The Sipping Point 02/23/13

The Sipping Point 02/23/13


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Sips of the Week


Burgess Cellars Merlot 2008, Napa Valley, CA $24.99
Winemaker’s Notes: The 2008 Merlot, like our previous vintages, demonstrates a unique intense varietal personality along with a richness associated with the vintage. The most common flavor characteristics of Merlot, blueberries and black cherries, are stunning with a hint of mint. The 2008 is 100% Merlot from our Triere Estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District just south of Yountville. This region of Napa Valley is ideal for bringing Merlot to full maturity, with vines
that are oriented north to south so that they capture both morning and afternoon sun, producing a full-bodied, rich, complex wine with a long lasting finish.

Burgess Cellars Syrah, Napa Valley, CA $28
Winemaker’s Notes: This Syrah was grown in two locations: One on the Eastern-side of Howell Mountain off Ink Grade Road, the other just south of Yountville in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. By blending grapes from these two areas, the wine is fashioned after a mid-Rhone wine. Fermentation took place under a relatively high aeration system which helps build complexity and retains purity of the flavors. The wine was aged in approximately 40% French oak barrels and 60% American oak to build the complex flavors.

Burgess Cellars Cabernet, Napa Valley, CA $37.99Winemaker’s Notes: The Burgess Cellars’ hillside vineyards are on the steep slopes of Howell Mountain. The various exposures result in grapes that complement one another and build a complex, delicious wine. Soils range from volcanic ash to rocky marine sediments, this, combined with mature  vines and skilled wine making give us a complex and elegant wine. The wine shows off dense Cabernet Sauvignon character accented with vanilla, balancing spices and toasty oak from traditional barrel aging.
All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD check them out at To find these wines in other areas visit

Featured Guest

Steve Burgess did not always work in the family business. After earning his degree from Cal Poly in Agricultural Systems Management with a minor in Agricultural Business and a Wine-Marketing Certificate, Steve went through many transformations—from high school physics teacher to wine broker to restaurant work, but he was eventually persuaded by his father to return to Burgess Cellars. He is passionate about doing things the “correct way,” and seeks out “the best” of things. Steve’s enthusiasm is ideal for running a premium winery where quality and character are paramount. Find out more:

Chef Ferrier of 2100 Prime located in the Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel also joined us to talk about how he created perfect pairings for Steve’s wines for the Capital Wine Festival taking place now through March 26. Chris Ferrier was born in BBQ country — Owensboro, Kentucky, home of the Moonlight! He grew up in New Jersey where classic dinner food is the culinary staple that sophisticated diners crave today. Before graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1990, Ferrier was associated with the well-known Lodge at Pebble Beach in California, where he became acquainted with many of the local purveyors of fruits and vegetables. Since then, he has incorporated local products into his menus and cuisine working at great restaurants for Hyatt Regency Hotels, the Boar’s Head Inn, and now at 2100 Prime.

Wine Sandwich 

Brendan Dorr of B&O Brasserie

Brendan Dorr is the Head Bartender and Mixologist at B&O American Brasserie delivering new American cuisine with the soul of a traditional brasserie and cutting edge cocktails. Dorr brings an artistic approach to mixology, using fresh and seasonal ingredients and a flair of creativity with every cocktail creation. Before coming to B&O American Brasserie, he spent seven years at the former Ixia Restaurant perfecting his craft. Dorr’s impressive resume includes posts at Black Olive and Aureole, Charlie Palmer’s renowned restaurant in New York.

Recently, Dorr founded the Baltimore Bartenders’ Guild in an effort to put Baltimore’s cocktail scene on the national level. He also is a co-founder of the Forgotten Cocktail Club, which hosts pop-up events once a month with a focus on cocktails from the pre-Prohibition era.

Rye’s Up Event on 2/24 at 6PM at the B&O American Brasserie at the Hotel Monaco in Baltimore, MD. Purchase Tickets: here

Upcoming Events

3/8:   Something to Wine About Wine Tasting Comedy at Waltz Vineyards in Manheim PA

3/19:  Something to Wine About Wine Tasting Comedy at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD

3/21: Something to Wine About Wine Tasting Comedy at Red Hen in Easton, MD

Next Week

We’ll be back next week with an interview with Maryland’s own Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate and

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Wells Discount Liquors, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Sergio’s Jewelers