Announcements & Events
Welcome to the Grapevine! Check back often to hear about our specials, tastings, and events.
June 12, 2014
It’s time for Maryland Wine Week! Join us from June 14th through June 22nd for special events, tastings, and Maryland wine & cider featured by the glass. We’ll be pouring some of our favorite local concoctions all week long, and don’t miss out on the following chances to try what this great state has to offer:
Saturday, June 14th, 4-7pm: Sugarloaf Mountain
Anne brings fine wine from right here in Montgomery County.
Wednesday, June 18th, 5-8pm: Cygnus Wine Cellars
MEET THE WINEMAKER! Ray returns to share his fantastic small-production wines from Carroll County.
Thursday, June 19th, 5-8pm: Knob Hall Winery
Rebecca brings us great bottlings from Cedar Spring.
Sunday, June 22nd, 12-3pm: Elk Run Vineyards
Laura showcases estate-grown wine from Mt. Airy.
Monday, June 23rd, 5-8pm: Distillery Lane Ciderworks
Jacqui pours delicious hard apple cider from Jefferson.
April 4, 2014
- Marc Heyison, President/Founder, Men Against Breast Cancer
- The Honorable Jamie Raskin, Democrat, MD Senate, District 20
- Will Smith, Democrat, Candidate for MD State Delegate, District 20
Breast Cancer Survivor/In Memorium Roll Call
On-Site Team We Are “Framily” (Framily = Friends + Family) Donation Center
On-Site Team We Are “Framily” Sign-Up Center
A portion of the proceeds from the Adega purchases made on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, will be donated to Team We Are “Framily” if you:
- Wear pink
- Mention Team We Are “Framily”
- Mention Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure
Team We Are “Framily” will participate in the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure Saturday, May 10, 2014 (Mother’s Day Weekend), on the National Mall in Washington, DC
PLEASE JOIN AND/OR DONATE FUNDS TO TEAM WE ARE “FRAMILY” BY VISITING US AT:
October 14, 2013
Wednesday, October 23rd, 5-7pm
Meet the people behind the best canned craft beer in the DMV! Brewers or brewery representatives from The Brewer’s Art (Baltimore), DC Brau (Washington), and Union (Baltimore) will be on hand, with free samples of their canned offerings!
BUT WAIT! There’s MORE!
Our tap lines will be taken over with special or rarely-seen drafts from all three breweries.
Expected to be on draft:
MoCo’s first (we think) keg of Brewer’s Art!
Brand-new seasonals or one-offs from Union!
Steal-the-pint with DC Brau!
Details/Offerings subject to change, but rest assured, it’s going to be an awesome time. Be here!!
June 29, 2012
Just a heads up about a special event we’ve got for you this Saturday!
As you know, every Saturday, Adega hosts a free wine or beer tasting from 2pm-5pm, where we give you the chance to try some new and different items from our shelves. This Saturday, June 30th, we’re excited to have Marcus Johnson joining us in store with his brand-new line of wine, Flo.
Marcus, a longtime friend of Adega, will be here talking about his wine, the Flo project, and signing bottles. We’ll be playing his internationally-acclaimed music, and we’ll have some CDs to sell, too! Marcus Johnson is a DC resident, world-renowned jazz musician, and lifestyle entrepreneur. His albums have achieved chart success and critical acclaim, and he has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award alongside such greats as Wynton Marsalis and Vanessa Williams. (If none of this rings any bells, then you may know him as the headliner of the Silver Spring Jazz Festival.)
We had a chance to try both Flo wines; a red blend and a Chardonnay, both from California. The wines are well-crafted, with an eye towards approachability and a subtlety that makes them deceptively drinkable. We’re proud to showcase these wines this Saturday, and are honored to be working alongside such an accomplished artist on his newest artistic endeavor.
For more information on Marcus and Flo, check out:
http://flobrands.com/ and http://www.threekeys.com/about/
The event will be this Saturday, 2pm-5pm. Tastings of Flo will be offered, and bottles and CDs will be on sale. Come early!
June 6, 2012
Maryland Wine Week runs from June 8-17, and we’re joining in the celebration!
Wednesday, June 13th, from 5-8pm, Ray from Cygnus Wine Cellars will be in store, pouring special flights and glass pours of three of his best wines. We’re excited to have Ray bring his insight and experience with winemaking to Adega, and we hope that you’ll join us for this fantastic opportunity to try wine from one of Maryland’s finest wineries.
Glass pours and flights of three wines will be available from 5-8pm, with Ray pouring and talking about his wines and winery. Cygnus is located in Machester, Maryland, and focuses on making wine from 100% Maryland-grown grapes, including estate bottlings and some single-vineyard offerings, such as the Cabernet we’ll have on hand. Ray is passionate about wine — just ask him about French Rosé, and you’ll see what we mean!
Recently, Maryland wines have taken a turn towards quality and showing locality, rather than simply being easy-going quaffers. From all that we’ve tasted, we’ve found Cygnus to be one of the wineries at the top of that charge, and the winemaking shows attention to terroir, a passion for old-world style, and an understanding of what comes next. We’re very pleased to carry Cygnus, and we hope that you’ll come out, try for yourself, and join us in our excitement.
If you have any questions, contact us at the store or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook. See you there!
October 22, 2011
Here at Adega, we’re proud to be an independent, local-owned operation, in a city that truly appreciates its home-grown businesses. This week’s been a busy one for us in the “drinking local” department:
First, if you’re reading this, why aren’t you on your way to the Eat-Drink-Go Local event here in Silver Spring? Many of Maryland’s wineries are setting up along Ellsworth, to be paired with local foods. The festival is free, although tasting tickets are an extra (very reasonable) charge.
If you do stop by, make sure to visit us here at Adega! From 1-4, we’ll be having a free wine tasting — not local wines, sadly, but they will be global wines distributed by an independent, local distributor.
Speaking of local wines, Sarah from Black Ankle Vineyards stopped by last night to drop off a fresh shipment of their award-winning wines, including the new Slate and Terre Dulce. For those of you not in the know, Black Ankle is one of Maryland’s premier wineries — they were even mentioned by Robert Parker in his Wine Buyer’s Guide. The winery is one of the only Maryland wineries to use only grapes grown on their property, and the care and quality show through in the wines. Adega began carrying Black Ankle at the very beginning, and we’re committed to supporting (Silver Spring’s own!) Ed and Sarah’s vision.
Moving from wine to beer. This Wednesday was an exciting one, as we brought in two new breweries: Baying Hound, and Port City.
A few weeks back, Justin and I visited Baying Hound Aleworks, the project of DC native Paul Rinehard. Paul brews in Rockville, Maryland, and has a focus on bottle-conditioned, unique ale styles. Paul led us through his current offerings, as well as some of his special drafts and experimental projects. We’re proud to carry his products in our store, and we spoke at length of working together in the future on some very special projects — so stay tuned, and look for Paul to be on-site sometime in the hopefully near-future, showing off his brews (and maybe bringing something extra special along for the trip.)
Wednesday also saw the addition of brews from Port City Brewing, a new brewery in Alexandria, Virginia. Port City was the first brewery out of the gate from the new “DC Beer” movement, and makes high-quality, accessible beer. No sooner than I’d tweeted Port City to let them know we’d brought them in, but Julian, one of the core crew at PCB, stopped by. Yesterday, we sat down with Julian and tasted through their line, and we were duly impressed. We look forward to working more closely with Julian and Port City in the future!
As you can tell, it’s been a packed week for bringing local fare into Adega. We believe firmly in supporting local business — it’s good for everyone involved. In the past week, we’ve been able to taste and work with the people responsible for the products, directly — you don’t often get that from larger, more distant companies. Silver Spring, the DC area, and Maryland have seen an increased commitment to locally made wine and beer — as a local establishment, we’re excited to be a part of this adventure. Stop in, and try some of your local wines and beers — you won’t be disappointed.
October 2, 2011
Like trying new and different wines? Want to help a great cause? Join us this Tuesday, October 4th!
From 5-8, Nick Matarese from Siema Wines will be in house, pouring wines from Montefalco, Italy, and telling the story of the grapes, the wines, and their storied relation to St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, whose feast day is October 4th. We will be selling flights of three wines for $15, with $5 from each going to the Washington Humane Society (WHS). We will also be offering the wines by the glass and bottle, again with partial proceeds going to the WHS. Come out and support your local humane society by enjoying great food and wine!
For more info:
March 29, 2011
Finally Adega Wine Cellars & Cafe has undergone a much needed makeover on the web! The website has been officially revamped. We shall update it as often as we can to keep you well informed. Check by our news area to learn of new specials, food, wine, and events.