Summer Staff Picks

This Wednesday, as we stare down the long, slow roast that is late summer in the DMV, the theme is Summer Staff Picks! At Wardman, we work hard to curate a wide selection of wines to appeal to a broad range of palates, and we really enjoy to explore the enormous variety the world of wine has to offer. However we all have those bottles that we go back to when it's just for us. This week, the staff at Wardman are sharing their favorites for the summer. Join us Wednesday, July 26 from 4pm-7pm to taste these wines:

  • Eric chose the Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc: "Broad-bodied and aromatic, with structure to spare. The Rhone Valley has always been one of the most reliable sections of the store for versatility in food pairing, and Tablas Creek have masterfully adopted and tuned Rhone varietals to Paso Robles. The Patelin de Tablas Blanc is right up the middle of my wheelhouse for white wine, and I'm as happy with it alongside a chicken Caesar salad as I am with a pork chop and baked potato."

  • Hiram's pick is the Enfield Wine Co. Citrine Chardonnay: "This is California Chardonnay completely reimagined. Old-vine fruit (50% own-rooted) and minimal intervention give this wine concentration, elegance, and character. Subtle hints of oak and delicate leesy texture round out a classic Chardonay profile. This is a great summer sipper and versatile dinner white."

  • Mark's choice is the Valduero Tierra Alta En 2 Maderas Ribera del Duero: "Haven't tasted this one yet; excited to give it a try! Ribera del Duero (riverbanks of Duero) is a beautiful winemaking region in the northwest part of Spain that runs along the Duero river. This region has been active in winemaking for thousands of years, with the earliest evidence being from around 2600 years ago. Predominantly, red wines with very high percentages of Tempranillo are made here. Bodegas Valduero was opened in 1984 and is the second largest winery in the region. The Tierra Alta En 2 Maderas is 100% tempranillo with a palate of black and red fruits, chewy tannins, a touch of black licorice, and a solid amount of spicy oak."

  • Larry selected the Chionetti Briccolero Dogliani Dolcetto: "For a Dolcetto, the color is very deep red. I’m so glad it still has the lighter feel of a Dolcetto, rather than a Nebbiolo-like presence. Tastes of blackberries, black cherries with a hint of balsamic thrown in."

  • Lyndon's choice is the Domaine G. Metz Wine Note Pinot Noir: "What?!? French Pinot, not from Burgundy?!? Yep! Alsace produces a small amount of red wine, with Pinot Noir being the only red grape variety grown in the region. The Metz family uses grapes grown on 50-year-old vines and follows French-certified sustainable guidelines (including no added sulfites). This results in a wine with intense notes of dark cherries, balanced tannins, and a long finish. This is an excellent wine everyone should discover."

  • Hiram gets a second pick this time and went with the Les Hautes Terres L'Air du Paradis: "This wine is so pretty and light and fresh; it's a great brunch wine, but also perfect for a hot evening. 100% Mauzac from 50 year-old vines, it has the whole green apple character typical of that grape. It's ancestral method, with delicate but persistent bubbles. Delightful and refreshing."

Tickets for our Wednesday tastings are $15, and the wines are 10%-off during the tasting.