As bad and as dangerous as driving conditions are the annual D. C. Wine Show at the convention center was mobbed this afternoon. It was probably even more crowded than last year's show at the Reagon building. I would estimate that there were at least twice as many wineries participating including a good showing for Argentina and New Zealand who both had a number of wineries participating.
The Wine Enthusiast was selling EuroCave refrigerated "cellars" at slightly more than half off which included not only a 15% show discount but also shipping included. This is off of their current catalogue price which is the lowest I have seen in the two years I've been following them.
Anyway for anyone thinking about going this is an absolutely excellent show with a number of very good wines being poured. There were many, many reds in the $40 to $60 range including Arrowood, BV, Archery Summit and several barolos that are not yet distributed in the D. C. area that were delicious(Cascina Bruni). Greatest disappointment was an unbeleivable $8.00 Argentinian Malbec (Cristobal 1492) that was as good as any $20 wine in the hall. Why a disappointment? It's not available in America yet.
For anyone going take a look at Baron Philippe de Rothschild Reserva Carmenere 2000 from Chile (joint venture with the French company). This is a $9 wine that is wonderful. Their merlot was good, too, at a similarly low price.