220 20th St S
Arlington, VA 22202
I’m sorry, but McLean is going to remain a mystery for awhile longer … she is sick but never fear, that doesn’t stop the wine! We are still going to have some great wines from the portfolio of Free Run on the Tasting Bar from 5-7p. We’ll see you at the wine tasting tonight …
- Avinyó Petillant Vi d’Agulla 2017: On the front of every bottle of Cava Avinyó Brut Reserva is a Catalan inscription that translates: “from the must of the flower and with the rigor of a work well crafted.” This phrase sums up the Nadal family’s winemaking philosophy with their focus on producing the highest quality of wine through adherence to the natural fruit and through hard work and great delicacy in the winemaking process. Although the estate dates back to the sixteenth century, the winery was founded over 50 years ago when Joan Esteve Nadal planted Parellada, Xarello and Macabeo to make sparkling wine for his family. Joan’s children now run the winery and they stick to their father’s notion of using pure free-run juice and delicate care in crafting this family wine from indigenous varietals. This is his “prickly wine” made from 70% Muscat, 20% Macabeo, and 10% Xarel-lo that is a vibrant and refreshing wine. It is the traditional summertime quaffer of the Penedès region of Catalonia, and it’s perfect for drinking out of a porrón.
- Quinta da Raza Dom Diogo Padeiro Rose 2017: Located inland in the verdant Vinho Verde region, Quinta da Raza is the home and life of Jose Diogo and Mafalda Teixeira Coelho. Quinta da Raza has a unique terroir created by the gentle slopes and magnificent exposure to the sun. The soil is granite bedrock with areas of schist and clay. The microclimate created by the mountains in the west and the Tamega river valley prevent the influence of Atlantic winds resulting in less rain and a greater temperature range. The vineyards are subject to more sun than perhaps other vineyards in the Vinho Verde Region, which are important factors for the development of the vines. This rose is made from 100% Padeiro and is ideal as an aperitif or with light meals, such as fish and seafood. Due to its freshness, it is particularly pleasant sipped on a patio or in the garden!
- Domaine Hirsch Chénas 2015: Originally from Alsace two young oenologues, Celine and Nicolas Hirsch, have put down roots in Beaujolais. Since 2011 they have been cultivating 8 acres of Beaujolais (Juliénas, Chénas and Moulin à Vent). The vines are nurtured using the demanding qualitative practices of ‘viticulture raisonnée’ or ‘sustainable viticulture’. In the cellar the wines are hand-crafted in the traditional way, respecting the expression of ‘terroir’. Their work has been rewarded with awards (Concours International du Gamay), as well as being hailed by the press and French gastronomy guides. Their vineyard in Chénas is in a place called The Brureaux and is planted with vines that are from 40-90 years old. Chénas is the smallest of the ten Beaujolais Cru and this wine reflects the special nature of the place. This is a beautiful wine that is ready to drink now but will also age for the next several years. Don’t sleep on the rarest of Beaujolais Cru!
- Field Recordings Fiction 2015: Being employed at a vine nursery has its perks. In planting and planning vineyards for grape growers throughout California, 32 year old winemaker Andrew Jones finds himself with access to small lots of fruit from amazing places and interesting people. Andrew’s book is filled with unfined, unfiltered wines and an obvious preference for old, own-rooted vineyard sources. Fiction is his original spin-off label, and is produced from multiple vineyards and multiple varieties. Taking what the season gives and creating a blend made for every occasion. Ready for tonight, tomorrow or this weekend. 2015 is a blend of 48% Zinfandel, 15% Syrah, 14% Mourvedre, 8% Graciano, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Touriga Nacional, and 3% Carignan that is ready for just about anything you can throw at it!