11.11.2010

Wine Stores We Love: Weygandt Wines

This is the fourth installment of Wine Stores We Love from the team at EatMore DrinkMore.

By Chad Clay

EatMore DrinkMore



We initially discovered Weygandt Wines in Cleveland Park, when we found their comprehensive list of corkage fees
in DC restaurants. I love the opportunity to bring a great bottle of
wine from my wine cellar (and by cellar, I mean, rack in my laundry
room) to pair with dinner at restaurants in DC. It is also an excellent
way to save some money when you are going out for a special occasion.


Weygandt
Wines has a knowledgeable staff that will be more than happy to find
you a great bottle of wine. We spoke with co-proprietor Todd Ross to
find this week’s picks for great wines under $15, $30, and $50.


• Under $15

Bonnet-Huteau Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie "Les Dabinieres" 2009, $13.99

Tasting notes:

From
the western end of the Loire Valley, Muscadet is made from the grape
Melon de Bourgogne. Muscadet can often be a bland wine, so it is aged on
the lies (Sur Lie) or the spent yeast from the fermentation. But, as in
the case with this wine, when the vines are old, the yields small and
careful winemaking, the results are a tangy, acidulous, minerally wine
that befits its reputation as the perfect partner to shellfish and other
seafood.

• Under $30

Yannick Amirault St.-Nicolas de Bourgueil "La Mine" 2008, $25.99

Tasting notes:

In
the past, the Cab Franc-based wines of the central Loire were
considered the equal of Bordeaux. But, the folks in Bordeaux are better
marketers. Grown in gravel and clay soil in vineyards north of the Loire
River, between Saumur and Tours, this wine offers juicy, zesty red
fruit aromas (cherries and cranberry), with medium-body and a lot of
verve. This would be an excellent partner to herb roasted chicken.

• Under $50

Domaine de Ferrand Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2006, $39.99

Tasting notes:

Domaine
de Ferrand is run by Philippe Bravay, and is situated in the sector of
Chateauneuf du Pape called Orange-Sud. Here, the vines are very old, the
production very small. Bravay produces only one tank of Chateauneuf.
This wine is rich and full, with powerful black fruit aromas and
flavors, and a real freshness (2006 was a cool, dry vintage). With
subtle spice and minerality, this is a very complete, satisfying wine.


Weygandt
Wines offers a wine or two for tasting every weekday from 4 to 7 p.m.,
and on Saturdays much more elaborate tastings from about noon or 1 p.m.
to 4 or 5 p.m..

Weygandt Wines
3519 Connecticut Ave. NW
202.362.9463


Also check out:
Wine Stores We Love: Screwtop Wine Bar
Wine Stores We Love: Potenza Wine Shop
Wine Stores We Love: Grape + Bean


EatMore DrinkMore is a team food blog providing restaurant reviews, news,
recipes and generally anything food and drink related that we think is
awesome. When we’re not contributing to Metrocurean, you’ll find us
eating and drinking in the DC area and blogging about it on EatMore DrinkMore.

EatMore DrinkMore
EatMore DrinkMore is a team food blog providing restaurant reviews, news,
recipes and generally anything food and drink related that we think is
awesome. When we’re not contributing to Metrocurean, you’ll find us
eating and drinking in the DC area and blogging about it on EatMore DrinkMore.

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