Letter from the Winemaker: December 2021

Dear Wine Club Members,

It’s the most wonderful time of year and we’re feeling especially thankful for all of you! As we celebrate the last Wine Club shipment of 2021, we want to say thank you for all your support and enthusiasm. From our members-only wine tastings to our exclusive club releases, we’re so glad that you’re enjoying all the different ways you can gather and celebrate your love of wine!

We’re also very excited for you all to be the first to officially meet the newest member of our winemaking team, Phil Arras! Phil joins us from the Finger Lakes of New York, where he spent thirteen years as a winemaker for Damiani Wine Cellars on the east side of Seneca Lake. He and his family relocated to DC just in time for the 2021 harvest, when he was able to take a deep dive into the world of urban winemaking!

“I’m very excited to begin working with new warm climate grape varietals that I wasn’t able to get my hands on in Upstate NY,” says Phil. “This year, I’m especially excited about varietals like Grenache, Petite Sirah and Graciano. Working for District Winery will allow me to expand on my existing experience in the industry and experiment with new grapes and techniques. But for me, the goal remains the same: to make balanced, thoughtful, delicious wines that represent the best each harvest has to offer.”

And if you’re still looking for the perfect last minute gift or that New Year’s Eve host present, I recommend grabbing a bottle of our Zinfandel. It’s a bold red wine that’s a total crowd-pleaser. I’d also suggest grabbing a bottle or two for yourself, because we all deserve a little reward after a long year!

As always, we welcome your comments, feedback and suggestions as we enter another year of Wine Club. You can expect even more from your membership in 2022, including more exclusive events, wine releases and sales.

Happy holidays and happy New Year from all of us at District Winery!


Erik Subrizi and Phil Arras

Winemakers, District Winery


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