American Wine Story

American Wine Story

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Special Screening followed by Q & A and a tasting reception showcasing the wineries featured in the film and presented by the owners and winemakers.

E Street Cinema | 
555 11th Street, NW |Washington, DC

5:45 pm reception  |  6:30 pm film  |  7:50 pm Q & A and tasting reception


More Information

Click here to read a synopsis, director’s statement, and more about the filmakers and contributors.

Q & A

Dave McIntyre, wine columnist for The Washington Post, will be moderating the Q & A after the film. His columns appear in the Wednesday Food section, though they typically are posted online several days earlier. He is also the co-founder of Drink Local Wine, a website turned organization designed to promote online writing about “wines from around here, wherever ‘here’ happens to be.”

Check out his recent article on American Wine Story here!




Barboursville Vineyards

From James Barbour, Governor of Virginia in the early 1800s, to the Zonin family, this 18th Century estate is flourishing with history and is a breathtaking climax to a beautiful and historic country drive from any direction. In 2006, the winery celebrated its 30th anniversary as “setting the standard” for a region now populated by more than 200 wineries.


Boedecker Cellars

Husband and wife team Stewart and Athena Boedecker created Boedecker Cellars in 2003, and have crafted wines focused on quality, finesse and locality ever since.  After having lived abroad in Europe for two years, Pacific Northwest Natives Stewart and Athena Boedecker returned home to found Boedecker Cellars in Oregon’s revered Willamette Valley. After five years spent honing their craft at the Carlton Winemaker’s Studio in Carlton, Oregon, they built their winery in the heart of industrial Northwest Portland – just a stone’s throw from downtown and yet just 40 minutes from the vineyards– where they continue to make their acclaimed wines from Oregon’s Willamette Valley.


Brooks Winery

Founded in 1998, Brooks is a reflection of the visionary Portland native, Jimi Brooks.  His reverence for the land and vines made him a practitioner of organic and biodynamic farming.  The great respect for vineyard individuality and mastery of blending, allowed his wines to achieve the greatest depth, flavors and balance.  While Jimi is no longer with us, his dynamic spirit lives on through his wines, family and friends.


Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Carlisle is a small Sonoma County winery specializing in the production of old-vine, vineyard designated Zinfandels and red Rhone varieties (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Petite Sirah). They have recently added the first whites, two blends from historic, old-vine vineyards plus Sonoma County’s first ever Grüner Veltliner. While they take pride in their wines being bold and intensely flavored, each reflecting its vintage and vineyard, they also strive to create wines of balance, complexity, and nuance. Their goal is always the same – grow and source outstanding fruit, do as little as possible to it, and bottle outstanding, pleasurable wine at the fairest price possible.


Chehalem Wines

Chehalem Wines is located in the Northern Willamette Valley in Newberg, Oregon. Chehalem (Chuh-hay-lum) is a local Calapooia Indian word best translated as “gentle land” or “valley of flowers,” phrases that capture a long-standing, almost religious reverence for the land. They are dedicated to reflecting as purely as possible what the vineyard has produced, with minimal processing, without compromising great fruit. Chehalem is well known for quality red and white wines, with a focus on cool-climate varieties that reflect both site and climate in complex, structured, and intensely fruited wines, including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, and Gamay Noir.


Keswick Vineyards

Keswick Vineyards is a family owned and operated Virginia winery and vineyard located in the heart of Virginia wine country on the Monticello wine trail, just outside of Charlottesville, VA.  Originally from Michigan, Al & Cindy Schornberg chose the historic site that is Edgewood Estate for their dream vineyard after searching the country, recognizing its potential for producing world class wines. Specializing in producing small lots of high quality Virginia wines, a minimalist approach is taken in the winery with the focus instead being on the vineyards to produce the best possible fruit to work with.


Ransom Spirits

Ransom Spirits was started by Tad Seestedt in 1997 with a small life savings and a fistful of credit cards. The name was chosen to represent the debt incurred to start the business – Tad was paying his own ransom to realize his dream. Initially, the distillery made small amounts of grappa, eau de vie and brandy. Ransom began the production of a number of small-batch fine wines in 1999. In 2007, they took up the craft of grain-based spirits, adding gin, whiskey and vodka to the lineup. In 2010, they combined their crafts of winemaking and distilling to create their first Dry Vermout.  They believe that wine and spirits are a celebration of life, deserving of a place on our table each day.



REX HILL has been making elegant Pinot Noirs for over 30 years in the Willamette Valley at the gateway to Oregon’s wine country. REX HILL honors exceptional single vineyards and continues a legacy of singular Pinot Noirs that reflect their origin. That sense of place is paramount to the way we farm our land and make our wines.


Scott Paul Wines

Scott Paul Wines is an artisanal producer of Willamette Valley, Oregon Pinot Noir, based in historic Carlton, OR. Additionally, they import wines directly from over 20 top producers in the French wine regions of Burgundy & Champagne, and offer them alongside their Pinots in the tasting room and online.