world in two days! Try your favorites from California, France, Italy, South America, Australia, Maryland, Virginia and elsewhere in the world. Also try exciting beer and hard ciders at the event.

$25 on-site includes a souvenir wine glass, unlimited samples, all performances and cooking demonstrations.

Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds | 1450 Generals Highway (Route 178) | Crownsville, MD

Sunday July 25th -- 12pm – 4pm MCLEAN GRAND RE-OPENING CELEBRATION!
Please join us in our McLean store for a Wine Tasting Extravaganza (and Beer Tastings, too) to help celebrate our newly remodeled store!
* Terlato Wines International “Down Under vs Napa Valley Taste-off,” Two Hands Gnarly Dudes and Bella’s Garden Shiraz vs Chimney Rock Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon and Chimney Rock Elevage
* Cruz Alta Malbecs from Argentina with Export Director Peter Roessler
* Join Jaime Vargas of VC Family Estates of Chile for a great tasting of Chilean wines from the exciting Bio Bio Valley, the new hot spot for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir featuring the outstanding wines of Veranda Winery
* Meet Klaus Wittauer of KW “Fine Wines from Austria” and his fabulous selections from Austria including Anton Bauer Gruner Veltliner Gmork

Total Wine & More | 1451 Chain Bridge Rd | McLean, VA

Save the Date
Upcoming exciting wines events that may be of interest

Monday July 26th – 6pm – 9pm Cork’d Unveils Octavin Wines
Come thirsty, hungry and ready for an experience! Cork'd and Octavin head to our nation's capital to showcase these wines. Lima, located in Washington D.C., will be a great atmosphere to highlight Octavin's unique product. Octavin will be pouring all night and Lima will be sure to satisfy your appetite - there will be music and dance! Tix only $15.

Lima Restaurant & Lounge | 1401 K Street NW | Washington, DC

Wednesday July 28th – 5pm - 8pm Bell Wine & Spirits presents the Pinot Envy Grand Tasting!
This event includes anything 'PINOT', including pinot noir, grigio/gris, pinot blanc, pinot meunier, etc. Featuring 35+ wines, there is something for everyone at this tasting and the cost is only $5! Special discounts apply on Grand Tasting purchases.

Bell Wine & Spirits | 1821 M St NW | Washington, DC

Happenings with The GrapeVine

This is turning out to be one of the hottest summers ever! Good thing The GrapeVine’s wine fridge is stocked. We benefit from cooling off with amazing wines and you can benefit from the wine reviews featured in Digest and the wine blog. Next week will definitely be ‘Wine Week’ with two mega wine events in Washington, DC. The annual French Wine Society (FWS) conference starts on Sunday, then the Society of Wine Educators (SWE) conference for the rest of the week. My brain and taste buds will surely get a workout next week and I’m excited about the people I will meet, the seminars I’ll attend, and clearly…the wines I will drink! Be sure to follow on Twitter for live FWS and SWE updates.

The GrapeVine Tasting Club is on vacation for the summer. For summer wine tips and suggestions, be sure to visit The GrapeVine Blog. We’ll be back in the fall with some very exciting events: Live Chef Demo with Wine Pairings, Cognac vs Armagnac, Wine Cocktails…you don’t want to miss it!

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