220 20th St S
Arlington, VA 22202
There are a lot of fun, interesting, and unique wines in the world. Some of them have great stories behind them, some of them use unique grapes, and some of them come from slightly hidden places, but all of them are great. Come out tonight to taste four such wines!
- Feder Winzerhof Stahl Spark!: It may not be well-known but Germany is the largest market for sparkling wine in the world and are the world’s third largest producers. In 2014, they drank 46 million cases of sparkling wine, which was over four times what Americans drank! The 2014 Spark! is a perlwein, or lightly sparkling wine similar to prosecco in the level of effervescence. This is an interesting blend of 50% Riesling and 50% Scheurebe, which is a Silvaner and Riesling crossing that has just celebrated its hundredth anniversary (bred in 1916 by Dr. Georg Scheu). Terry Theise, says Scheurebe is “Riesling just after it read the Kama Sutra … If Riesling expresses all that is Noble and Good, Scheu offers all that Dirty and Fun.” Delicious, inexpension, and fun … come check this guy out!
- Italo Cescon Pinot Grigio 2015: We all love a good story and a great package. Italo Cescon doesn’t fail either way! This lovely 100% Pinot Grigio from DOC Friuli Grave comes in a package that is literally tied up with family story of this winery. The idea of the ‘tralcetto’ was born on a winter’s day of rest. While collecting the vines that had been pruned, grandmother Anna saved a small piece of vine and placed it in her apron pocket. When she returned home, she was assisted by her son Italo, who founded the vineyard and winery, to tie the piece of vine (tralcetto) with a string at the neck of a wine bottle. Doing this symbolized that the wine had been grown from that vine, and that it had been produced through the hard work of grandmother Anna’s hands. From that moment on, in 1957, the story of the ‘tralcetto’ has identified Italo Cescon’s classic production of genuineness. The tralcetto tied to the bottle is actually a pruned piece of the vine from Italo Cescon’s vineyard. To this day they are hand tied and applied to the bottle. Come take home a piece a small piece of Italy!
- Pigoudet Vine de Provence Premiere Rose: A family producer working in the north of the “Côteaux d’Aix-en-Provence” appellation, they have 40 hectares of grapes planted on south facing slopes that they work in sustainable manners whenever possible. Since 1992, Chateau Pigoudet has been owned by the Schmidt family and they have been passionate stewards of it. This blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah was harvested at night, direct pressed, and fermented in temperature controlled stainless tanks to preserve freshness and fruit flavors. It is a wonderful fresh rose wine that is light and aromatic. It is perfect for a spring picnic with friends, a summer salad, or just to sip in the garden! Pairs great with any Mediterranean food.
- Domaine Saint Luc Grignan-les-Adhemar 2015: According to the owners of Domaine Saint Luc, Pascale and Stéphane Hémard, “Wine is Art” and it is the reason that they started their adventure into winemaking and wine tourism! They are located in the Grignan-les-Adhemar AOC that lies on the left bank of Rhone. Among the fields of lavender, thyme, and olive groves, on land famous for truffles, the vines soak up scents and aromas driven by the mistral and the sun. The wines from this area, because they are in the middle of the Rhone valley exhibit a great balance between the easy-drinking qualities of the Grenache grape and the power of Syrah. This wine is a blend of 65% Syrah and 35% Grenache and presents a fruity nose (red-black berries) with hints of mild spice. Great to drink now or hold for several years, it pairs well with grilled beef or herb pork chops.