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Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.

On Earth Day 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed by the United States, China, and some 120 other countries. This signing satisfied a key requirement for the entry into force of the historic draft climate protection treaty adopted by consensus of the 195 nations present at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature"s equipoise was later sanctioned in a proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom award in recognition of his work. While this April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations.

Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on the environmental issues that the world faces. In 2017, the March for Science occurs on Earth day (April 22, 2017).


Beginning with tonight"s Open Bottle, we have an array of outstanding wines for your sampling pleasure. It seems only fitting that on Earth Day weekend, we recognize the long standing place that farmers, and vineyards in particular, have played in the efforts to create a steward"s view of the long term needs of agricultural management.

Each of the vineyards have a view towards sustainable farming and attention to the details of passing the best possible health of the earth along to the next generation. This is a much more widely held position than many of us understand among the winemakers and grape growers of the world.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend!!

Don"t forget that we can chill a bottle for your arrival if you give us a call. And we"re more than happy to match up wines and dinner menus!! And we love doing it!!

Have a great weekend!! And stay up to date with us on Facebook!

Always Drink Responsibly.


It all starts Tonight with  Open Bottle Thursday!

The Wine Cabinet

93-100 POINTS!!!   The Wine Advocate

"The 2012 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Grandi Annate gives new life to one of Tuscany"s most historic wines. There is more elegance and finesse here....this wine is highly redolent of black fruit, tar, licorice and even a touch of white mushroom. Everyone loves a comeback story and that"s what you get here. "

Our Regular Price $105.99

$75.00 a bottle 

 $414.00 for six ($69/bottle)

703-668 WINE(9463)


Friday: Republic National, Jim Futrell: Jim brings an eclectic assortment of wines to the Tasting Table this Friday - from Russian River Valley favorites to a remarkably lush Viognier to a glorious Rioja and even a Lodi classic from a Hungarian family. Piqued your interest? I truly hope so. 

Saturday: Free Run Wines, Mike Musgrove: The wines of Antonelli San Marco have tradition in the soil, the fruit and the attitude of the owner. From former grounds of the Papal States vines were first planted sometime in the seventh or eighth centuries. Believe it or not though, the first wines sold with this appellation were in 1979!! Perhaps that"s why the Vatican is still the world leader in wine consumption per capita!!
No, not the sacramental variety.

The Beerman: We have so many playoff games to watch (Wizards, Caps and Nats - feels like playoffs when they play the Mets), it would be a crime to allow your cooler to run low on your favorite brews!
Dave has another large array of new selections from which you can choose, so do not wait!
You might miss the key shot!

See You this Weekend!

Kate, Nancy, Heidi K, Heidi C, Natalie, 

Bill, Rob, Dave, Rande and Mike

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Open Bottle Thursday!!!

20 April, 2017

4:00 - 8:00 pm
(All purchases must be accompanied by a credit card.)


  A Sangiovese heart, a unique terroir and the distinct Avignonesi signature are the main ingredients for the finest expression of the Avignonesi Vino Nobile, Grandi Annate. Vino Nobile Grandi Annate is the finest expression of Sangiovese from our Montepulciano vineyards. This wine is produced only in the very best years, when the climate brings optimum growing conditions to the vines, permitting the grapes to express all the complexity of the terroir, leading to a wine that is rich in character with the stamina to age for many years. The Winemaker

Everyone I"ve read about or spoken to has raved about this wine!! Only confirming my own very positive view. 
This is one of those special opportunities to pick up a wine that will make you happy for a long time. I"ve only shown you a sampling of the critical reviews - all between 93 and 100 points!! Personally, this is the type of wine to have with a very fine roast and all the accompaniments - for Anniversary, Birthday, or Christmas - a very special experience that will keep in your cellar for 10-12 years, if you choose. - mike


93 / 100 points - The Wine Advocate

You"ll notice that this wine is no longer labeled "Riserva." Avignonesi wanted to reduce the time it spends in oak and made the name adjustment accordingly. This seems like a good idea to me. The 2012 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Grandi Annate gives new life to one of Tuscany"s most historic wines. There is more elegance and finesse here. I must say that past vintages have been a disappointment, but this expression seems to break all ties with the past. Fruit is sourced primarily from the Banditella vineyard that tends to produce more austere and concentrated Sangiovese. Indeed, this wine is highly redolent of black fruit, tar, licorice and even a touch of white mushroom. Everyone loves a comeback story and that"s what you get here. - Monica Larner


The colour is showing more evolution here. Leaning towards orange, tawny at the rim. Medium-high intensity. The nose is also showing some evolution, with more dried fruity aromas. I would say more traditional style. There is no indication of oak here, the fruitiness is more prune, dried cherry, dried tomatoes with some spicy notes, hint of leather. Classically dry palate. Still with a slightly austere texture. There is a good presence of tannin, that hasn’t fully integrated yet. Quite youthful and fresh acidity. On the finish more attractive fruit, with juicy red cherry and a certain spiciness. In my mind something that should be put back in the cellar to round off the edges a little bit more. 

-Andreas Larsson, World"s Best Sommelier


Regularly $ 105.99

Special  Open Bottle Price

$75.00 a bottle

 $414.00 for 6! (69.00)!!

 The Winery.....“Healthier wines for healthier people, but also a healthier land
and a healthier environment to pass on to future generations.”

Virginie Saverys

 The winery is named after the Avignonesi family, the founders of the original estate.
Constant research and development aimed at expressing the true character of the Montepulciano terroir has, over time, earned the winery a well-deserved place among the flagship producers of Tuscany.

In 2009, Avignonesi was acquired by Virginie Saverys who has since introduced organic and biodynamic farming methods to craft distinct, genuine wines with an even stronger character, and has acquired additional vineyards and a state-of-the-art winemaking facility in the Montepulciano appellation.

We believe that the life force of the earth and the uniqueness of our terroir are at the heart of our brand. Avignonesi is reborn from the soil of our vineyards with each vintage in wines that mirror the subtle flavours of the site and the special traits of each year. Our wines express the richness and beauty of the Montepulciano territory. We respect the heritage of Montepulciano, where Sangiovese wines have been produced for centuries, and we wish to contribute to its future by being the finest representative of its heritage that we can be.

We respect the innate character of each wine and seek to follow its natural evolutionary path from the soil to the cellar and - finally - to the bottle.
 The Winemaker.....
Virginie was born in Ghent, Belgium and graduated in law from the University of Paris in 1983. Virginie was brought up in a family that always enjoyed fine wines and, as a wine lover, decided to invest in the Avignonesi winery in 2007, after having retired from her highly successful legal career and moving to Tuscany. In 2009 she bought the whole of Avignonesi with the intention of taking a winery already recognised for its quality, innovative research and experimentation to a new level of excellence.

She is a strong believer in organic products and homeopathic medicine, so converting the winery to sustainable farming methods was a natural choice. Her aim at Avignonesi is to produce wines which do not only mirror the distinct identity of the terroir of Montepulciano, but wines which are healthier for her customers, healthier for the land and therefore for future generations.



Friday Tasting

Republic National
Jim Futrell

 5:00 - 8:00 p.m


The Wines!!

Baletto Chardonnay "Teresa"s Unoaked" Russian River Valley 2015 - $24.99
90 Points - The Tasting Panel
Editors" Choice + 89 Points - Wine Enthusiast Dec.16 Best of Year

Montpellier Viognier - $22.99
With abundant aromas of honey-suckle, stone fruit, apricot and tropical fruit, our Viognier finishes crisp and clean with hints of vanilla and fruit that is pleasantly balanced.
Suggested Food Pairings: Enjoy this wine with fruit dishes, shellfish, and other seafood.

Balletto Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2013 - $32.99

91 Points + Gold Medal - "16 N. Coast 
Wine Challenge Gold Medal - 2016 Dan Berger International Wine Competition

Glorioso Rioja Riserva 2009 - $22.99
Always a great winter drop, this particular Rioja is full of spice and warming vanilla. Cherry and vanilla flavours mark this out as a somewhat old-school style, with a juicy, spicy finish and a dry, woody vanilla character.
Taster: James Button
 89 points, Decanter 

Haraszthy Old Vine Zinfandel - $19.99
Haraszthy Family Cellars Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel is a delicious medium-bodied wine exhibiting blackberry, raspberry and cherry aromas & flavors. The harvest was very even-ripening which is not typical of Zinfandel. The wine has a very slight, smoky aroma that integrates beautifully with the delicious roundness of the fruit. There is a hint of cinnamon, sweet plum and a nicely balanced acidity in the lingering finish. Grapes were harvested beginning in late August and ending in late September.


Saturday Afternoon Tasting

Free Run Wines
Mike Musgrove


The Vineyards!!
Antonelli San Marco Vineyards

Established 1881
Formerly owned by The Bishopric of Spoleto

Antonelli San Marco is a wine and farming estate which extends over an entire 170 hectares located centrally within Montefalco"s DOCG winemaking area in Umbria. With a background rich in history, the Antonelli family is passionately committed to caring for their territory and attentive to the quality of their products.
The estate style is geared towards authenticity and harmony, drinkability and elegance rather than blunt power.
It leans towards gentle extraction and moderate use of wood ageing. 
The wines are made exclusively from the estate"s organically grown grapes.
The Wines!!

 Grechetto Colli Martani 2015 $15.99
Grechetto is the main autochthonous white varietal of Umbria. Opens with elegance to the nose: fresh, fruity and floral with notes of citrus, peach, almond and hawthorn blossom. The taste has good structure and is pleasantly fresh.
 "Baiocco" Sangiovese IGT Umbria 2015 $13.99
The baiocco is an ancient coin of the Papal States, of which Umbria was a part of.  The nose opens with fruity and floral notes of cherry and red fruit; on the palate it is lively and balanced with a pleasant and fresh fruity finish. An everyday value wine!
 Montefalco Rosso 2013 $19.99
Traditional wine made by blending Sangiovese, Sagrantino and Montepulciano.
Olfactory impact intense and fruity, with hints of cherry and wild berries. To the palate it is dry, balanced and well structured. The freshness provided by the Sangiovese gives it an excellent drinkability.

 Montefalco Sagrantino 2011 $39.99
The traditional wine of Montefalco, made exclusively from Sagrantino grapes, vines grown for centuries on the slopes of the Umbrian hills characterised by great structure and longevity.  To the nose rich and powerful, ethereal and very complex. Typically characterised by notes of fruit and aromatic herbs, featuring citrus, cherry, wild berry, mint and oregano. On the palate this wine is very structured, with firm and persistent tannins. A wine that is best expressed with a long bottle aging. Pair with grilled and roast meats, stewed red meats, game and mature hard cheeses.
 Montefalco Sagrantino Passito 2009 $33.99
Sweet wine made from semi-dried grapes. The traditional version of Montefalco Sagrantino. The name derives from the Latin “sacer”: a holy wine destined for consumption during the Christian festivals.
Rich and complex to the nose, with notes of cherries, wild berry jam, candied citrus peel and spices. To the taste it’s an amazing wine, where it begins sweet and then gives way to a fresh finish with an aromatic persistence to the nose.




The Beerman.......


Along with the new beers I"ve listed below, we have a ton of great beers in store these days! If you haven"t been here in a while, it would be a great day to come in and see what else we have! I"ll give you a personal tour! We can also pair beer with any food you"re having over the weekend! Come on in and test me with all the crazy recipes you"re thinking about this weekend! As always, we"ll be pouring 3 beers on Friday Night and 3 beers on Saturday Afternoon! See you soon!

As always, check us out on Facebook   for a more detailed list (and photos!).  - Dave

Lickinghole Creek Supreme Leader Bourbon Barrel Spiced Imperial Stout: 93 points from BeerAdvocate! "Black. Stouty. Heady. More than expected, at least. Nose brings chocolate (imported – they don’t have that in the Hermit Kingdom, do they?), roast, chiles, sweetness. Chiles are amped up. Supreme Leader is a guy I’d vote for, well, I’d probably have to, since he’s the only one on the ballot. The chiles are understated but velvety & beautiful, bringing a mild heat that lingers like a secret policeman. Underneath is chocolate, cinnamon stick, molasses. Bourbon is subtle, more back-of-the-throat than a taste; does see a bit of air as it warms. Big& thick.  I can feel it already. Or perhaps that’s just the giddiness of dictatorship."

Stillwater Yacht Dry-Hopped Lager:
100 points in Style from RateBeer! "Nice blonde pour to this, with a frothy head that quickly settled and a few rings of lacing along the back side of my pint glass. Lots of grass and lemon in the nose with even more in the taste. Strong pilsner malt in the taste with floral and lemon zest in the taste, ad this was quite "bright" from the get-go. Loads of bubbles here which were great for scrubbing and a nice, biscuit backbone provided the right amount of body to keep this from falling into the watered-down trap that dooms so many other lagers. No cereal here but just a bit of cracker that stuck around at the end, giving me something to proverbially "chew on" before the next sip. Want a session lager? Look no further."

Stillwater SuperHop IPA:
95 points from RateBeer! "The pour is golden-orange and hazy. The head leaves behind a fine layer of lacing. The aromatics are really sexy. Lemon balm, grapefruit, pineapple, guava, verbena, and succulent stone fruit. With the flavor profile you get nectar, lemongrass, sappy pine resin, and a huge dose of eucalyptus. This is a dank, oily IPA with lingering juiciness and zest. Extremely drinkable and beautifully done."

Against the Grain Rico Sauvin Double IPA:
93 points from The Alstrom Bros. of BeerAdvocate! "Honey amber in color with a massive creamy head. Fruity on the nose with pine and candied citrus. This is a creamy beer with a dry, semi-astringent hoppy bite beneath. A malty sweetness and notes of caramel coat the palate with some balance. Fruity suggestions of wine grapes, oranges, berries, notes of grapefruit and a citric edge smooth into a bready finish with some lingering alcohol and a coarse, oily bitterness that sticks around. With its focus on Nelson Sauvin hops, Rico Sauvin is a macho Double IPA that makes you want to don a bandana, bare your chest and learn Spanglish."

DC Brau & Union Brewing Yonder Cities Farmhouse IPA:
96 points in Style from RateBeer! "“Yonder Cities" is a collaborative beer between DC Brau and Union Brewing of Baltimore. This Farmhouse IPA is quite the standout with its beautiful balance of malt, hops and yeast. Jeff and Kevin worked hard to craft a beer with a spicy yeast character and a bright vivid hop profile. Simcoe and and Citra hops bring white grapefruit, juicy nectarine and zesty lemon peel to the nose and palate while the proprietary saison yeast balances peppery earth tones with a crisp tart finish. There are two version of this beer. One brewed at Union and one brewed at DC Brau. The only difference being base malts. We used Pilsner Malt and Union used 2 row."


Just to remind you of the ongoing opportunities we have:

Thursday Evening Open Bottle 4:00 - 8:00 pm - 1 wine rated highly and discounted generously;

Friday Evening Tasting 5:00 - 8:00 pm - 3 Beers, 5 wines discounted 10% from the first bottle;

Saturday Afternoon 1:00 - 5:00 pm - a different group of beers and wines and sometimes soup or chocolate or something else of interest!
What more could you ask!!


Upcoming Events!! 
Tuesday, May 16, 7:00 pm - The Wine Club

Friday, June 2, 5:00 - 8:00 pm - Four Austrian Winemakers in the shop!!!




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