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Weekly Free Tasting: Wines With Fancy Titles

May 24, 2014

 Weekly Free Tasting (WFT): Today’s Features

Saturday, May 24, 2014

 This week we celebrate Wines with Fancy Titles. To help you in your purchasing decision, we’ve included insight from their peers in peerage.

 

Santa Julia Torrontes, Mendoza, Argentina, 2013                               $13.99
          “…” – Saint Germain

 

Dr. Hans Von Müller Riesling, Spätlese, Mosel, Germany, 2013      $21.99
          “We gonna hoola tralla walla malla dalla, drink some mellow wine.” – Dr. John

 

Conti di Colloredo Mels Pinot Noir, Delle Venezie, Italy, 2012         $18.99

          “I’m gonna teach you to fly; we’ve only tasted the wine.” – Count Basie

 

Prince Michel “Symbius” Blend, Leon, Virginia, 2006                        $39.99       
“I’ll get the music, baby; you bring the wine.” – Prince

                              

           

 

 

 

During the period of today’s tasting only, you may purchase any bottle of the above for 10% off, for dine-in or retail. (Cannot be combined with other offers.)

                                           

Join us every Saturday afternoon for free wine and beer tastings, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@AdegaWine) for information on tastings, special events, specials and discount offers!

Today’s Tasting

November 2, 2013

Weekly Free Tasting: Today’s Features

Saturday, November 2, 2013, 4PM-7PM

 

 

Muscanti, Brut, Spain                                                                                    $10.99       

            From the same grapes and region as traditional Cava, this wine uses the Charmat method, more popularly used in Italy for making Prosecco.             

           

 

Matchbook Chardonnay, Dunnigan Hills, California, 2012               $17.99       

            The term “old head” on the label refers to the use of used oak versus new, which allows the wine to gain the benefits of oak without being overpowered.

           

 

Cono Sur “Bicicleta” Pinot Noir, Chile, 2012                                          $14.99

            Cono Sur is a 100% Carbon Neutral winery. The name “Bicicleta” refers to the bicycles they use to get around their vineyards.

         

 

Goddess Sweet Torrontés, Mendoza, Argentina, 2012                            $13.99

            A Southern Hemisphere take on still, sweet wine. Surprisingly versatile, featuring a blend of Chardonnay and Moscato, with no sugar added during fermentation.

 

 

 

 

 

During the period of today’s tasting only, you may purchase any bottle of the above for 10% off, for dine-in or retail. (Cannot be combined with other offers.)

                                           

Join us every Saturday afternoon for free wine and beer tastings, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@AdegaWine) for information on tastings, special events, specials and discount offers!

Beer Event with Union, Brewer’s Art, and DC Brau!

October 14, 2013

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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!!

Millennium is here!

February 4, 2012

Some beer only gets better with age…

Dominion Brewing’s 2012 Millennium Ale has arrived! We have limited quantities available in 6 packs.

Style: Barleywine. BeerAdvocate says this is a British Barleywine, but this year’s offering is American through and through. Barleywines are beer, don’t be mislead. The term “barley wine” comes from the beer’s propensity to be brewed at wine-like alcohol levels. The style originated in England, where it is a well-rounded, full bodied beer; in America, the same style tends to showcase a slightly hoppier backbone. It is one of the few beer styles that truly lend themselves to aging.

Description: This beer pours an absolutely stunning amber, with a sticky head that takes a while to dissipate. The nose gives away the generous hopping, and almost smells slick – both of these are confirmed on the palatte. The 2012 offering shows a remarkably strong hop backbone, compared to its earlier incarnations, and the hops are meant to age. There is still plenty of honey, especially on the lasting finish, however, to balance out the hop oils. This is a full beer, viscous and slick, that nevertheless fills the palate with a rounded mouthfeel; moderate carbonation is present, but takes a back seat to flavor and structure by the finish.

Notes:  Barleywines are not for the faint of heart, and this beer is no exception. Its 10% ABV is almost too cleverly masked by its intriguing profile, so no matter how tempting, moderation is advised! Millennium will certainly benefit from aging, but for those unafraid of a little hoppiness, it is ready to drink now. Dominion brews their barleywine with honey, which is apparent, and yet well blended, so that it makes for an interesting take on the style. This is brewed and released once a year, so if you’re still reading this far, you probably should just go ahead and grab it before it’s gone!

– Jarrod, Adega Wine Cellars (Reviewed 2/1/12, based on bottle serving)

Drinking Local

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.

Cheers!
– Jarrod

Website Redesigned!

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.

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