Wine Wednesday: A Special Screening of American Wine Story on November 13

A couple of years ago, my husband and I ran the Lawyers Have Heart 10K through Georgetown to benefit the American Heart Association. That was fun. But you know what sounds like an even more fun way to benefit that same association? Not running, and watching a documentary on American winemakers followed by Q&A and tasting reception instead. Definitely.

American Wine Story Screening

You’ve heard the claims before… drinking red wine (in moderation) may lower the risk of heart disease, and every year the American Heart Association hosts an amazing 4-days wine auction event in Washington, DC, called Heart’s Delight. The fundraiser celebrates exceptional food and wine and has raised more than 13 million dollars for the American Heart Association over the past 15 years. This year’s auction will be held April 22-25, 2015 (so save the date for that too!) but until then, you can celebrate wine AND benefit the American Heart Association by attending a special screening of “American Wine Story” on November 13 at E Street Cinema. The film celebrates the men and women at the heart (pun intended) of the American wine industry, including Jimi Brooks, a young Oregon wine maker who died of a heart attack at the age of 38. When he passed away, just before harvest, his fellow winemakers banded together to make his wine. The film also profiles a number of passionate local winemakers like who put aside their initial careers to start over and follow their dreams of making wine. Among the winemakers highlighted in the documentary are Al and Cindy Schornberg of Keswick Vineyards in Virginia or Luca Paschina of Barboursville, also in Virginia. All three will be present, along with David Baker, who wrote, directed and narrated the film (which he funded through Kickstarter,) at a wine tasting reception and Q&A session following the screening.

For more information and ticket sales (tickets are $50) click here. Or, you know, you can start training for the Lawyers Have Heart 10K. It’ll be on June 13 next year 😉



Wine Tour de France: Discover the Pays d’Oc IGP

The 2014 Tour de France is making its way through the Languedoc-Roussillon this weekend. That part of the country, which encompasses  the Mediterranean coastline stretching from  the rugged Pyrenees mountains to Provence, happens to be one of the largest wine producing region in France. Soil types and terroir vary widely throughout the Pays d’Oc IGP and winemakers there have more than 56 grape varieties to play with, so this enormous wine region produces very diverse wines.

Tour de france, tour de france wine

I don’t follow the Tour de France as religiously as I do the World Cup (though to be fair, if the Tour de France happened only once every 4 years, maybe I would…) but I do like my wine, and in the summer I especially like my rosé. And wouldn’t you know, the Pays d’Oc IGP happens to produce some very fine rosés… Here’s a trio of wine, two rosés and one white, all under $20, from the Pays d’Oc IGP that you might want to try, whether you’re sipping them while watching the Tour de France or not.


Anne de Joyeuse, Camas,  Pinot Noir Rosé 2013, Pays d’Oc IGP (available at Modern Liquor and Calvert Woodley) is a medium bodies, dry rosé with bright acidity.  It typically retails in the $10 range, making it a GREAT value wine.

Villa des Anges, Old Vines Rosé, Cinsault 2013, Pays dOc IGP (available at Cork on 14th street for $14.99) is a perfect warm weather drink! It’s crisp, fresh and light bodied and pairs perfectly with salad or grilled pork or chicken.

Paul Mas Picpoul de Pinet, Picpoul 2012, Pays d’Oc IGP (available at Cork on 14th street for $17.99) is made out of Piquepoul grapes, which are fun to say but also mainly grown in the Languedoc and neighbouring Rhone region. It’s a very fresh, kinda mineral wine that’s also great in warm weather, and with fish.
If you would like to learn more about the wines from the Pays d’OC IGP, they have a very colourful website in both English and French.