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, but first among them is the belief that the people you meet and places you go are as interesting 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.
Last weekend we made an annual pilgrimage to the actual cellar of Delaplane Cellars, an extraordinary Virginia winery that we've recommended before. There we loved -- once again -- a tasting that has become something of a ritual first day of the springtime wine tasting season for us, drawing winemaker Jim Dolphin's latest creations direct from the barrels wherein they have spent the last months aging. And so it is, in our minds at least, that the finest time of year for exploring stunning Virginia wine country is upon us. Indeed, the Commonwealth's wines are our Best of April.
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.
Wine is always a good thing to keep on hand at your house. If you’re anything like Andrew, Meghan, and me then you probably always have a house wine on hand. You might also have some nice bottles you’d like to save for special occasions or maybe even let age for a bit. But how do you turn having a few bottles on hand into a full-blown wine collection? To answer that question, we have a few tips and tricks for starting your own collection.
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.