GEORGETOWN: Rosewood Will Be Offering Inaugural Drinking Tips This January

Keith Goldston, master sommelier at Rosewood Washington D.C., is pleased to debut two different beverage flights for those looking to toast to the 2016 President-elect or drown their sorrows this January.  From January 1st through Inauguration Day, Friday, January 20th, The Grill Room and The Rye Bar at Rosewood Washington D.C. will offer two wines, available by the glass or bottle, two draft beers and two suggested spirits, available by the shot or mixed into a cocktail, that were specifically selected for the occasion.  Pricing and descriptions are listed below.
If your candidate won, then it’s all about a celebration.  Below are three beverages that will certainly get the party going:

  • Pol Roger Champagne, priced at $25 a glass or $98 a bottle, is a classic Champagne producer who makes bubbly that is more fruit forward than a Bollinger, but more complex and nuanced than Veuve Cliquot. “The reason I think it’s a great call is Pol Roger was the favorite Champagne of Winston Churchill and he consumed so much of it that Pol Roger now makes a truly delicious and expensive cuvee in his honor,” says Goldston.  “So while celebrating our new President why not drink the Champagne of one of the World’ great leaders.”
  • Gin.  “Gin to me has always been a happy and an uplifting spirit. The buzz is second to none and when combined with tonic it makes one of the easiest drinking cocktails ever conceived,” says Goldston.  “So go ahead and make up a libation and sit back and enjoy the parade. Instead of drinking a British Gin why not try a local one from James River Distillery out of Richmond Virginia. They make two flavors that I really enjoy, Commonwealth (the most citrus and floral) and Continental (the most classic or London Dry style); both are handcrafted and yummy.” Priced at $8 per shot.
  • Budweiser, priced at $6 a glass, or $12 for a 12-ounce beer and a 1.5-ounce shot of gin.  “Nothing says America like good old Budweiser,” says Goldston.  “It’s affordable, super easy to drink and honestly it is really nice sometimes to drink something that doesn’t ask a thing of you, is easy to understand and most importantly something you don’t have to think about to enjoy.”
If your candidate lost then it’s not about the celebration, it is all about hiding the pain and disappointment in a cloud of alcohol.  Below are some recommendations to help to help numb the pain:

  • 2014 The Prisoner, priced at $22 a glass or $88 a bottle.  A Zinfandel and Cab blend from California that is big, lush and packed with ripe and jam fruit flavors, plus best of all it is usually over 15% alcohol per volume. “Hopefully the next four years will not feel like an actual Prison but even if they do then this is the wine to help you through,” says Goldston. 
  • Bourbon.  Bourbon is the spirit that is tied to our history as a country and it seems fitting to drink as we look to the future. “Try the Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, it is made by extracting bourbon out of the staves of the barrels that it has been ageing in for years so you end up with a more flavorful and higher proof than most other bourbons,” says Goldston.  “After enough of these you might be willing to make a deal with the devil to somehow reverse what you are currently watching.” Priced at $8 per shot.
  • Stone IPA, priced at $9a glass, or $15 for a 12-ounce beer and a 1.5-ounce shot of bourbon.  “Stone Brewing out San Diego might not have invented the Craft Beer IPA but they certainly make one of the best,” says Goldston.  “Massive amounts of hops give you an extremely bitter flavor (a perfect primer for four years of sulking) and almost double the alcohol of your average beer will give you the courage you need to double down on your beliefs and start the hard work of fighting for change.”
Keith Goldston is the Master Sommelier at Rosewood Washington, D.C. responsible for overseeing the hotel’s wine and spirits experience at The Grill Room and The Rye Bar.  Regarded as one of the most talented Master Sommeliers in the world, he is America’s 47th Master Sommelier and a recipient of the prestigious Krug Cup Trophy. Goldston is committed to fully immersing himself in the realm of fine wines and spirits around the world.  His travels have taken him to Japan to make sake, China and South Korea to judge wine competitions, India to open bars, and across the Andres in search of great wine.  Goldston serves on the Board for the Court of Master Sommeliers, and has taught at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa.

The Rye Bar is located in the Rosewood Washington DC at 
1050 31st Street, NW.  

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