Hauntedly Good Wines for Halloween

October 20, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
220 20th St S
Arlington, VA 22202

Here we are approaching the most haunted time of the year and what better time of the year than now to try some hauntedly good wines! Stop by from 5-7p to have a scary good glass of wine …

The Juice of Sacrificial Grapes:

  • Alma Negra Brut Nature NV: Have you ever heard of a Sparkling Malbec Rosé? This is a style that you don’t come across regularly! Champagne like body, various complex flavors with distinct notes from the Malbec and Pinot Noir in this blend make it a special treat. Made by Ernesto Catena, the owner of Ernesto Catena Vineyards in Argentina, is the eldest son of Nicolás Catena of Catena Zapata. He has been defined by many as the “bohemian” side of the Catena family, Ernesto is a tireless and avid reader, painter, art collector, horseman, polo player and archer. Alma Negra mean “Black Soul” and the mask on the label is a symbol for the hidden identity/mystery that these wines are supposed to represent! So, come out and explore it for yourself …
  • Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc 2016: We love Ancient Peaks for the amount of information they provide! The 2016 vintage comes entirely from Block 41 at Margarita Vineyard, where the vines occupy rocky alluvial soils that vary in density, elevation and exposure. As the block slopes downward from its crown, the soils become thicker, and the temperatures more brisk. These variances shape the fruit and contribute dimension to the final blend. Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles region, nestled into the Santa Lucia Mountain range just 14 miles from the Pacific in the new Santa Margarita Ranch AVA. The 2016 vintage is all peach, tropical fruit, and citrus on the nose; before moving into notes of pear and tropical fruit on the palate that is balanced by a nice minerality; and it is finished off by bracing acidity and notes of citrus zest. Pair with fresh oysters, seared sallops, and other grilled seafood. 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Fat Bastard Bloody Red 2016: From good friends and winemaking pair, Tierry (renowned French winemaker) and Guy (British wine industry rebel) comes this blend of Syrah, Grenache & Merlot from the “finest haunted plots of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, famous for its rich soil, with the remains of hundreds of battles fought on its lands over the centuries providing complexity and energy to the wine.” A lovely, ripe, and voluptuous wine that even Count Dracula would enjoy, it pairs great with blood sausage, burgers, beef heart, fried chicken, bat stew, pumpkin pie, calf brains, and trick-or-treating!
  • Carol Shelton Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel 2014: Carol Shelton has been Mastering the Zen of Zin since 1978. Focusing mostly on her favorite varietal, Carol is a guru of single vineyard Zinfandel. California has been the home world class Zin for over a century, making it the benchmark varietal of American wine culture. Many of her vineyard sources are organically grown and decades old. She develops close partnerships with each grower to ensure her wines maintain and express the unique terroir of the vineyard.  Her Wild Thing label denotes that the wine is produced using the wild yeasts found on organically grown grapes from Mendocino County. The 2014 vintage was a warm and dry year that produced beautifully dense and vivid fruit flavors. This wine went thru fermentation relying completely on a wild yeast population that helped to create a terrior-driven complexity in the final wine. Full of black cherry, plum, and deep raspberry with a range of vanilla, baking spice, and cigar box notes, this wine is smooth and creamy on the palate with a long and jammy finish. This is classic California Zin! 80% Zinfandel, 10% Carignane, 9% Petite Sirah, & 1% Alicante Bouschet
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