Crystal City Shops
220 20th St S, Arlington, VA 22202
Mother’s Day, the day made to show the mothers in our lives how much we appreciate them. Gift-giving, however, is not everyone’s specialty … as there are too many mom’s on the receiving end of cleaning tools, blank video tapes, shovels, plain old cash, or, worst of all, nothing. So, what are you to do?!?! One easy and fun solution is to stop by our pre-Mother’s Day tasting tonight and see what Nic has on the Tasting Bar from Opici Wines. They are a fourth-generation family business that strives to offer the highest quality wines at the best possible prices. Tonight, we are introducing some new wines to the Shop that we hope you (and your mom) will enjoy!
- Vivanco Rioja Blanco: Led by third-generation Pedro Vivanco and his sons, this family-owned winery is dedicated to using only native grapes vinified using traditional techniques. They pioneered the use of Tempranillo Blanco, a natural mutation of the popular red varietal that is exculsively grown in Roija in limited quantities. This hand-harvested wine is a blend of 50% Viura, 35% Tempranillo Blanco, and 15% Maturana Blanca that underwent stainless steel fermentation and rested on the lees for 4 months. It has an expressive nose of citrus, green apple, and peach. Slight floral and grassiness follows. It is a very fresh wine with nice tropical and citrus notes, and good, balanced acidity. Enjoy while you and mom nosh on some salads, tapas, fish, or while you chat on the patio.
- Carpineto Dogajolo Rosato: Carpineto was founded in 1967 by a duo that set out to regain Chianti Classico’s lost reputation. They quickly gained an international, award-winning reputation for their elegant wines made with modern methods that exceeded the quality of many other wines of the era. In recent years, the second generation has joined the original pair and while staying true to their original mission has broadened the company’s scope with new vineyards, viticultural and enological practices, and introduced a sustainable production code featuring renewable energy and biodiversity. Their Dogajolo brand are fresh expressions of native and international varietals. The rosato is 100% Sangiovese that is a wonderfully floral dry rosé with bright fruity flavors. Pour mom a glass and serve her an antipasto platter of cured meats and cheese while you grill some fish or chicken (maybe Moroccan-style).
- Vivanco Rioja Rosado: Vivanco is more than just a winery. They have a museum and a foundation that have been built to “give back to wine what wine has given us.” They are the largest landholder in Rioja and use 100% estate-grown, hand-harvested fruit. Their unique bottle shape is immediately recognized and it pays homage to the history of wine. Vivanco’s bottle design is an interpretation of the last hand-blown bottle for the last-19th century before machine molded bottles were popular. This rosado is a youthful expression of the traditional Tempranillo and Grenache blend. The nose is all strawberry and raspberry with light touches of roses and violets. It is fresh and fruity on the palate with raspberry and other red fruits. With its great balance and acidity, let mom enjoy this with heavier tapas, charcuterie, or goat cheese.
- Carpineto Dogajolo Rosso: Carpineto takes its name from the Greek ‘carpos,’ meaning fruit, which is their primary focus. Their extensive holdings allow complete quality control and selection of fruit. They own and manage over 439 hectares of site-specific vineyards in Tuscany and they pride themselves in their sustainable, low-impact farming techniques. They use eco-friendly treatments that are applied conscientiously with attention paid to the preservation of biodiversity. Additionally, they have a focus on the production and use of renewable energy, particularly solar. In the winery, they continue to adhere to a strict code, including prohibiting the use of additives and stabilizers (they do use sulfites, but in low quantities, far below legal limits). This rosso is a baby-Super Tuscan (70% Sangiovese & 30% Cabernet Sauvignon) that was fermented in stainless, aged for 6 months in used French & American oak barrels and cement vats before 4-6 months in bottle. This wine has a fruity nose with hints of vanilla and spice. Plenty of fruit on the palate, with a softness and nice tannins that make it perfect for everyday drinking. Give mom a glass while you fire up the grill and toss on anything from chicken and pork to burgers and lamb.