Unlike Similac baby formula, which is unfairly reserved for babies and curious teens, wine can be consumed by adults. Separate the towerers from the toddlers with today's deal. For $15, you'll get $30 worth of pours and sustainable plates at Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar. The popular eatery is centrally located in Capitol Hill, just one block away from the Library of Congress and two blocks from the U.S. Capitol.
For the Goldilocks oenophile, wines are available in three sizes—wee baby tastes, glasses, and bottles. Pours are organized according to taste and include full-bodied reds and light, crisp whites, with prices starting at $3 for a taste and glasses ranging from $7 to $20. Pair sips with a selection of cheeses ($15 for three), or a charcuterie board served with grilled focaccia. Small plates include grilled calamari ($11), house-made meatballs ($8), and meaty scallops with baby Swiss chard, spring onion, and gingered vanilla velouté sauce ($13). For heavier hunger pains, try a pizza ($12) or a locally raised, dry-aged beef burger ($15). Sonoma also serves moderately portioned pastas, salads, and a smattering of sides. View a complete menu and wine list here.
The venture of Middlebury College alums Eli Hengst and Jared Rager, Sonoma specializes in locally sourced ingredients, a well-curated wine library, and an eco-friendly ambience. The sprawling, 6,500-square-foot two-level space—with its rich woods, soothing slate tones, and coaxing outdoor patio—is fashioned after Italian enotecas. Belly up to the communal tables for a leisurely lunch, quietly rowdy get-together, or pensive first date.
Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar won a RAMMY for Best Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year in 2007, and Washington City Paper voted it Best Wine Bar 2010. Washington Post Magazine and the Washingtonian also recommend it:
- You can almost feel the collective loosening of J. Press ties at this Hill wine bar. Weekday lunch is usually jammed--it's one of the only walking-distance options for BlackBerry addicts seeking to escape the Senate cafeteria or a steakhouse. Weekend nights draw a different breed: urbanites who want to linger through the tasting-friendly wine list and chef Drew Trautmann's menu of simple pleasures. – Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Washingtonian
- Sonoma is like an Abercrombie & Fitch model: good-looking in a fresh sort of way. From the stenciling on the front window to the walls of brick or slate-blue paint, the design runs simple and handsome...Sonoma revels in what's simple--and that's meant as a bouquet, not a complaint. – Tom Sietsema, Washington Post Magazine
- With its split-level, split-personality ambiance—informal enoteca on the first floor, formal dining room atop—Sonoma allows you to sip wine according to whatever mood you’re in. Even better, you can sip deep and wide, from a variety of wine regions, even if the restaurant’s list clearly speaks with a California accent. – Dick Rosano, Washington City Paper
- A glass of wine and a charcuterie plate or a bottle to go with your amazing burgers. Either works for me after a day on the hill. The staff is incredibly easy-going and knowledgeable about their products. – Kitchen Geeking, Urbanspoon