Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Event Pick-Greek Wine Class at Wegmans Fairfax

Did you know that Wegmans was named "The Best Grocery Chain in America?"

Did you know they have a dedicated selection of traditional and modern Greek wines?

Come out this Thursday evening for Greek class at the Wegmans in Fairfax, VA.   Yannis Tsapos of Dionysos Imports will lead the tasting of 7 wines including a 91 point Santorini and a traditional dessert wine from Samos, paired with Mediterranean Mezze from the versatile Wegmans chefs. 

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the Customer Service desk at
Wegmans Fairfax
(703) 653-1600
11620 Monument Drive,
Fairfax, VA 22030

Friday, April 29, 2016

Industry Event Pick-Meet Yannis Tselepos of Ktima Tselepos

This is an Industry event...Somms, Retailers, Bloggers, Please come out if you can. Hope to see you there!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Youngberg Hill in Wine Compass

Did you know there were "own rooted" or vines not grafted onto phylloxera resistant American rootstock in the Willamette Valley?

Probably not, says Todd Godbout who dug deep to give you the inside scoop on the wines of the Youngberg Hill Winery, whose 25 year old Jordan and Natasha Block vines were planted on their own rootstocks by Ken Wright in 1989.   Todd caught up with Wayne Bailey, owner/vineyard manager/winemaker of Youngberg Hill last week at the Wine Cabinet in Reston, VA.

Here is a link to Todd's wonderful feature in the Wine Compass:

Friday, February 6, 2015

"Modern Wines of Greece" with Maria Mitsikoudi

Chateau Nico Lazaridis

The wines of Chateau Nico Lazaridis in Drama and Mackedon in Kavala are some of Greece's most modern jewels.  Modeled on the great Chateaus of Bordeaux, these wines prove beyond a doubt, that the winemakers of Greece have obtained an expert hand in the crafting of international varieties like Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah.  The wines still offer a Greek flair, with the addition of native varieties and the inescapably unique attributes of their terroir.

Join Greek Sommelier Maria Mitsikoudi tonight and tomorrow night at The Winestyles of Montclair to explore these wines and more Modern Greek gems.

2/6/2015 5:00 PM - The Modern Wines of Greece

2/7/2015 5:00 PM - The Modern Wines of Greece

Friday, November 28, 2014

Interesting Take on what it means to "Make the List" from Catavino

Here's an interesting take on what it means to "Make the List" from Ryan Opaz of Catavino.   "The List" in this case is the Wine Spectator Top 100 which featured a total of three Portuguese wines in their Top 10 and named the Dow Vintage Port 2011 their "Wine of the Year."  I especially like his thoughts on the importance of brand building vs."cashing in" on the points.  They will only take you so far.

My own experience of this is the same-the exasperating nature of the treasure hunters needing exactly those wines on the list this year.   Forget the fact that the Wine Spectator flat out states that they are making a statement about the strength of the 2011 vintage in the Douro.   Have a great score?  Happen to be from the same incredible vintage in the Douro and have been on this list multiple times in the past-maybe even in the Top 10 last year(and have the same winemaker??)  No can be exasperating.

Mr. Opaz only loses me when he starts Opining about the wines you will only appreciate or have access to if like him you live in Portugal, like Barca Velha.  I would point out that Barca Velha did make a list-  The Top 100 Cellar selections of 2014 from Wine Enthusiast placed the 2004 in their Top 10.  And they also include lots of appellations and varieties not so well known in the wine scene of the US if you don't happen to live in NY or CA.  The Enthusiast list boasts a varietal Touriga Nacional from the Dão, a Beiras from Baga master Luis Pato, and a 2009 red from the Setubal Peninsula.   This confirms something I have said before, Wine Enthusiast might not yet have the rubber stamp approval power of the Wine Spectator Top 100, but when it comes to Portugal they are in my opinion leading the US pack.

There are also plenty of 2011 Ports and Douro reds from the 2011 vintage on the Wine Enthusiast list and the Quinta do Vale Meao 2011 made both lists.   Maybe this year, you could take a regional or vintage themed suggestion from your own favorite retailer in addition to what you can get your hands on from "the list?"   Or maybe this is the year retailers finally get the message about the strength of Portuguese wines and.don't wait for these wines to "make the list" to have them in their shops and on their short list of best recommendations.  And if one or two of their recommendations happen to make next year's list, they might have some on hand to sell to you without jumping through hoops or missing the boat.  And lets be honest, what "I told you so" is more gratifying than the validation/vindication of the Wine Spectator Top 100 ?


Friday, October 17, 2014

Meet Winemaker David Baverstock of Esporão, Quinta dos Murcas Tonight

Meet Winemaker David Baverstock of Esporão, Quinta dos Murcas Tonight at The Vienna Vintner!


Friday October 17

 5-7:30 Free
233 Maple Avenue East
Vienna, Virginia 22180

Phone: 703.242.9463