4/24/2009

Check it out: DC's Wine Country Food & Wine Festival 2009


Hello Friends,

Looking for something fun and exciting to kick start summer - let’s say July 10th to 12th, to be more specific? Well, Dezel has just the Virginia wine and dinner event for you! This event has been labeled “The coolest ticket of the summer” and I think the event organizers are correct.


Check it out: DC's Wine Country Food & Wine Festival 2009

Take a respite from the hustle and bustle and join other Virginia wine lovers at historic White Hall Manor for an evening of elegant festivities and an array of award winning Virginia wines and delicious foods. It all takes place at one of the area’s finest country estates, conveniently located within 20 minutes of Leesburg and less than an hour from Washington, DC. This is an evening event spotlighting Virginia wines, food pairings, and good times. Tickets for this event are limited, so reserve your seats early. This will not be an overcrowded, wait-in-line all day to get a sip, type of event. This unique event is shaping up to be the Crème de la Crème of Virginia wine events for 2009. Dezel does not want to tell you everything, so click on the following link for additional information and to secure tickets to this exciting evening event.


Info: http://www.vafoodandwine.com/events.html



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4/12/2009

Proof Wine Bar & Restaurant: Proof Positive!

Hello Friends,

After hearing a lot of positive buzz about Proof Wine Bar in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington DC, I rounded up a few wine pals and sought to see if the proof was in the pudding – and yes, it is. Proof is not only a wine bar, but an elegant restaurant, serving modern cuisine with global influences.

Proof Wine Bar & Restaurant

Proof is divided into a cozy, but comfy wine bar section with additional lounge seating and a dining area for full restaurant service. The wine bar consists of tall tables and high-back chairs, a long wine bar, and small sofas and round tables. The dining area has traditional seating and booths, as well as a few tables to support large parties. The lighting is dimly lit throughout; the décor is modern, but not over the top, and the atmosphere is what I would call swanky, yet casual, and absolutely electric.
Wine Bar

Proof offers wines by the bottle and glass. Wines by the glass are dispensed from the popular Enomatic quality and temperature control machine in 2, 6, and 8.5 ounce pours. There are 16 whites and 16 reds offered, as well as a limited selection of Champagne and Sparkling wines by the glass. By the bottle, the wine list is almost endless, ranging from white, red, sparkling, etc., and fetching anywhere from comfortable and affordable to a king’s ransom – and, I really do mean a king’s ransom. There is also a very limited amount of local wine that is offered by the bottle – you know, Petit Verdot had to be on the list, right?

Wall of Bottles

The food was great; I enjoyed a starter plate of foie gras and seared scallops with roasted Brussels sprouts (Yummy) for the main course. My wine pals enjoyed other tasty selections and the overall consensus was two thumbs up. The one thing that I would do differently if I’m doing Proof for dinner, as opposed to just a visit to the wine bar, would be to opt for the $91 four course meal with wine pairing.

The Scallops were Yummy!


The slogan at Proof is “food is the focus, and wine is the passion”. During my visit, I thought, how appropriate, that really summed up my evening. In closing, if good food and wine is your thing, then check the website out and take a trip over to Proof and see for yourself what all the foodies and wine enthusiast are talking about!

Info: Proof, 775 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 : 202.737.7663


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4/02/2009

Casanel Vineyards: Spring for Wine & Good Times!

Hello Friends,

Dezel recently jumped on the popular Loudoun County Wine Trail and paid a visit to one of its newest members, Casanel Vineyards. Casanel Vineyards is situated on a beautiful and tranquil forty acre property at the foot of the Catoctin Mountains in Leesburg, VA.

Casanel Vineyards


Casanel Vineyards is a vision-turned- reality by owners Casey and Nelson DeSouza, who purchased the Leesburg property in 2006 and quickly began work on an unique and striking tasting room where Virginia wine lovers could gather and share memorable experiences. Nelson, who was in the construction business, used his years of carpentry experience to restore a circa 1800s old cattle barn into a charming and spacious tasting room, which retains the historic structure’s heritage and character. The DeSouza’s also planted a vineyard for future estate wines, which include Virginia’s own Norton, Pinot Gris, Petit Verdot, Carménère, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon grape varieties.

Enjoy a glass of wine and stay awhile

The multi-level, stone-fronted, timber-framed tasting room features a long, elegant tasting bar to accommodate large crowds and several tables to enjoy a glass of wine and light fare, as well as a spiral staircase that leads to a second tasting bar with tables and chairs.

Tasting Room

Winemaker Karem Baki, who crafts the blended wines for his family-run operation, Hillsborough Vineyards, as well as a few other local wineries, serves as the winemaker for Casanel. Until the young vine plantings mature, fruit is sourced from local vineyards in the area. Current wines offered in the tasting room are Viognier 2007, Norton 2007, Merlot 2007, and Cabernet Sauvignon 2007.

The Gazebo is a great spot to enjoy a glass of wine

The Norton, also referred to as Virginia’s grape, has become a popular wine with visitors to Casanel. This is not your typical Norton, though, in terms of expressing the grape’s commonly known varietal character. Most Norton wines are rich, inky, and full to medium bodied, with mixed berry fruit, sometimes bordering on grapey, often with an alarmingly naturally high acidity. For everything a typical Norton is, this Norton is not. This Norton is done in a lighter style, with little color for a Norton wine, with soft cherry and berry fruit flavors, and moderate acidity – it could well be served chilled and enjoyed as you would a blush wine. A wine like this is ripe for sipping this spring and summer while sitting outdoors and enjoying the seasonal warmth. Other sips to enjoy are the crisp, well-rounded, dry Viognier, as well as the smooth and jammy Merlot.

With sunny days ahead, grab a bottle of wine and a cheese platter and head for the gorgeous stone floor patio or walk down to the gazebo that overlooks the surrounding fields and relaxing pond. Casanel’s introductory wine brand is aptly titled ‘Chegada’, which in Portuguese means ‘arrival.’ Since Casanel has ‘arrived’ on the scene, it’s your turn to ‘arrive’ at Casanel. When you visit, tell the kind people behind the bar you read about them here on Dezel’s http://www.myvinespot.com/ Wine Blog.


Info: Casanel Vineyards, 17952 Canby RdLeesburg VA 20175540-751-1776


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