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Today is 11 January, 2018


The Wine Cabinet

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
A National Day of recognition for the leadership and inspiration shown by a courageous man during a very difficult time for the nation. I think that we can all agree that we would be somewhat better off if a bit more of that same leadership and dedication to the country were shown on both sides of the aisle today.

Perhaps they just need to share a better bottle of wine!

Tuesday, The Wine Club meets to study Syrah/Shiraz - we"ll taste samples from around the globe.

If you don"t yet have a seat, don"t delay. There are only a few remaining!

And don"t forget to grab some Saga Blue cheese and RainForest Crisps while you are in the shop!!

We"ll look forward to seeing you!!

Always Drink Responsibly.


It all starts Tonight with  Open Bottle Thursday!

The Wine Cabinet


Chateau Ste. Michelle





91 points The Wine Advocate

“ Velvety and round, with rich, expressive blueberry, currant and meaty flavors on a supple frame.
The finish rolls out gracefully.”

Regularly: $22.99

Special Sale $14.00!!

$72 for six ($12/bottle for 6 or more)

Call us at 703-668-WINE(9463)


Fridayd"Arenberg Vineyards, McLaren Vale, Mark Luna: The d"Arenberg Vineyards in McLaren Vale, Australia have been producing medal winning wines since 1912 despite all the grapes the kangaroos have eaten. We haven"t featured them on our tasting table for several years. You have have let them slip off your radar. Time to ping these beauties again!

Saturday: KW Selections, Jane Thell: Saturday takes us from Australia to Austria. Yes, there"s always a bit of confusion, but there are no kangaroos here! Nonetheless, the wines are exceptional! Jane Thell will bring you some new wines to sample including one that has never been on the shelves in the shop previously!

The Beer Shelves: We have a 20% Green Dot Sale going on of Selected Winter Brews, Sours and a fw Holiday Specials still on the floor. This is a chance to pick up some beers that will suit the temps perfectly as we head back into the deep freeze on Sunday. Don"t miss out!!

Call or message us on Facebook, if we can put something aside for you before they"re all gone!

 Watch our Facebook page for more info and updates. 

Upcoming Events!! 

The Wine Club: Tuesday, 16 January, Syrah - Shiraz, A Rose by any other Name... 7:00 pm promptly 

Check out the Events tab on our website to see the class dates and subject matter through June!


See You this Weekend!

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

Bill, Nate, Steve, Rande, and Mike

Make Everyday a Special Occasion at

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Need Directions??


Open Bottle Thursday!!!

11 January, 2018

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


Chateau Ste. Michelle




43% Syrah, 43% Merlot, 
6% Grenache, 4% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Mourvedre


Last week we had a wine that went over so well, we were sold out  by 5:00!! 
As much as I hate to say it, it could happen again this week!! 
We have only 13 cases and cannot get anymore at the fabulous price that you"re taking advantage of!!

Call us if you just have to have this!!



 90 Points! The Wine Spectator!
"Velvety and round, with rich, expressive blueberry, currant and meaty flavors on a supple frame.
The finish rolls out gracefully.
This has presence and style. Syrah, Merlot, Grenache, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Mourvèdre. 
Drink now through 2018. 45,000 cases made."

–HS March 2016"

$15.00 a bottle   
Only $78 for six ($13/bottle)!


Call us at 703-668-WINE (9463)


Our Thoughts on this wine.....

 The red wine reflects the rich, round powerful style of Washington fruit, highlighting six different varietals. It is a true example of the art of blending. It offers jammy boysenberry flavors from the Syrah with a luscious concentration from the Merlot.  You will not find many wines outside of Washington state that are this rich and ripe.

About Chateau Ste. Michelle..........

Or at least that was the misconception the Chateau’s founding fathers set out to prove wrong when they first broke ground years ago and pioneered the Washington wine region.


Built on the 1912 estate owned by Seattle lumber baron Frederick Stimson, the winery’s roots date back to the Repeal of Prohibition.

 1967-72 Built on the 1912 estate owned by Seattle lumber baron Frederick Stimson, the winery’s roots date back to the Repeal of Prohibition.
The first vines were planted at Cold Creek Vineyard in Eastern Washington in 1972.

Four years later, Ste. Michelle Vintners built a French style winery Chateau in Woodinville, and changed its name to Chateau Ste. Michelle.
Since then, we have combined Old World winemaking traditions with New World innovation. In fact, Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one for red and one for white. The whites are made at the Chateau in Woodinville, WA, while the reds are made at our Canoe Ridge Estate winery in Eastern Washington.

VISIT THE 50th Anniversary page!!





Friday Tasting

d"Arenberg Vineyards
Roanoke Valley Imports
Mark Luna

 5:00 - 8:00 p.m


d"Arenberg - The Art of Being Different

Since 1912 the Osborn family have grown grapes and made wine in the picturesque surrounds of McLaren Vale. Today fourth generation family member Chester Osborn is at the winemaking helm, making distinctive wines using traditional methods in the winery and the vineyard.

The Wines!!

Stump Jump White $14.99
Fresh and crunchy, full of Granny Smith apple with a creamy finish.

Hermit Crab Viognier/Marsanne $19.99
A food friendly style that is rich in texture, yet crisp and refreshing.

A Medalist!

Stump Jump Red $14.99
A juicy, vibrant wine full of mulberry and aromatic violets.

The Football Shiraz $23.99
Classic McLaren Vale Shiraz, rich, ripe red berry fruits and great fruit length. 

A Medalist!!

The Laughing Magpie, Shiraz/Viognier $34.99
An enticing mix of primary fruit characters entwined with flowers, ginger and stone fruit.

Multiple Medals!!



Saturday Afternoon Tasting
1:00 - 5:00 pm

KW Selections
Jane Thell


The Wines!!

Anton Bauer Roter Veltliner $16.99
Medium green-yellow. Inviting notes of pineapple and carambola laced with blossom honey comprise a subtle and multifaceted bouquet. Elegantly concentrated with pleasant fruit sweetness balanced by vibrant acidity. Pineapple, apricot and minerals. 

Paul Direder Romana $11.99
Paul D. pours passion and love into his wines. Working in his own vineyards since he was 17, the lonesome cowboy of winegrowing and farming produces high quality wines for your everyday enjoyment. When Paul D.’s great-great-grandfather started with classic agriculture and a few vineyards more than 160 years ago, he did not anticipate that his wines would win the appeal of customers around the world. 

Steiniger Pinot Noir $19.99
This Pinot Noir shows a precise balance between the fruit and acidity that makes it fresh and lively. It has a typical Pinot Noir nose with strawberries, raspberries and floral notes such as violets. On the palate the wine is well balanced, elegant and it has a long finish tasting of red berries. An all-purpose red, easy to drink and it pairs with many different dishes from fish and vegetables to lighter meat dishes and spicy food. 

Anton Bauer Wagram Reserve $29.99
The best barrels of Anton Bauer’s wines are blended every year to make this full-bodied velvety smooth wine exuding hints of black pepper, rich red berries and spices. It shows the terroir beautifully, a simply amazing effort for an Austrian red.

Wine Enthusiast 92 pts, Falstaff Winemaker of the Year

Hillinger  Blaufränkisch "Leithaberg" $34.99
Leithaberg is the newest DAC in Austria and this wine is dark ruby red with a black core. Ripe cherry, blackberry, graphite, licorice, and spicy notes. Fresh cherry-fruits on the plate, tight structure, but soft.
A wine with elegant tannin, good acidity, dark berries and good spice on the long smooth finish.
This wine matches more than perfectly to grilled steaks, lamb and venison.

Wine Enthusiast 92 pts, Falstaff 92 pts. 




The Beer Shelves.......

Yes, I know, it feels like springtime out there today. Don"t let Mother Nature fool you thought. It will be back below freezing again come Sunday and you"ll need those brawny Stouts and Porters to keep the good flowing as you watch your favorite NFL and NBA teams.
Also, don’t forget we have 20% off select winter, holiday, and sour beers.

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


Mean Old Tom – Stout with coffee and dark chocolate, aged on vanilla beans, silky mouthfeel. ABV = 6.5%
Another One – IPA with grapefruit and tangerine flavors, resinous and clean malt palate. ABV = 7%
From Commonwealth Brewing Company (Virginia Beach, VA)
Big Papi – Double IPA. The big, round, hazy, “all the hops “ monster is made with an irresponsible amount of four hop varieties and pale malts and oats for a bright, smooth, and juicy finish. ABV = 8%
Papi Chulo – IPA. East meets west in this smooth, hazy, unfiltered IPA intensely hopped with notes of fruit and dank herb. ABV = 6.5%
Aureole – Pilsner. Pale Belgian malt unites with noble hops from Czech and Styria creating a clean, golden lager with a hint of malt sweetness followed by a refined and balanced finishing bitterness. ABV = 5.4%
Halcyon – Blond barrel sour bombed with passionfruit and apricots. ABV = 6.4%
From Alpine Beer Company (California)
Windows Up - Single IPA made with Mosaic and Citra hops. It pours a hazy straw color and is topped with bright white beer foam. Piney aromas mingle with fruity notes, while hints of citrus fruit and an overall lingering resinous quality lend a touch of complexity to this dank IPA. ABV = 7%
From Solace Brewing Company (Dulles, VA)
Manhunt – Stout. Dark and roasty with hints of chocolate and coffee. Barrel-aged in Paradise Springs Winery cabernet franc barrels. ABV = 7%


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!!

The Wine Club: Tuesday, 16 January, 7:00 pm promptly - Syrah, Shiraz!!




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