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Really? Is its time for spring forward again? Is it me or did this just happen a month ago!  The older I get the faster time flies by, at this rate next week will be Christmas.

Anyhow, don’t think about Day Light Savings as losing an hours sleep on Saturday night but as an opportunity to enjoy a glass of Rose’ with Spring less than two weeks away!  The Wine Cabinet is Reston’s Rose’ Headquarters with delicious, fresh and affordable Rose’s that intrigue the palate! New Rose’ are arriving now, come in a check out our large selection.

 

Our favorite Soup Guy Tim will be sampling three different “Shore Boys Soups for You” on Saturday Afternoon.

But first, come in tonight to taste our Open Bottle Thursday, this Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington State knocks it out of the park, yes it’s open season for Baseball analogies, see details below.




See our Wine & Beer Tasting Table line up for today through the weekend below.


Upcoming Scheduled Events

Saturday March 10
 Shore Boy Soups 100PM - 500PM in store Tasting!


The Wine Club: 

We have an exciting list of classes for the remainder of the spring and we hope that you"ll make the time to join us. Not only do we taste some very nice wines, but we also have a few laughs and make very nice acquaintances.

March 20 - Cabernet Sauvignon - The Elephant in the room.

April 17 - How To Spend your Tax Refund

May 15 - This Year"s Vintage of Rose"

June 19 - Summer Sippers!!

 
Make Everyday a Special Occasion at
The Wine Cabinet,see you this weekend!

Kate, Nancy, Heidi, Natalie, 

Bill, Nate, Steve, Rande, and Mike

Always Drink Responsibly.

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The Weekend Starts Tonight with

Open Bottle Thursday!

March 8, 2018

Featuring:

 

Chateau Ste. Michelle

Ethos Reserve 

Cabernet Sauvignon 
2013

Columbia Valley, Washington State
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot

91Wine Spectator,

93 Wine 
Advocate


This wine is a beast 
that throws caution to the wind, it stares into your soul as it lures you in for the next engrossing sip. Beware!


93 Points!

Robert Parker"s The Wine Advocate 

"One of the standouts in the lineup is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Ethos Reserve, which comes from a number of sites in the Columbia Valley and incorporates 10% Merlot. Aged in 53% new French and American oak, this full-bodied, rich, unctuously textured and concentrated Cabernet is loaded with notions of currants, blueberries, smoked herbs, and licorice. Possessing low acidity, a plump, sexy profile and no hard edges, it can be enjoyed anytime over the coming decade."

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Friday Evening Wine & Beer Tasting

 5:00 - 8:00 p.m

The Wines of Barnard Griffin with Margot

A RICH HISTORY
Rob Griffin fell in love with the culture and practice of winemaking at an early age. He grew up near what has now become the most recognized wine region in the US, and worked frequently at his uncle’s vineyard in the heart of Napa Valley. Knowing his life’s passion at an early age, he enrolled at the University of California, Davis when he was just 17 years old. He then worked diligently to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Fermentation Science with the dream of becoming a winemaker.

After gaining a few years of experience in the Napa Valley, Rob decided to take a leap of faith and travel to Washington State. At that time, the region was unexplored and those who dared to grow wine grapes were considered pioneers in the wild-west of winemaking.  That leap of faith developed into a prosperous career filled with awards and accolades over the last 40 years and still going strong.

Rob and his wife, Deborah Barnard, established Barnard Griffin Winery in 1983 with a small truckload of borrowed fruit and a rented cellar. It has now grown to become one of Washington’s most enduring and award-winning wineries. Rob and Deborah built the winery’s permanent home in Richland, Washington in 1996. The Barnard Griffin campus houses their production facility, tasting room, full service restaurant and fused glass art studio.

Maintaining true craftsmanship, Rob continues to be fully engaged in the winemaking and leadership of Barnard Griffin. The early vision of handcrafting the highest quality Washington wine continues to drive the company as Rob and Deborah move to incorporate a second generation.


Barnard Griffin Sauvignon Blanc

 “Sauvignon Blanc in Washington has enough herbal identity to be intriguing and enough tropical fruit character to be fruity and pleasant. Our many years of practice blending Semillon in with our Sauvignon Blanc have created a style that exhibits richness and enhanced longevity.” Our 2016 Sauvignon Blanc opens with a beautiful expression of peach, lime and orange zest flavors, well supported by an elegant and racy structure. Zippy, cleansing and refreshing.

Barnard Griffin Chardonnay
 “This Chardonnay has an intriguing combination of citrusy aromas, firm acidity and a very ripe flavor profile; another outstanding vintage for the variety. Offering both classic Washington Chardonnay style and structure, this crisp, refreshing white doesn’t disappoint. Layers of apple, pear and tangerine greet the palate with an underpinning of toasty oak. Excellent as an everyday wine to accompany a broad range of foods.”

Barnard Griffin Merlot
“Merlot in Washington is big, rich wine. Dense, powerful and not to be taken lightly, this 2015 is once again a Cabernet lover’s Merlot. Supple on the entry, showing harmonious flavors of plum, cherry & raspberry accented by notes of bittersweet chocolate and toasted coconut. This superbly balanced and crafted Merlot would be an excellent match for seared beef fillet or tender pork shoulder. ”

Barnard Griffin Cabernet Sauvignon
 “Cherry, plum and cranberry flavors glide across the palate. Delivers richness and concentration, nicely offset by a vibrant structure. A touch of mint and hints of dark chocolate and wood spice rise up on the long finish. Pairs wonderfully with barbequed foods.

Barnard Griffin Port
 “Port-style wines are about intensely ripe grapes. In our climate, Syrah achieves tremendous maturity when allowed to remain on the vine for an extra few weeks. This 2016 Syrah port starts with just a whiff of toasty oak aromas gives way to rich, decadent raspberry and chocolate flavors. Fruity, accessible and delicious. Stock up for the holidays!


Friday Night Beers with Heidi

Collective Arts Brewing (Hamilton, Canada):
Life in the Clouds New England IPA

Collective Arts flagship New England style IPA. Simcoe and Mosaic hops and malt balance to optimize this juicy IPA’s pleasantly fruit forward (think citrus and melon) taste and aroma. In keeping with the nouveau NEIPA tradition, Life in the Clouds is an unfiltered beer, neither overly-sweet nor bitter, with a pillowy mouth feel. ABV = 6.1%

Commonwealth Brewing (Virginia Beach VA):
Wapatoolie Tropical IPA


This tropical blond wheat IPA delivers a sweet Pineapple, Mango nose with island flavors courtesy of a carefully selected house yeast strain. AVA= 6.4%, IBU:90
  
Prairie Artisan Ales (Krebs, Oklahoma)
Bomb, Imperil Stout

Bombis an imperial stout aged on coffee, chocolate, vanilla beans, and ancho chili peppers. The peppers add just the right amount of heat to complement the intense coffee and chocolate flavors.Awards: Bomb! has been named a RateBeer Top 100 Beer in the World for three consecutive years! 13% ABV

 

Saturday Afternoon Wine & Beer Tasting
1:00 - 5:00 pm

The Wines with John

The Soup with Tim
Shore Boy Tasting Today



Compass Sauvignon Blanc
From the Sacramento Delta Region, east of the San Francisco Bay, the days are sunny and nights are cool ~ which is when the grapes are harvested to capture the delicate flavors and bright acidity. Notes of citrus, melon and stone fruit flow across the palate finishing with crisp freshness. This wine will enliven dishes that call for a splash of fresh citrus like seafood, fish and poultry. It also pairs well with lighter goat cheese, salads and vegetables.
 
Compass Pinot Noir
From the cool climates of Monterey and Santa Barbara is a pinot noir that is crisp and complex, yet very drinkable. The vintage kicked off with much needed winter rains and continued with below-average temps. The grapes developed excellent phenolics and structure resulting in a Pinot Noir both aromatic and complex. Open-top fermenters give the opportunity to gently extract color and soften tannins. The wine is aged for six months in French and American oak. Fragrant cranberry and raspberry aromas carry to the palate that is framed by notes of white tea, cedar and spice with a silky finish. Pairs well with grilled salmon or tuna, roast chicken and pork tenderloin.
 
?Seabiscuit Chardonnay
Rich complex fruit flavors, showing green apple and pears, with an underpinning of pleasant oak aromas, all supported by bright acidity. The wine is styled to be an elegant accompaniment to foods offering a mouth-filling, long finish.
 
Seabiscuit Superfecta
This wine name is SUPERFECTA, a betting term used to predict the first four finishers in correct sequence within a race. Composed primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with nuances gained with the addition of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. These four varieties develop mouth-filling fruit flavors, elegance and finesse. The wine has deep purple color, concentrated ripe fruit aromas and flavors, with medium-to-robust body.  It has soft tannins and is ideal for drinking now, yet will benefit from further bottle aging for many years.

Meyer Family Syrah 2013
2013 was a warm vintage which bursts with a ripe mixture of huckleberry, blueberry, and plum. Behind the fruit, a savory backdrop of violet, pepper, and subtle earth. The acidity of this wine is again present on the palate and complemented by a touch of grippy tannins provided by the small percentage of Petite Sirah blended into the wine. Two years in barrel has softened the palate and added aromas of vanilla, cedar, and clove. The bottle aging only adds to this wines beauty.



Saturday Afternoon Beers with Nate

Collective Arts Brewing (Hamilton, Canada):
Ranstack the Universe IPA

 Galaxy hops from Myrtleford, Victoria in Australia and Mosaic hops from Yakima, Washington, USA, deliver aromas and flavors of tropical fruits, mango and citrus. Light malt body lets the hops shine through, and finishes crisp but not bitter. A hemispheric hop mashup.
RateBeer Rating = 97/ ABV = 6.8%










 
Kindred Spirit Brewing (Richmond, VA):
Headspace IPA

Pours a clear orange/light amber color with a good size bubbly white head. Retention is good and there are thick bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus hops, mostly orange zest and tangerine. There is some caramel malt as well. Mouthfeel is soft, somewhat crisp with some bitterness as well. Very refreshing and tasty. RateBeer Rating = 95/ ABV = 7.7%

Kentucky Ale (Lexington, KY):
Bourbon Barrel Blackberry Porter

 This is a big and dark beer with bold flavors to ease you into spring. Brewed with the official state fruit of Kentucky and aged in bourbon barrels. This spring seasonal comes out with the bold roasted malt flavors complemented by a nose of fresh blackberries. ABV = 8.3%

 


 

It"s all about the Beer.......

This week we got in some new beers (including Rande’s new favorite beers from Collective Arts Brewing out of Canada that he discovered over President’s Day Weekend while on vacation in New England. First time available in Virginia!), as well as some returning favorites.



 
Collective Arts Brewing (Hamilton, Canada):
Number 5 IPA/American Double Imperial IPA


 The 5th in the IPA Series. New England Double Dry Hopped Double IPA. Brewed with massive amounts of Simcoe and Citra hops. Pale golden pour with a thick white head. The aroma is quite fruity and juicy. Lots of apricot, kiwi, some soft apple, pear, light pine and a bit of resin. It’s an unusual combination of pine and zesty fruit. High alcohol with a bit of zingy fruit, some light lemon and a bit of soft peppery flavor. ABV = 8.2%

 
Stone Brewing (Richmond, VA):
Exalted Loral & Citra Hops IPA

Straw yellow, clear, with a thin white head. Citrus hits right up front. Beautiful aromas of fresh lemon and lime, starfruit, elegant floral notes and fresh hops. Mild grain and wheat characteristics come through as well. Citrus dominates throughout this beer, especially with lemon and lime. Fresh Thai basil and a big floral component accentuate the citrusy flavors. This beer has a very crisp finish with lingering citrus flavors and bitterness. ABV = 7%

Stone Brewing (Richmond, VA)
Scorpion Bowl IPA

Brewed with Loral, Mandarina Bavaria and Mosaic hops. The beer is named after an alcoholic beverage that is usually made by combining fruit juice, rum, brandy, gin, and grenadine in a large bowl. The taste is tropical fruit, resin, melon, pine, dandelion, pale malt. Medium bodied, moderate bitterness, and well balanced.

RateBeer Rating = 91/ ABV = 7.5%


Returning favorites are back in stock:

Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai IPA,
Dogfish Head Seaquench Session Sour Ale,
Maine Beer Company Lunch IPA,
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale,
Wild Wolf Brewing Company Czeched Out.

 

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!!

 

 

 

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