Weekend Round-Up

As we round the corner of fall, I thought I would start up my weekend round-up for the Northern VA area again as things get back in full swing.

At Arrowine in Arlington:

Friday Wine Down
Friday, August 31, 5:30 – 7:30

Bill McKenney of Michael Downey Selections will be presenting a delicious range of wines from Italy. Take advantage of special discounts during the tasting.

Saturday Tasting
Saturday, September 1, 1-4 pm

Ed Addiss of Wine Traditions will be showing a wonderful selection of French wines. There are some wonderful values in this lineup and the prices get even better with our discounts during the tasting. Ed brings the wines from the estate to Arrowine. Fewer middle men means you save!

At Out of Site Wines in Vienna, VA:

ON THE TASTING BAR THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 5-8 PM: TWO OLD RELIABLES

During the Summer, the purpose of wine is often just to quench our thirst and divert attention from hot weather. With the Fall season just around the corner, it’s time to think a bit more seriously about good food and wine pairings. This Friday we’ll have two “old reliables”, Sancerre and Cotes du Rhone, open for tasting and discussing. Stop by and get reacquainted.

ON THE TASTING BAR THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1-4 PM: LOIRE WHITES AND SOUTHERN FRENCH REDS

Continuing with Friday’s theme of refreshing whites and transition weather reds, we welcome Reta Smith of Potomac Selections for her debut on our tasting bar.

  • 2006 Dom. des Trois Toits Gros Plant du Pays Nantais. Captures the smell and taste of the Atlantic- sea salt and shells. If you’re not at the beach, close your eyes and let this wine transport you there.
  • 2006 Joel Delaunay Touraine “Estate”. Riveting Sauvignon Blanc that is at once juicy and flavorful, while displaying cleansing minerality on the finish.
  • 2005 Dom. la Bastide Merlot VDP d’Hauterive. This wine has as much juicy and pure cherry and plum fruit as any value-priced Merlot, without sharing any of the chocolate, vanilla, and creaminess of New World Merlots. Amazingly inexpensive when there’s no oak involved and cheap vineyard land available.
  • 2005 Dom. Le Roc des Anges Cotes du Roussillon Villages. Delicious blend of Grenache, Carignan, and Syrah, much from old vines. Tastes like a serious Southern Rhone, say from Vacqueyras or Gigondas.

That’s it for this weekend, expect more next weekend and hopefully info from a new wine shop that contacted me, Il Vino in Fairfax Corner.

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