The perfect food and wine pairing is like the fateful meeting of destined lovers, best celebrated with a tiny mock wedding presided over by a curmudgeonly pepper mill with a heart of gold. Combine cuisine and wine the way nature intended with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Franco-American fare at The Wine House in Fairfax.
Named one of the best new restaurants of 2009 by Northern Virginia Magazine, The Wine House is overseen by sommelier spouses Michael and Jackie Pearce, who match expertly picked vintages with a succulent selection of small plates. Between sips, artisanal cheeses and charcuterie ($16–$32) tickle taste buds with the sophistication of a kiss from Audrey Hepburn. A house-specialty quiche stars mushroom and bacon, and the Mediterranean crêpe ($10) combines chicken, tomato, and walnuts to create a trifecta of tastiness. The Wine House reaches the apex of hospitality with a connoisseur's expertise, huge bay windows, and a grandmotherly insistence to chew with your eyes closed.
The Wine House
The Wine House's founder, Michael Pearce, started his life as part of a hill-country farming family in New Zealand. Later in life, while traveling the world as a sommelier on a cruise ship, Michael met his wife, Jackie, and the two combined their talents to create The Wine House. Named one of Northern Virginia Magazine's Best New Restaurants in 2009, the restaurant was also acclaimed for having the Best Wine List by Virginia Living Magazine in 2012 and the magazine also named them among the best wine shops in northern Virginia in 2015. Additionally, The Wine House was selected among The Best of Farifax by The Washingtonian in 2015 and also included in the magazine's neighborhood guide for Fairfax.
Today, The Wine House boasts a collection of more than 500 boutique wines from around the world. Galvanized by a devotion to hospitality and wine, the Pearces have poured an equal amount of dedication into their food spread, preparing each bistro-style dish using classic French techniques and fresh, seasonal ingredients. The Wine House also hosts frequent special events, including a free wine tasting every Saturday to help customers find the perfect wine to pair with dinner or the best riesling to give to a nemesis who drinks only reds.