Crystal City Shops
220 20th St S, Arlington, VA 22202
We are on our third day of the first Heat Wave of 2017! It will still be in the high 80s and low 90s today before we have a great weekend of mid-70s. So, what do you have planned for the weekend? Are you looking for some great wines to be on the patio, around the grill, or on a picnic with? Stop by tonight and see Liz from Robins Cellars on the Tasting Bar with a couple of awesome summer options!
- Manfred Breit Riesling Kabinett Goldtröpfchen 2015: The Mosel River is the sinuous spine of the Mosel region, changing direction so often as it flows northeast toward the Rhine that it meanders nearly 250 km/150 miles, to cover about half that distance as the crow flies. Together with its two small tributaries, the Saar and the Ruwer, the Mosel composes one geographical entity. Although each river’s vineyard area produces a distinctive wine, they share a family resemblance: a fragrance reminiscent of spring blossoms, a pale color, light body and a refreshing, fruity acidity. Piersport, when Manfred Breit is located, is nestled in one of the Mosel’s loops and has been making outstanding wines for many generations. Since 2000, Holger Breit has been the winemaker and has focused on producing wines that are expressions of their place, using natural yeasts under control conditions. This single vineyard Kabinett (or “off-dry”) Riesling is a wonderful expression of place with nice acidity, beautiful white fruit notes, and good balance. Perfect to pair with a wide variety of foods, particularly spicy dishes.
- Elvio Tintero Rosato: A beautiful wine, a beautiful love story … in 1900, a Frenchman named Pierre Tintero set out for Piedmont in search of work. He found an opportunity at a small estate where the widow, Rosina Cortese, was struggling to handle the work herself. Pierre quickly became a vital part of the estate and fell in love with the widow, whom he married two years later. The couple continued to work the vines together and bottled their own Dolcetto for the first time in 1914. Years later, their grandson would find a stash of this vintage hidden within the walls of the cellar, certainly a precaution against ransacking troops who passed through the area. Now, the sustainably-farmed estate is in the hands of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Their Rosato is a blend of 90% Barbera, 5% Moscato, and 5% Favorita, where the Barbera is vinified immediately to give a very light rosato color and the Moscato and Favorita are kept cold to prevent fermentation. They are added to the Barbera to start secondary fermentation to create a frizzante rosato. Bottled unfiltered.
- Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Rosé 2016: In the hamlet of Le Breuil, deep in the southern Beaujolais and perched above a narrow creek, the Domaine Dupeuble has been running almost continuously since 1512. The name of the domaine has changed just three times in its history, most recently when the last heir, Anna Asmaquer, married Jules Dupeuble in 1919. Today, Anna’s son Paul, and her grand children Ghislaine and Stéphane Dupeuble, manage the domaine. Tradition runs deep in the family, but each generation has also managed to add something new, including increasing the property. Today it is comprised of one hundred hectares, about forty percent of which is consecrated to vineyards. Strong advocates of the lutte raisonnée approach to vineyard work, they tend their vines without the use of any chemicals or synthetic fertilizers. The vineyards, planted primarily to Gamay, face Southeast, South, and Southwest, and about two thirds of the property is on granite-based soil. The grapes are harvested manually and vinified completely without SO2. The wines are not chaptalized, filtered, or degassed and only natural yeasts are used for the fermentation. This 100% Gamay Rosé is a gorgeous example of why Beaujolais is a great value and shouldn’t be overlooked!
- Vina Robles Red 4: Vina Robles is the result of a unique personal trajectory, one that led winery founder Hans Nef from a rural village outside Zurich, Switzerland to the rugged terrain of California’s Central Coast. As a child, Nef learned to appreciate his rural surroundings and the blessings of agriculture. In the early 1990s, he leveraged his passion for fine wine into his own wine import business. Each time Nef traveled to the U.S., he brought with him the desires to not only be true to nature but also to grow his own wine. In the mid-1990s, he discovered Paso Robles and quickly became enamored with the emergent wine country. In 1996 Nef selected longtime friend and business associate Hans – R. Michel, a Swiss expatriate, as managing partner. A year later, the duo planted the first of what would later become six vineyards in Paso Robles, and soon thereafter Vina Robles was born. Since 2012, all of their estate vineyards have been Sustainability in Practice (SIP) certified, which is a beyond-Organic certification. A blend of 41% Petit Sirah, 40% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, and 9% Grenache, it showcases the structure of Petite Sirah, the spice and cherry qualities of Syrah, the forward fruit of Grenache, and the rustic character of Mourvèdre. A perfect everyday wine that pairs with pizza, pasta, or anything off the grill.