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Tequila & Representation

During a tasting at Urban Grape DC, I finally got to meet the owner of TCapri Tequila, Tiffany Capri Hainesworth. “Tiffany’s path led to artisan tequila distillers, Tequila el Tepozan SA de CV, and Master Tequilero, Carlos Padilla.” She is the first Black woman in the world to own her own tequila brand. She’s also from …

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Gary Farrell’s Sip and Zoom…

I am loving the Zoom life! It has afforded me the option of listening to some awesome educators and winemakers. Last week I had the pleasure to attend an online tasting with Winemaker Theresa Heredia of Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery. Theresa has worked as winemaker at Gary Farrell since 2012. She brings her experience …

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Bringing cans to the beach…

Okay, I’ll be honest I was going to keep these Maker Wine cans for myself. But decided it would be really great to share with friends. I love that the box came with notecards that listed the stories of each winemaker. Their stories are also on the back of each can. So we were able …

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Sometimes you wanna go…

Another weekend that felt a little “normal.” I went with @atastyjourney to our “Cheers,” Maxwell Park (que the Cheers theme song!). At their Navy Yard location they have a pairing menu called Russell Island (it’s a Fishing Island in MI). You select a number from the menu and you get a small bite paired with …

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Tasting with a Pro…

A little tasting and education on Saturday with Winemaker Matt Taylor and Master Somm Carlton McCoy. The tasting featured Matt’s sold out, hard to find label Chamboulé. These wines are 100% whole cluster and made with very little sulfur. Carlton walked us through a tasting of Matt’s 3 Cabernets. 1. 2015 Chamboulé Cabernet Sauvignon Constant …

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Wines made by the Oceano…

I had the pleasure to sit and chat with Rachel Martin, Owner/Vintner of Oceano Wines (Marbue Marke is the Winemaker). If her name sounds familiar it’s because she used to work with her family at Boxwood Estate Winery (Middleburg, VA) before starting Oceano. We sampled two Chardonnays – 2016 & 2017. This beautiful expression of …

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Stranger Things…VA Wine edition

As a lover of VA wine, it was pretty cool to assist and sit in on the SommCon session Stranger Things: New + Experimental Wines of Virginia session. This session shows that there are a wide variety of delicious and fun wines for folks to try that are unfamiliar with VA wines. King Family Vineyards …

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Time Traveling in Napa…

My first SommCon session of day two was Time Traveling in Napa – How to Access Library Wines, and How Top Producers Release Them. This session is merely just one of the reasons to come to SommCon! Where can you try a 1985 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, 1966 Charles Krug Cabernet or 1997 & 2010 Schramsberg …

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Deconstructing Spirits…

The next session at SommCon DC was Deconstructing Spirits sponsored by the Somm Journal. I can’t say I had a favorite (everything was fabulous) but the Germain Robin was really interesting – the new packaging will be released soon. Each panelists represented their brands and gave really informative information. Since Sagamore is so close, I’ll …

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New Horizon of Asian Wines…

Fresh off my trip, I was able to get it together to volunteer for this year’s SommCon DC (read last year’s post). The first session I assisted with was New Horizon of Asian Wines, World Class Chinese and Japanese Wines. The session was moderated by Toshio Ueno – VP & Executive Instructor, Sake School of …

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South African Wine Royalty…

I went to a wonderful tasting at Chat’s Liquors on Saturday with Ntsiki Biyela! She is the Owner and Winemaker of Aslina wines from South Africa (South Africa’s first Black Female Winemaker!). Ms Biyela showcased her 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, 2017 & 2018 Chardonnay, 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2015 & 2016 Red Blend. Made using grapes …

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Start the day with Bubbles…

When in Sonoma, why not start the day with Bubbles! The perfect picturesque place for this is Iron Horse Vineyards, a family-owned winery known for their Sparking Wine. You can taste wine outdoors in the sunshine with breathtaking views. Some of their Sparkling wine has been served multiple times at the White House. They also …