There are lots of perks that come with being a Bitch. But one of the best things is sharing the perks with your Bitchy pals. Wines of France reached out to me a few months ago, asking me to help curate the D.C. stop on their East Coast summer tour, I couldn’t say no. Oh, you want me to help you throw a patio party, in which I invite a bunch of friends to drink French wine? Oh my gosh, that sounds absolutely terrible.
Yes, Wines of France did a whirlwind American summer tour, taking a road trip up the East Coast from Miami to Boston, stopping in major cities for a summer party along the way.
The Wines of France airstream pulled in to cities across America. It was filled with high-quality French wines and plenty of swag—themed t-shirts, sunglasses, Govino wine glasses—pleasing the hearts, minds, and palates of Americans everywhere.
All I had to do was invite some generally awesome individuals, show up, and have a good time.
For the venue, I selected A Bar, the modern, simple and stylish bar at Avenue Suites on Pennsylvania Ave. in Foggy Bottom. The patio is phenomenal, with large cushioned patio furniture set around fire pits and tables that makes for a perfect setting for mingling, chatting, and sipping.
It was a Sunday afternoon of wine, food, and friends, with most of us becoming huge fans of the French vin if we weren’t already.
There were six French wines sampled that day, and the most popular was by far and away the Chateau d’Esclans Cotes de Provence Whispering Angel Rose that was a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. It was easy for me to see why I enjoyed this rose, as I am a huge fan of Grenache-Syrah blends from this region. The wine retails for around $15-$20 and you can get it at Total Wine.
The blush wine was light, lovely and perfect for patio imbibing. One thing was for sure, the Whispering Angels led to a spontaneous dance party later in the evening and resulted in a painful Monday morning.
The second most popular was the 2011 Muscat Sec, a citric, fruity and light white. As I usually prefer red, I was surprised that I took such a fancy to this one.
With regard to the reds, the Barton & Guestier Beaujolais was a hit, a 2011 wine that was easy to enjoy.
The theme of the Wines of France party was American BBQ, because you don’t need to serve fancy French food just because you’re drinking Fancy French wine. Plus, it’s July, and we’re in the nation’s capital, and we’re American, gosh darn-it.
A Bar served up pulled pork sliders, potato chips and dip, and sandwiches, most notably their delicious grilled cheese. There were also cheese and charcuterie boards, naturally, and we closed the evening with warm, fresh chocolate chip cookies.
It’s worth noting that A Bar’s mushroom puffs, croissant puffs filled with creamy, light cheese and mushrooms are nothing short of heavenly.