Tag Archive for Wine tasting

How to Taste Wine Like a Pro

Source: Washingtonian Food

“As a winemaker, as soon as I see someone spitting in the tasting room, they get a ton more respect from me,” says Jordan Harris of Tarara Winery in Leesburg. “It’s a sure tell that the person is either in the trade, very responsible, more interested in taste than a buzz, or has been tasting […]

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How to Sound Smart About Local Wine

Source: Washingtonian Food

Keep an Open Palate Rkatsiteli. This white-wine varietal from the country of Georgia was introduced to our area by winemaker Dennis Horton. Its wine drinks like a Spanish Albariño. Petit Verdot. A red blending grape that also does well on its own, producing full-bodied wines that pair nicely with steaks. Merlot. “Merlot is treated much […]

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Want to Educate Yourself About Wine? These Wineries Can Help.

Source: Washingtonian Food

These wineries offer short classes that are also fun experiences. Breaux Vineyards’ Virginia School of Wine offers classes targeted at both serious oenophile (“The Anatomy of a Wine Barrel”) and novice (“Drink That With This: Wine Pairings”). $15 to $55; reservations at breauxvineyards.com/events. Fabbioli Cellars offers seated tastings that are more in depth than a […]

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Sonoma Cellar Will Introduce Alexandria to Wine Tasting, California-Style

Sonoma Cellar Will Introduce Alexandria to Wine Tasting, California-Style

Source: Eater DC

Keep an eye out for Sonoma Cellar, a restaurant and tasting room planned by the couple Rick and Elizabeth Myllenbeck, that’s due to open in Old Town Alexandria sometime this month. The place will feature a mix of California and local ambiance, featuring a patio seating in the back and some art from local artists on its walls. The restaurant is expected to seat 100 people.

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Wine Tasting Rituals Explained

Wine Tasting Rituals Explained

Source: Washington Post Food Section

When you tilt a glass to inspect the color of the wine, then swirl it, and finally stick your nose into glass, it’s more than just routine, but every little detail involved with wine tasting is geared towards helping you enhance your wine drinking experience. Attempt the experiment below and you’ll begin to understand.

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Condo Offers Personalized Wine Service

Condo Offers Personalized Wine Service

Source: Eater DC

The Lauren certainly lives up to its high-end designation offering a unique service to its residents: a master sommelier in the name of Jarad Slipp. He will be in-charge of holding classes and tastings at the 1,500 square-foot wine lounge. The Lauren is a set of luxury condominiums in downtown Bethesda.

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Women in Beer Meet and Greet Plus More from Deschutes Brewery

Women in Beer Meet and Greet Plus More from Deschutes Brewery

Source: Eater DC

It’s Rammy Beer Week at Granville Moore’s and they’re celebrating with a different event every night of the week. Tonight, they will feature several cellar showcases and tomorrow will have a women in beer meet and greet. Ripple is doing a wine dinner on Thursday, and Deschutes Brewery is increasing their D.C. presence by adding more beer to their selection. Keep an eye out for them at events over the next few weeks.

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Celebrate Earth Day With a Toast to Going Green

Celebrate Earth Day With a Toast to Going Green

Source: Traveling With Iris

What better way to kick off the celebration of this year’s Earth Day than toasting it with a number of excellent “green” wines! Gather up some friends this Saturday, April 18, and head to Screwtop Wine Bar and Cheese Shop in Arlington (Clarendon) to participate in this month’s feature wine class “Going Green,” where you’ll get to learn more and understand the differences between organic, sustainable and biodynamic wines. Wine Educator and certified Wine PhD Amanda Page will be teaching the sit-down class from 12:30-2 p.m. The price is $49.99 per person.

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Food and Tasting Events This Weekend

Food and Tasting Events This Weekend

Source: Washington Post Food Section

We’ve already mentioned the tamales feast at TamalFest this Sunday, but there’s more food related activities happening this weekend. An Argentine malbec tasting to start with on Friday at Rural Society, or go Italian at Capital Wine School. Learn how to make gourmet cupcakes at Open Cupcakes or grow your own garden on Saturday. Finally, take a cold coffee brew lesson on Sunday before heading out to TamalFest.

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Food and Drink Fest + Tastings, and Cupcake Making Classes

Food and Drink Fest + Tastings, and Cupcake Making Classes

Source: Washington Post Food Section

A lineup of food events for the remainder of this month includes a wide range of activities from tea and beer brewing to cupcake making. There are also festivals which include Taste of the Nation, a fundraising event benefitting organizations like No Kid Hungry and the Capitol Area Food Bank as well as the Cherry Blossom Wine and Beer Festival to celebrate the culmination of this year’s festival.

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Sample 2013 California Vintages Next Weekend

Sample 2013 California Vintages Next Weekend

Source: DCist Food

The California Futures Tasting And Vintners Dinner will be coming to DC next weekend, April 17th and 18th, where you’ll have the chance to sample over 40 California 2013 vintages. The event will take place at the Mandarin Oriental, DC and will also feature a reception and dinner on Friday. 

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Rosslyn to Gain New Wine Bar and Tapas Restaurant

Rosslyn to Gain New Wine Bar and Tapas Restaurant

Source: ARLnow

Rosslyn looks to be getting a new wine bar and tapas restaurant. Sip Wine Tasting & Tapas Restaurant will open in a vacant spot at 1501 Wilson Boulevard after this upcoming Labor Day. The Atlanta-based chain is excited to open its first D.C. location, though recently it opened another outpost in Baltimore. The restaurant offers an “extensive array of by the glass wine options,” with 80 different varieties to choose from. Tapas-style food will be served, along with a brunch menu on weekends.

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Coravin Introduces Break-Resistant Sleeve

Coravin Introduces Break-Resistant Sleeve

Source: Washington Post Food Section

Coravin was released last year, and immediately became a hit. A new wine preserving technique, Coravin extracts wine via a thin needle, then replaces it with an inert argon gas to protect the rest of the wine inside. However, there was a catch — the bottles were breaking. The extraction process had increased the pressure inside the bottle, and weak bottles could break from the pressure. Coravin sales were temporarily put on hold; they have since developed “remedy kits,” outfitted with a Neoprene sleeve to protect the bottle during extraction. The sleeves will prevent leakage ...

VinofestDC Commences this Weekend at Union Market

VinofestDC Commences this Weekend at Union Market

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

VinofestDC goes on this Saturday at Union Market. A wine and music festival at its core, Vinofest aims to unite wine lovers across the District for an event filled with live music performances, art showings, and —  of course — an enormous sampling of wine. Proceeds from the event will go to two D.C.-native charities: Dreams for Kids DC and Bike2TheBeach. The event comes from VinoLovers founders Justin Harrison and Justin Maddox, who hoped to bring a “one of a kind experience” to wine connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike in the D.C. area. ...

Take Classes, Drink Wine This Week in D.C.

Take Classes, Drink Wine This Week in D.C.

Source: Washington Post Food Section

This week offers foodies and wine aficionados alike an abundance of interesting events to attend and enjoy. A selection of wine events will be held on Thursday of this week — a class in McLean offers attendees a chance to compare different samplings from both classic European regions and new world imitators. Or head to Alexandria for a five-course dinner at La Grange’s winery. On Saturday, a cooking class held by Amanda Moniz will teach students how to prepare Civil War-era dishes. Then on Sunday, celebrate Father’s Day with a brunch and tour of the ...