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  1. Zinburger has signed a lease to take over part of the space vacated by Oriental East in Silver Spring, joining District Taco: "District Taco Signs Lease for Space in the Blairs" by Mike Diegel on sourceofthespring.com
  2. Bordeaux

    Planning to spend a few days this July in Bordeaux. Will probably engage a guide for 2 days and then spend a day in town. Any and all recommendations are welcome. Looking at this as an opportunity to learn and taste the right and left banks as well as see chateaus and eat well. Will spend the last night in Paris, it seems there are plenty of suggestions on where to dine there.
  3. K1 (Beer Advocate rating) is a neighborhood gem for beer and wine. I am planning to visit Belgium, so I stopped in at K1 to buy a bottle of Chimay. I was delighted to find several types of Chimay here, but I didn't buy any because there were so many other interesting beer selections from Belgium. I wound up trying two beers from Bruges, where I am planning to visit for a few days. This store is small, but it has a great selection of adult beverages--particularly beer.
  4. Back in 2005, I arrived in DC hungry to meet like minded folks like myself. Little did I know nearly 13 years later this thread is still going strong. Now I’m looking to bridge the gap between DonRockwell.com and Instagram. I talk to Rocks briefly, and he gave his blessing, or he says he’s interested in me leading the way. After all, all social media experiences a wave of popularity that phases in and out. But with all of the great content on Instagram, a lightbulb went off in my head. Why not link the two forums? New updates on Instagram has a feature where you can follow #hashtags. So the next time you post, add the hashtag #donrockwelldotcom. And if you happen to be on Instagram, let me know what your handle is, and Ill follow. This is my first attempt at leading a social media campaign. Please be patient with me, and if you have any other suggestions on how to build momentum, I’m all ears. This too may build our Don Rockwell Community by adding members. I am hopefull. So while introducing yourself, please let me know who you are on Instagram! Looking forward to following everyone’s rec’s!! life_is_a_banquet, ( my handle) kat
  5. The other thread where foie gras and Sauternes and so on were being discussed made me think about the oldest wines I have tasted. A 1970 vintage port (Dow's?) that was amazing (had it in maybe 2003-2005 time range). A wino buddy offered to share a 1971 Petrus with my wife and I - it was pretty eye opening. Tasted in maybe 2003-2004. Other wino buddies have shared some gems, mainly from 1990 onward, but some interesting 1970s and 1980s Napa Cabs as well. Most of these tasted in the 2005-2010 time period). I think the oldest wine I have in my cellar, at the moment, is the 1993 Diznokyos Tokaji Aszu (I think it is either the 5 or 6 Puttonyos). I have tasted it maybe 4 or 5 times and it is amazing. When I bought them maybe 15 or so years ago, they were of a very pale honey color. Now, I think I have two bottles left, are much darker. One is approaching the color of buckwheat honey. I am still wondering if and when I might pull the trigger for a birth year wine for myself and my wife. But I have lots more important things to spend money on (travel, dining out, haha), so it may never happen.
  6. I consistently see Linden and RdV praised as the go-to wineries in the area and, indeed, they happen to be my personal favorites. My "problem" is that I exhaustively research everything, so I'm always "stuck" with the best... what's the point of exploring if everything else will disappoint by comparison? So that's why I turn to you, DR crew... outside of RdV and Linden, what should I be trying? Are there any exciting newcomers to the scene I should get in on the ground floor of? Are there hidden gems waiting for me to discover? I don't like crowds and it's supposed to rain this weekend, so a nice, quiet, indoor space is welcome.
  7. We want to make sure that you know about the upcoming Wine and Olive Oil Event to be held at the Mayflower Hotel on Wednesday, March 1. Marco Oreggia, most respected extra virgin olive oil journalist and Daniele Cernilli, highly acclaimed international wine critic on Italian wine, aka DoctorWine, are pleased to invite you to the walk around tasting for the launch of the guides in the U.S. Come enjoy wines from 50 producers and olive oils from olive oil producers from throughout Italy who have earned the highest scores in the 2017 guides. We have created a page that summarizes the event, trade and consumer hours, and registration. Olio2go (Fairfax), Fiola Mare (Georgetown), and Piazza Italian Market (Easton, MD) are scheduled to host additional events with olive oil producers during the week of 25 February – 3 March. You can see the full list of events with this link. Please feel free to share this with friends and colleagues!
  8. Hi everyone, One of our favorite wines is the Jean-Louis Chave "Mon Coeur". We can get it from Chelsea Wine Vault in NYC, but have struck out around here. Does anyone know of any wine shops that happen to stock it (or any JL Chave wine, for that matter) in the area? Thanks in advance!
  9. It's ridiculous that we don't have a thread for Mark Slater, a personal friend of mine, and donrockwell.com Member #14. Aside from Mark being exceptionally gifted as a a fine-dining sommelier - both in terms of maintaining a wine list, and in establishing a rapport with customers - I have had the pleasure of dining with him on many occasions, and he has an excellent palate. In 2007, he won the James Beard Foundation's national award for "Outstanding Wine Service" while he was sommelier at Citronelle. One thing many people don't know about Mark is that he studied harpsichord in Vienna, Austria, and is an accomplished harpsichordist. Having seen him play many times, I can verify that he is an outstanding sight reader, which is an incredibly difficult and underrated skill to develop and possess. His sub-specialty is early Rennaissance music, but he can handle most any work for harpsichord, and is a good enough sight reader to "fool" the listener into thinking he knows a piece, when it's actually the first time he's ever looked at it. Mark doesn't know I'm writing this, and may ask me to take it down, but I'm not going to - he deserves widespread recognition as one of the most important, influential figures in Washington, DC restaurant history - certainly when it comes to wine. At this point, he is truly the Patriarch of all area sommeliers, and should be recognized as such by all those who follow in his footsteps, both now and in the future.
  10. Barking Mad Cafe has a solid coffee program. They use Counter Culture beans and can draw a serious espresso. Their cappuccinos and lattes are also good, although I have had a few cappuccinos that were wetter than I prefer. They have drip coffee, but no pour over. The standout, though, is their cold brew. During the summer, they had two offerings, both on nitro taps. It's so smooth it's like drinking Guinness coffee. The coffee served at Barking Mad Cafe would be noteworthy anywhere in the DC area. IMHO, it's extraordinary in Gaithersburg, which has nothing comparable within a reasonable distance.
  11. I wanted to start the thread here for a new spot coming to downtown Takoma Park. Seth Cook and Chris Brown, two coffee veterans who have been at Northside Social for years, are branching out on their own. They have a great location on Laurel Avenue, and construction is about to begin. TKBC (@takomabevco) will offer coffee, beer(draft) and wine as well as a great cocktail program. The menu will be designed by a chef you will all recognize. I love this team and this concept, and that is why I decided to back them financially and advise on the project. Keep your eyes out as the project progresses.
  12. Although it's likely not worth a trip across the river, I thought I'd let my MoCo comrades know that the 2nd annual Corktoberfest has been scheduled for October 22-23 at the Fairgrounds. Last year there were about a dozen and a half wineries along with half a dozen food trucks. There's also a small area for wine-related crafts and merchandise. We went last year and had a good time. Corktoberfest
  13. "Duckhorn Wine Co. Sold to Private Equity Firm" by Jennifer Huffman on napavalleyregister.com The really good news about this is that the additional capital will allow the winemakers to free up production space and create some interesting stuff. These are heady times for us lovers of craft wine.
  14. This is shocking, and makes me wonder if I have any wines on hold with them. Man, this is *every bit* as shocking as what happened with Carolina Wine Company. "Berkeley's Premier Cru Wine Schemer Pleads Guilty to Wine Fraud" by Malaika Fraley and Matthias Gaffni on eastbaytimes.com "Premier Cru Boss Cops Plea in Wine Fraud Case" by W. Blake Gray on wine-searcher.com Apr 3, 2016 - "Claims of a Ponzi Scheme in the Collapse of a Rare-Wine Seller" by Robert Frank on nytimes.com
  15. I have been a huge Washington state fan for a long time. 2012 is perhaps their best year ever. 97 points for the vintage from the Wine Advocate with some individual wines representing the absolute best of the state-ever. But this is about two wines. One is locally known as the "Eagle Eater": 11/14/15 - "10 Things We Don't Know About Screaming Eagle" by W. Blake Gray on winesearcher.com is an article about Screaming Eagle which includes a very interesting comment, the sixth one down. It notes that a '12 WA wine, Woodinville Cellars '12 Reserve "once again" beat Screaming Eagle in a brown bag tasting. Several friends of mine and I were struck by this. Especially since Woodinville Cellars '12 Reserve has not been reviewed by anyone and, there are only our barrels of it-none of which come East. We bought three cases @ $40.00 a bottle with free shipping. ($50 list): 2012 Woodinville Wine Cellars on woodinvillewine.com and took delivery of them two weeks ago. Three of us could not wait and opened one of the bottles. Initial swirl and sip after only a couple of minutes of air for the bottle was "at least a 94-96" from all of us. An hour later we opened a second bottle-the first bottle was now "in the high '90's." We also all agreed that if this had been $150 a bottle we would not have been disappointed. It was that good. An absolutely remarkable wine regardless of what it cost. Never mind the $1500+ per bottle release cost of a single bottle of Screaming Eagle-the '12 Woodinville Reserve would hold its own against anything. Having said this, considering the cost, we picked up the phone and bought two more cases. The 2012 Woodinville Reserve really is the "Eagle Eater" described. We now have a total of 5 of the approximately 90 cases that were made. With all of them at hand I can tell the world: as I write this there are only a few cases left and I have no financial interest in them in any way. Until a few weeks ago I knew nothing about them. Now, having talked to the winemaker, Sean Boyd, whose father was the original editor of the Wine Spectator in the early '80's (!), I have to share my enthusiasm. A few DC restaurants really should have this on their wine lists. This speaks well, really well, for Washington-both state and D. C. the city. And, there is another '12 WA state wine: Bergevin Lane Moonspell cabernet. The '11 picked up 92 points from the Wine Spectator which is especially remarkable since it is a $28 wine. One of their highest ratings for the price for the year. The '12 Moonspell is better. I actually think much better. Almost breathtaking the kind of point rating that this $28 wine might receive. I have now bought six cases of the '12 Moonspell-three for me and three for friends. I also know Bergevin Lane having bought their cabs (Intuition, Moonspell) every year since 2007. But this is their best. A remarkable value that is jammy, unctuous, mouth coating and full of fruit. Full bodied, too, 14.5+ %. They are still trying to sell the 92 point WS '11 Moonspell and have not actually started trying to sell their '12. But they will. They, similar to Woodinville, do not have a distributor in the D. C. area-you will have to call them and buy direct. Annette Bergevin at Bergevin Lane, Sean Boyd at Woodinville. This is the website for the '11 Moonspell. Both wineries will hold their wines and ship in the spring. I am actually wondering if I should have bought a little bit more of each? Happy New Year !!!!
  16. I'm being extremely un-Taoist by not posting more about wine, considering it's the literary equivalent of a fish trying to swim upstream, an axeman cutting wood against the grain, etc. - but I spent so many years filling up my noodle with such unspeakably arcane trivia that it seems like it would bore everyone to tears. Nevertheless, I did want to get a mention in for this shocker of a wine - this may get better in the years going ahead, but based on what's in my glass, there's absolutely no reason to wait and take the risk. This gorgeous example of a sweet(-ish) Riesling is most likely my last bottle of what probably cost me about $15 for a .375 ml (half-bottle) size, and it's drinking like the most beautiful, the most precious, the most perfectly polished specimen of amber you could ever hope to see. The fruit has long-since given up its primary nuances, and is showing its secondary nuances probably about as well as it ever will - next up will be the tertiary scents (perhaps a few more years down the road), but I'd hate to take the risk and give up this wonderfully honeyed example of a Riesling that has just entered maturity - twenty years old, and although it looks every day of that age, it drinks like a vibrant decathlete, showing absolutely no adverse signs of early adulthood, and it has perfectly balanced (and beautifully integrated) acidity to counterbalance the sweetness. I didn't even know I owned any more of this, but I did remember that it wasn't an expensive wine, so I nabbed it, and happened to catch it at the perfect stage of its formation. This wine is overachieving in every way imaginable - while not perfect, it's absolutely lovely, with no discernible flaws, and reminds me (for the umpteenth time) that I tend to almost always drink my Rieslings too young - you either need to catch these babies upon release, or gut it out for the long term, and in this case, waiting paid off in a big way. It has been a good, long while since I've enjoyed a Riesling this much, and I'm an idiot for consistently drinking my Dönnhoffs at such an awkward, adolescent stage in their lives. Oh, this is so delicious. What a beautiful wine, and what a beautiful label (remember, however, this is a 1995; not a 2001 - otherwise, it looks just about the same, happy, drinking monk and all). PS - Loosen is pronounced LOEW'S-inn. This post took me about five minutes to write. If anyone is interested in me writing about wines occasionally, I'll be happy to; I just don't want to bore myself with it, so I'd need to keep things at a primer level. As long as I know people are benefitting, I don't mind doing it.
  17. Hey Everyone - My name is Jay Clement and I am the owner / operator / cider maker at WILD HARE HARD CIDER located in Bluemont, VA. We are a small micro-cidery and recently opened a few weeks ago. We have a small tasting room with hours on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5. Our ciders are dry, and we use apples from our orchard near Mt. Jackson, VA. We currently offer 2, and will be expanding to 4 in the next year. Please stop out if you are out in Loudoun County doing cider / wine / beer tours - we would love for you all to see what we are doing! There are several other cideries near us too - could be a great time to do a Cider tour! Here are some others in our area too: * Wild Hare Hard Cider - Bluemont, VA * Mt. Defiance Cidery - Middleburg, VA * Corcoran Cidery - Waterford, VA * Winchester Ciderworks - Winchester, VA * Distillery Lane Ciderworks - Jefferson, MD * Cobbler Mountain Cider - Delaplane, VA If I am allowed to post our website, here it is (if not, please feel free to edit this post): www.wildharecider.com Thanks so much! - Jay
  18. "Most Of Wine Stolen From French Laundry Restaurant Is Recovered" by Russ Parsons on latimes.com It was amazing to me that people were criticizing Chef Keller for Tweeting about the theft. How would he *not* want every possible buyer in the country to know about this? Anyway, his strategy paid off.
  19. Same chef and bar manager though. But for the fact that the last guy forgot to renew the liquor license the place might have stayed open continuously, but they had to re-apply and used the time waiting for the new liquor license to spruce the place up a bit. I believe Mr. Moliere always owned the building and was heavily invested as a backer of the former "owner", to the extent that he controlled the situation and had the power to boot the guy.
  20. The Washington Post ran an article a couple of weeks back about all of the grocery delivery services we have at our disposal in the DC area. I tried a new one yesterday, Klink - you can order wine, beer, spirits, ice, and mixers, and it will be delivered right to your door. The delivery fee is $3.97 for a $20 minimum order, which is very reasonable in comparison to some other courier services I've tried. Also, in contrast to some of the grocery services, Klink does not mark up their prices - the prices seemed to be in line with area stores (of course you can get things cheaper sometimes, but sometimes you don't have time to comparison shop). The wine selection isn't great, but I was surprised by some of the beers I was able to order. Considering that I was in the middle of a move and had to make sure I had munitions for a visit from the in-laws (and seeing that it was pouring rain yesterday), I was extremely grateful to the very friendly and courteous delivery guy. I also got a follow up call from one of the higher-ups at Klink, thanking me for the order and letting me know that he appreciated my business. Nice touch. You can order online or via app, which is nice. I feel like this service would be amazing if you needed reinforcements during a party or you were just running short on time and wanted someone else to do the heavy lifting.
  21. "A Croton-on-Hudson Man Might Be One Of The Country's Most Important Oenophiles" by Alison Krueger on westchestermagazine.com "He knows more about wine than anybody else in the world." -- Olivier Krug, Krug Champagne House So just who this savant living just a short drive from Manhattan? Why, it's my good friend and donrockwell.com member John Gilman. I've known John for close to twenty years, and have stayed at his wine cellar house several times. John's knowledge of, devotion to, and passion for wine is second-to-none - he is a bonafide, world-class expert, and a fantastic writer with a broad knowledge about all aspects of life, and his newsletter is *well-worth* subscribing to.
  22. Lady KN and I were in the Fells Point area and decided to hit Thames Street Oyster House on a Friday afternoon. In fairness, we only had access to the raw bar, as we arrived between lunch service and dinner service. No problem, as we tucked into Malpeque, another local Maryland oyster, two varieties of Virginia oysters and a dozen large shrimp as a cocktail. Everything was fresh and good, and I am definitely going to return to enjoy some of that enticing menu....
  23. Crave, a restaurant that specializes in sushi, wine and American cuisine, is the latest eating establishment to announce plans to be part of Westfield Montgomery mall's new Dining Terrace. Bethesda will be the first venture into the Mid-Atlantic region for Crave, which has nine locations in the Midwest, Florida and Texas.
  24. What is Sona Creamery? Sona will be DC's very first creamery, producing fresh and aged cow's and goat's milk cheeses. We also have a cheese and wine bar, a cafe, and a world class cheese counter. We are looking for outstanding candidates in the serving, cooking, bartending and cheesemonger areas. If you are ready to be a part of the Sona family, send your resume to cheese@sonacreamery.com. Hope to hear from you, Thanks!
  25. Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar Invites You to an Intimate Wine Dinner with Braida Winery from Italy on Saturday, October 25 On Friday, October 25, Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar, Capitol Hill's pioneering wine bar and farm-to-table restaurant, is hosting an exclusive 20 seat wine dinner with a pre-dinner wine tasting featuring the wines of Italian winemaker Braida. The evening begins at 6:30pm, starting with a pre-dinner meet and greet and wine tasting, with wine expert Norbert Reinisch, Braida's Export Manager and Founder's Son-In-Law. The tasting will include Braida's current releases of Montebruna, Il Baciale, Moscato d'Asti and Brachetto d'Acqui and will feature multiple vintages of Bricco dell'Uccellone and Ai Suma. After the wine tasting, guests will enjoy a three-course dinner plus amuse with wine pairings - each dish crafted by Executive Chef, Joshua Hutter to highlight the featured dinner wines. Among the menu items: Fluke crudo with lemon, moscatto gelee, frisee and local asian pear paired with the 2012 Moscato d'Asti; Grilled duck with a barbera cherry gastrique with savory pumpkin and sage bread paired with the Barbera Monte Bruna. Three Course Wine Dinner Menu First Fluke Crudo with preserved lemon, moscatto gelee, frisee and local asian pear paired with 2012 Moscato d'Asti Second Grilled Duck Breast "Autunno" Duck, chicharonnes, Barbera cherry gastrique with savory pumpkin and sage bread pudding paired with Barbera Monte Bruna Third Plum crisp with Local plums, brown sugar farro crumble and local goat cheese gelato paired with 2012 Brachetto d'Acqui Tickets for the wine dinner are only $80 per person and with only 20 seats available, the event is expected to sell out. To reserve your seat, email Brittany@sonomadc.com. Also as a special offer, ACE Beverage retailer will be offering exclusive discounts for guests to purchase their favorite Braida wines that they have tasted throughout the evening.