If you are a regular reader of my blog, or even an occasional reader, you know that mostly all I write about is cheesy vegetarian dishes, Trader Joe’s, and Screwtop Wine Bar in Clarendon. Just kidding. I try very hard to not only write about these things… though it is hard!
So as you may already know, Chris and I subscribe to the Traditional Wine Club at Screwtop, which gets us small retail and dining discounts, two bottles of wine and a hunk of charcuterie/cheese per month, complimentary access to monthly “pickup parties” for these items, and cheaper entry fees for wine classes and larger parties. I always pay very close attention to Screwtop’s upcoming event calendar, because the few we’ve attended have been so much fun!
A few weeks ago, we decided to try out Screwtop’s Holiday Wine Soirée as a date outing. The event was ran from 4-6pm on a Saturday afternoon, which was perfect timing around my exciting weekend homework schedule. This Fall semester was so busy and hard. Chris and I weren’t able to have a standing weekly date night, which may continue to be the case as grad school lugs on. Given all of this, it was really fun to spend this time together and get into the holiday spirit a bit.
Similar to Screwtop’s early evening New Year’s Eve party, the interior was completely cleared out and rearranged into several different tasting stations. Their typical lavish cheese and charcuterie boards sat in a self-serve area adorned by a giant, chocolate turkey. Wendy and her staff walked around with yummy hors d’oeuvre plates as well. I think my favorite one was the flavorful crab tostadas!
When it came to the wine, there were many standouts. We got off to a great start with a few sparkling wines, our favorite being a Sparkling Vouvray. At another table, I really enjoyed Left Coast Cellars’ Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley. The most interesting tasting area was one with a few Italian-style wines. We started off with the Krauthaker Pino Grigio from the Slovenia region of Croatia—once a part of Italy. Then, we tried the Cantina Frentana Pecorino, which is not a cheese as the name might suggest, but a grape with a serious “cool factor” among real wine junkies apparently. Finally, we ended with two solid Italian reds: the Le Rote Chianti and the Langhe Nebbiolo.
We walked away with a bottle of the Le Rote Chianti and also a bottle of Efeste Riesling. I don’t usually like Rieslings, but this one was refreshing, smooth, and dry! I can’t wait to pair it with a spicy dish…
I hope these recommendations provide you with some ideas if you are looking for a few good wines to give as gifts, or if you need solid choices to accompany a festive meal this season. Sign up for Screwtop’s email list to learn about their upcoming classes and events. I’m not sure if they are hosting another New Year’s Eve event this year, but the 2013 party was a great time!