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New Stone Brewing, Pichler ’08 Federspiel, Ode to Acme Video

brook st snow 1 14The Times They Are A-changin’

In this business, everyone is always chasing what’s new neW NEW!!! There’s rarely a moment to stop and ponder what IS. It’s a treadmill, the liquor biz, hopping from season to season, barely noticing when winter turns to spring – and then spring to summer. Like pretty much everything else in this modern age, it’s a blur, and our lives bend and blur with it. But then someone comes along and writes the best ever homage to our neighbor, Acme Video, and this person positively nails what it is to simply be in and of a place, and the entire reason for us being in this business, but more importantly: in this store, in this city. We’re linking to it here, because it is THAT good. It’s an ode to brick and mortar, an ode to the humble and illustrious masses, and seriously, an ode to humanity (Oh, the humanity!) that flourishes in the little places like Acme, the places that make a city a home…Rest in peace, Acme, Brook St. won’t be the same without you.



Good News for all You Riesling Nuts: We got ourselves a little stack of Rudi Pichler 2008 Federspiel! 

The Pichler family has been involved with viticulture in Wachau since the mid-1800s. They currently farm 11.5 hectares of vineyards, with grapes from an additional 3 hectares contracted to other vintners. Gruner Veltliner makes up 65% of their holdings, Riesling is 30%, and the remaining 5% is Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) and other white varietals. All are vinified in the Wachau quality categories of Steinfeder, Federspiel and Smaragd.

The Wachau is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a convention which “recognizes the way in which people interact with nature, and the fundamental need to preserve the balance between the two”. The wines of the Wachau are made naturally, and under specific guidelines. Read more here. Here’s a description of Federspiel from the same source:

“Federspiel is a classic dry wine that is distinguished by a strong, nuance-rich character with a must weight of at least 17° KMW and an alcohol content of between 11.5% and 12.5% by volume. The name Federspiel refers back to the times of falconry, when this favourite form of noble hunting was practiced in the Wachau”.

Whatever the rules and regulations, Rudi Pichler is simply a top producer of long-lived Rieslings. This 2008 is still singing, with a stony, mineral characteristic backed up by petrol and delicate fruit. It’s a treat, indeed. We’ll taste it tonight!


julia childSOLD OUT!! Feels good to write that! Unless you didn’t get a ticket. Sorry!

Join us Sunday, January 26th at 2PM, for The Proper Binge: An Afternoon With Julia Child. We’ll revisit old black & white (yet oh-so-colorful) episodes ofThe French Chef, paired with Boeuf Bourguignon, Cassoulet, and bonbons!

This is a collaboration betweenCampus Fine Wines, Cable Car Cinema, Chef C. Mulligan (man of culinary legend) and Garrison Confections. The wines featured will be from the portfolios of Wine Traditions and John David Headrick, both conscientious importers of small-production, independently-owned and – most importantly – very delicious French wines.

Tickets are $40 and are on sale at the Cable Car. Limited to 50 people.

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” ― Julia Child

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Specials & Deals, The Proper Binge, Burns Night Scotch Tasting

specials 1 14With the exception of impending balmy temps, these are the wintry days when feeds are filled with dashboard degrees, and everyone shivers and shakes, stomping clumpy snow from weathered boots, and we all curse the ice that glazes sidewalks – making even the big, tough dogs need booties! But in the world of wine and spirits, this is the BEST kind of weather. This is the ‘huddle inside making big pots of simmering goodness, surrounded by friends and good conversation’ kind of weather. This is EATING weather! And what is food without the right bottle to wash it all down? We may be in a bit of a post-holiday trance, but we’ve been working to keep things interesting around here – and we’ve thrown some more fun bargains into the mix!

We’ve updated our “Specials & Deals” desk with a bunch of new cellar finds: 2005 Chateauneuf-du-Pape at 50% off; Bordeaux, including 2005, for anywhere from 25% to well above half off; current vintage rosé and Italian whites and sparklers…you’ll just need to come in to see it all. Not everything fit on the desk, so you’ll have to look around a little.

We’re also working on some cool events: you know about The Proper Binge (see below for details) but we’ve just partnered with the International House of RI for their annual Robert Burns Night Supper (in case you don’t know, he’s the Scottish poet who wrote Auld Lang Syne). This year, in addition to their usual shenanigans, we’ll be providing a Scotch tasting (Howard was a Scotch buyer in DC for many years – the rest of us earned our cred solely by imbibing!) so you’ll be in for a real treat. See “EVENTS” column for ticket info.

Also, people are already asking if we’ll be doing another Raw Wine at the Steel Yard and Summer of Riesling; Yes and Yes. So those are two sunny things we can all look forward to together!

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The Proper Binge: An Afternoon With Julia Child; Sunday, January 26th-SOLD OUT!

julia childThe holidays may be behind us, but around here the pursuit of hedonism knows no season. Lucky for us, we’re surrounded by lots of people who feel the same way – life is short, stop the juice fast! To that end, we, along with Cable Car Cinema, Chef C. Mulligan (man of culinary legend) and Garrison Confections, are presenting “The Proper Binge: An afternoon “With” Julia Child”. Join us Sunday, January 26th at 2PM, as we revisit old black & white (yet oh-so-colorful) episodes of The French Chef, paired with dishes inspired by and/or recreated from these classics. There will be Beef Bourguignon, Cassoulet, and Bon Bons! The wine? It will flow! Tickets are $40 and are on sale soon at the Cable Car. Limited to 50 people.

“People who love to eat are always the best people.”

― Julia Child