The Wine Cabinet



Dear Subscriber


 It"s Open Bottle Thursday, October 10

The Nats got a very large monkey off their backs - we"re headed to the NL Championship series for the first time since 1924 in St. Louis!
The Cards managed to upset our nemesis, Atlanta Braves, and we may actually be the favorites to win this series (knock wood - don"t get confident, #stayinthefight)

The Mystics are 2-2 against the Suns and have a final game to win or lose for the championship.
I think we"re on a roll so make sure you have plenty of champagne to celebrate with!!

This weekend is going to be outstanding with great tastings on Friday (an eclectic mix),

Fullerton wines from Willamette on Saturday

and an exceptional OktoberFest celebration on Sunday from 2:00 - 5:00 here in the shop.
You cannot miss this - multiple tables, over a dozen wines and beers and even pretzels and sausages to give you the proper atmosphere!!


Better wines, at Better prices;
Make Every Day a Special Occasion
The Wine Cabinet!
So that you can better plan your weekend,
you can always review the wines and beers that we will be offering on our website under the Events tab.

You"ll know exactly what"s coming as early as possible!

There"s a link to the site for each Tasting below for Friday and Saturday!

Friday:  Margot Blattmann - The Country Vintner
(click here for the list of wines and beers)

Saturday: Melissa Graeff, Kysela Pere et Fils Importers

(click here for the list of wines and beers)

Sunday: OktoberFest in Austria with George Schneider and Klaus Wittauer 
(click here for the list of wines and beers)

Can"t wait to see you!!

Always Drink Responsibly.

Kate, Natalie, Heidi, Kathy, Mari, Susie, Beth
Bill, Steve, Rande and Mike

The Weekend starts today with
Open Bottle Thursday!!



Hillside Select, Unfiltered

(60% Syrah 30% Merlot and 10% Zweigelt)


2016 - 94 Points!! Decanter
"A dark ruby colour with purple rim, the nose showing a combination of fruit and spice of blackberries, raspberries and cherries underlined by black pepper. Topped up with velvet flavour of cloves.
On the palate the above flavours are supported by delicate roasted flavours with perfect harmonic acidity.
The discreet wooden flavours support the perfect tannic structure, 
 a long lasting finish."

2015 - 93 Points!! The Wine Enthusiast

"The concentration of the dark fruit already seems to pervade the still shy nose. The palate follows in a sinuous and shapely fashion. There is an inherent, welcome freshness that is a counterpoint to a milky lick of chocolate and aromatic cacao. The fruit peeps through with animating black cherry glints."


2014 - 3 Stars -The Washington Post 

This wine has an explosive nose of plum, raspberry, sweet tobacco and vanilla. 
Big and full up-front with good spice, black pepper and a long pleasant lingering finish.

Dave McIntyre 

At The Winery $E29.00 

Our Regular price $29.99 

Special Sale !

Only $22.00 per Bottle
$114 for six ($19/btl)

 Call us at  703-668-9463 (WINE)

(All purchases must be accompanied by a credit card.)

Our Thoughts.....
This wine has been a favorite of ours for several vintages now. The first vintage we brought in was sampled by 12 skeptical Americans and found to be the favorite red wine after the course of a week"s effort.
Every vintage since has continued to improve.
The combination of ripe, dark fruit, fine tannin and excellent balance make it a superb choice for entertaining or midweek enjoyment.
And with this wine, you can afford to spoil yourself!!

Leo"s Thoughts.....
The Cuvèe HILLSIDE is a forerunner to the HILL 1. A wine from the best sites – vinified for the best wine consumers!
This Cuvée has an intense ruby colour with a dark core. The Syrah varietal is primary and brings intense flavour and sophistication, this is rounded off by the suppleness of the Zweigelt and the deep dark fruit characteristics of the Merlot.
The subtle use of wood supports the balance without dominating, contributing to the strong, ageable tannic structure.
A very long finish with a storage potential to match.


The Philosophy of Leo Hillinger

"If the grape material is top quality, less has to be done in the cellar.
After many years of experience and numerous experiments I know:
The fruit must be perfect and should reach the bottle not having been tampered with."

— Leo Hillinger 

The wines – especially the top-quality cuvées Hill 1, Hill 2 and Hill 3 – regularly receive awards both inside and outside Austria (Falstaff, Gault Millau, Parker, Mundus Vini, Wine Spectator, Decanter, Wine and Spirits, etc.). Overall, the wines convince with their pleasant fruitiness, powerful body and high development potential. With innovative products such as the Secco sparkling wine and the Small Hill range (red, white, rosé, sweet), Hillinger has also succeeded in appealing to new, young consumer groups in particular.

More than 50 percent of total production is already exported to a total of 19 countries, in particular Switzerland, the USA and to the Far East and other East European countries.

The top quality of the wines is guaranteed by the synthesis of close-to-nature vineyard work with state-of-the-art cellar technology. Hillinger has relied on organic wine cultivation since 2010. The high density of the wines is created by consistent work in the vineyard. An average of 4,000 – 5,000 kilograms of grapes are harvested per hectare, which equals approximately 1.5 to 2 kilograms of grapes per vine. Vineyard areas in different locations and with different soils - from black soil to brown soil to clay and slate - allow multi-layered wines to be created. The wine-growing estate of Hillinger covers 25 hectares in Rust, 20 hectars in Oggau and 25 hectares in Jois. The white wines cultivated are Welschriesling, Grüner Veltliner, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Gelber Muskateller, the red wines are Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt, St. Laurent, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.

• Burgenland•
 : It is a unique wine-producing region in an Austrian context because the most recognizable wines produced here are based on red varieties. This is why it is also unofficially called the red wine quarter of the country. At the same time very nice and unique whites are also produced in Burgenland!! This can be attributed to the plentiful sunshine the region experiences, which averages almost 2,000 hours per year..

 •Soil & Climate•
 Soil and Climate: The primary rock is slate. The perfect vineyards for our Pinot’s are limestone and brown soil. Hot, dry summers and cold winters combined with the temperature-regulating influence of the lake Neusiedl, which creates long vegetation periods. High humidity and autumn fog help to develop botrytis cinerea, which forms the basis for our top quality sweet wines, such as TBA Small Hill Sweet and TBA Hill 3
With a 70-hectare area under cultivation in Austria, the Hillinger wine-growing estate is one of the largest high-quality wine producers in Austria. Since Leo Hillinger took over his father"s small wine business in 1990, he has created a model Austrian business by instigating intelligent structural reforms and buying good locations around Jois and Rust. His “passionate” commitment has now paid off in more ways than one.

We"re OPEN
10:00 - 8:00 pm 
Monday - Saturday
11:00 - 6:00 pm 

We have everything that you"ll need at The Wine Cabinet!!

Always Drink Responsibly.


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!

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