Brau Brewing Company
For those who believe nothing good comes out of
Washington D.C. these days, Wine World proudly presents DC Brau!
That's right! The capital of the United States of America
now has a beer to call its own!
Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock, two D.C. residents who,
sharing years of experience in both brewing and beverage
distribution, decided to join forces to change history!
They wanted to create a brewery whose products would be
available in local stores and taps outside of its site of
production. That hasn't happened in D.C. in 60 years!
That's why they combined their knowledge and passion to
found the DC Brau Brewing Company.
Brewed within the D.C. city limits, this is a beer that
represents a delicious and uniquely American blend of North American
and European techniques and ingredients. A beer that looks just as
inviting in a pint glass as in its handsomely designed can. A beer
that pairs just as well with summer's barbecued bounty as with a
hearty winter stew.
This is a beer crafted in our nation's capital that
reflects the great state of brewing in the United States today!
Today, Wine World is happy to present this trio of their
finest on our shelves priced at $11.49/6-pack, and $39.99/Case:
"The Public" Pale
Ale: Brewed in the classic American Pale Ale style, this
beer offers assertive bitterness backed by C-60 and Vienna malts
which lend notes of rich, yet semi-dry caramel, followed up with a
nice white grapefruit and citrus aroma that begs for a follow up
sip. 6% ABV.
India Pale Ale: DC Brau's take on a Pacific Northwest IPA,
this beer straddle's the line between IPA and Imperial IPA. Brewed
with Pale 2 row, C-10, Honey and Victory malts, and exclusively
hopped with 40 lbs of Columbus hops per batch, it has a supportive
malty backbone with an assertive hop presence. 6.5% ABV, 80
Belgian Style Pale Ale: Inspired by the timeless Tripel
style ales of Belgium, "The Citizen" uses a traditional high gravity
"Abbey" yeast strain that encourages the production of highly
palatable ethanol notes supported by Aromatic and Carapils malts. It
also exhibits the noble hop spiciness that is common to most Belgian
Ales. 7% ABV.
Pick up a sixer on your next visit and prove to yourself
that good things can still come out of DC!
Felon Jerky Cartel
This product is pure. This product is
potent. This product will blow your mind!
Righteous Felon Jerky Cartel specializes in producing and
trafficking high-potency beef jerky made with illegal combinations
of unique, all-natural ingredients! They like to say it's
"Criminally crafted for the unlawful appetite"!
In today's world, it's rare to find a pure jerky product
that hasn't been mass produced in a factory and stepped on with
preservatives, chemicals, and low-grade ingredients. At
Righteous Felon, things are different.
This is handmade jerky, produced in small batches to
ensure freshness, quality, and consistency.
Their recipes are creative and unique, using only the
highest quality natural ingredients and great tasting Black Angus
Beef that is grown locally at Roseda Beef in Monkton Maryland,
without the use of growth hormones or antibiotics.
- $7.99: 1/8th pound of the Righteous Felon original
recipe. The classic hickory flavor that started it all:
This O.G. classic hit the streets in '96 and the jerky game hasn't
been the same since!
Guevara" - $7.99: An old jerky recipe straight out of
Cuba, this mild jerky, peppered with chili powders and cumin, is the
torch that leads the rebellion against the powerful, plastic
purveying Jerky conglomerates that currently control your local
truck-stops and convenience store jerky aisles. This
revolution WILL be televised!
Escobar" - $7.99: Pure jerky from the personal stash of
Colombia's most notorious felon himself. After Escobar's death
in 1993, large reserves of the potent product were confiscated from
the kingpin's Medellin compound. However systemic corruption within
the Colombian Task Force caused these reserves to vanish without a
trace... until now!
After 2 decades that illicit hickory flavor cut with a
dose of all-natural Habanero seasoning has resurfaced - a spicy delicacy for those righteous souls
who can take the heat!
So, as you rip open the bag, and the aroma hits your
nose, the flavors touch your tongue, the endorphins fire through
your brain, and the smile is permanently tattooed on your lips,
remember my friend, this cartel's jerky is deadly serious
* Note: A portion of
every purchase directly supports "The Innocence Project" - a
non-profit organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully
convicted individuals through the use of irrefutable DNA
K Bergerac Blanc, 2012
These wines are another nod to Brenden! He just
keeps finding amazing wines at great prices, and this time he's done
it with an amazing white from Bergerac, just east of Bordeaux.
This is the sister wine of one he discovered a
little while back, which has been one of his "go to" wines for those
who ask for his recommendation for a really nice red wine for a
special dinner, or for a guest!
Even though the red is not exactly "new", we
thought we'd bring it to everyone's attention, in case you hadn't
discovered it yet either!
These wines are made by
Katharina Mowinckel, a young Norwegian equestrian
who landed in Southwest France and purchased the estate in 2002. She
stamped the Chateau with her initial, and never looked
Located at one point of the royal wine triangle: Bordeaux
vineyards begin a few hundred meters to the West, and the Cote de
Duras go rolling off to the South. A terroir enabling her to aim for
excellence from the start and Katharina makes no bones about her
"My small volume meant that in order to make it, I had to
head for the top".
This small estate produces small volume that wins medal
after medal, and her wines do not disappoint!
Here is a brief description of the Chateau K wines
presently available at Wine World:
2012 Chateau K
Bergerac Blanc - $19.99: This wine is an absolutely lovely
blend of 30% each Semillon, Sauvignon Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc,
with 10% Muscadelle. As you might expect it shows pale, yellow
shades with youthful green reflexes at the rim.
The nose is intense, highly complex and fruity
with lemongrass and passion fruit, highlighted by wonderfully floral
notes of white acacia delivered by the Muscat component.
Fermented and aged in barrels, the palate takes
on a full roundness and delivers a tasty impression of biting into
ripe fruit! It finishes with a persistent and flattering note
to make the experience fully satisfying.
2011 Chateau K
Bergerac Rouge - $27.99: This "Right Bank" blend of 85%
Merlot with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon was Brenden's initial foray
into Chateau K wines. He brought it into the store a few months
back, and it has been a non-stop favorite, making us wonder what
else they had!
This Bordeaux blend shows a deep and intense ruby color
with purple highlights. Like Bergerac's most famous son,
Cerano, this wine also has a very big nose! It is full of complex
aromas of black fruits and spices. On the palate, the attack is
supple with the aromatics carrying over to the taste buds.
Its tannins are relaxed and velvety, leading to a fine
and crisp finish that offers a backnote of fruit and oaky vanilla,
making it an excellent dinner selection.
Both of these wines are in stock now, but
only in limited quantities. We don't know how long we
will be able to keep them coming, so we suggest you don't delay -
pick up your Chateau K today!
at Wine World!
Just like the mysterious woman at the end of the
bar, The Seducer delivers an elegance and sophistication unlike any
other ultra-premium California red blend.
Sourced from select California vineyards, the
combination of diverse soils and climates create a blend more
complex than one estate alone can produce.
In the 2012 Seducer charming Merlot flirts with
passionate Zinfandel, while voluptuous Syrah and spicy Tannat
quietly mingle to create a seductive red blend. Not seduced yet?
Open the bottle, pour a glass and excite your
senses. As the name suggests, this passionately crafted California
red blend is certain to entice you.
The Seducer "Red Rendezvous" is
characterized by blueberry flavors, waves of dark cherry and hints
of vanilla and spice that will excite the senses.
Its style and grace is further emphasized with
its provocative, yet sophisticated packaging, conveying a quality
that far exceeds its price.
And right now the normal $14.99 price
is being stripped down to just $12.99!
The Seducer is the whole package - taste, style,
beauty, and a hint of excitement. It even
comes with a "Do Not Disturb" sign, so expect an entirely different
end to your evening!
Rhône from Cali!
Beautiful Napa Cab
Conn Valley "Prologue" 2010
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards is a charming
timepiece of a traditional Napa winery. Family owned and operated
since 1983, and first released in 1987, Conn Valley Vineyards has
been dedicated to producing world class wines at affordable
Conn Valley Vineyards is lucky enough to sit in
the lap of Napa, affording their talented winemakers access to some
of the finest grapes in the world. Their 40 acre Estate is located
just south of Howell Mountain in Conn Valley.
Todd Anderson wasn't born into a winemaking
family. His was a conscious decision, almost in innate need, to grow
things and be outdoors.
After graduating from the University of the
Pacific in Stockton, CA with a degree in Geology, he went to work
for a small geophysical firm that was on the cutting edge of
technology for seismic oil and gas exploration. He soon realized the
corporate world was not for him.
Although he loved the industry he was in, he
continually had thoughts of the outdoors and getting back in touch
with the soil. These thoughts, along with the mention from his
parents of starting a "small vineyard", are what led to the creation
of Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards.
For him, it is truly a labor of love, and when
Todd is not in the vineyard inspecting the grapes, or in the
barrel caves tasting wines, he is traveling the
country visiting with clients and selling the Conn Valley brand! He
jokes that his home is "Seat 2B" on any airline as his travel
schedule gets pretty crazy!
While renowned for their Cabernet wines,
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards produces some truly spectacular
wines including crisp, vivacious whites and other lush, textured
reds. Demand for these wines is high, and they tend to sell out
quickly. It's not unusual to have to limit members of their own wine
club to just 2 bottles! Otherwise, there wouldn't be enough to go
Wine World is very happy to be able to offer you
their 2010 "Prologue" Cabernet Sauvignon, priced at just $24.99 while
supplies last! Here's how the winemaker himself describes
"The color is dark ruby with slight purple around
edges. The aroma is ripe blackberries, roasted herbs, cedar,
violets, honeysuckle and black currents. The palate is full bodied,
with short tannins that give this wine a whole full mouth richness
and a great texture. The fruit, oak and acid balance is showing very
well. Spice, coffee, vanilla and black
The next time you are looking for a fantastic Cab
at a reasonable price for a special meal or to offer as a gift, we
hope you will consider a bottle of "Prologue".
You'll be very happy to discover this
Melée wines are produced by Tuck Beckstoffer, son of
renowned wine grower Andy Beckstoffer who owns and farms some of the
finest vineyards in Napa Valley. I guess you could say Tuck was born to
create magnificent wines, and that's exactly what he's done with this
classic Rhône varietal.
He fell in love with Grenache wines while traveling
through France's Rhône Valley several years ago. He found them to be big,
dark, elegant wines, oozing with passion and varietal flavor. There's just
something about the iron-rich soil in this region of France that is
difficult to find elsewhere, and it makes all the difference.
Then a few years ago, he discovered two vineyards planted to
Rhône varietals, each with a high iron content - Eagle Point Ranch in
Mendocino and Alamos Ranch in Paso Robles. He found them to be very
reminiscent of those French vineyards.
The soils also hold huge amounts of broken shale and a
touch of limestone, which is very unusual for California. Plus the climate
is ideal for Grenache, with warm days that are countered by the cooling
breezes of the Pacific at night.
This is only his 3rd year making Melée, and the 2 previous
vintages sold out immediately! The 2010 version was awarded 93 points by
and Tuck has hopes the 2011 might surpass that one!
While some winemakers found the 2011 vintage challenging,
for a late ripening Rhône grape like Grenache, coming from cooler northern
vineyards, this was a perfect year!
The warm and gentle spring made for great conditions in the
vineyard: ideal leaf cover to protect from hotter days, and cooler
nights allowing the fruit to slowly mature.
Each vineyard was hand harvested at the beginning of November
and began a slow and long fermentation and aging. It was aged sur-lie in
French oak for 18 months. The final blend has only a 5% inclusion of Syrah
to complement the Grenache from these 2 vineyards.
By all accounts, he has produced a graceful, rich, multilayered
wine, with clear varietal flavor. It is a beautifully deep ruby color with a
striking wet polished garnet quality in the glass.
The aromas are distinctly Grenache with notes of boysenberry,
crushed strawberry, and early season plum along with scents of shale, new
leather and a hint of tobacco.
The palate is more boysenberry and fresh plum, followed by
classic Provence herb notes and a soft plush texture that ties the whole
package together. Anise and currant complete the crisp finish.
Bottled unfined, it's tasting delicious now, but will continue
to mature for the next 8 to 10 years. Priced at $42.99, we expect this
wine to sell out fairly quickly, so we urge you to get yours while
Brewing "Split Shot"
Elysian Brewing announces the release of its
popular Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout, one of the company's many
Instead of listening to me blather on about the
beer, here is what Dick Cantwell, head brewery and founder at
Elysian, has to say about Split Shot Espresso Milk
"In Seattle, beer and coffee are like siblings,
jealously dividing the day. It's a ticklish point as evening
approaches, in fact, when the joys of the one give way to the other.
"And along with other more hard-bitten local
industries, they compete for the attentions of a creative and often
otherwise-distracted workforce, dividing the hip and tattooed into
brewers and roasters, barkeeps and
"Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout brings all that
together, combining the talents of Elysian Brewing and Stumptown
Coffee in a deliciously smooth, very Northwest beer.
"Split Shot made its first appearance as the
official beer of Seattle Beer Week back in 2012, and now it's back
as Elysian Brewing's spring seasonal offering. Beginning January 1,
2014 Split Shot will be available throughout Elysian's distribution
"A complex bill of malts hold it all together;
Northwest pale, C-15 and C-45 dextrine malts, Franco-Belges kiln
coffee malt, Black, Roasted and Chocolate malts and flaked oats.
"Magnum hops add a touch of bitterness, and milk
sugar sweetens just a bit. Cold-infused Stumptown coffee provides an
"With an alcohol content of 7.25% by volume,
Split Shot will warm and sustain through spring's cool
evenings. The combination of coffee and stout
will definitely keep your attention!"
- Dick Cantwell,
Head Brewer and Founder,
Split Shot is now available at Wine World in
12-ounce six-packs priced right $10.99, and case priced at
$39.99! Get yours today, and start enjoying the season just a
little bit more!
Football season may have ended all too soon for
our Ravens, as it has with another team that shares a bit of history
with the wines of Boxwood Estate Winery - the Washington
Any Redskins fan from their glory days of the
80's will remember the name of then owner, Jack Kent Cooke. Not so
many may remember that he made his home in Middleburg, VA where
he and his wife Barbara raised 2 sons, John Kent Cooke and Ralph
Perhaps inspiration was drawn by the words of
another well known Virginian who said of the state...
"... wine being among the earliest luxuries
in which we indulge ourselves, it is desirable it should be made
here, and we have every soil, aspect, and climate of the best wine
countries..." - Thomas Jefferson, 1811
Jack's eldest son John became enamored with the
idea of producing Bordeaux styled wines to rival those of any other
wine producing region, and when you have the
fortitude and financial backing of an estate the size of Mr.
Cooke's, anything is possible!
John hired renowned viticulturist Lucie Morton
to lay out the 16 acre vineyard, and a knowledgeable team
to design a state-of-the-art winery.
Next, one of Bordeaux's greatest winemakers,
Stephane Derenoncourt, was brought in to consult, and today works
with Boxwood's winemaker Josh Gerard to develop the best blends for
Having the proper resources is really an
advantage when pursuing such a dream, but by all accounts, John Kent
Cooke has pulled it off!
Today, Wine World is proud to be able to offer
you two of his finest!
Trellis" Red Blend - $19.99: This wine is comprised of 53%
Merlot, supplemented by a "press blend" of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet
Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, and done in the Bordeaux style. It shows
a dark crimson to garnet in color, and offers earthy floral notes on
the nose with a pleasant minerality in the background. A
well-rounded, soft wine with subtle oak notes that balance with the
tannin structure. You may detect a hint of wild cherries and thyme
on the finish.
- $29.99: This Cab Franc based wine is augmented with a 39%
inclusion of estate grown Merlot to create a lovely brick-red color,
with a very complex nose of strawberry, pepper, tobacco and molasses
with some oak notes. It offers a medium-full bodied palate where
cherry pit and red fruit predominate, with a round mid-palate and
soft/sweet tannins. The finish is fresh and very long, with notes of
dried herbs and a touch of oak.
You don't have to be a Redskins fan, nor even a
fan of football in general to be able to appreciate what Mr. Cooke
has brought to fruition. Just visit Wine World and ask any of
our great team members to show them to you!
PreVail "West Face"
No trip to California wine country is complete until
you visit Sonoma County's Ferrari-Carano Winery. The grounds and gardens
are among the most beautiful scenery anywhere and provides for a visual
experience every bit as memorable as the wines produced here.
Don and Rhonda Carano offer a commitment to quality and
excellence vintage after vintage that has made them a leading producer of
world-class, nationally acclaimed wines since 1985. They are fortunate to
own and tend vineyards in some of the finest regions in California known
for producing excellent fruit.
They include places like the Russian River Valley,
Carneros, Dry Creek, and others. The grapes for the 2007 "PreVail West
Face" - a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and 39% Syrah - are from LookOut
Mountain, located at the junction of Knights Valley, Chalk Hill and
Alexander Valley appellations. They are grown at between 500 to 1,400 feet
The very talented winemakers at Ferrari-Carano have
pulled out all the stops in making it a show stopper, even to the point of
minimizing mechanical interference! The grapes are hand-harvested, and
upon entering the winery, hand-sorted and then gravity fed directly into
oak tanks for seven days of cold soaking to allow the deep color to set
and phenolic compounds to begin to form slowly and
The fruit is then macerated and fermented for between 3
and 4 weeks, still on the skins. After primary fermentation, the wine is
gravity fed to the barrels and aged in wine caves for 21 months before
bottling. Then they are given an additional 14 months aging in bottle
prior to release.
When it emerges, this 90-point wine boasts dark,
concentrated aromas of blackberry syrup, dried currant, black cherry and
caramel with flavors of warm berry pie, butterscotch and earth. This wine
offers exquisite depth with loamy nuances while lingering, silky tannins
providing textural proof of this wine's age-worthiness.
This limited release wine has just arrived at Wine
World and is on our shelves priced at $46.99. That price might sound a bit
high to some, but for those who can appreciate the deep concentration of
flavors and the full maturity in both taste and structure, this is a
Treat yourself to the elegance to be found in the 2007
Ferrari-Carano PreVail "West Face".
to Know "The Wine Coach"
As you may know, Wine World is the proud sponsor
of some outstanding radio shows relating to wine that can be heard
on WHFC (91.1), WBJC (91.5), and WYPR (88.1).
Today, we are happy to announce we have now joined forces
with our good friend Laurie Forster, better known as "The Wine
Coach". She has been our guest at the store a few times, as well as
attending the HCC Wine Expo as our special guest speaker not long
ago, and we have always enjoyed our times together.
She is a certified sommelier and an award winning author.
Also her husband is a world class chef, so she knows a bit
about the food aspect as well! We find her radio show "The
Sipping Point" to be a breath of fresh air in the sometimes
stuffy or pretentious arena of talk radio, especially when it comes
to the discussion of wines. (We hate that!)
Laurie has a great personality and uses a combination of
wit and wisdom in her show. This "coach" has a way of conveying
complex subjects and concepts in a clear and practical manner that
can really help everyone learn more about wine - and other adult
beverages - from every aspect possible. (We love that!)
This makes her a really good fit along with the other
fine shows that we underwrite: "Cellar Notes" with Al
Spoler and Hugh Sisson, "Word on Wine" with Jonathan
Palevsky and Mary Zajak, and "Wine 101 Radio" with our own
Rachel Herron and Michael Cullison!
It has long been our belief that the more you know about
your favorite beverages, the better prepared you are to make
informed buying decisions, so in an effort to once again do our
part, we are happy to welcome "The Sipping Point" to
It airs every Saturday at 12:00 noon on WBAL 1090
AM, and it also streams live on WBAL.Com. We hope you will take the
time to get to know her, and we look forward to having her visit us
at Wine World in the near future so you can meet her in person. Stay
tuned for more information on that!
Meantime, stay well, enjoy your holidays, and come see us
at Wine World - your favorite beverage store!