Sunday, August 29, 2010
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
For those wondering how to purchase Boxwood wines and arrange for winery tour reservations from a distance, swing by our website at the link above and never again be without a bottle of Topiary and Boxwood on your table.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
The weather vane perched above Boxwood Estate Winery was designed by the Winery's world-renown architect, Hugh Newell Jacobsen, and is now synonymous with Boxwood Estate, appearing on all of our branding. With our wines gaining ever more attention and excellent ratings, it is destined for iconic status.
Against the crystalline clear blue sky of a scortching Middleburg summer day it was so striking I could not resist sharing this view with you.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
As you see below, the Merlot - destined for both the Boxwood and Topiary 2010 blends - has turned a deep dark red, but a few green grapes remain.
Our gorgeous Cabernet Franc - for the Topiary and the delicious dry Boxwood Rose - has a few holdouts this week too, but not for long.
The Cabernet Sauvignon for the Boxwood blend, which is always the latest to flower of our five varietals, has quickly caught up with its colleagues.
I have to admit some prejudice with regard to the Malbec (used in the Topiary blend in some vintages) it is so blue, plump, and appealing on the vine that I was tempted only to cover this varietal today. Quite literally a show stopper; I cannot wait to taste this grape in a wine.
Last but certainly not least is the Petit Verdot used in the Boxwood blend. Had I been any sort of wagerer early in the season, I would not have picked this varietal to maintain the most green in the second week of August. It is almost a seemingly even split of green and red color in the clusters at this time.
Check back often, harvest is not far now.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
We are proud to announce Boxwood Estate Winery's Topiary 2007 blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot (and a "dribble of Malbec") received 17 out of 20 points from Decanter Magazine, a top European periodical for wine consumers.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Jancis Robinson, internationally respected wine writer and text book author, educator, and blogger recently covered Stephane Derenoncourt, Boxwood's esteemed Bordeaux based wine-making consultant on her blog jancisrobinson.com. The article appears below.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
For the most part, each wine professional carries with them their own glass. The glass out of which one tastes, and which one holds for so many hours in the course of work becomes a personal choice. While a twinkling legion of glasses were offered, many held their own.
Wines from everywhere imaginable were offered for tasting. As usual, spittoons are a regular presence, as many professional tasters do not swallow; not only to avoid consuming too much alcohol, but also because expelling wine is part of the sensory evaluation process.
Beyond wine, there was a small contingent of products made from grapes but which became cognacs and fortified wines. These are close cousins to wines.
We had a moment before the tasting began to talk with the representative next to us, he was kind enough to pour us some of his wine: a 1955 Pinot Noir made in Patagonia. It was delicious, magical, and exciting.
He also poured two extraordinary champagne cognacs: 50 and 60 years old respectively. The latter was the first year the house was able to reopen after World War II. As he spoke, a minds eye easily returned to photos of France in rubble after the war, and it was easy to imagine all the hope for better years ahead that went into the bottle along with the cognac.
Students as well as teachers, even the experienced professionals in the group, like our own Rachel, are all still learning, still curious, and constantly riveted by the extraordinary stories sealed off for generations with a cork.
At Boxwood, we taste everything we can from every corner of the world whenever the opportunity arises, to better ourselves, our products, and our stores.
Wine is a sensory experience which begins with the eye's observation. It only follows suit that the food on hand for the tasters be a feast for the eyes and palate...
Sunday, August 1, 2010
That is the twinkling view from the rooftop deck of Stroga in the Adams Morgan section of Washington, DC where Boxwood wines were recently served at the Blue Crush event hosted by the Chris4Life Foundation.
Stroga could fairly be described as a magnificent yoga studio; it goes without saying that I never in my life imagined I would type those words. Judge for yourself below. The space is dramatic, cavernous, and full of elegant period details. Perfect for yoga, and a stunning event venue.
Yes, it is really a yoga studio.
For cocktail offerings, Boxwood Estate Winery's Topiary, 2007 was served along side Acai Berry Mojito's and St. Germain cocktails. The four bars were beautifully turned out.
The menu, full of color and defined by healthy choices, was prepared for the 300 guests on hand by the able group at Hudson Restaurant.
A silent auction continued on the second floor during the event and included a long list of fabulous items with all proceeds going to Chris4Life.
It was a fabulous party, we were thrilled to have Boxwood's Topiary 2007 poured for Chris4Life.