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The First Wine Produced in D.C. Starts Flowing April 22

Newcomer District Winery brought grapes from California for the inaugural rosé

District Winery’s debut rosé arrives April 22.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Recent arrival District Winery is releasing its inaugural wine — a dry rosé — to the public on Sunday, April 22.

The debut wine from the Navy Yard newcomer is both the first produced at the 17,000-square-foot waterfront complex, and the first wine to ever flow out of D.C. Upon opening last summer, head winemaker Conor McCormack secured old vine grenache grapes from Madera, California for the 2017 vintage, and got going right away on production.

Per a release, the rosé features flavors including “strawberry, guava, bubblegum, and spice.” Wine lovers can decide for themselves at official release party, which has been split into two events on April 22 (noon to 3 p.m, and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.). Tickets start at $75 for three drink tickets and climb to $95 for admission to the party with a bottle of wine to take home.

D.C. will get another homemade rosé option next year, this time right off the bustling 14th Street NW strip. The team at the newly relocated Cork Wine Bar & Market plans to make rosé from cabernet franc grapes harvested this fall, that could then be served at the restaurant in spring 2019.

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