FRENCH WINE TASTINGS: FEBRUARY

France is home to some of the most famous wine producing regions in the world. From Champagne to Bordeaux to Burgundy, each corner of the country has regions rich with vines and overflowing with quality wines. Join us as we taste through a different selection of French wines each week focusing on the well-known regions and displaying a selection of hand-picked wines from small-growers. Did you know? Champagne: Champagne is divided into three parts-Montagne de Reims, Vallee de la Marne, and Cote des Blancs. Champagne has the lowest average temperature compared to any other French region. Did you  know? Loire:. Loire became very popular starting in the middle ages because it was in the heart of France. The wines gained even more popularity when French aristocracy made Loire the “summer retreat” location. Did you know? Bordeaux:  Bordeaux wine gained its first major bout of popularity when Henry Plantagenet (king of England, duke, lord of Ireland) and Eleanor of Aquitaine (French woman and one of the wealthiest woman in Europe at that time) got married. Which then led to Bordeaux wine being exported to England. Did you know? Provence: Wine has been made here for over 2,600 years. It is the oldest wine region in France. 88% of the regions wine production is rose. Is home to the only research facility dedicated to rose wine. Did you know? Burgundy: Has the highest number of AOC’s than any other French region. They have over 400 types of soils to grown their grapes from. The main levels of Burgundy classification from best to lower quality is: Grand Crus, Premier Crus, Village appellations, and regional appellations.


FEBRUARY 24th, 2017
French Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 02/24 (Logan Circle Location 5-8PM)

FEBRUARY 25th, 2017
French Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 02/25 (Logan Circle Location 3-6PM) 

FEBRUARY 25th, 2017
French Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 02/25 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)


SPANISH WINE TASTINGS: MARCH

Spain is a hot, dry, mountainous country with more vineyard land than any other nation on earth. It ranks third in the world in wine production, after France and Italy. Spanish wine has awakened from a long period of dormancy and underachievement.  Join us as we taste through a different selection of Spanish wines each week focusing on the well-known regions and displaying a selection of hand-picked wines from small-growers. Did you know? Calatayud DO includes 14,000 acres of vines along 46 small towns, each around 2,500-3,500 feet elevation, with soils ranging from chalk to limestone, to clay and marl. The region's name traces back to the Moorish occupation of Span when the local governor, Ayud, had a fortress called a Qalat, where the town of Calatayud now stands. Did you know? The DO of Ribera del Duero was founded in 1983 by a group determined to promote the quality of their wines and enforce regulatory standards. the vast majority of production is dedicated to Tinto Fino, the local name for Tempranillo, the dominant red varietal in the northern half of the Spanish peninsula. Did you know? Priorat is only one of two wine regions of Spain that has been awarded the highest wine qualification, Denominación de Origen Qualificada, or DOQ, by the Government. The main grapes in this area are Grenache, Carignane, Grenache Blanc and a few other varietals. Did you know? In the north of Spain, in Castilla y Léon, is the often­-overlooked region of Bierzo. Bierzo's dark, expansive wines -- some of them not even oaked -- tend to age well, so you can buy a bottle as an investment when it's young. Did you know? The Toro wine region has been quite resilient in the face of blights such as phylloxera. Experts say the reason Toro has been able to avoid this pest is because of its dry, sandy soils. Join us for this event to learn more! 


MARCH 3rd, 2017
Spanish Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 03/03 (Logan Circle Location 5-8PM)

MARCH 4th, 2017
Spanish Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 03/04 (Logan Circle Location 3-6PM) 

MARCH 4th, 2017
Spanish Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 03/04 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)


MARCH 10th, 2017
Spanish Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 03/10 (Logan Circle Location 5-8PM)

MARCH 11th, 2017
Spanish Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 03/11 (Logan Circle Location 3-6PM) 

MARCH 11th, 2017
Spanish Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 03/11 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)


MARCH 17th, 2017
Spanish Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 03/17 (Logan Circle Location 5-8PM)


MARCH 18th, 2017
UCI Milan SanRemo
Reserve ticket here: 03/18 (Logan Circle Location 3-6PM) 

MARCH 18th, 2017
UCI Milan SanRemo
Reserve ticket here: 03/18 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)


MARCH 24th, 2017
Spanish Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 03/24 (Logan Circle Location 5-8PM)

MARCH 25th, 2017
Spanish Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 03/25 (Logan Circle Location 3-6PM) 

MARCH 25th, 2017
Spanish Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 03/25 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)


MARCH 31st, 2017
Spanish Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 03/31 (Logan Circle Location 5-8PM)

APRIL 1st, 2017
Spanish Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 04/01 (Logan Circle Location 3-6PM) 

APRIL 1st, 2017
Spanish Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 04/01 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)


ARGENTINE WINE TASTINGS: APRIL
Three-quarters of Argentina’s increasingly acclaimed wine is produced in Mendoza, about 800 miles south of Salta. Argentina’s winemaking can be traced to the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors and Jesuits in Salta in 1534. Today, some 6 million gallons are bottled annually in Salta’s Calchaquí and Cafayate Valleys, making the province the country’s fourth-largest wine-producer, despite the challenges of growing grapes at high elevation (5,400 feet versus just 2,000 in Mendoza) and in such an arid and remote location. Join us as we taste through a different selection of Argentine wines each week focusing on the well-known regions and displaying a selection of hand-picked wines from small-growers. Did you know? Mendoza is the leading producer of wine in Argentina and the majority of vineyards are found in Maipu and Lujan. Historically, the region was dominated by production of wine from Cereza and Criolla Grande, but in recent years, Malbec became the region’s most popular planting. Did you know? After Mendoza, the San Juan region is the second largest producer of wine with 116,000 acres planted as of 2003. The climate of this region is considerably hotter and dried than Mendoza with rainfall averaging 6 inches per year. Did you know? The region of La Rioja was one of the first areas to be planted by Spanish missionaries and has the longest continued history of wine production in Argentina. Did you know? Most of Cafayate region in Salta is located at 5,446 feet above sea level. The climate of the area experiences a foehn effect which traps rain producing cloud cover in the  mountains and leaves the area dry and sunny. Did you know? The wine regions of Patagonia experience considerably cooler climates than the other major regions to the north which provides a long, drawn-out growing season in the chalky soils of the area.


APRIL 7th, 2017
Argentine Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 04/07 (Logan Circle Location 5-8PM)

APRIL 8th, 2017
UCI Paris-Roubaix Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 04/08 (Logan Circle Location 3-6PM) 

APRIL 8th, 2017
UCI Paris-Roubaix Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 04/08 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)


APRIL 14th, 2017
Argentine Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 04/14 (Logan Circle Location 5-8PM)

APRIL 15th, 2017
Argentine Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 04/15 (Logan Circle Location 3-6PM) 

APRIL 15th, 2017
Argentine Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 04/15 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)


APRIL 21st, 2017
Argentine Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 04/21 (Logan Circle Location 5-8PM)

APRIL 22nd, 2017
Argentine Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 04/22 (Logan Circle Location 3-6PM) 

APRIL 22nd, 2017
Argentine Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 04/22 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)


APRIL 28th, 2017
Argentine Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 04/28 (Logan Circle Location 5-8PM)

APRIL 29th, 2017
Argentine Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 04/29 (Logan Circle Location 3-6PM) 

APRIL 29th, 2017
Argentine Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 04/29 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)


ITALIAN WINE TASTINGS: MAY
Italy is a country full of amazing wine producing areas. Each region is rich with history and has complex variations of wines produced based on the particular soils, climate, and elevation. Join us as we taste through a different selection of Italian wines each week focusing on the well-known regions and displaying a selection of hand-picked wines from small-growers. Did you know? Sardegna, best known for being the second largest island in the Mediterranean and an autonomous region of Italy, has been under the rule of numerous kingdoms and empires which have created a very diverse and unique culture directly influencing its wine production. Its wine industry is characterized by grapes that are not commonly seen in Italy. Did you know? Tuscany has secured its place in the wine world not only through international recognition but also for its iconic wines Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino! Did you know? Emilia Romagna is one of Italy’s oldest wine regions, dating all the way back to the 7th century BC. Did you know? Its name, ‘Piemonte’, literally means “the foot of the mountains” and is known for having the ideal climate for viniculture. The primary grape varietals in this region are Barbera, Moscato, and Nebbiolo. Did you know? Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, is known for being the center of viniculture and Italy’s exciting “new” wine region. Its beautiful climate is perfect for growing grapes which started way back in 600 BC when the Greeks introduced viticulture to the island. Did you know? Similar to Sicily, Calabria was strongly influenced by the Greeks whom were the first to bring wine bearing vines to the region. For a time period Calabria was famous throughout Italy and Europe for its wine. It’s most famous and oldest wine, Ciro, gaining immense prestige in the wine world. However, when competition arose from regions in France such as Bordeaux, Calabria lost its glory in the wine industry. While it may not have gained back its popularity that it once held Calabria‘s Ciro still holds its well-known reputation for being an amazing wine and is a treat to taste!


MAY 5th, 2017
Italian Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 05/05 (Logan Circle Location 5-8PM)


MAY 6th, 2017
UCI Giro d'Italia Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 05/06 (Logan Circle Location 3-6PM) 

MAY 6th, 2017
UCI Giro d'Italia Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 05/06 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM) 


MAY 12th, 2017
Italian Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 05/12 (Logan Circle Location 5-8PM)


MAY 13th, 2017
UCI Giro d'Italia Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 05/13 (Logan Circle Location 3-6PM) 

MAY 13th, 2017
UCI Giro d'Italia Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 05/13 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM) 


MAY 19th, 2017
Italian Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 05/19 (Logan Circle Location 5-8PM)   


MAY 20th, 2017
UCI Giro d'Italia Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 05/20 (Logan Circle Location 3-6PM) 

MAY 20th, 2017
UCI Giro d'Italia Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 05/20 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM) 


MAY 26th, 2017
Italian Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 05/26 (Logan Circle Location 5-8PM)


MAY 27th, 2017
UCI Giro d'Italia Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 05/27 (Logan Circle Location 3-6PM) 

MAY 27th, 2017
UCI Giro d'Italia Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 05/27 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM) 


NEW ZEALAND WINE TASTINGS: JUNE
New Zealand extends 1,600km (1000 miles) from sub-tropical Northland (36° S) to the world’s most southerly grape growing region Central Otago (46° S). Vineyards benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate (no vineyard is more than 120km, or 80 miles, from the ocean) with long sunshine hours and nights cooled by sea breezes. New Zealand wine is distinctive for its purity, vibrancy and intensity. The long ripening period - a result of cool temperatures - allows flavour development whilst retaining fresh acidity, a balance for which New Zealand wines are renowned. There are a number of distinct major winegrowing regions spread throughout New Zealand, with the majority on the East coast of the Islands in the rain shadow of the mountains. Within these diverse regions, sub-regional characteristics are beginning to show through and wines are now being distinguished as being not just from a wine region, but from a sub-region and a place. 

 

JUNE 2nd, 2017
New Zealand Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 06/02 (Logan Circle Location 5-8PM)

JUNE 3rd, 2017
New Zealand Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 06/03 (Logan Circle Location 3-6PM) 

JUNE 3rd, 2017
New Zealand Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 06/03 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)


JUNE 9th, 2017
New Zealand Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 06/09 (Logan Circle Location 5-8PM)

JUNE 10th, 2017
New Zealand Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 06/10 (Logan Circle Location 3-6PM) 

JUNE 10th, 2017
New Zealand Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 06/10 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)


JUNE 16th, 2017
New Zealand Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 06/16 (Logan Circle Location 5-8PM)

JUNE 17th, 2017
New Zealand Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 06/17 (Logan Circle Location 3-6PM) 

JUNE 17th, 2017
New Zealand Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 06/17 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)  


JUNE 23rd, 2017
New Zealand Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 06/23 (Logan Circle Location 5-8PM)

JUNE 24th, 2017
New Zealand Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 06/24 (Logan Circle Location 3-6PM) 

JUNE 24th, 2017
New Zealand Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 06/24 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)


 JUNE 30th, 2017
New Zealand Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 06/30 (Logan Circle Location 5-8PM)

JULY 1st, 2017
New Zealand Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 07/01 (Logan Circle Location 3-6PM) 

JULY 1st, 2017
New Zealand Wine Tasting
Reserve ticket here: 07/01 (Gainesville Location 2-5PM)


Tasting Schedule

Fridays 5-8PM Logan Circle Location -- 1522 14th ST NW

Saturdays 3-6PM Logan Circle Location -- 1522 14th ST NW

Saturdays 2-5PM Gainesville Location -- 7344 Atlas Walk Way