The Sipping Point Radio – 5/26: Drink at Ripple in DC & Tips for Perfect Soft Shells

The Sipping Point Radio – 5/26: Drink at Ripple in DC & Tips for Perfect Soft Shells

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Sips of the Week

Maurice Cherry, Sommelier at Ripple Restaurant in DC joined us with 3 great wines from his relaxed but impressive wine list. Ripple is a neighborhood restaurant located in the heart of Washington D.C. with a focus on good food, good drink, and a good time. In a comfortable setting, just across the street from the historic Uptown Theater in Cleveland Park, Ripple offers a complete dining experience, with a focus on sustainability, organic and locally-acquired produce, and a good time. 1.      Tenuta Roveglia Lugana $17.99 (Sustainable) Lugana, Italy

Chef Michael’s Beer Battered Soft Shell Crab recipe is at

Winemaker’s Notes: Lugana is a high quality wine characterized by its gentle yellow color with brilliant reflections and aromatic notes of peach and vanillin. This wine offers fruity accent with a dry, subtle elegant finish, and is particularly well suited for poultry, light pasta and seafood dishes. Lugana is also the perfect aperitif.

 2.      Les Cretes Petite Arvine $41.99 (Organic) Valle d’aosta, Italy Winemaker’s Notes: Les Crêtes is one of only a few privately owned commercial wineries and is the most well-known in Valle D’Aosta (Piedmont), an alpine valley that is enclosed on three sides by the Italian, French and Swiss Alps located close to Mont Blanc. The producer of what is often described as the best white wine made in Italy, Les Crêtes was founded in 1989 by sixth generation Valle d’Aostan winemaker Costantino Charrère. Today he is joined by his family that shares his passion. The winery, located in Aymavilles, owns 25 hectares of vineyards, set in 6 villages all along the Dora Baltea river. The vineyard cultivation is based on a great respect for the soil and the ecosystem and combines traditions with technical innovations to upgrade and support the terroir. Petite Arvine is a variety indegenous to the valle d’aosta with a distinct flavor profile and personality. Floral and citrus aromas give way to lengthy finish that hints of salt.  3.      Tensley Colston Canyon Syrah $39.99 (B) Santa Barbara County, California

  • Approximately half of our wine production is made up of fruit from the meticulously farmed vineyard high in the mountains of Tepesquet Canyon. Colson Canyon is the only one of our wines to see any new oak. It is aged in 20% new, 20% one-year-old, and 60% neutral French oak barrels to add a bit of sweet vanilla and coffee to the finish. The 2010 growing season was long and cool allowing the grapes to develop wonderful complexity and concentration. The 2010 Colson once again delivers its signature flavors of graphite, blackcurrant, raspberries and bacon complemented by a solid tannic structure and balanced acidity. Drink this wine now or age it for up to 15 years.

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at

Wine Sandwich

Chef Michael Forster (my hubby) share the mistakes people make with Soft Shell Crabs…he also is sharing his Beer Battered Soft Shell Crab recipe with us at

Upcoming Events

6/8: Join Laurie for the California Dreamin’:- Robert Mondavi Winery Dinner to celebrate Heritage month at Westin Annapolis

Next Week

Next Week we’ll talk to all about the heritage of Robert Mondavi’s contributions to the wine world and talk to Chef James Barrett from the Westin in Annapolis about his innovative cuisine and beekeeping.

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection and J Brown Jewelers.