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Judgement of DC - Competition of the French Rosés

  • Jul 30, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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In our “Judgement of DC” event, members of Grapes & Grains will deliver their verdict on the best participating French Rosé. The competition will have five Rosés from Provence and one from Pays d’Oc.

Grapes & Grains have been invited by a group of Wine distributors from France through American wine merchant Robert Shive to participate in this competition called “Judgement of DC" to select the best from among the 6 French Rosés.


Participants do not have to be Wine experts or Wine snobs, but just the regular Rosé drinker who can make the judgement on the Wine that appeals to their taste in an impartial manner

The task is simple as you get to choose what appeals to your palate and you will be asked to rate the top 3 that you like among the 6 Rosés competing in the “Judgement of DC". We will taste them blind with the labels covered, so that the label and bottle style won’t effect the ranking.

Some of the wines will come from the seacoast and some from the plateau about 900 - 1000 feet higher, and a 50 minute drive inland from the coast, as the climate and soils are different, as are the results of wines made from the same grapes. The above picture from the Rosé Research center in Provence demonstrates the varied color scale for the Provence Rosé wines.

There is NO FEE for the tasting and the only request we make to the new members that would sign up to this event, is to be RESPONSIBLE like our regular members in managing your RSVP.


After the tasting we will continue with our evening socializing amid the endless talks on the wines we tasted and our favorite wines, with our regular Dinner event. As always each member pays for their own Dinner and additional Wine consumption.

Catering to your whims and tantalizing your senses, Le Chat Noir offers a warm atmosphere to unwind with a impressive wine list carefully selected from organically grown grapes and a traditional French cuisine to pair with.

So join in for this special fun evening as DC delivers its judgement in the Competition of the French Rosés.

The nearest metro are tenleytown and friendship heights. Both are around an 8 minute walking distance to Le Chat Noir.

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  • Daniel

    This is to thank Robert for a great tasting evening. I have not been very much into French Roses and this was quite an educational and pleasant experience. You opened my mind to a different world. If you want to organize a similar event in the future I will be happy to help in any way possible.

    Conversations with the people sitting around me were also very interesting and lively and made the evening all the better.

    As usual, thank you to Rodolfo for making these meetups possible. For those who are interested in learning more about appreciating wine I recommend "Great Wine made simple" by Andrea Immer. There are tons of books about wine but I particularly like this one.

    1 · July 31, 2014

  • Rodolfo

    Just managed to get a little more information about Vignobles D'Azur as wine lovers always appreciate knowing more about what they drink. :)


    Azur was made near the seaside of the Mediterranean Sea at Sanary-Sur Mer, which is West of Toulon and is in the Far Western part of Cotes de Provence, and right next to Bandol.


    The Wine maker writes:

    Picked by hand, the grapes are placed in small crates and stored in cold room until it reaches a temperature of 4 ° C. Once this condition is met, they are de-stemmed, crushed and squeezed at a low temperature in order to maintain the nature of each grape. These first steps are performed in an inert atmosphere to preserve the aromatic potential. One wine is made from each of the grapes in the final blended product.

    The wines are blended and again clarified by the cold natural winter (rather than being mechanically filtered) before being bottled in February.

    The grapes used can be seen at www.stwtr.com

    1 · July 31, 2014

  • patricia c.

    it was good to taste different roses wines

    1 · July 30, 2014

    • patricia c.

      it was my first event and i really liked it , looking forward for more meetings!!

      July 31, 2014

  • Rodolfo

    Your votes have been counted and the winner is Wine F, Vignobles d'Azur.

    1 · July 30, 2014

    • Meredith

      My favorite, too! Such a great event.

      July 31, 2014

  • Rodolfo

    A great night of Rosé Tasting experience with Robert Shive. We had a fun & interesting group of members tonight and as always good conversations through the course of the evening.

    We will be announcing the ratings of the tasting soon.

    July 30, 2014

  • Donna R.

    I would love to go. This is my neighborhood restaurant.

    July 30, 2014

  • Rodolfo

    We have 1 spot open up today as one of the member had to dropout due to sickness. Anyone on the wait list can take it as it's too late for me to assume that the next person on the wait list can make it.

    July 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I snuck in as soon as I saw the email. I look forward to meeting everyone and tasting some delicious Rosés.

      July 30, 2014

  • Donna R.

    I see a spot opened up. Where am I on the Wait List? Thanks.

    July 30, 2014

  • Rodolfo

    Since our event venue is a small family run restaurant, It would be easier for them to accept cash for individual dinner order payments. Please remember to bring sufficient cash to pay for your individual dinner order.
    Here is a link to their dinner menu http://lechatnoirrestaurant.com/m_dinner.htm


    Looking forward to the Rose tasting, and Wine conversations during dinner.

    July 28, 2014

    • Brigitta

      Hi Rodolfo, I am feeling really sick since yesterday :( and I threw up twice this morning. As disappointing as it is I have to cancel tonight, Jeff and I will not be able to join you :((((((( Have fun for us too!

      July 30, 2014

  • Donna R.

    Hoping for cancellations so I can move from WL to Going! Wait List karma, please hold out for me.

    July 29, 2014

  • Rodolfo

    Please remember to update your RSVP, if your plans are likely to change as it will open up a spot for other members who can attend. Thanks to those that have replied, to my reminder message. Still waiting for RSVP confirmation from Mary.

    Looking forward to a fun evening of tasting, and the endless wine conversations.

    2 · July 24, 2014

    • Marga (.

      Looking forward to this!

      July 26, 2014

  • Donna R.

    My plans are the same = waiting for an opening to get from Wait List to Go List. :) Staying optimistic.

    1 · July 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I remain a definite yes and am very excited. Thank you for organizing.

    1 · July 24, 2014

  • Alicia C.

    any possibility of repeating this event another time (either with french rosé or another varietal/region) for those of us on the waitlist who don't get in? :)

    1 · July 22, 2014

    • Rodolfo

      Possibly doing other wine tasting events based on region/varietal tastings, that would allow more fun, wine & food exploration.

      1 · July 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would love to attend any sort of educational tasting event.

      1 · July 22, 2014

  • sharon

    I don't see any place for a +1 on my RSVP....my friend, Zeynep was hoping to come also...is that possible??

    July 20, 2014

    • Brigitta

      hi Rodolfo, so did you remove my husband? He was +1

      July 22, 2014

    • Rodolfo

      Brigitta I have counted him, as you had already requested me about adding him to the event. I have just disabled the option for every member to invite a guest.

      July 22, 2014

  • Carolyn

    I second Donna's sentiment. Fingers and toes crossed!

    July 21, 2014

  • Rodolfo

    Since we have a large number of members on the wait list, and as we would like to have a minimum of 12 judges for this contest, I will send a confirmation reminder to RSVP'd members that would be attending their first event with us on Wednesday. If your plans of attending look doubtful, Please update your RSVP at your earliest as it gives others on the wait list sufficient time to plan for attending this event.

    July 21, 2014

  • Donna R.

    Hope my waitlist karma holds out for this event. I really love dry Rose from the South of France in the summer. It was full before I even saw it.

    1 · July 21, 2014

  • Pat

    Really sorry I have to decline on this one, Rodolfo, it sounds quite fabulous. I'll be in NJ with family, next time, I hope!

    July 14, 2014

  • Peter

    Had the pleasure of discussing French rosés with Robert at a recent dinner. Highly recommend this event for anyone interested in exploring these wonderful wines with a very knowledgeable host!

    July 13, 2014

  • Rodolfo

    The announcement for this event will be sent on Sunday July 20th.

    July 13, 2014

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