oregon wine history

This Week at the Shop: Oregon Wine History

Oregon was not a wine powerhouse for many years. The first recorded plantings were made in 1847 and the Northwest’s first winery, Valley View, was established in 1854 in Jacksonville. While wines from the rest of the country were flourishing, but Oregon was seen by many as too difficult terrain for grapes. After the transcontinental railroad was Read more about This Week at the Shop: Oregon Wine History[…]

Two Roads Brewing Company Has Arrived in Crystal City!

We are happy to introduce Two Roads Brewing, who are making their full Northern Virginia introduction this week! We have seen a few of their beers in the marketplace in the past – most notably their collaborations with Evil Twin, Geyser Gose and Pachamama Porter. Now, we are going to be able to carry their Read more about Two Roads Brewing Company Has Arrived in Crystal City![…]

rose

This Week at the Shop: Rosé Season in Full Swing!

Okay, you should be drinking rosé all year but with 85% of it being sold between March and September, we know that now is full tilt rosé season! Whether you like Provencal Rosé, Italian Rosato, American Rose, or Spanish Rosado, we have plenty of options in the Shop to satisfy your desires: Pigoudet Vine de Provence Premiere Rose: Read more about This Week at the Shop: Rosé Season in Full Swing![…]

Schlalfy The Variant

Schlafly The Variant

It is with great excitement that we introduce you to The Variant, the first ever release in Schlafly’s Ibex Rare series. At only 5,000 bottles produced, this is easily the rarest beer that Schlafly has produced. The Ibex Rare series is Schlafly’s no-holds-barred approach to brewing beer. These beers will be few and far between because they take Read more about Schlafly The Variant[…]

new & seasonal beers

This Week at the Shop: Untappd Verified Venue

We are proud to announce that the Crystal City Wine Shop is now an Untappd Verified Venue! What’s an Untappd Verified Venue and what does that mean for the Shop? Starting last February, Untappd launched the ability for venues to update their menus on Untappd to provide a real-time view in what they are serving. You Read more about This Week at the Shop: Untappd Verified Venue[…]

hops

This Week at the Shop: March Showers brought April Flowers!

Now that spring has really sprung and the Capital Weather Gang is predicting a great string of days, don’t forget about all of the great beers that are brewed with flowers … and by flowers, I mean hops! Hops are the flowers of the plant Humulus lupulus and has been used in the brewing of beer Read more about This Week at the Shop: March Showers brought April Flowers![…]

spring

This Week at the Shop: Getting Ready for Spring!

This Week’s Schedule: Tasting Tuesday, 5-7p: Winemaker Tasting: Victor Villar, Castillo de Monjardin Beer Thursday, 5-7p: Bad Wolf Brewing Company Wine Friday, 5-7p: Spring Selections with Matthew & European Cellars Staff Pick Saturday, 2-6p: Staff Pick Tasting Are you ready for Spring? It surely looks like spring has sprung finally. The flowers are out, the cherry blossoms are being Read more about This Week at the Shop: Getting Ready for Spring![…]