Vine & Dine
Modern Luxury DC, by Michael McCarthy, Jan/Feb 2016
Donna Evers admits her wine story sounds like a Bob Dylan song. She was traveling on a train from Munich to Venice with her husband in 1999 when she awoke to see vineyards for long and lovely stretches outside her window. She turned to her husband and said, “I must have a vineyard!”…..
Donna Evers: Weekend Winemaker
Bethesda Magazine, September-October 2015
Twin Oaks Tavern Winery & its proprietor, Donna Evers, have been revisited by Bethesda Magazine for another wonderful article in the fall edition of their magazine. Along with incredibly beautiful photographs by Skip Brown, the article takes a great look into the “week-end passion” of winemaking.
All Aboard! We’re Heading for the Mountains
The Georgetowner, by Donna Evers, September-October 2015
The railroad was the only way to travel distances in 1900, when the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad ran all the way from Georgetown to Bluemont, Virginia, a resort town at the front of the Appalachian Mountains…..
Observer Newspaper (Virginia) Interview
The Observor, July 2014
Answers to your questions —
Although we didn’t open the tasting room until 2009, we planted the vineyard in 2000 and had our first harvest in 2002, which is also the first time I made wine. So, 2014 was my 12th year of making wine…..
Let’s Hear it for Norton, the All-American Wine
The Georgetowner, by Donna Evers, March 26, 2014
When Thomas Jefferson, America’s best known wine connoisseur, was Ambassador to France after the American Revolution he traveled extensively in France, Germany and Italy, visiting the best vineyards he could find and establishing relationships with vintners so that he could import wine from them when he returned to America. He brought many good wines to Monticello and some historians believe that he may have had the finest wine collection ever to hit the cellars of the White House…..
Twin Oaks Tavern Winery won GOLD at the Beverage Tasting Institute’s October 10, 2013 Competition, scoring a 92 (Exceptional) for Donna Evers’ 2012 Twin Oaks Chardonnay:
“Twin Oaks Tavern Winery 2012 Chardonnay, Virginia $21: Golden color. Rich aromas of buttery cashew, brittle, pickling spices and apple tart with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy Meyer lemon, green apple, relish and vanilla cream accented finish. A delicious, zesty chardonnay for all occasions.”
The same 2012 Twin Oaks Chardonnay also scored Silver at the International Women’s Wine Competition, held in Sonoma County, California.
Twin Oaks Tavern Winery Announces ‘Spectacular Sunsets’ Photo Contest
Leesburg Today, August 24, 2012
Twin Oaks Tavern Winery’s “Spectacular Sunsets” photo contest is set to run from Saturday, Aug. 25, through Oct. 31. Amateur photographers who wish to enter must take their sunset photos from the twin, split-level decks of Twin Oaks and send them to Donna Evers.
Having it All — and Still Growing
The Northwest Current, April 11th, 2012
Yet her sights are set even higher.
Evers expects to expand her company by 40 agents and an office — adding a Bethesda facility to outposts in Dupont Circle and Friendship Heights — in the next six months. And Twin Oak Tavern Winery, which started as just a fun hobby with her now-late husband, is poised to double its output from this year to the next.
Chasing The Dream
Washington Life Magazine, May 2011
Virginia winery owners will tell you how they got vineyard fever working a summer job in a winery, and how they traded in their three-piece suits for jeans, boots and a life amid the vines. They may have philosophy rather than oenology degrees, but they are following in the hallowed footsteps of Thomas Jefferson, America’s third president, who fell in love with wine and never recovered — even when he discovered how difficult and costly his passion could be. As the old adage says, “How do you make a small fortune in wine? Start with a big one.”
Bethesda Magazine, January/February 2006
In 2002, when Donna and Bob Evers of Chevy Chase harvested their first grape crop at their Virginia weekend home, experts told them that the chardonnay and cabernet franc grapes must be picked early in the morning to keep them cool. The Chevy Chase couple took the advice seriously-and then some. They piled all the grapes into their SUV with the air conditioning running all night just to keep them chilled.
Donna Evers laughs at that now; instead of the SUV they have a temperature-controlled cold room that keeps the grapes cool. Taking on challenges isn’t new to Evers: She’s been in the real estate business for over 30 years and has established her firm, Evers & Co., as the largest woman-run real estate company in the area. But her latest endeavor, Twin Oaks Tavern Vineyard, may be her biggest challenge yet.