Following on the success of our introductory wine seminar, Wine 101: Introduction to Wine Appreciation, Slate Wine Bar + Bistro is launching a series of wine tasting seminars focused on specific wine regions around the world, including France, Italy, California and Pacific Northwest, Australia and New Zealand, and Spain. We’ll start with sampling sparkling, white and red wines from areas all over France. This is a great way to become more familiar with the key places in France that lend their names to their wines (e.g. Burgundy and Bordeaux). Our France Tasting Seminar is on November 13th at 7 p.m. $25 person or sign up for all 5 Region I tastings for $100 (pay in advance on or before November 13th for discounted price). Additional tasting dates are: December 11th (Italy); January 15th (California and Pacific NW); February 12 (Australia and New Zealand); March 12th (Spain). Advanced reservations required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or ask your server next time you visit us.
We invite you to join us Thursday, October 11 to taste a delectable wine selection from Sandro de Bruno. Sandro de Bruno is a unique winery found in the Soave region of Italy, spread across the Montecchie di Crosara and Terrossa di Ronca districts. With vineyards sprawling the slopes of dead volcano Mt. Calvarina, Sandro de Bruno produces attractively harmonious, fresh, mineral-rich wines whose authenticity and uniqueness delight even the most discerning palates.
Sandro de Bruno’s philosophy is a fine balance between innovation and terroir. It implies meticulous attention to each stage of product and a study of many little details. They have succeeded in bringing out the best from their vineyards, thereby obtaining grapes of vastly superior quality.
The wines we will taste include: 2008 Sandro de Bruno Ronca Vineyard Soave, 2008 Sandro de Bruno Ronca Vineyard Durello, 2008 Sandro de Bruno Monte Calvarina Vineyard Pinot Nero.
Wines will be paired with light snacks.
Check out details for this event, along with our other events, on our Events Calendar.
This Sunday, Slate Wine Bar will be packing up our famous rum cake and participating in the Breast Cancer Bites event presented by 94.7 Fresh FM! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the best eateries from DC, Maryland and Virginia will be coming together to raise money for the George Washington University Mobile Mammography Unit. This mobile service is offered in the most under-served communities in the DC area to provide screenings and prevention for women who would not otherwise receive mammograms.
Are you planning on attending? We hope that you will join us is supporting this wonderful cause! Ticket and event details are below:
94.7 Fresh FM’s Breast Cancer Bites
Sunday, September 30 from 12:00-3:00 pm
Renaissance Arlington Capitol View Hotel (2800 South Potomac Drive, Arlington VA)
Cost: $30 in advance, $40 at the event (100% of proceeds go to the George Washington University Mobile Mammovan). Breast cancer survivors and children under 10 are invited free of charge.
Last Thursday, I embarked on a several days of immersion into the world of Pinot Noir — Oregon style. The International Pinot Noir Celebration is a long-standing event that takes place in the small wine country town of McMinnville, Oregon at the end of every July. On the campus on Linfield College, Pinot producers selected by the IPNC showcase their wares to wine writers, distributors and buyers, and die-hard Pinot enthusiasts. My days in Oregon will provide material for many posts, but I thought I would provide a brief overview of my trip.
After landing in Portland, I had just enough time to drive to the Willamette Valley and arrive in time for a pre-IPNC dinner at Belle Pente Winery. Not only did we enjoy superb food in a gorgeous hilltop setting, we were also treated to wines from our host, Bachelder, and Domaine Henri Gouges. But that was just the warm up for what was to come!
Friday, at 9:15 a.m., a group of us piled into a bus to travel the backroads enjoying the bucolic scenery of the Yamhill region and ultimately arriving at Yamhill Valley Vineyards. After some Pinot Gris in the vineyards, we sat down to a serious discussion with winemakers from Yamhill Valley Vineyards, Felton Road, Cristom and Tyee to discuss decision-making during the winemaking process. With each winemaker’s description of their philosophies, we also enjoyed their wines. Then there was lunch, paired with wines from each of the participating wineries.
No sooner did we arrive back to campus, and it was time to enjoy the first of two “al fresco” tastings featuring the wines of all the participating wineries. Many of my favorites continued to impress including Hamacher, Brittan, Bethel Heights and Cristom. Oregon did a great job with the 2009 vintage which is lovely to drink right now. After sampling some 30-40 wines, it was time to sit down to dinner and to more wines!
Day two started at 9:30 with what I called the “Burgundy Breakfast” in a twitter post. I do love a grand cru before lunch! Lunch on day two was spent on campus and we enjoyed the company and wines of Hanzell from California as well as a number of other wines that made their way to our table. While a nap might have seemed in order, we pressed on after lunch to a seminar on cool climate Pinot Noir where I was able to yet again enjoy the wines from Felton Road. No rest for the weary — following our seminar we headed outside yet again to a white wine and cheese pairing where I enjoyed the Chardonnays from Greg LaFollette and had a “sekt” made by Chehalem. After a brief break to enjoy a salted carmel ice cream cone and watch “sabering” and other dangerous methods of opening champagne bottles, we headed to “al fresco” tasting number two. While the “grand finale” of the IPNC is typically the Salmon Bake, we enjoyed our grand finale on Sunday after a day of recuperation at the Allison Inn & Spa and dinner at Jory.
Needless to say, I slept well on the flight back today and I am eagerly working on lining up all of my new favorite Pinots for Slate’s wine list!