10 Divine Wines Under $10

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I recently approached area wine professionals and asked them to recommend wines to drink with roasts, ham and turkey, and to bring along to holiday parties this season. Then I added a caveat. The bottles had to cost around $10 or less and be available locally. Wine sales peak for the year in December. Pricier… read more »

Exploring a New World of Wine

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William Smith was at work one day surveying the patio with a colleague, and was struck with an idea. “It looked like a battlefield,” said the general manager of the Grille at Morrison House in Alexandria. The thought turned competitive. Morrison House’s menu is French-influenced. France. Wine. French wine versus the world. And thus, First… read more »

Epicurience: An Epic Wine Experience In Loudoun County

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Virginia is one of the nation’s top wine producing states, and consequently is home to a number of popular, weekend wine festivals. This month we look to the Epicurience festival in Loudoun county.  The organizers of Epicurience Virginia – a three-day wine and food spectacular to be held Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, across Loudoun… read more »

DMV Restaurants Look Local

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Restaurants across the region are proudly educating their diners and drinkers about wines being bottled in Virginia and Maryland. They’ve developed unique ways to promote the bounty – from deals by the glass, to wine dinners, to participating in festivals celebrating the vines. At Harth in McLean, executive chef Tom Elder made an early effort… read more »

Fleet of Foot – Prepare to Run for Wine Half Marathon

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There are tons of races for people to choose from in the  running-crazed Mid-Atlantic region. So why are enthusiasts coming from several states away to participate in this year’s Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon. “The scenic course – with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, historic farms and fields of grapevines – as well as… read more »

Grape Goddesses: Women in Wine

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There are more than 200 vineyards in Virginia, including a growing number led by female winemakers and owners. These wine professionals’ entrepreneurial spirits have brought new opportunities to the state’s wine scene via charitable support, unique dining options and new grape varietals—and in one case, heading out of the vineyard and into the brewery. Della… read more »

Vino On Tap Trend Expands in DMV

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Look closely: Bars and restaurants across the region have new options on their draft lists … including Prosecco, Pinot Noir and Riesling. Wine on tap, whether it comes out of a lined metal keg or a bottle via a nitrogen system, is a greener, fresher way to offer wine by the glass. Here are a… read more »

Underground Bound: Domaine Wine Storage Arrives in DC

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To find Domaine Wine Storage & Appreciation in Van Ness, you have to look down. The wine storage facility occupies 11,000 square feet – enough room for 31,000 cases of wine, or more than 370,000 bottles — two stories below the streets of the DC neighborhood in a former Rolls-Royce dealership. The ramps make it… read more »

Sweets & Wine, A Perfect Holiday Pair

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It’s soiree season again. Wine always makes a wonderful host/ess gift, as do sweets and desserts. This month, consider combining the two to guarantee you’ll receive double the invites in 2013. With a little planning, you won’t be stuck grabbing the only thing you can find on the shelf, dusting it off and hoping that… read more »

Expert Suggestions for Home Wine Pairings

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Home cooking and wine should go hand-in-hand. Don’t get hung up on what you should be drinking, just pour a glass and take a bite. Below, a trio of local wine education experts share their suggestions for light meals and appetizers and the vino to accompany them. “Sparkling wine is very versatile. Cremant, a French… read more »