Wine Tasting in Washington, D. C.


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  • Fire and Sage
    Though the design in Fire & Sage’s dining room exudes modern elegance, the eatery’s kitchen relies on a decidedly more Old-World device: a wood-fired brick oven. Serving as the kitchen’s cornerstone, the oven bakes signature flatbread pizzas whose flavors range from the classic pairing of mozzarella and basil to an eclectic mélange of sopressa, pepperoni, chorizo, and goat cheese. These upscale twists on finger food represent Executive Chef Stephen Malfatti’s entire menu of refined American classics such as crab-cake sliders on potato rolls, sage-marinated organic chicken over sweet-potato risotto, and sea scallops topped with wild-mushroom ragout. As a starter, the gooey artichoke dip was described as “so generous with lump crab, we imagine it comes from the recipe files of Daddy Warbucks,” by the Washington Post. Regional microbrews join domestic and international beers on the drink menu, which also boasts eight signature cocktails ranging from a tiramisu martini to a cucumber-based concoction with Skinnygirl vodka. Inside the Washington Marriott at Metro Center, diners sit at high-top tables in the bar area or in plush, lime-green booths with giraffe-print accents in the dining room. The colorful booths and chairs play elegantly against the golden-hued wood of the walls and floors, all of which are illuminated by oversize hanging lamps.
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    775 12th Street Northwest
    Washington, DC US
  • Veritas Wine Bar
    Evocative aromas ascend from swirling chalices at Veritas Wine Bar, a brick-walled lounge where sommeliers pair more than 70 wines by the glass with a menu of cheese and charcuterie plates. Grape-infused elixirs gush from a temperature-controlled tap system, ensuring uniform sips unmarred by sudden climate shifts or clumsy fire breathers. Reds and whites from Italy, South Africa, and New Zealand slosh into individual glasses or join forces to create flights. Globetrotting artisanal cheeses fall under four categories—blue, cow, goat, and sheep—and deliciously mingle with charcuterie selections. Sippers can scrawl an appetizing epilogue across the evening’s feast by noshing on chocolate morsels laced with slow-cooked caramel or pistachio butter, which silence petulant sweet teeth without preemptively donning a bedtime retainer.
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    2031 Florida Ave.
    Washington, DC US
  • Mama Ayesha's
    By the 1940s, Mama Ayesha Abraham had already established herself as a successful young farmer in Jerusalem. But instead of adding to her more than 20 farms, she decided to move to the United States, where she found work in the kitchen of the Syrian Embassy. After many years and countless orders for Capital Hill?s elite, she opened a restaurant called Calvert Caf?. Today, her nephews and great nephews manage the restaurant, which has been renamed Mama Ayesha's and has been family-owned-and-operated for more than five decades. But her presence is still felt. Her recipes are used to make the eatery?s kebabs and Middle Eastern dishes, and her image appears outside the restaurant on a large mural that also features several recent presidents.
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    1967 Calvert St. NW
    Washington DC, DC US
  • WineTasting.org
    WineTasting.org and its founder, wine expert and PBS television host Mark Phillips, enlighten budding oenophiles on the intricacies of wine tasting through a variety of media, including online classes, events, Phillips' book Swallow This, and his TV show. His sundry lessons teach devotees valuable vino insights, such as how to get wine to the right temperature, the differences between glass types, and when it's OK to drop ice cubes into glasses of white. Phillips approaches each lecture with a comedic, unpretentious attitude, ensuring that patrons can easily bolster their knowledge of the subject without having to bribe wine-bar waiters.
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    900 10th Street Northwest
    Washington, DC US
  • Proof Restaurant
    Keep up with the latest American food and beverage trends at Proof Restaurant in Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown. Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu as well. Complement you meal with a beer or wine from Proof Restaurant delightful drink menu. Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats. You'll find lots of space for you and the whole gang to spread out at Proof Restaurant, which accommodates plenty of large groups. Open air seating is ready for diners at Proof Restaurant when the weather is warm. The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table. Proof Restaurant is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable). Patrons have the option of feeding the meter at the nearby street parking or taking advantage of the restaurant's valet service. Hop on public transit if driving's not your speed; accessible stops include Gallery Place Chinatown Metro (Green, Red, Yellow), Metro Center Metro (Blue, Orange, Red), and Archives Metro (Green, Yellow). A visit to Proof Restaurant will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
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    775 G Street Northwest
    Washington, DC US
  • Drink the District
    The founders of Drink the District noticed a problem with DC nightlife: young professionals were spending too much money and enjoying too little fun. So, they simply inverted the equation. Their reasonably priced events aim to entertain as much as possible, while still catering to the youthful suit-and-tie crowd. Weekend-long beer festivals celebrate such holidays as Saint Patrick's Day, when everyone is Irish, and Presidents' Day, when everyone is a president. Participants can sample unlimited tastes of more than 75 beers from regional and national breweries, browse the gourmet finger foods from local food trucks, and synchronize their chews to the sounds of live entertainment.
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    1300 1st St. SE
    Washington, DC US
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