Entries by Tess Ankeny

District Winery: Winemaking In The Heart Of The City

District Winery has officially opened its doors as the first winery in DC, and marks the second location for friends and entrepreneurs Brian Leventhal and John Stires. The business partners left jobs in the tech sector to open Brooklyn Winery in New York City’s Williamsburg neighborhood in 2010. “It was nerve-wracking, but invigorating,” Leventhal says. […]

Wines Over Washington at BLT Steak

Is there anything better than enjoying the DC skyline from a rooftop? Perhaps enjoying the skyline with a glass of champagne in your hand. BLT Steak’s inaugural Wines Over Washington is a five-part monthly series that began in June and runs through October. From 6-8 p.m. on select Thursdays, attendees can enjoy the newly renovated […]

Enjoy All Things Champagne at Clicquot on the Creek

The historic Charles Carroll House and Garden lawn will play host to a spectacular summer fête on Saturday, July 29. Take a day trip to Annapolis and spend the afternoon with friends, picnicking and sipping the delicious champagnes of Veuve Clicquot while enjoying music, lawn games and other surprise entertainment. This inaugural event on the […]

A Culinary Taste of Spring at Brabo

No matter your dining budget or style, Brabo in Old Town Alexandria is an experience you won’t soon forget. Part of the Kimpton Group of hotels and restaurants, Brabo seamlessly weaves Belgian inspiration into farm-fresh classics and seasonal fare. Chef Sébastien Rondier, who has an impressive culinary background in DC and around the world, took […]

Chilean Pisco Cocktails at Grand Cata

Since opening in March 2016, Grand Cata continues to impress with its diverse and thoughtfully curated selection of Latin American wines and spirits. The Shaw hotspot hosted a Chilean pisco tasting this past Friday, which featured two unusual takes on the pisco sour. The first cocktail showcased was made using Pisco WAQAR, a fresh and […]

Fauquier County Wine Tasting & Competition

Get your ballots (and glasses) ready! The third annual Fauquier County Wine Tasting and Competition returns this year on Saturday, February 25. “There are many wine events in the spring and fall, but we wanted to do something in the winter [when not a lot else is going on],” explains Fauquier County Tourism Coordinator Catherine […]

Bubbly Always Sparkles in the City

Gone are the days when champagne and other sparkling wines were only consumed on birthdays, New Year’s Eve, and anniversaries. Sparkling wine is in its heyday, and its popularity is showing no signs of fading. Nearly every restaurant and bar in the city offers a selection of sparkling wines, and many of them have several […]

Virginia: A Melting Pot of Wine and Culture

Enjoying wine is all about experiences. It’s a way to transport yourself to a different place and time, to relive past moments. Wine is inextricably linked to culture; it’s representative of a region’s history, people, traditions and lifestyle. The American ideal of being a melting pot of different cultures is vibrant and alive today, apparent […]