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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!


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!!

This Week’s Featured Wines

May 11, 2013

Featured Wines for the week of May 11th, 2013:


Lucky Star Chardonnay, California, 2010 $15.99

Crisp, bright Chardonnay with zero oak. A pleasant buttery nature, but not too over the top. A small amount of Muscat adds a dry, flowery essence to the nose. Doesn’t take itself too seriously; great wine for back-porch sipping.


Les Lauzeraies Rosé, Tavel, Rhône, France, 2011 $22.99

A perennial favorite of our wine buyers! Tavel is a region directly across the Rhône river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Featuring Syrah and Grenache, Tavel is one of the few Rosés that, like a wine buyer, gets better with age.


Bliss Schoolhouse Red, Mendocino, California, NV $19.99

A deft blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot and Syrah provides a fruit-forward, medium-full bodied red wine. Great for warm afternoon grilling with the family, or cool evening recovery from the same.



Flor de Crasto, Douro, Portugal, 2010 $16.99

A serious, dry, food wine featuring Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, and Touriga Nacional, fresh off of their more well-known work as the primary grapes in Porto (which, as it turns out, is also made in the Douro region.)

Marcus Johnson In Store with Flo Wines!

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:  and


The event will be this Saturday, 2pm-5pm. Tastings of Flo will be offered, and bottles and CDs will be on sale. Come early!

Maryland Wine Week!

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!


This Week’s Wine Tasting!

June 2, 2012

Join Chris Short from Lanterna Wines today, from 2pm to 5pm, and try these wines, free! Bottles of our featured wines are 10% off, all day.

Apòstoli Pinot Grigio Veneto, Italy (IGT, 2010)

A pleasingly medium-bodied take on the popular style, showcasing notes of pear riding on a fresh acidity through to a quick, clean finish.


Desert Wind Semillon Wahluke Slope, WA (AVA, 2008)

A Columbia Valley, single-vineyard gem from the masterful Mark Chargin. Off-off-dry, with a fulfilling palate of peaches and cream that lingers.


Novecento Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza, Argentina (D.O., 2011)

Sweet spice layered on top of soft tannins. A gentle, medium-bodied Cabernet ends with a lasting, subtle note of blackcurrant and oak.



Dante Robino Malbec Mendoza, Argentina (D.O., 2009)

A deceptively complex wine. Full and fruit forward, with decent acidity giving way to a fiery finish. For the price, this wine has depth to spare.

Update on our Memorial Celebration

April 30, 2012

Thank you to everyone who has expressed their good wishes over the past few weeks.

We want to let everyone know that we will be holding an informal memorial celebration in honor of the life of José Joni Argueta Hernandez. It will be held on Monday, May14th, beginning at 8:30pm, here at Adega. All who wish to remember Joni are welcome to attend.

With our best,


Our Friend, José

April 2, 2012

It is with heavy hearts that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend, José Joni Argueta Hernandez. Many of you have come to know José through the years that he has been a part of the Adega family, as well as his work at Dirty Martini. Beginning as our porter, José grew to be part of the very backbone of our business, by going above and beyond in his desire to see our customers happy. Apart from this, José became a friend to many and beloved by all. He often was the first person to greet someone as they came in our doors, and the last to wish them well upon their departure. His work ethic  and dedication were unparalleled, as were his heart and his friendliness. His absence is already felt.

In brief

On March 13th, José was admitted to the hospital with headaches and nausea, later found to be due to fluid in the brain. During the initial stages of his treatment, he fell into a coma, from which he did not awaken. Unfortunately, his condition was too far advanced to be treated, despite valiant effort by the staff at Georgetown University Medical Center. On Saturday, March 31st, he was pronounced brain-dead. His family has given permission for him to give the gift of organ donation, and preparations are being made to subsequently return José home to his family and friends in Honduras. To this end, we are continuing to accept donations to defray the financial burden on his family – please see below on how you can help. Thank you for your support during this hard time, and please keep his family in your thoughts.

Hopefully, the explanations below will help to answer the questions we are sure many of us have. There, we will try to tell the story of the past weeks, inform where we are going from here, explain how we might help his family, and look forward to honoring and remembering José.


The past weeks

During the evening of Tuesday, March 13th, José began to suffer headaches, which, during the course of the night, worsened to the point of dizziness and nausea. An ambulance was called, and José was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was joined by members of the Adega staff. Within a few hours, he was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus, or fluid in the brain, and transferred to the neurological intensive care unit at Georgetown University Medical Center. There, doctors began the procedure of draining the fluid. During this procedure, José suffered a series of minor strokes, and entered into a non-medically induced coma, from which he did not awaken.

In the days following, José was under the care of both the neurology and neurosurgical teams at Georgetown, who were exemplary in their care, dedication to his recovery, and determination to discover the reason for his ailment. He was eventually diagnosed with Neurocysticercosis. (For an explanation, please see below.) Although the hospital attempted treatment, and indeed did everything in their power to enable José to recover, the condition was too far advanced to be reversed. José ultimately stopped showing neural response. Throughout this time, the medical teams, support staff, social workers and administrators at Georgetown showed tremendous compassion, and worked endlessly on behalf of José and his family. They continue this work even now, as they assist José’s family with final preparations. These noble individuals have our respect and undying gratitude.

Since he was first admitted to the hospital, members of the staffs of both Adega and Dirty Martini were a constant presence at José’s side, as were his friends and members of our (and José’s) extended family. A few key persons stepped into the roles of taking care of José’s care and communicating with the hospital and his family, for whom we are very grateful, and without whom this hard time would have been unmanageable. Also during this time, the greater community of Adega and Dirty Martini showed a great deal of support, in kind words, well wishes, cards and donations. All of these served to help those closest to him make it through these hard times, and for all of your support of José and one another, we thank you.

After days of conversation with José’s family in Honduras, it was decided on Saturday, March 31st to run the final tests, after which, around 11:30am, José was pronounced brain-dead. Permission was given by his family for José to help others one last time as an organ donor, after which, preparations are being made to return him to his home, family and friends in Honduras.


The condition (This may be unsettling to some.)

Cysticercosis, in short, is a condition caused by the presence of the eggs of a parasitic tapeworm, which are usually transferred by way of ingesting of infected meats. Neurocysticercosis refers specifically to the condition of these eggs having taken root in the head and brain. It is believed that José may have acquired this condition years ago, most likely in Honduras. The condition normally manifests in headaches, which often go untreated or misdiagnosed. By the time the condition showed in José, it was already past the point of treatment, and we are assured there is nothing else that could have been done.


What is happening now, and how we can help

At this time, there are preparations being made to return José to his family in Honduras. He leaves behind three children, one son and two daughters. For the past week, we have been collecting donations towards José’s recovery. It is our intention, at this time, that these funds be used to facilitate José’s trip home, and, as much is possible, his family’s expenses. We are working with his cousins, with whom he lived, to ensure delivery of his personal belongings, amongst which are many boxes of gifts and necessities he had been collecting to send to his children. His brother is also making preparations to come up from Honduras, to make final arrangements and accompany José on his trip home.

We are, to this end, keeping our donations page open, and any money therein collected will be used for these purposes. We do not know what the final expenses for this process will be, but believe them to easily be in excess of $10,000. If, by some great outpouring, there are funds left over after all is taken care of, we intend to find a way that the money can safely and directly be used for his children.


Looking ahead

It is currently our intention to, in the near future, hold a memorial for José, where we can all gather as family and friends to celebrate his life and gifts to us. Once arrangements have been made, we will let you all know, as much in advance as possible. We hope that anyone touched by José’s life and presence with us will attend. For now, we hope that the love, support, and caring that his friends have shown for one another will continue, as none of us is left unaffected by this tragic loss.

José truly enjoyed seeing his fellow staff and our customers happy and enjoying one another’s company, and dedicated himself to working hard to ensure that every hour of every day he was with us. Therefore, out of respect for José’s legacy, it is our intention that, moving forward, Adega will remain open during normal hours, apart from any memorial planned in the future. Please know that this is not done out of callousness towards his passing, but rather in honor of his life among us. We are certain José would want nothing more at this time than to see us, his extended family, coming together.


In closing

                We thank you for your support of José, Adega and Dirty Martini’s staff, and you, José’s adopted family here in Silver Spring and Washington. If you have any questions, or need clarification, about anything presented here, please do not hesitate to ask. We will answer to the best of our ability and to the extent that his family’s privacy and wishes permit. If you wish to contribute to the fund being raised, please visit, or speak with a manager.

As always, thank you for being part of our, and José’s, extended family.

Rest in peace, José Joni Argueta Hernandez, coworker and friend. You are greatly missed.

March 3, 2012

All wines featured Saturday at a free tasting from 2pm – 5pm, with 10% of bottles for the whole day!

This Week’s Featured Wines

Mwitu Chenin Blanc, W.O. Western Cape, South Africa (2011)

Medium bodied with a pleasant roundness. Shows off Chenin’s acidity without being too racy. Reminds us of a Sweettart, in all the right ways.

$15.99/bottle, $8/glass


99 Vines Zinfandel, California (NV)

Showcases bright, red fruit characteristic of Zinfandels from Lodi, et al., with an easy-going nature that makes it approachable and quaffable.



Veglio D.O.C.G. Moscato d’Asti, Italy (2010)

Gorgeous, full body with light carbonation (‘Frizzante’). Pleasant fruit sweetness of dried apricots, with just a touch of cane sugar on the end.



Zaleo Tempranillo, D.O. Ribera del Guadiana, Spain (2010)

Fruit forward; more robust than value wines featuring this grape, but still light enough for small plates. Lingering finish; tannins present, but soft.

$19.99/bottle, $10/glass

Hey, Protocolo! Daddy’s Home!

February 7, 2012

Codice Tempranillo

Dominio de Egurin, Vin de Tierra Castilla, Spain. 2009.


Protocolo’s Older Brother!

Style: Tempranillo is Spain’s great Noble grape. The backbone of Rioja (one of two D.O.C. regions in Spain), Tempranillo tends to make softer, medium-to-light bodied wines that nonetheless showcase a vibrant dark fruit character. Spice and oak can vary greatly from producer to producer.

Description: Codice is excellent for its pricepoint and intended style. While it remains strongly representative of a true table-style Tempranillo, it shows its age well. A lightly inky color gives way to a medium body, balanced and with a certain heft that its younger brother lacks. Wild cherries dominate the palate, while the soft tannins leave just a touch of a brown sugar note on the finish. Look deep enough, and one might find a little bit of basil hidden within the noticeable oak structure.

Notes:  Any wine such as this, necessarily must be placed within its own context. As to its relation to Protocolo, it is, perhaps “Not as spicy, a bit bigger, and more properly balanced.” As a wine with dinner, it demands slightly heavier fare than its easy-going counterpart, but still makes for an enjoyable glass all on its own. We do warn that if you are a “Light-bodied Tempranillo Only” type of palate, this wine may be a tad bit too big and dense for your liking. However, this particular vintage is nearing the end of its run, so we encourage you to try it while you can. We hope to have Protocolo itself back in stock soon, but until then, we recommend that you try a bottle of Codice, if you’re open to exploration and to a wine that is quite different – and yet reminiscent – of its magazine-cover-model younger brother.

– Jarrod, with commentary by Will and Meggan, Adega Wine Cellars (Reviewed 2/7/12),

$15.99, retail and dine-in!

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