This is Wine:Thirty Flight, our first class wine and travel blog. WTF began with Meghan Barrett Welch and Andrew Welch, wine drinkers and aviation geeks who met in the Coast Guard, live next to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and who think of Washington, New York, and Boston as one big city. We've since been joined by Kathleen Jennings and Elizabeth Harple.
We share many similar tastes in wine, but first among them is the belief that the people you meet and places you go are at least as much fun as the wine you drink while doing it. Sometimes it's worth booking a longer layover so that you can find a new wine bar. Wine is both fun and serious, sophisticated yet easy, the door to a world far beyond the glass. Together we'll find the best Tempranillo from Spain, Pinot Noir from Massachusetts (yes), Albariño in the main concourse at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, and the perfect house wine of which you won't feel bad opening a second bottle when friends come over.
I am beyond excited to see this moving forward. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia -- just across the river from Washington, DC -- is beginning $1 billion in renovations that will see an entirely new concourse added in addition to completely revamped ticketing and security facilities allowing passengers to move freely between concourses without having to pass back out of security. The artist renderings are gorgeous. Locals and anyone who has ever flown in from smaller cities featuring small commuter planes know what a big deal this is.
Champagne is the much talked about, much written about, much enjoyed ambrosia from the gods. So, what makes Champagne so special? In this post, we will explore how Champagne is made, and attempt to uncover the sweet mysteries behind this magical beverage that makes us all love it so much. Let’s dive right in with some of the most important things to know about the bubbly beverage that will improve any day of the week.
This Portuguese Wine Dinner featured wines from Manz Winery near the Atlantic coast outside of Lisbon, and food pairings from Danny Lledó, Slate’s Chef and Sommelier. Manz is a small, boutique winery in Portugal's Lisboa wine region, about six miles from the ocean. To quote their representative, Raul Silva, Manz believes “good wine is marked by wanting to open a second bottle.” They aim for minerality and freshness in all their wines, especially in their Jampal grape varietal.
In celebration of Independence Day in the United States, our monthly wine pick lineup for July is all American, featuring red, white and blue, plus sparkling (fireworks!) and rosé (because why not)! This lineup very purposefully aims for diversity across America's many excellent wine regions, highlighting some interesting options in what American winemaking has to offer. We hope you'll seek these out (or others like them) wherever you are in the world this month. Cheers!
The Red Inn of Provincetown MA (say hello to Jen, server and painter of beautiful things); Delaplane Cellars in Virginia; SER… where Javier wins at Arlington, VA restaurants; The Vineyard of McLean VA; Louis and Sonja - our wine guides; the Atlantic Spice Company; Concourse B/C at National Airport; watching small planes sneak up on big planes and then get to take off first; Air Canada Jazz.