Connecticut Ave Wine and Liquor – A Great Neighborhood Shop

Picture:  Packed in tight Another in a series of posts about DC’s best wine shops. Connecticut Ave Wine and Liquor – This store goes by a few different names: I’ve heard it called Connecticut (Ave), that place by the Dupont Metro, and Bobby’s.  Bobby is the owner, taking over the shop over a decade ago.  […]

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The Geology of Wine

Image: From Brenna Quigley There are millions of years between the geology depicted on the left and the naming of appellations on the right, but the overlap is not a coincidence. Images from Wikipedia and Wine Folly. To understand the connection, listen to Levi Dalton’s podcast with Brenna Quigley.  It was one of the most […]

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Domestique: A Natural Wine Shop

DC has a lot of liquor stores.  It has fewer wine shops.  It has a few big places like MacArthur, Calvert Woodley and Scheiders that serve big chunks of the District.  What is harder to find are wine shops that either carve out a niche or do right by their neighborhood or both.  There are […]

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The Structure of Wine – Quotes

Photo: Bodegas Ysios Winery. Guardia, Spain. designed by Santiago Calatrava.  via Modlar.com I continue to mine Terry Theise’s Reading between the Wines for insights.  The idea of  wine having a “structure” seems counterintuitive.  In physical form it is liquid.  On the tongue, it is fleeting.  This quote from Theise and another from Goethe seem like […]

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Quote: On Wine and Place

Picture: Sonoma “Or we can claim this world of places.  We can claim the love that lives in hills and vines, in trees and birds and smells, in buildings and ovens and human eyes, of everything in our world that makes itself at home and calls on us to do the same. The value of […]

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Quote: “Tolerance for Surprise”

Picture:  2015 Sancerre Rouge at Chloe – an enjoyable surprise. “Vintages vary, at least in many of the Old World’s uncertain climates, and the crisp wine you liked this year could be voluptuous wine next year.  Different growers with adjacent parcels in the same vineyard will make different-tasting wine.  It isn’t total chaos – there […]

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Quote: Vintage Champagne

Photo: From https://www.champagnevilmart.fr/ “[1996] isn’t a vintage of pleasure; it’s a vintage of desire.” Laurent Champs of Vilmart & Cie., Champagne, France.  Quoted in Terry Theise, Reading between the Wines (which I just finished reading).

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Quote: Mary Norris on Homer’s Wine-Dark Sea

Picture:  Amphora found near Crete.  naava.org “On my first trip criss-crossing the Aegean, I was nursing an ouzo in a small glass and staring into the water, when I suddenly understood the meaning of Homer’s ‘wine-dark sea.’  Homer wasn’t saying that the sea was the color of wine.  He was saying that the sea had […]

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