Winter Staff Picks

Wednesday tastings are back! Every other Wednesday, we select six better than average wines to fit a theme. Tickets are $15 and you receive a 10% discount on all the tasting wines.

For our first Wednesday event since before the pandemic, the theme is Winter 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 wintertime. These are wines for cold nights and hot dinners, for sharing with friends or for warming up after a long, gray day. Join us Wednesday, January 25 from 4pm-7pm to taste these wines:

  • Eric chose the Green & Red Tip Top Vineyard Syrah, because in the world of so many Cabs and Blends, the Syrah of Napa Valley often pours sadly under the radar. Eric having recently spent some time exploring some of the more interesting nooks in the Rhone Valley, a single vineyard Syrah sounds about right for this time of year.

  • Mollie chose the Geyerhof Kremstal Zweigelt Stockwerk, saying: " I find that it is fuller bodied, which I like for winter, without being so thick I have to cut it with a fork and knife. The brambly fruit is nice for colder weather, and the earth and mild spice keep it from tasting like jam." Easy-going, but flavorful, it pairs well with food but drinks beautifully on its own as well.

  • Mark's choice is the Filipa Pato Beiras Bical Post Quercus Branco. Mark has been enamoured with Filipa Pato's wines since he first tasted them. Her white wines in particular have a touch of earth and funk while maintaining bright acidity and delightful citrusy flesh. The Beiras Bical Post Quercus Branco is an extremely interesting and complex dinner white, perfect for hearty fish dishes, poultry, and pork.

  • Larry selected the Collosorbo Rosso di Montalcino. It’s hearty enough to accompany a (pasta) meal but good enough to drink on its own. It has bright raspberry and cherry flavors that are enhanced by savory spices, to include cinnamon and sage.

  • Hiram chose the Domaine de la Combe Vigne de l'Astree Muscadet. Barrel fermentation and more than two years of lees aging (in barrel as well) give this wine a layered richness that is both uncharateristic for Muscadet and perfect for a cold winter night. Delicious and food friendly.

  • Lyndon's choice is the El Enemigo El Mirador Single Vineyard Bonarda. Bonarda is an Argentinian grape varietal unknown to many. Grapes grown in high-altitude regions produce dark Inky wines with dense, chalky notes and full, balanced fruit. It's a perfect pairing with a rich hearty stew on a cold night. As a lover of Rustic Rhône Reds, Lyndon believes wine should highlight the unique characteristics of its grape varietal. This is an outstanding, beautiful wine, which he wants others to discover.