Wines Come Out During “Drink the District”

July 16, 2015

Spring is wine and beer festival season.

On a recent spring evening there was a line stretching for several blocks to get into a parking lot near National’s Stadium even though the team was out of town. People were queuing up to attend the Cherry Blossom Beer and Wine Festival, one of several annual events promoting DC as a culinary destination.

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Warm Up This Winter With A Nice Wine

February 17, 2015

Some Winter Wine suggestions.

With winter’s grip still upon us, it is comforting to know that there are wines ideal for chilly weather. Fuller in body with more complexity and structure, winter wines are better to serve with the cold-weather meals.

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Thanksgiving – A Perfect Time To Try New Wines

November 26, 2014

Wine suggestions to accompany your Thanksgiving Feast.

While Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating family and friends, it is also an opportunity to try some unfamiliar wines. The classic meal of turkey, stuffing and various side-dishes provide a broad palate of flavors, textures and aromas as a starting point for selecting accompanying wines. As with any complex meal, look for wines that have good fruit flavors, refreshing acidity for balance and are not too tannic or oaky.

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The Kosher Wine Exception

December 19, 2012

A review of the Martins Malbec 2010 and Laphroaig Cairdeas Origin 2012 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Week after week, we write about some of the many worthwhile kosher wines being produced all over the world. For many months we made a point of indicating where the wines we reviewed could be purchased locally, but as some of our regular readers have occasionally pointed out to us, we have done so a lot less frequently of late. Partly this is because it can be difficult for us to stay on top of who carries what, and partly because of the reality that those in Maryland and Virginia have different access than Washingtonians.

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Summer Indulgences

May 10, 2012

Makers Mark Bourbon

A review of the Domaine du Castel Rosé 2011 and a look at the Mint Julep.

There are few better summer indulgences than a glass of chilled rosé. Not the horrific, semi-sweet “white” blush wines from California that remains surprisingly popular. The rosés worth drinking are “dry,” without significant residual sugar, and display bright fruit flavors balanced with crisp acidity. They are usually created by either allowing the pressed juice to have only minimal contact with the skins or by a method known as “saignee” (bleeding), which removes lightly colored juice from vats to concentrate the remaining future wine. Nearly every red grape has been made into a rosé. Regardless of the methodology, the goal is to create a wine that maintains elements of the varietal’s character in a lighter more refreshing fashion.

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The ‘Scotch Silliness’: A Primer

June 15, 2011

Auchentoshan

A review of the Flechas de los Andes Gran Malbec 2009 and the Auchentoshan 18 year old Single Malt Whisky.

For those seeking a perfect wine to pair with grilled beef or chicken slathered with barbecue sauce, look no further than the delicious, Argentinean Flechas de los Andes Gran Malbec 2009 ($23). It opens with dark plum and black cherry aromas and progresses smoothly into mouth-filling, spicy, raspberry, plum, chocolate and licorice flavors. Lightly accented with vanilla oak and buoyed with soft, round tannins, it is one of the finest kosher Malbecs currently produced, and is non-mevushal (not boiled).

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South America Valleys Produce High Quality Wines

September 22, 2010

Alamos Torrontes

A review of several recent releases from South America.

The valleys east and west of the Andes Mountains are a treasure trove for lovers of high-quality, value-priced wines. While both areas have produced wines for centuries, investment and extensive modernization have led to vastly improved quality during the past several decades.

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Musings on Food and Wine Pairing

February 11, 2010

DC wine &food festival

Wine and food pairing is not very complex.

We all know the rules. Wine and food are meant to compliment each other. But the complexity of multiethnic cuisine and the subtlety of much of modern gastronomy have invalidated the traditional convention of “red with meat and white with fish.” There is really only one iron-clad rule: Drink what you like! Don’t be swayed by scores, prices or the presence of animals on the label.

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The Wines Of Summer: Zin, Syrah, Malbec And More

July 22, 2009

Dry Creek zinfandel

Some summer red wine recommendations.

Red wines most suitable for summer have assertive fruit flavors integrated with pepper or spice that complement the smokiness of grilled foods. Classically Zinfandel, Syrah and Malbec are excellent choices. The complexity resulting from combining multiple varietals makes blended wines also work well with summer fare.

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