Complimentary Tastings

In addition to our special event tastings, we feature Beer and/or Wine Tastings on some Thursdays and most Fridays; both complimentary. We think it's always better if you can TRY BEFORE YOU BUY!

 

Wine / Beer Tasting Notes

 

Friday, December 9th 2022 4:30pm-7:30pm - Dennis from Black Ankle Vineyards

2021 Barrel-Fermented Viognier – Bottling Date: April 2022. 100% Viognier.  294 cases produced.  The 2021 Barrel-Fermented Viognier is an easy, light-bodied wine that shows richness and a bit of oomph. Its aromas are heady with lovely floral, perfumed notes. The wine's creamy nature is heightened by notes of pineapple, apricot, citrus zest, mineral, toast, and almond as it culminates with a lingering finish.


2021 Passeggiata – Bottling Date: April 2022. 1040 cases produced.  A medium-bodied red blend that is anything but simple despite its easy drinking nature. It's made to be a "go-to" wine that is good on its own or with just about anything. There's lots of red and dark fruit flavors that meld with vanilla, sweet wood, and baking spice before heading to a nice finish showing pepper spice.


2020 Viento – Harvest Date: October 8- 20. Aging: 18 months in oak barrels; 38% new, 62% used
Bottling Date: May 2022. 390 cases produced. Blend: 87% Cabernet Franc, 13% Petit Verdot. Medium-bodied 2020 Viento could have been bottled with a Cabernet Franc label, as it is mostly Cabernet Franc. There’s plenty of dark fruit (cherry and plum), vanilla, butterscotch, tobacco, and pepper spice notes – with a hint of roasted chili pepper thrown in “to boot." The wine has juicy acidity and a lingering dry finish.


2020 Crumbling Rock – Appellation: Frederick County. Harvest Date: September 21 - October 3.
Aging: 18 months in oak barrels; 75% new, 25% used. 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot. 1400 cases produced.  The mouthfeel is bold and rich, yet elegant and smooth, swirling with flavors and aromas of dark berries, cherry, plum, tobacco, pepper spice, and vanilla, finishing long with a linger that entices us to savor every sip.


Terra Dulce IX – Bottling Date: October 2021. Residual Sugar: 9.8%. Alcohol %19. 300 cases produced. Port-style blend. Smooth, easy drinking sweet wine that would be perfect either before or after dinner. The sugar and alcohol are so nicely balanced that neither prevail over the other. There is no cloying feel on the palate, rather the wine has a rich, juicy feel to it. Terra Dulce IX shows oxidized aromas similar to a Sherry. Aromas and flavors of raisins, dates, fig, almond, toffee, tobacco and cocoa arise then segue into a long, lingering warm finish. Warm and toasty on the palate, great with an after-dinner cheese plate, or chocolate, this port-style wine is also a treat on its own.

Friday, December 2nd 2022 4:30pm-7:30pm - Patricia from Monsieur Touton

Piper Sonoma - Brut NV, California – 92 Points Wine Enthusiast. 7% Aged Reserve Blend, 70% Chardonnay
3% Pinot Blanc, 20% Pinot Noir. Piper Sonoma was founded in 1980 by the Marquis d’Aulan family, direct descendants of the Piper family form the Champagne region of France. Recognizing Sonoma as a great growing region for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and believing in its terroir, the family’s vision was to produce world-class sparkling wines in the New World, using old-world winemaking techniques. Nearly forty years later, the Piper Sonoma winemaking team continues to realize that vision and hand crafts premium sparkling wines under the guidance of long-time winemaker Keith Hock. Tasting Notes: Brilliant in color, the wine is bright and fresh with bright citrus fruits, apple, and orange blossom. On the palate the wine is full flavored with flavors of green apple, mandarin orange, and brioche.
 

CHÂTEAU BONNET is the family home where the story of the André Lurton family started. It is one of the leading brands of the Entre-Deux-Mers and one of the most beautiful regions of the Bordeaux countryside. This area features limestone plateaus which are ideal for growing balanced and concentrated grapes. All wines feature Eco-designed packaging, lightweight bottles & eco-paper. The estate promotes biodiversity with the creation of an eco-garden, installation of beehives, new crops (vegetables, etc.) and are committed sustainable farming. They have received a HEV 3 global environmental certification, which is the highest level possible.

  • Blanc 2020 – 91 Points James Suckling. 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Semillon. Elegant pale yellow color, with light silver reflections. A beautiful intensity, the nose is marked by a mix of exotic fruit notes (mango, passion fruit) and citrus (grapefruit, lemon). There is a nice intensity in the mouth. The balance is good between roundness, freshness and a nice finish. Great as an aperitif, but also with a seafood platter, avocado with shrimp or grilled fish.

  • Rouge 2018 – 91 Points Decanter. 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 60% Merlot. Deep ruby-red color scattered with purple highlights. The nose is very attractive and fruity, revealing a delicious array of fresh fruit notes (cherry, plum, blackberry), underpinned by subtle hints of spice. Very round, delicious and balanced. Ideally paired with grilled red meats and cheese platters.

 
Fulcrum Madman Red Blend 2020, Sonoma California – “It takes a Madman to create a bold, rich and engaging wine like this. Blending SIX different varietals into an unheard-of combination of aromas, flavors and textures. Aged in the finest French and American Oak for 16 months. It is rare in the wine world for there to be a truly innovative wine created. Using the bounty of California’s famous Sonoma region, we blended Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot into a wine like no other. Who would do this? I would.” -Madman Winemaker - David Rossi.  Tasting Notes: Deep purple hues in the glass. Features engaging aromas of black cherry, brown sugar, anise, and cedar. Ripe flavors of ripe cherry, cassis, red licorice, graphite, caramel and warm oak linger. Bright acidity and fine-grained tannins make this serious wine that also provides immediate enjoyment.
 

Maynard's Colheita Special Edition - Single Harvest Port 2012, Porto Portugal – Amazing - this 'Single Harvest' tawny, locally known as Colheita, comes from Maynard’s collection of oak matured portos. Each captures the essence of its year of harvest. Enjoy this or give this unique Porto to someone special."


Thursday, December 1st 2022 4:30pm-7:30pm - Other Half Brewing Co.

DDH Green City Double Dry Hopped Hazy India Pale Ale (7.0%) – Double Dry Hopped Hazy New England IPA with loads of oats and hopped with Simcoe, Citra, and Centennial. Fruity, juicy, with a delicious creamy body and slightly bitter finish. Peach rings, grapefruit, mango juice, tropical skittles, pillowy, sticky but not sweet.


Green Flowers West Coast India Pale Ale (6.8%) – West Coast IPA is brewed with a balanced bitterness and a blend of our favorite classic IPA hops and new school ones all grown in the Pacific NW. Brewed with 100% malted barley and hopped with Citra, Amarillo Cryo, Idaho 7, and Strata. Candied pineapple, sweet orange, tropical fruit, and some lemony, creamy notes from the Strata. 


DDH Space Daydream Imperial Oat Cream India Pale Ale (8.5%) -  An Imperial IPA brewed with milk sugar, oats, and a single hop variety, Galaxy. Notes of candied passion fruit, peach, and guava. Smooth and dreamy.

Friday, November 18th 2022 4:30pm-7:30pm - Lynnett from Kenco

 

Dominique et Janine Crochet 2021 Sancerre, Loire France – When I learned about the major shortages heading our way regarding Sancerre, I took the opportunity to stock up. The 2021 Sancerre harvest suffered early spring frost, mildew outbreaks and hail resulting in 50% plus decline in grape yields. This, along with the worldwide shipping issues and shortage of glass, cork, and paper. That said….so excited to share this Sancerre gem with you. Super intense aromatics with crisp stone fruits, Asian pear, and that signature Bue minerality streak. Vibrant fruit and acidity with tremendous balance and depth. It’s a Sancerre that is only going to get better over the next couple of years.
 
Alain de la Treille 2021 Vouvray (Chenin Blanc), Loire France –
6th Generation wine making family owning 247 acres in the Loire valley. This Vouvray Chenin Blanc is stunning, elegant, and fresh, with a soft and ripe fruit palate marrying hints of honey and apricots. Pure and delicate pear and white fruit aromas with a hint of honey and a fine acidity on the finish.
 

Rubus 2020 Reserve Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley Sonoma CA - The 2020 Rubus Pinot Noir Reserve Russian River Valley from Fran Kysela, who Robert Parker has called “one of the finest palates and selectors of top wine,” is an absolute incredible buy. Pinot Noirs from neighboring vineyards start at $45 and up.  It shows complexity with raspberry and cherry notes that dance on the tongue. Nose of dark cherry juice, cola, and licorice. Velvety smooth and silky, with notes of earth and spice. Perfect for the bird.  


4 Gatos Locas Malbec, Gualtallery Mendoza Argentina – 92 Points Descorchados. 4 Gatos Locos was created by Gabriel Bloise, Facundo Bonamaizon, Mariana and Juan Pelizzatti - winemaker, viticulturist, and founders of Chakana Winery. The project centers on a 20-hectare vineyard in Alto Gualtallary, old geological formation near the alluvial fan of the Las Tunas River, considered the most prominent growing region in Argentina. "This is the entry-level wine of Cuatro Gatos Locos and it's 100% Malbec from the Gualtallary zone, a high-altitude location more than 1,300 meters above sea level in the Uco Valley. It has the succulence and voluptuousness of a Gualtallary Malbec, with the exuberant flavors of red fruits and violets in a pleasing body with round and juicy tannins…"  


Alain Jaume Grand Veneur Les Champuvins 2019 Côtes du Rhône, Rhone France – 92 Points and Editors Choice – Wine Enthusiast. “Les Champauvins” stretches on 34 ha classified in Côtes du Rhône. The plots are located in the northern border of Châteauneuf du Pape, exactly from 3 meters outside the appellation. It is in the lieux dits of "Champauvins" and "Coudoulet."Sourced from a plot just a stone's throw from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Les Champauvins is consistently one of the best Côtes-du-Rhône bottlings available. Heady aromas of lilac and crushed white pepper introduce a palate that's powerful yet pure in fruit, packed with flavors of candied raspberry and strawberry leather. Delicate and dusty in tannins, it finishes long on streaks of salt and anise. Lovely young, the wine should improve through 2029 at least.

Thursday, November 17th 2022 4:30pm-7:30pm - Idiom Brewing Co.

Lightweight (4.5% ABV) – Lightweight was built to provide a crisp and clean American Lager experience. With just a touch of fruit and floral notes and a light body, this beer is a thirst quencher that you can drink all day. Enjoy anytime and anywhere!

 

Goodnight Vienna (5% ABV) – A classic approach to this classic style! Aroma on this one is sweet bready goodness. Think warm biscuit drizzled with clover honey. 

 

Generational Gap (7.5% ABV) – Generously hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Grüngeist for pronounced notes of white wine, freshly crushed gooseberries, red currants, and over-ripened peach. Juicy and delicious! They added a touch of golden naked oats and a considerable dose of flaked wheat on this one for a super soft finish.

 

Holy Mole (7.5% ABV) – Deliciously bitter dark chocolate engulfs your taste buds, rounded off with accompanying notes of roasted coffee. Follow that up with all the complexity of cinnamon, milk sugar and a warm subtle hint of habanero spice for the perfect Mexican Hot Chocolate inspired Stout.

Friday, November 11th 2022 4:30pm-7:30pm - Monsieur Touton

Alsace Willm Riesling Reserve – Pale yellow with golden hints. Nice aromatic intensity, citrus and white flowers notes. Straight forward, fresh, good acidity, good persistence, citrus notes.

 

Oberon Chardonnay Los Carneros – 99.4% Chardonnay, .6% Muscat. Thanks to a wonderful growing season which provided perfectly ripened grapes, Winemaker Tony Coltrin, was able to make an expressive, approachable and fruit forward Chardonnay. Having undergone simultaneous alcoholic and malolactic barrel fermentation, spending 9 months sur lie in 33% new French oak. This classic Los Carneros Chardonnay showcases balanced fruit, lingering acidity and rich flavors and aromas of caramelized white pear, fresh fuji and golden delicious apple, apple blossoms and torched crème bruleé.

 

Frederic Esmonin Les Montvrieres Pinot Noir – 100% Pinot Noir. Domaine Frederic Esmonin, from Burgundy's Gevrey-Chambertain appellation, is a true family collaboration that consists of Frederic, his father, Andre, and his mother, Michele. They have been farming their 10-acres of family vineyards for generations and selling their fruit to the likes of Drouhin, Jadot, and Leroy. In 1988 they began to commercialize their own labels today they are producing consistently high-quality, beautiful wines that represent a great value considering their pedigree.  This classic Pinot Noir displays a dark ruby red color with bright red fruit notes of fresh cherry and strawberries. It is bright and smooth in the mouth with nice freshness and layers of flavor delivering excellent length on the palate.

 

Zeni Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso – 92 Points James Suckling. 60% Corvina, 20% Corvinone, 20% Rondinella. Color: Deep ruby red. Nose: Vinous, full-bodied, with hints of black cherry and well-ripened fruit. Palate: rounded, velvety, full-bodied and lingering.  Recommended with grilled red meat, pasta with sauce, fermented cheese, roast meat.  

Escudo Rojo Gran Reserva Baron Philippe de Rothschild – 93 Points James Suckling.

2% Cabernet Franc, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Carmenere, 4% Petite Verdot, 11% Syrah. The nose opens on an elegant combination of red and black fruit aromas, followed with airing by elegant spice and roasted coffee-bean notes. The palate has ripe red and black fruit flavors emerge on the attack, followed on the midpalate by powerful black fruit mingled with delicate spice and roasted coffee-bean notes. The fruit flavors found on the attack return, underpinned by beautifully refined tannins which give length and elegance to the finish.   

Thursday, November 10th 2022 4:30pm-7:30pm - Silver Branch Brewing Company

 

Squeegee Master cranberry and lime (4.9% ABV) – This tart ale was brewed with cranberry, grains of paradise, Tahitian lime, coriander, and Himalayan pink salt. Squeegee Master is like drinking in a fresh ocean breeze.

 

Lost in the Fog (5.1% ABV) – Nice earthy hop flavors gradually become more bitter as it transitions to a relatively dry and bitter finish. Medium body and med-high carbonation. The carbonation helps dry out the finish. Hops not astringent, but do linger on the tongue a bit.

Dr Juicy (6.9% ABV) – Treat yourself to a tropical breeze of citrus aromas and notes of sweet, tangy fruit.

Cosmic Fall (7.8% ABV) – Highly hopped Rye IPA. COSMIC FALL is brewed with Pale Malt and Rye, then dry-hopped with Comet, Chinook, and Cascade.

Tuesday, November 8th 2022 4:30pm-7:30pm - August Imports ft. Small Vineyards

 

Monte Tondo Verona Corvina Rosato Frizzante

Winemakers: Gino, Luca, and Marta Magnabosco. Generation: 2nd.

Color: Salmon pink. Nose: Dusty raspberry and pencil lead. Palate: Ripe raspberry and green strawberry, with a light frizzante touch.  Finish: Fruity and well-balanced.  

La Quercia Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva

Winemaker: Antonio Lamona. Generation: 2nd.

Color: Intense red with violet hues. Nose: Dark plum and cherry, layered with earth spice and smoke. Palate: Full-bodied and ripe, with sweet, integrated tannins. Finish: Bright and bold, with staying power.

 

Carazita Irpinia Campi Taurasini DOP

Winemaker: Alessandro Di Stasio

Color: Dark ruby. Nose: Crushed black pepper, wild dusty plum, baked persimmon, and

dried porcini. Palate: Dark fruit surrounded by taut, dry tannins. Finish: Ample, and begging for bold, Mediterranean cuisine.

 

Castro di San Silvestro Rosso Conero DOC

Winemaker: Maurizio Marchetti. Generation: 5th.

Color:  Ruby red. Nose: Dark cherry and plum, with woody, floral hints. Palate: Medium-bodied, with layered, dark fruit and well-integrated tannins. Finish: Nuanced and food friendly.

 

Colli Euganei Fior d’Arancio Spumante DOCG

Winemaker: Salvatore Lovo. Generation: 2nd.

Color: Pale golden yellow. Nose: Sweet orange blossom, tangerine, and meyer lemon.

Palate: Sweet on the mid-palate, with a clean, mouthwatering finish. Finish: Refreshing, delighful, with balanced structure, and a medium finish.

Friday, November 4th 2022 4:30pm-7:30pm - Impero Wines

Enio Ottaviani Chardonnay Mada Rubicone IGP – Grape Variety: Chardonnay.  Bouquet: Flowers, fruit, little vanilla. Color: Intense golden yellow.  Taste: Harmonious and persistent. Pairing Food: Shell sh au gratin, white meats, medium aged cheeses.  

Masa Del Tacco Montecore Primitivo Di Puglia IGT – High-quality red wine "MONTECORE" Primitivo is made according to the old traditions of winemakers of Italy from the Primitivo grapes, whose name originated from the Italian word "primo", which means "first". This wine is a real symbol of the Apulia region. It has a high content of polyphenols, antioxidants and sugar. This black grape produces bright and emotional wines in the spirit of the ancient peasant wines of Italy, with a rich taste, thick color, with notes of blackberries, raspberries and cherries in taste. Grape variety: 100% Primitivo. Nose: Red forest fruit with notes of plum, fern and a light balsamic nuance Palate: Intensely fruity with soft tannins, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries and hints of herbs. 

 

Broccardo Langhe DOC Nebbiolo Il Giò Pì – 92 Points James Suckling. Variety: 100% Nebbiolo. Aging: In Slavonioan and French oak. Tasting notes: Harmonious & velvety with notes of leather, tobacco, vanilla & black fruit. Gripping tannins & high acidity.

 

Adanti Montefalco Rosso DOC – Grapes: 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, 5% Barbera, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet. Vinification: Grapes are crushed and de-stemmed, fermentation is made in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature at 28° C. Maceration of 3-4 weeks with pumping over and delestage. Ageing: barrels and tonneaux for 12months. Description: it pours a vibrant ruby red with aromas typical of the Montefalco soil: a fusion of balsamic and fruity notes ranging from cherry to currant, blackberry and plum. The mouthfeel is fresh with a balanced suite of tannins, and a rich perky flavor enlivens the fruity and balsamic tones. The wine is aged in large oak barrels for at least 12 months before bottling.

Villa Loren Amarone della Valpolicella D.O.C.G – Grapes: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella Molinara. Vinification: The grapes are dried for 4 months prior to being pressed, and then the wine is aged for 30 months in Slavonian Oak barrels of 35 hectoliters. Tasting Notes: Deep ruby red color with garnet shades. Warm, ripe on the nose, intense and of great refinement. The taste is complex, smooth, full bodied, lots of cherry notes and plum.

Friday, October 28th 2022 4:30pm-7:30pm - Checkerspot Brewing Company

 

Over The Under Kolsh (5.3% ABV) – Light, crisp traditional German style Kolsch. Subtle floral notes.

Invisible Pink Unicorn (7% ABV) – This NEIPA/Hazy IPA is juicy and soft with tangerine, grapefruit & tropical fruit notes from El Dorado, Azacca and Ekuanot hops.

Keeper stout (4.7% ABV) – This Stout is brewed with lactose and crab shells from JM Clayton, a 5th generation family owned crab processor in Cambridge, MD. The salts from the shells give it a nice and smooth roundness. Roasty, coffee and chocolate flavors.

 

Sip Happens (5.5% ABV) – A Kettle Sour brewed with Earl Grey tea and lemon. Very refreshing!

Friday, October 21st 2022 4:30pm-7:30pm - Constantine Wines

Shortbread Buttery 2020 Chardonnay, California – 89 Points - Tasting Panel, 95 Points - Just Wine Points. Rich aromas of vanilla and Meyer lemon lead into bright flavors of nectarine, apricot, and golden delicious apple. Indulgent notes of toasted oak and crème brulé create a lush, buttery mouthfeel with a smooth, lingering finish. 

Portlandia 2021 Rosé, Columbia Valley Washington – 90 Points - Wine Enthusiast, 93 Points - Beverage Testing Institute. Bright, vibrant rosé with aromas of watermelon and raspberry followed by a hint of fresh lavender. Flavors of strawberry and pink grapefruit are well balanced by a lively, refreshing acidity that lingers on the finish.  

Fabre Montmayou Reserva Malbec 2020, Mendoza Argentina – 92 Points James Suckling Deep red color with violet tones. Very intense bouquet with red cherry fruit and spices. Complex and well balanced with vanilla and chocolate notes from the oak. A modern style wine, with sweet silky tannins. Great with all kind of grilled meats, games and cheeses. 
 

Big Red Monster Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles California – 91 Points Wilfred Wong of Wine.com, 90 Points Wine Enthusiast. Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petite Verdot, 10% Petite Sirah Every good story needs a hero, a villain... and a monster. This savage beast hails from Paso Robles (California’s real wine county). Clocking in at 15% abv, rugged Paso possesses the largest diurnal temperature difference of all California wine-growing regions. Days can reach over 100 degrees and nights can be in the low 30s. Extreme heat forges fruit with dark, bold, monstrously brooding flavors and freezing nights retain a juicy, racing acidity. 

Bogle Phantom 2018, California – 92 Points Wine Enthusiast, 90 Points Wilfred Wong of Wine.com. Blend: 52% Petite Sirah, 48% Zinfandel. Aromas of baked cherry cobbler and ripe cranberries are front and center. Framed with nutmeg and allspice delivered from aging 2 years in American oak. All wrapped with peppercorn, anise, and juniper berries which are abundant flavors found in the Petite Sirah and Zinfandel varieties. Don't be fooled by the seductive nose. At first sip, the Phantom is generous and mouth filling. This wine is packed with big color, dark fruit and ample tannins. While the Phantom is perfect today there is enough structure here to age well into the next decade. 

Friday, October 14th 2022 4:30pm-7:30pm - with Lynnett

 

John’s Bay 2021 Sauvignon Blanc, Valle Central Chile – “Notes of linden and tarragon lead to white grapefruit and high-toned acidity. Honeysuckle and pineapple sneak in mid-palate: sweet, salty, and pretty.” – 90 Points Tasting Panel. "A little mango, maybe pineapple squirted with a bit of lime — you could enjoy an evening divining the flavors in this supple, ripe sauvignon blanc. It’s neither aggressively grassy nor earthbound minerally. It’s like “Wordle” — which five flavors can you taste? In other words, diverting and fun. And yummy. - Dave McIntyre" ** TWO STARS - GREAT VALUE - Washington Post.

 

Alain de la Treille Le 2021 Rosé, France – 88 Points Vinous. "Limpid orange. Strawberry and citrus pith with an herbal sourish on the nose and in the mouth. Takes a jammy turn with air and finishes smooth and subtly warm, with the red fruit note lingering. Not the last word on complexity, but this is quite easy to drink. - Josh Raynolds.”

 

Patricia Raquin Pinot Noir, Bourgogne France – Burgundies are in short supply…thrilled to have the delicious gem, new to the Kysela Portfolio. The animals shown on the label are dogs, from the breed called Borzoi, or "Russian Wolfhound", which means "fast" in Russian. Patricia and Alain Corcia are the proud owners of 2 Borzois and they designed the label to represent the dogs as the guardians of the vaulted aging cellar inside their house. This Bourgogne Rouge has been made in order to please the drinkers looking for an unoaked Pinot Noir from Burgundy. It is showing complexity of aromas, coming only from the grapes and the terroir where the vines are planted. It is delicate and will express the pure expression of Pinot Noir. The wine is clean, fruity and focused. 

 

Chateau Castegens Castillon 2018, Cotes De Bordeaux France – 92 Points Wine Enthusiast, Cellar Selection. "This estate dating back at least to the 15th century has made a rich and dense wine. Perfumed fruits with blackberry richness contrast with the firm, dry core. The wine will age well and be ready to drink from 2023.- Roger Voss"

 

Maison Du Midi Rouge 2020, Rhone Valley Chateauneuf-Du-Pape France – 93 Points Tasting Panel. "This youthful red, a blend of 84% Grenache, 11% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre, is plump, round, and ripe. Its noteworthy elegance employs indulgently fresh, delicious blue and red berries, spicy and fragrant. White pepper and cranberry perform a mid-palate performance, igniting a silky texture, while washing the tongue with chalky tannins. Red cherry adds a sweetness to the toasty finish."

Friday, October 7th 2022 4:30pm-7:30pm - Regal Wines

 

Benvolio 2020 Pinot Grigio, Friuli Italy – Made from 100% Pinot Grigio, the wine is dry, crisp, and full-bodied with refreshing acidity and a clean finish. It is a true expression of the varietal and the renowned Friuli region’s terroir. Nose:  rosewater, lychee, almond and lemon zest.  Palate: dry with notes of green apple, pear, white peach, and lime. Pairing: perfect as an aperitivo or paired with fresh fish, white meats, or a savory soufflé.

 

Freemark Abbey 2020 Chardonnay, Napa Valley CA – 94 Points James Suckling. 100% Chardonnay. 36% new French oak barrels.  Bottled in July 2021.  Rich nuanced and complex wine. The nose opens with aromas of apple cobbler, creme brulee, ripe pineapple, orange marmalade, and fresh peach. The palate is supple, balanced and integrated and exhibits flavors of stone fruit, candied lemon zest, baking spices, ambrosia, and vanilla. It is at once vibrant and balanced while being creamy with a long, lingering finish.

 

Maison Fabre Serpolet Rose, Cotes De Provence France – A soft wine from this large estate, with a high proportion of Cinsault and Grenache giving red, spicy fruits, and bright acidity. This is a floral wine that's fragrant and ready to drink.

 

Chateau Lassegue Les Cadrans de Lassegue 2019, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France – Blend: 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. A bright and harmonious Saint-Émilion, the 2019 Les Cadrans de Lassègue features a beautiful pomegranate color and a nose bursting with crunchy red fruit, nutmeg, and white pepper. Cabernet Franc lends spice and polish to the dense core of fruit on the palate, well-balanced with discrete tannins and an uplifting tension. A long and mineral finish reveals the clay and limestone terroir of Saint-Émilion. Stylish and food-friendly today, the 2019 Les Cadrans de Lassègue will continue to improve over the next 10 years.

Il Fauno Di Arcanum 2019 Toscana, Tipica Italy – 93 Points James Suckling. A Bordeaux-style blend that embodies the diversity of the estate and is sourced primarily from the Arceno di Sotto, La Curva, Colombaio and San Giovanni blocks. Located in the lower southwest section of the estate, in a warmer, exposed subsection that ripens early, the soils possess a significant amount of clay, with good water retention, and produce wines that tend to be more voluptuous and lusher. 43% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot. The nose exudes black cherries, wild honey, and sweet mint. This full-bodied wine immediately envelopes the palate, framed and defined by an intense minerality. Flavors of dark plums, sweet roses are enhanced by notes of black pepper and exotic spice. The finish is vibrant and uplifting, with bright acid and a hint of cedary oak.

Friday, September 30th 2022 4:30pm-7:30pm - Impero Wines

IMPERO PINOT GRIGO TREBBIANO – Aromas of fresh juicy Golden Delicious apple, stone fruit and a hint of lemon. Refreshing and crisp with hints of lime, grapefruit, and lemon, well balanced and very easy to drink.

PEOPLE FRASCATI SUPERIORE POGGIO LE VOLPI – Bright pale yellow. On the nose reminds pear and green apple, then elderflower, grass, and white flowers. Mainly fresh and tasty, fruity, and easy to drink with a long persistence.

BROCCARDO BARBERA D’ALBA – A rich red wine with vinous and fruity, with pleasant notes of violet. The taste is full and enveloping, light tannins, and good structure.

TINAZZI CORVINA – Bright ruby red with hint of spices. Full bodied, velvety. Balanced with long finish.

POGGIO BONELLI CHIANTI CLASSICO – Ruby red.  The nose is wild fruit, sour cherry, thyme and leather. Dry decisive flavor, balanced by the delicate sweetness of the French oak barrel.

Friday, September 23rd 2022 4:30pm-7:30pm - Republic National featuring Daou

2021 SAUVIGNON BLANC – 91 Points by Wine Enthusiast.  Classic aromas of wet grass, pineapple, lemon chiffon and gooseberry are accented by hints of grapefruit, kiwi and lime. Subtle notes of lemongrass and green apple round out the layered and balanced nose...

 

2021 CHARDONNAY – 91 Points by Wine Enthusiast. This Chardonnay leads with a stunning nose of juicy pineapple, freshly sliced pears, lemon chiffon and warm toast. Spicy notes of nutmeg and ginger are highlighted with star jasmine and honeysuckle fragrances accompanied by hints of smoky oak and hazelnut...

2021 ROSÉ 91 Points by Wine Enthusiast. Made from Grenache grapes in the classic Provençale style, the 2021 Rosé of Grenache presents a pale flamingo-apricot hue and a fragrant, floral nose. Aromas of freshly sliced peaches, hibiscus and hyacinth reveal accents of nectarine and orange zest. Hints of honeysuckle, orange blossom, crushed rose petal and pineapple round out the enticing bouquet...

 

2020 PESSIMIST RED BLEND – 92 Points Jeb Dunnuck , 92 Points Robert Parker. 62% Petite Sirah, 18% Zinfandel, 17% Syrah, 3% Lagrein. Presents intense aromas of blueberry, cherry, plum and strawberry with undercurrents of lavender and kirsch. The nose evolves with layers of warm leather, truffle, pipe tobacco, black pepper and allspice...

 

2021 CABERNET SAUVIGNON – 92 Points Jeb Dunnuck (2020V). Presents a deep ruby-purple color, foreshadowing intense aromas of cherry and blackberry jam complemented by dark chocolate, tobacco leaf and desert sage. The nose also reveals secondary nuances of wet gravel, sandalwood and plum pudding with subtle notes of fennel, black olive and eucalyptus...

Friday, September 16th 2022 4:30pm-7:30pm - Banville Wine Merchants

Montecappone Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico DOC – 90 Points Vinous. White peach, hawthorn, and thyme on the nose. Medium-bodied with a crisp, elegant finish. Excellent as an aperitif or as a perfect pairing with spaghetti cacio e pepe. Also a delicious wine to drink with shellfish or seafood in general.

 

Pala Soprasole Vermentino di Sardegna DOC – 91 Points James Suckling. 100% Vermentino. Organic. Notes of lime and balsamic on the nose. Good depth and balance with a long, satisfying finish! An ideal match with seafood and white fish prepared with a light sauce.

 

Château de L'Escarelle "June 21st" Rosé IGP Méditerranée – 90 Points Vinous. 40% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 30% Syrah. Aromas of summer fruits, strawberries, and white peaches. Beautifully balanced with crisp, clean flavors. Refreshing and delicious as an aperitif or with mildly spicy foods.

 

Pala Centosere Cannonau di Sardegna DOC – 91 Points James Suckling. 100% Cannonau. Organic. Vibrant, exuberant notes of ripe red fruits on the nose. Dry and smooth on the palate with good structure and length. Ideal food pairings include charcuterie, roasted poultry, and lean red meat as well medium-aged cheeses.

 

Farina Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG – 92 Points James Suckling. 50% Corvina, 20% Corvinone, 20% Rondinella, 10% Molinara, Oseleta and Turchetta.  Ruby red colour with garnet tinges. Ethereal, spicy, with hints of cherry, sour cherry, raspberry, currants, cocoa and balsamic notes. In the mouth the wine is warm, full of great structure, fine and balanced. Excellent paired with game, roasted meats, and aged cheeses.

Friday, September 9th 2022 4:30pm-7:30pm - City-State Brewing Co.

8 WARDS IPA (6.5% ABV) - A CITRUSY, RESINY, WEST COAST-STYLE IPA, WITH A FIRM BITTER BACKBONE BEHIND HERITAGE INGREDIENTS & ASSERTIVE AMERICAN HOPS.

 

EQUAL MARRIAGE DARK WHEAT (5.5% ABV) - DARK WHEAT WITH NOTES OF CHOCOLATE, COFFEE, CLOVE & BANANA FROM DIVERSE INGREDIENTS AND TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES.

 

LOST LAWS PILSNER (5.0% ABV) - A TIMELESS PILSNER-CRISP & LIGHT, WITH DEPTH. IT SALUTES BEATING JIM CROW IN DC IN 1953 WITH THE LOST LAWS OF 1873. REFRESH YOUR PERSPECTIVE.

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Representatives from Fatti at our Thursday Beer Tasting

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