Category: Wine

Last Call: The Columbia Room (Washington, D.C.)

Take a walk down Blagden Alley in Washington, D.C., and you might think you took a wrong turn. Could there really be a bar among the commercial alleyway’s unmarked brick buildings? Keep going, and liquid rewards await at The Columbia Room, Derek Brown’s temple to superbly crafted cocktails. The bar originally opened in 2010 as a 10-seat space within a speakeasy, and was reimagined in 2016 when Brown moved it to a 2,400-square-foot building in D.C.’s Shaw district. It’s now comprised of three distinct areas—the Tasting Room, Spirits Library, and Punch Garden—each offering a different experience. “I think the...

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The Crawl: Washington, D.C.

No matter which side of the aisle you’re on, politics in our nation’s capital can drive a person to drink. Fortunately, there are plenty of great places to do just that in Washington, D.C. The city was once known as the domain of buttoned-down bars and stodgy steakhouses, but thanks to an influx of millennials in recent years, D.C. has become a hotbed of epicurean innovation and variety. The District is also home to a vibrant craft brewing and distilling scene, so there are lots of intriguing local libations to explore.   U Street Corridor This historic neighborhood has...

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SOLD OUT: Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium 2018 Closes Registration, Announces Special Keynote Livestream

Steering Committee thanks speakers, sponsors, volunteers and registrants Napa, CA, January 11, 2018 – The Steering Committee of the 2018 Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium is pleased to announce this year’s summit has sold out. A schedule of thought-provoking Keynote speakers, practical workshops and sponsor sessions, as well as Town Hall-style meetings, await  registrants attending the 11th annual summit on DTC sales and marketing. “Our slate of timely topics and skilled speakers has once again generated an enthusiastic response, and our second consecutive sellout,” said Stephanie Wycoff, 2018 chair and estate director, Seghesio Family Vineyards. “The Steering Committee thanks...

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Wine Routes – National Winery Trip Planner

Santa Rosa, CA (Jan, 11th, 2018): Wine Routes, a new app that helps users plan trips and travel to wine country, has reinvented the wine country experience. The app, developed by Sonoma County based technology company Grapexchange, is a dual-purpose platform delivering highly integrated services to both consumers and wine businesses, allowing them to connect and grow like never before. Anyone in the industry knows, there is a disconnect between brands and consumers that has significantly hindered wine lovers in their search for wineries that fit tastes and vacation plans. “Historically, consumers have found it difficult to differentiate wineries...

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5 to Try: Pétillant Naturel

Pétillant naturel, aka Pét-Nat, is the original way sparkling wines were made before the advent of méthode champenoise, which is why it’s also known as méthode ancienne. Basically, it’s wine that’s still fermenting, which means it’s far less labor-intensive, not to mention far less time-consuming and expensive, than its better-known counterpart. Because Pét-Nat is not filtered, it can have a cloudy appearance, especially with rosés and reds. Unlike Champagne, which undergoes two fermentations, the second of which happens in the bottle and can take months (if not years), Pét-Nat is youthful and effervescent—sometimes to the point of being explosive....

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