Crystal City Shops
220 20th St S, Arlington, VA 22202
The weather is messing with us! Has spring actually arrived or are we going to get another blast of winter? Either way, we are gearing up for spring here at the Shop! Come out and join us for a selection of great wines that will match perfectly the lighter spring foods, the warmer weather, and the happy mood we find ourselves in as the flowers bloom.
- Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc 2015: This 100% Sauvignon Blanc exhibits a vivid varietal character that is enhanced by the Margarita Vineyard in Paso Robles. In one of Paso’s coolest areas, Sauvignon Blanc achieves a great balance of ripeness and raciness, with great acidity and appealing minerality. The 2015 vintage comes from Block 41 of the 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. A blend of three separate picks over 11 days, all of the lots were fermented at 55 degrees over an extended period for aroma retention and great fruit flavors. It is aged for five months in stainless at cold temperatures to further preserve its crisp nature. It has notes of lime zest, gooseberry, grapefruit, with a quenching palate of peach and apple. The acidity provides a refreshing finish. Perfect for crab cakes, shrimp, Thai chicken salad, and lemon salmon.
- Loimer Langenlois Riesling 2014: Born into a winemaking family, Fred Loimer Jr. realized early on that he would have a future in the winemaking business. Following his formal education and experiences abroad working for other wineries, he returned to his family’s winery in Langenlois, where he utilized his newly gained experience – something that didn’t always please his father. Today, his Veltliners and Rieslings from single vineyard sites are ranked amongst the best wines of Austria and the wine world. “Sustainability without Sacrifice,” is the philosophy that Loimer lives by. His passion for renewal and vitality in the vineyards led him to embrace principles of biodynamic agriculture and winemaking. His priorities lie firmly in crafting honest and pleasurable wines, raising his family, and protecting and preserving the land that provides his livelihood. The small Polynesian fertility symbol that seems to dance on each label signifies both a respect for ancient, natural traditions, and an embrace of the playful and modern. This classic Kamptal Riesling is a refreshing wine that is incredible aromatic, with a delicate juiciness, and an attractive acidity that gives the wine great balance and finesse. This is a classic and refreshing Riesling that will pair excellently with chicken, salmon, or Asian food.
- Heinrich Neusiedlersee Red 2015: Gernot and Heike Heinrich founded their winery in 1990 with a single hectare and have steadily grown to nearly 90 hectares of vines today. In 2002, the Heinrichs completed construction on a new, ultra-modern winery in Gols giving Gernot “space to work.” In 2009, Heinrich became a member of Respekt, a certifying body for biodynamic viticulture in Austria, a concept that embraces the principles of biodynamics but ultimately puts wine quality first. RED is an approachable, pleasure-giving wine produced from 50% Zweigelt, 40% Blaufränkisch, and 10% St. Laurent, aged for 12 months in used 500 L Austrian oak casks. RED comes from three areas: Leitha range, where the vines are planted on limestone; Parndorfer from gravelly soil; and Heideboden from sandy-loam soils. This is a highly approachable wine with notes of cherry, hints of floral, and a nice spice character. This is an everyday wine that goes with hamburgers, pizza, on a picnic, and with life in general!
- True Myth Cabernet Sauvignon: Paso Robles is a great place to grow Cabernet Sauvignon. Benefiting from the largest swing between high daytime and low nighttime temperatures of any region in California, the climate allows wine grapes to fully develop solid varietal characteristics and highly concentrated color and flavor. Aged in a mix of French and American new oak barrels for 18 months after being fermented in a mix of closed and open top fermenters at 82-85 degrees. It is a rich, fruity, full-bodied style of Cabernet Sauvignon.