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Frederick Wine House Closes

If you are as fond as I am of this store then this headline probably gave you a heart attack, but its true.  Today after their customary Friday tasting they will shutter their doors at the 7th street location for good!  Boy am I feeling evil.  As Paul Harvey would say:  now for the rest of the story.  They are only closing to move their store for their long-planned relocation to the Wegman’s shopping center on Route 26.  Word from them is that they will reopen by next Friday (5/27).  The owner says they will have an increased selection of wines and are adding an extensive beer selection to their line up.  I can’t wait!  Loyal readers will know that this is my favorite wine store in Frederick.  You can bet I’ll post a full report as soon as I can visit.

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Tangent Paragon Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Edna Valley 2009

For me a little oak goes a long way.  I’m especially sensitive to the amount of oak in white wines as all too often the oak seems to overpower the flavors.  Regular readers will know I have a strong dislike of the big, buttery, oaky California-style Chardonnay.  As far as I am concerned if I wanted that much oak I’d just chew on a stick.  So when I’m choosing a white I usually tend to gravitate towards to unoaked bottlings.  If your palate is like mine I’d like to recommend the 2009 Tangent Paragon Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc.  From the Edna Valley in California this wine looks away from the new and towards the old world.  This is the second vintage of theirs that I have tried and I think this one is better than the ’08.  Lots of tangerine and lemon flavors, all wrapped inside nice flinty acidity.  Delicious and right what I am looking for in a white. 

I paid $14.99 for this from the Frederick Wine House.  I rate it a solid 90.

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More Free Bubbly!

Now as you know this writer very much believes that sparkling wines are appropriate all year round but in the spirit of the season the Frederick Wine House is having a free New Years Eve Champagne tasting from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Some nice bubblies including Gosset Brut Grand Rose which goes for $78 a bottle.  I’ve never had that particular wine but I have had some other Champagnes from Gosset and they were very very good.

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Prosecco for Free

For those who have followed me waxing poetic about the joys of Prosecco over the years here is an opportunity to try a great producer for free.  I saw that Frederick Wine House is pouring Riondo Prosecco Saturday, December 12th from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. as part of their complimentary tasting.  This is one of the Proseccos we consistently go to as it is delicious and represents a great value.


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Odds and Ends

Just received word that the magazine Edible Chesapeake is ceasing publication.  That’s sad as I always looked for it at the Common Market and enjoyed reading it.  From the release: 

I will no longer be publishing Edible Chesapeake magazine. The decision is the result of much reflection on how best to balance the needs of my family and myself as a small business owner, with the needs of the local food community of which Edible Chesapeake has been an important part since 2005. The recently published Fall 2009 issue, with the incredibly scrumptious apple cider donuts on the cover, is the last of my tenure as publisher and editor. It is uncertain at this time whether Edible Chesapeake will return under a new publisher.

Frederick Wine House is having a number of interesting looking wine classes over the next month.  The Champagne and sparkling wine course looks great!


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Heard on The Grapevine

Heard on the grapevine that the Frederick Wine House one of my favorite, ok let’s be honest, my favorite wine store in Frederick County will be relocating.  They are going to move to a location in the new  shopping center off Route 26.   This will be the same location as where the Wegmans is going in.  Construction just started and the anticipated move is in early 2011 so they have some time.  I wish them all the best and am excited for their success.

P.S. Never been to a Wegmans.  What makes it so good and is it worth the hype?

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Odds & Ends

Frederick Wine House is now on twitter.  Their handle/user name/id/ whatever you call it (you can tell I’m not hip with Twitter)  is FrederickWineHouse.  In the email they sent they listed it as FredWineHo.  What an awesome name.  It’s a shame I didn’t think of that.  Maybe I’ll start a spin off blog for just wine reviews.  When Fred Foodie wants to go lowbrow he’s Fred Wine Ho!

Speaking of wine reviews I noticed that they one of the wines they are pouring for tasting this Friday (6/5) is the 2006 Rabbit Ridge Allure de Robles.  I reviewed the 2005 here.  I’ll try to stop by and let you know what I think. They are selling the 2006 for $8.99.

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Odds and Ends &The Candy Kitchen

With all that’s going on blogging is always a little light this time of year.  Busy planning the menus!

Just noticed that the Frederick Wine House is having the Willm Cremant d’Alsace available for tasting tomorrow (12/24) from 4pm -7 pm along with some other wines.  Its free!  If you happen to taste it let me know what you think.

When eating and drinking I usually feel that quality is preferred over quantity.  That’s why in the Fred household we usually give the kids a nice piece of chocolate in their stockings from the Candy Kitchen.  Mrs. F usually gets an all dark chocolate box of truffles from there as well.  Last week I stopped by to get the goods and the place was in utter disarray and had little or no stock.  Now I know that this is their busy season, and it is always chaotic when you go this time of year, but it seemed worse then usual:  no chocolate Santas at all and little or no truffles.  This was first thing in the morning as well, so it wasn’t like they were hit hard before I got there.  Anyone else experience this?  Anyone know what’s going on?  It made me sad, but I had to get the stuff elsewhere.  First time in 13 years no Candy Kitchen in Mrs F’s stocking.

Careful opening that bubbly.  A recent study found that Champagne corks come out at over 24 mph!


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Odds & Ends II- Wine Tasting Course

Got an email that the Frederick Wine House is offering a wine tasting course.  Here are the particulars:


Fundamentals of Wine Tasting
When: Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Frederick Wine House
Fee: $20/person
Class Size: Limited to 25 peopleInstructor: Patrick Smith, The Country Vintner

Join us for our first-ever wine education class October 14. This class is the perfect opportunity to learn the art of wine tasting and fine-tune your tasting skills. Put your skills to practice as we taste 10 wines representing a variety of grapes. Complimentary cheese and crackers will be provided.
Special Discount: Enjoy 10% off any wines purchased during the class.
Call Frederick Wine House at 301.378.0409 or email info@frederickwinehouse.com to register for the class

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Riondo Prosecco Tasting

As mentioned previously Frederick Wine Househas regular free tastings.  In their weekly email I just noticed that one of the wines they are pouring on Saturday June 21st is Riondo Prosecco.  We’ve had this many times before and is consistently one of our favorites for taste and value.  Its frizzante, which means that it is less bubbly than spumante style prosecco, but its well worth swinging by for a taste.  I went back and dug up my tasting notes from the last time I had a bottle:

Light bubbles- definitely frizzante. Strong apple taste with hint of butterscotch. Surprisingly long finish. A little sweet. Overall very good & low in alcohol.  Picked several bottles up for $8.99 so it was a great QPR.  Rating 89

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