Vinos de Madrid Open Tasting in Washington DC


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Vinos de Madrid seminar at Barcelona Wine Bar in Washington DC

Earlier this week we had an invitation to attend a seminar tasting with wines from the Vinos de Madrid DO. The seminar was followed by a walk-around tasting. The venue was held at the Barcelona Wine Bar on 14th Street NW in Washington DC. We have attended several wine tasting at this restaurant all featuring Spanish wines. The restaurant does a wonderful job with tapas served during the walk-around tasting.

One of the purposes of the tastings and seminar was to introduce wine enthusiasts, distributors, importers and writers to Vinos de Madrid, an often undiscovered wine region in Spain. Many of the producers in this area are crafting premium wines at very reasonable prices. Gretchen Thomas, Vice President of Beverage at Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group that owns Barcelona Wine Bar, conducted the seminar and tasting. 

Gretchen became interested …

Save the Date: August 17, 2019 for Kegs and Corks Fest


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Bordeleau will attend Kegs and Corks Fest

The 8th Annual Kegs and Corks Fest, a festival of craft beer and Maryland wine takes place on August 17, 2019 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. 

The Kegs and Corks Fest will benefit the Special Olympics Maryland program that helps those with intellectual disabilities. Check out the Special Olympics Maryland website.

In attendance will be 15 Maryland wineries and 14 craft breweries. In addition 70 vendors are expected. 

Wineries Participating in Kegs and Corks Fest:

Janemark Winery & Vineyard
St. Michaels Winery
Great Frogs
Boordy Vineyards
The Urban Winery
The Winery at Olney
Knob Hall Winery
Linganore Wine Cellars
Dragonfly Vineyard & Winery
Far Eastern Shore Winery
Bordeleau Vineyards & Winery
Cove Point Winery
Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery
Great Shoals
il Dolce Winery

Breweries Attending the Festival:

Blue Point Brewing Company
Elysian Brewing
Kona Brewing Co.
Cisco Brewers …

Making a Meal with Wine from South Africa


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Simonsberg-Stellenbosch. Photo Credit: Erica Moodie/Wines of South Africa

What grows together goes together is an oft-quoted phrase in the wine pairing game. Sure, that’s helpful if you have an idea what sort things grow and thrive in the wine region that’s connected to your bottle.

But if you don’t know, don’t despair. It’s time to do some research. Learning about the foods of place can have transformative effects on enjoying the wine made in the same environment.

Last year I covered the Basque Culinary World Prize and the 2018 winner Jock Zonfrillo. This was an eye-opening experience because the organizers of the prize look at food from a social perspective, as the transmission of prosperity, dignity and culture:

Now in its third year, the prize considers nominees of a particular stature, but contrary to the world of celebrity chefs and restaurant rankings, eligiblity comes from transformative good works in the …

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White Wines at the Top Italian Wines Road Show in Washington, DC


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Gambero Rosso wine tasting in Washington, DC

Earlier this week, June 3, 2019, Terry and I attended the Gambero Rosso Top Italian Wines Road Show in Washington, DC. In an earlier blog, Terry wrote about the event and described many of the red wines we tasted. The following is a brief description of the white wines that we enjoyed at the wine tasting as well as suggestions for future wine tastings.

The Italian white wines we tasted were from several of Italy’s wine regions including Marche, Lazio, Puglia, Sicily, Sardinia, Emilia Romagna, and Abruzzo.

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The Offida Pecorino Pekò 2018 from La Canosa winery in the Marche region was  produced with the Pecorino grape. The Marche wine region is located along Italy’s border of the Adriatic Sea. The Offida Pecorino Pekò was a yellow color with a gold hue. The aroma was …

Gambero Rosso’s Top Italian Wines Show in Washington D.C.


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The Gambero Rosso Italian Wine Road Show took place at the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC

On Monday, June 3rd, we attended the Gambero Rosso’s Top Italian Wines Show in Washington D.C. held at the Embassy of Italy. The weather was beautiful for a June day in the nation’s capital. We had a mile walk to the Italian Embassy from the DuPont Circle Metro Station. The walk was easy passing many embassies along the way.

We were asked to arrive early for our scheduled 1:15 pm seminar on Italian wine. Unfortunately, we were informed that they were not ready so we had to wait outside the entrance gat for the embassy. At 1:40 pm we were let in, only to wait again. The session began at 2:15 pm. During this wait, I recalled the first day we were touring wineries in the country Georgia. We were quickly off …

A Unique Father’s Day Gift: Wine on the Vine


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Wine on the Vine

For a unique Father’s Day gift for those wine enthusiast dads, consider planting a vine at an Israeli winery for your Father’s Day gift. This opportunity comes from Wine on the Vine, an initiative from the Israel Innovation Fund.

The steps are easy, starting with visiting the Wine on the Vine website. Choose how many vines you wish to plant ranging from one for $18 to 1000 vines for $18,000. For the one vine you will receive a certificate. For the 1000 vines you receive a certificate, 100 bottles of wine from the winery you choose, dedicated vineyard and a wine label of your own. You start receiving a bottle of wine with five vines. 

Your next step is to choose a winery to plant your vine. Nine wineries are participating in the program. Your final step is to choose a cause from the …

A Unique Father’s Day Gift: Wine on the Vine


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Wine on the Vine

For a unique Father’s Day gift for those wine enthusiast dads, consider planting a vine at an Israeli winery for your Father’s Day gift. This opportunity comes from Wine on the Vine, an initiative from the Israel Innovation Fund.

The steps are easy, starting with visiting the Wine on the Vine website. Choose how many vines you wish to plant ranging from one for $18 to 1000 vines for $18,000. For the one vine you will receive a certificate. For the 1000 vines you receive a certificate, 100 bottles of wine from the winery you choose, dedicated vineyard and a wine label of your own. You start receiving a bottle of wine with five vines. 

Your next step is to choose a winery to plant your vine. Nine wineries are participating in the program. Your final step is to choose a cause from the …

Top Italian Wines Road Show in 2019


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On Monday, June 3, 2019, Gambero Rosso representing more than 60 wineries will be at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC.  Gambero Rosso will showcase 200 plus wines  for the Top Italian Wines Road Show.

Prior to the Top Italian Wines Road Show, some attendees will attend a Masterclass seminar. The Lorenzo Ruggeri, International Editor of Gambero Rosso, and Giuseppe Carrus, vice editor of Vini d’Italia 2019 will guide this special seminar.

The wine tasting includes a special ceremony that will be the awarding of the top Italian restaurants in town. These are awarded using the Gambero Rosso ranking procedures.

The wines available for tasting at the Italian embassy will be from:

Agricole Gussalli Beretta
Andreola
Assuli
Bellavista
Bortolomiol
Borgo Conventi
Ca’ Rugate
Canevel Spumanti
Cantina Tollo
Cantine Due Palme
Casale del Giglio
Colle Massari
Contadi Castaldi
Coppi
Cottanera
Cusumano
Enrico Serafino
Famiglia Cecchi
Famiglia Cottini …

Catoctin Breeze Vineyard Repeats as “Best in Show” at the 2019 Maryland Wine Comptroller’s Cup Awards


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The 2018 “Best in Show” award went to Catoctin Breeze for the 2016 Cabernet Franc.

Last June, Kathy and I were invited to the Maryland Wine Comptroller’s Cup Awards at Catoctin Breeze Vineyards in Thurmont, Maryland. Catoctin Breeze hosted the event. They won the top prize “Best in Show” for their 2016 Cabernet Franc. It is not easy to repeat. Just look at the Washington Capitals early exit in the 2019 NHL playoffs. But repeat is exactly what Catoctin Breeze did, again with their Cabernet Franc, this time with the 2017 vintage. We congratulate Voytek Fizyta and his wife, Alicja along with the winemaking team at Catoctin Breeze for their outstanding job with Maryland Cabernet Franc. 

The 2019 Best in Class awards included:

White: Robin Hill Farm & Vineyards • Legacy 2017

White Blend: Big Cork Vineyards • Russian Kiss 2018

Rosé: Port of Leonardtown Winery • …

La Collina Biodynamic Bubbles — Lambrusco!


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La Collina Lambrusco at Rolf and Daughters in Nashville. Photo Credit: Jill Barth

On a recent trip to Nashville to cover the city’s wine scene for USA Today (you can read about it here) I had poured over lists and menus before making reservations.

A couple of things really stood out to me, one of them being the cool by the glass list at Rolf and Daughters in the Germantown neighborhood.

They had something I really wanted to try and I have to say, it was very appealing option: La Collina Quaresimo Lambrusco!

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Then I popped into Woodland Wine Merchant and there it was on the shelf. Wish I’d grabbed a couple of bottles.

This wine comes from a Demeter-certified biodynamic farm and native yeasts were used in the making. It contains 20% Lambrusco Salamino, 40% Maestri, 30% Grasparossa and 10% Malbo Gentile. The …

2019 Virginia Governor’s Cup Wine Seminar


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2019 Virginia Governor’s Cup Case Seminar

Last week we traveled to southwestern Virginia to attend the 2019 Governor’s Cup Wine seminar. The featured event included the top 12 winning wines chosen from some of the larger Virginia wine producers. 

Our travel plans included visiting four boutique wineries in the region. This included Whitebarrel Winery which was also the location of the satellite wine seminar. We also visited Spinning Jenny Vineyard which recently opened in the spring of 2019. Next we stopped at The New River Vineyard and Winery, another small winery that offers a large deck for enjoying a glass of wine. On Monday we enjoyed a personalized wine tasting at JBR Vineyards. The last winery to visit was Whitebarrel Winery where we arrived early to interview the owners before the seminar was to start. Next month we will post online articles about each of these boutique Virginia wineries.

Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival June 2019


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Peller Estates to participate in wine and culinary event in June 2019

The Niagara Homegrown Festival  takes place the weekends of June 15-16 and June 22-23, 2019.

Wine enthusiasts and any adults who want to learn about wine will enjoy touring the Niagara wine region during two weekends in June. Visit

Ticket holders have a choice of a wide range of wineries to visit in Niagara-on-the-Lake and 20 Valley  renowned wine regions. Discover Pass tickets are good for eight wine and culinary experiences. Tickets are also available for Designated Driver’s. Visit the online ticket site.

2019 Participating  20 Valley Wineries Specials

  • 13th Street Winery: Smoked Cherrywood Pulled Pork Taco with Cherry BBQ Sauce and Summer Slaw
  • Alvento Winery: Pairing of  West Wind wine with a Chinese spring roll.
  • Creekside Estate Winery: Summer bites  of grilled haloumi, marinated olives, hummus, peperonata and tzatziki
  • Fielding Estate Winery: Pairing Rosè …

A Name To Know: Gérard Bertrand


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When I visited the Languedoc for the first time, it was with the name Gérard Bertrand fresh in my mind.

I’d had the opportunity to read about Bertrand’s work and my friend had mentioned, more than once, the outstanding Festival de Jazz à l’Hospitalet that happens on the property each July.

As a writer with a biodynamics beat, Bertrand was on my radar as a leader in the field. Bertrand’s network includes Cigalus, the Aigle Estate, the Clos du Temple, Château La Sauvageonne, Château l’Hospitalet, Château des Karantes, Château Tarailhan, Château Aigues Vives, Château des Deux Rocs and Château de la Soujeole — all in compliance with Demeter Biodynamic® Farm and Processing Standards.

Bertrand has significant reach a stone’s throw from major hotspots in Herault and Aude: Carcassonne, Narbonne and Montpellier. Esteemed appellations such as Limoux, Corbiers and Minervois are represented by Gérard Bertrand releases.

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A Name To Know: Gérard Bertrand


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When I visited the Languedoc for the first time, it was with the name Gérard Bertrand fresh in my mind.

I’d had the opportunity to read about Bertrand’s work and my friend had mentioned, more than once, the outstanding Festival de Jazz à l’Hospitalet that happens on the property each July.

As a writer with a biodynamics beat, Bertrand was on my radar as a leader in the field. Bertrand’s network includes Cigalus, the Aigle Estate, the Clos du Temple, Château La Sauvageonne, Château l’Hospitalet, Château des Karantes, Château Tarailhan, Château Aigues Vives, Château des Deux Rocs and Château de la Soujeole — all in compliance with Demeter Biodynamic® Farm and Processing Standards.

Bertrand has significant reach a stone’s throw from major hotspots in Herault and Aude: Carcassonne, Narbonne and Montpellier. Esteemed appellations such as Limoux, Corbiers and Minervois are represented by Gérard Bertrand.

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A Tóth Ferenc Wine from Eger, Hungary


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Egri Csillag, a white wine from Hungary

Late yesterday afternoon, we enjoyed a white wine from Tóth Ferenc, a winery in the Eger wine region of Hungary. The Egri Csillag 2018 was 13% alchol. The light yellow colored wine offered floral and tropical aroma notes. The taste included peaches, citrus, daisies and honeysuckle. The finish was crisp and the aftertaste had a hint of minerality.

The Egri Csillag 2018 was a blend produced with Hungarian grape varieties and international grapes. The blend included Hárslevel?, Királyleányka, Leányka, Olaszrizling, Ottonel Muskotály and Sauvignon Blanc. Egri Csillag is a white blend of wines, a white wine answer to the regions’ Egri Bikavér (Bull’s Blood), a red blend.

We enjoyed our glass of wine on a small deck while relaxing after working in the gardens with planting flowers as well as attempting to rid ourselves of bamboo encroaching on our vegetable garden and lawn. By …

Virginia Governor’s Cup 2019 Seminar Next Week


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2019 is the 36th year for the Virginia Governor’s Cup. Each year Virginia wineries are provided with the opportunity to submit their wines to the Virginia Wineries Association Governor’s Cup® Competition. 

The submitted wines go through four preliminary tastings in Washington, D.C. Then the finalists move on to the final wine tastings in Richmond Virginia. The top winner of the Governor’s  Cup is chosen from the top 12 best wines submitted. In 2019, Horton Vineyards won the Governor’s Cup with their 2016 Petit Manseng. 

 

All 12 top-rated wines are used for marketing the wines of Virginia by the Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office.

One of the marketing events includes a  Governor’s Cup Case Seminar that takes place May 21, 2019. The main seminar will take place at King Family Vineyards where all the winemakers will be available to talk about their wines …

‘Peace, Bread, Land and Wine’: A Meal With Brooks Winery


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Brooks Winery is one of those producers that wine writers crave. There’s a strong family element combined with a tenacious streak of terroir pride. There’s a cool appellation and biodynamic growing. Brooks has the views and killer hospitality.

We want to visit there, and maybe, (probably) we want to be like them. 

It could be said that well-respected Brooks is a proxy for all that’s right in Oregon wine, the Willamette Valley in particular and Eola-Amity Hills, in super-particular.

You’ll see what they stand for in their commitments (below) but I’m also impressed with their robust calendar of events and Brooks University. Talk about a community builder.

Brooks has stated ‘commitments’: peace, bread, land and wine.

Peace. It’s a commitment to Jimi’s* presence in this world. Treat others with dignity and kindness. Be a good …

Take Mom to a Winery for Mother’s Day


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Visit a winery for Mother’s Day!

Visiting a winery can be a delightful experience. With so many types of wineries in many regions, there is likely a winery that will provide the experience or event that you and your Mother will appreciate. Check the wineries in your local area to find out what is happening this weekend! Below is list to help you get started.

Of course, if you would rather spend some time in the kitchen to create a dish your Mother would appreciate, check out these Mother’s Day recipe suggestions.

Cheers!
Kathy

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Cambria Estate Winery, California
Event: Sundowner Series
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Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, Maryland
Event: Live Music
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Orfila Vineyard and Winery, California
Event: Tunes on the Terrace
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Painted Stave Distillery, Delaware
Event: The Inaugural Garden Party
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Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards, Oregon
Event: Gourmet Burgers & Brew
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Mother’s Day Recipes


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Recipes for Mother’s Day

This year celebrate Mother’s Day by spending some time in the kitchen to create a tasty dish for your special Mother. Wine Trail Traveler offers an assortment of recipes but also has specific recipe suggestions for Mother’s Day. 

Below we have added a recipe from Ocean Mist Farms for Instant Pot Lemon and Herb White Wine Artichokes. If your Mom enjoys artichokes try this recipe out.

If you don’t live close enough to cook for your special Mother, be sure to give her a call this Mother’s Day.

Cheers!
Kathy

 

 

Instant Pot Lemon and Herb White Wine Artichokes

Ingredients

3 artichokes
1/2 c white wine
2 thyme sprigs
2 rosemary sprigs
1/2 stick of butter
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp minced thyme
1/2 tsp minced rosemary
Lemon wedges

Directions

  1. Cut the top one third of artichokes off and trim bottom stem flush …

Portuguese wine tastings at theLAB in Porto!


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Catavino’s new space in the heart of Porto called, theLAB, will now be hosting wine tastings! Today, we’re launching two fabulous tastings worthy of checking out: Introduction to Portuguese Wine Tasting and Portuguese: Organic and Natural Wine Tasting. The first tasting is an introduction to Portuguese wine, top to tail! If you’re coming to Porto, this is a great opportunity to…

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