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Kosher Wines on Friday, Spring Wine & Food Festival Saturday!

Featured Wines, Vintage Madeira, And Two for Passover – Friday, March 22, 3-7 pm

We’re warming up for our huge Spring Wine & Gourmet Food Festival with a very nice line-up of wines for the season on Friday, including two excellent wines that are Kosher for Passover.  Join us to sample:

Ch La Roche St Jean Bordeaux Blanc 2012 – Today’s featured wine, every bit as tasty as ever but at a very special re-introductory case price of just $7.98!

Ghiaccio Forte Morellino di Scansano Vigne del Passero 2011 – Tuesday’s featured wine is a rich, seductive, mouthful of ripe Tuscan Sangiovese with just a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon for structure and complexity.  Super value at the best price in the USA!

Recanati Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon – Winery founder Lenny Recanati started this fine young estate in 2000 with the goal of delivering top-quality wines from Israel at excellent value prices.  The winamker trained at UC Davis, the assistant winemaker at Sassicaia, and their experience certainly shows!  Two excellent wines to please any value-seeking wine lover that just happen to be Kosher for Passover.

Broadbent Colheita Madeira 1996 – A stunning, Wine Advocate 93 point, Madeira that delivers layers of toasted nut, caramel, and sweet spice flavors with a bracing, briny, finish.  We may have a few other wines from Bartholomew Broadbent’s Thursday night wine class to share as well – but you’ll need to come by to see!

daffodilsSpring Wine and Gourmet Food Festival – Saturday, March 23, 12-4 pm

With spring upon us, we know you need wines to enjoy with ham, lamb, and even chocolate Easter bunnies.  And, we know you’ll want to have some very special foods on hand to share with family and friends (or just nibble happily on your own while watching the NCAA tournament!).  So we’re hosting a huge wine and food festival this Saturday to give your Spring the happy and delicious start it deserves!

Start with the new Cowgirl Creamery cheeses Lauren has added to our stock and the utterly delicious chorizo, lomo, and hams from Spain’s Fermin and DC’s own Jose Andres. All Cowgirl Creamery cheeses and Fermin products will be on sale for 20% off (and all other cheese, pate and cured meats 10% off) all weekend long.  Here’s what we’re featuring:

Foods On Tasting - 20% Off!
Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam – elegant, decadent, triple cream cow’s milk cheese with just a hint of white mushroom.

Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk – winner of multiple medals and awards, this triple cream cow’s milk cheese is smooth and rich with a punch of pungency

Cowgirl Creamery Wagon Wheel – mild, almost sweet, cow’s milk cheese that’s just as fine grated and melted as it is out of hand.

Fermin Chorizo Iberico – outstanding Spanish chorizo made from Iberico pigs, seasoned with just the right touch of salt, garlic, and pimento, and cured to perfection.

Fermin Paleta Serrano – made in Spain from Serrano pork, this dry cured, mellow, pork shoulder is pure and delicious.

Fermin Lomo Serrano – from the tender loin of Iberico pigs, this lean, tender, cured meat melts in your mouth and leaves hints of pimento and spice lingering behind

Also Available and 20% Off
Jamón Ibérico – made from Iberico pigs that feed entirely on fallen acorns for 3 months before slaughter, this is luxurious, complex, and wonderfully savory.

Lomo Ibérico de Bellota – also from acorn-fed Iberico pigs, this is the ultimate luxury in cured meat; savory and melts in your mouth.

Wines: Whites and Pinks
Ch La Roche St Jean Bordeaux Blanc 2012 – today’s featured wine

Egret Chardonnay California 2011 – creamy and ripe but with nice, bright, acidity and just the right touch of oak

Muller Catoir Muskateller Kabinett Trocken 2011 – a rare, complex, aromatic, and bone-dry Muscat from one of Germany’s great estates

Klemens Weber Burrweiler Altenforst Riesling Halb 2011 (1.0l) – good thing this comes in an extra-large bottle, because it sure does go down easily; a perfect wine for ham and pre-dinner sipping

Noble Hill Mourvedre Rose 2012 – our first new rosé of the season is a dead-ringer for top-notch Bandol, but just happens to be from South Africa; hearty and delicious

Hillinger Secco NV – good gracious, this sparking rosé of Pinot Noir is stunning this year with loads of cranberry and strawberry fruit and a clean, dry, finish.

Red Wines
Ch Thivin Cote De Brouilly 2011 – a crackling, tangy, perfumed bottle of Beaujolais that makes your mouth water (and smile) as it pairs with everything from ham to lamb.

Ghiaccio Forte Morellino di Scansano Vigne del Passero 2011 – Tuesday’s featured wine is a rich, seductive, mouthful of ripe Tuscan Sangiovese with just a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon for structure and complexity.  Super value at the best price in the USA!

Pago San Gabriel Pradomayor De Zubiola 2009 – odd that the best Bordeaux-blend value for lamb in the store just happens to be from Spain; a Chain Bridge Cellars selection.

Buil & Gine Monsant 17XI 2009 – new to the store, but soon to be a customer favorite, this is loaded with cherry pie fruit and pretty spice.

Block Nine Caiden's Vyd Pinot Noir 2011 – a rarity: perfectly ripe California Pinot Noir that’s bursting with honest Pinot aromas and flavors but clocks in at just 13.1% alcohol and <$15 everyday

Ch Husson Chateauneuf Du Pape Les Saumades 2009 – a classic for lamb and grilled meats, this robust Rhone is wide open now and ready to love.


Whew!  A lot of wines to sip and too many great bites of cheese and meat to hurry through.  Come right at noon and plan to stay a while.  Join us!

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