Friday, October 21, 2016

SHAW: GRAND CATA Tastings: Hurricane Relief, Harvest News, and Carignan

Grand Cata, A Latino Wine Co. features Vigno Carignans from Chile, Tempranillo from Spain, an upcoming class focused on Amaro, and support for a Hurricane Relief fundraiser for Haiti and Belize.

The Importance of Sense of Place

TONIGHT: VIGNO: The Story of a Grape and a Place
In the last 40 years, the Chilean wine industry has been recognized for its experimental quality, and the freedom it offers for planting different varietals in a number of places. While this flexibility has its advantages, a counter movement has sought to establish a more consistent identity and meaningful history connected to a particular terroir. 
In 2010, a group of 15 wine producers came together to create VIGNO, the first "private" denominación de origen in Chile, focusing in one grape, Carignan, and one place, the southern part of Maule Valley. To become part of this movement, the wineries in this area must follow strict rules: make wines with Carignan grapes from vines at least 30 years old and practice sustainable dry farming techniques. Tonight at our #DailyCata we will taste wines from VIGNO and explore why this movement is key to the future of quality wine production in Chile.

SATURDAY: Harvest News 2016: Despite global decrease in production, there's still plenty of Latino wine
On Saturday, our #DailyCata will focus on what to expect with the 2016 vintage. We will taste some tempranillos from Spain and discuss how the current year's conditions might manifest in the wine. 2016 was a difficult year for winemakers across the world. With extreme weather conditions, fluctuating between too much rain and very hot temperatures, overall wine production will fall by 5% this year. But don't panic, there will still be enough wine for everybody.

NEXT THURSDAY: Sign up for Amaro Class and taste the many herbal expressions of this classic spirit

Next Thursday October, 27th Grand Cata will host an amazing class about all things Amaro. Expand your knowledge by tasting the multiple varieties of this bitter herbal liqueur originally from Italy but also celebrated in Argentina and here in DC!

Founder of Don Ciccio & Figli, Francesco will be leading the class and will guide us through his family heritage in the Amalfi Coast in Campania, Italy making delicious natural liqueurs since the late 1800's!

We will taste his American version of amaros + liqueurs starting from Luna Amara Aperitif, Amaro Donna Rosa, Amaro delle Sirene, Amaro Don Ferne and Nocino "Walnut" Liqueur. He will bring directly from the distillery pre-made cocktails to taste as well and we will provide small bites to enjoy with your bitter liqueurs! Only (15) spots available for $25 per person. We will also offer 10% OFF all Don Ciccio products to take home. Sing up here!

Hurricane Relief Happy Hour at the InterAmerican Development Bank, Friday October 28th.

Hurricane Matthew was devastating for many countries in the Caribbean, especially Haiti as well as Belize. The Inter-American Development Bank will host a Happy Hour next Friday 28 to raise funds to support relief efforts. We'll be providing the wines in solidarity with the region in need. Tickets are for sale in this link.

Grand Cata, Latin Wine Shop
1550 7th St NW
Washington DC, 20001
(202) 525-5702

ARLINGTON: Ambar Clarendon Debuts Unlimited Weekend Brunch Service - Starts October 22nd

Ambar, the nation’s capital’s first Balkan restaurant, owned by Serbian born Ivan Iricanin, is pleased to announce the introduction of Unlimited Weekend Brunch service at the newly opened Clarendon location. Brunch will debut Saturday, October 22nd and will be available Saturday and Sunday, from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  Priced at $34 per person, guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat selection of Starters, Pastries & Traditional Dishes, Egg Dishes, Open-Faced Sandwiches, Flatbread's and Sweets along with five distinctive brunch cocktails.  Unlimited Weekend Brunch service must be ordered by the entire table.
Mushroom Pilav with Eggs
You might start with some of Ambar’s most popular Starters including Beet Tzatziki with yogurt, roasted beets and garlic; Creamy Chicken Spread with roasted sesame seeds, garlic, mayo and cream, served with cornbread and sourdough; Balkan Salad, tomato, peppers, cucumber, onions and aged cheese,and the Veal & Vegetable Soup with sour cream & fresh chives.  Items from the Pastries & Traditional section of the menu include Popara” Balkan Bread Pudding with aged cow cheese, milk, chili flakes and country-style bacon; Mushroom Pilav with root vegetables, rice, cremini mushrooms and eggs; Cheese Pie with cucumber yogurt and ajvar emulsion, and the Potato Hash with glazed smoked onion, house spices and garlic.
Pulled Pork Benedict
Those looking for Egg Dishes will want to consider the Pulled Pork Benedict served on a muffin with ajvar and kajmak sauce; Applewood Bacon Omelet with roasted peppers & tomatoes and a basil-spinach sauce; Cevapi & Egg, house-ground beef & veal with Mediterranean salsa, and the Pork Sausage and EggAmbar also serves Open-Faced Sandwiches & Flatbread's such as the Fried Catfish with lemon caper tartar and lettuce; Zucchini Burger with red pepper spread, sunflower seeds and gouda cheese; Egg BLT, bacon, egg, lettuce and tomato; Grilled Pork Neck with kajmak, lettuce and tarragon sauce; Sausage Flatbread with urnebes and sudžuk sausage and the Grilled Veggie Flatbread with homemade pesto, kalamata olives and seasonal veggies.
Your Choice of Mimosa
Brunch dessert options at Ambar include Cinnamon Sweet Sourdough with a choice of Nutella or homemade jam; Blueberry Waffle with blueberry jam and whipped cream or the Strawberry Waffle with Nutella and whipped cream.  Ambar’s new brunch menu is complemented by featured cocktails such as the Traditional Mimosa; Bloody Mary; Pear Mimosa; Berry Mimosa and the Ambar Mimosa with Balkan sparkling wine, peach and lavender puree.

For additional information call (703) 875-9663 or visit

Ambar Clarendon is located at 
2901 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Virginia, 22201. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

MVT: Eye Street Cellars Tasting Schedule for This Weekend - Sample South African Estate Wines & Blue Point Brewing's

Mount Vernon Triangle's home for Fine Wines and Spirits, Eye Street Cellars, continues to have their regular weekly tasting' is this weeks 'Tasting'. No Excuses - Get over there. 

"I have mixed drinks
about feelings."

All featured wines are 10% off during tastings!

Weekend Tasting Schedule!
Friday, October 21st
5:00 - 8:00 PM
South African Estate Wines
Noble Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Remhoogte Bushvine Pinotage
Remhoogte Chenin Blanc

Deep Eddy Vodka
80 / Ruby Red / Lemon
Handcrafted, 10 times distilled,
gluten free vodka.

Saturday, October 22nd
4:00 to 7:00 pm
Blue Point Brewing's
Toasted Lager American Amber Lager
Hoptical Illusion IPA

12 TO 6 PM
Football is here and we have all the
supplies you need to keep that tailgate going!

We can always order you a Keg if
you need one. Just ask!

Build your own 6-pk!
We offer mix-n-match 6-pks
from a variety of over 35 beers!

Our cooler is full of a variety of
delicious meat and cheeses.

We offer a 10% discount for all 6+ bottles of wine

15% for 12+ (Mix and match 750ml only. Champagnes and Sparkling's excluded.)

Join our free and simple Loyalty Program
and automatically receive $10 back for every $200 you spend.

Text 'eyestreet" to 80777
to turn your credit or debit card into a rewards card.
Or sign-up at

We carry a large variety of wine, spirits, liqueurs, and beer/craft beer.

Also featured is a selection of cigars and gourmet cheeses, crackers, & meats!

Deliveries are available with a $100 minimum purchase - Call us for details.

GEORGETOWN: EastBanc, Jamestown & Acadia Secure Long-Term Lease for Duxiana in Georgetown

A great night’s sleep awaits in Cady’s Alley. EastBanc, Inc., Jamestown LP, and Acadia Realty Trust announced today that DUXIANA, the premier luxury bed retailer from Sweden specializing in sleep technology, has signed a long-term lease to occupy the retail space in their Georgetown Renaissance Portfolio at 3307 Cady’s Alley, NW. With over 88 stores worldwide, the 2,072-square-foot store will serve as the brand’s first DC showroom with plans for a grand opening slated for this December. Ken Houchhauser and Lee Block of Winick Realty Group represented DUXIANA in the deal.
Since 1926, DUXIANA has worked to manufacture the world’s most comfortable beds. DUX® High Performance Sleep Systems are the result of nine decades of research and testing. At the core of each DUX mattress is a set of springs precisely calibrated to accommodate all sizes, shapes and weights, ensuring users a good night’s rest. The DUX bed even has customizable components, offering more or less support in certain areas and allowing the user to switch out spring bases to replace or upgrade their products as mattress technology improves. At the DUXIANA showroom, users can improve the quality of their entire bedroom, featuring, not only the DUX bed, but also the highest quality headboards, linens and down products.
“Duxiana’s arrival in Cady’s Alley adds to the wide array of home furnishing offerings in Georgetown,” says Philippe Lanier of EastBanc. “In conjunction with our other recent design openings, Duxiana brings Cady’s Alley ever closer to becoming a full-service hub for home goods and décor.”
The addition of DUXIANA to Georgetown will provide DC-area residents the ability to try the DUX bed and its sleep-comfort accessories first hand. The new showroom will complement the many high-end home good and furnishing stores currently located in Cady’s Alley, commonly referred to as Georgetown’s Design District. The deal is one of many in the recent Georgetown Renaissance leasing activity that includes popular home decor brands Resource Furniture, The Shade Store and Design Within Reach’s expanded Cady’s Alley showroom, now open on M Street. 

The Georgetown Renaissance portfolio is a collection of high-end retail properties in one of Washington, DC’s premier retail locations. The portfolio also includes boutique office space and 16 luxury rental apartments. Georgetown Renaissance consists of more than 300,000 square feet across 18 properties in Georgetown and one property in Alexandria, Virginia, and it includes the area commonly referred to as Cady’s Alley. The three partners are working on an additional 10,000 square feet of new leases within the portfolio. 

DUXIANA will be located at;
3307 Cady’s Alley, NW
(Plans are for a December Opening)

CLEVELAND PARK: Indian Restaurant Indique to Celebrate Diwali - 'Festival of Lights' - with Holiday-Inspired Decor & Thali Dinner Specials on October 30th, Dinner Service Only

On Sunday, October 30th - modern Indian restaurant Indique  based in the heart of Cleveland Park - is celebrating Diwali by offering up an assortment of authentic holiday-inspired fare during dinner service. The popular modern Indian restaurant will also be lighting up their dining spaces with a colorful assortment of lights and candles, including a small ‘mandir’ or mantle located at the entrance of the restaurant for guests to enjoy as they arrive.
Available for dinner service only on Sunday, October 30th beginning at 5:30pm, Chef Vinod and team will be offering up Diwali holiday-inspired Thali specials featuring an option for both vegetarians ($24 per person) and non-vegetarians ($26 person). A thali is a traditional Indian platter that is composed of an assortment of small dishes providing a balanced meal while incorporating an exciting variety of flavors and textures including salty, sweet, tangy, and crunchy, just to highlight a few. Thali is often enjoyed during Diwali amongst other popular holidays celebrated throughout India, so Chef Vinod and the team at Indique wanted to be able offer up a unique Diwali-themed culinary experience for diners throughout the DC area looking to celebrate the colorful and culinary-focused holiday. 
Diwali or Deepavali - - ‘Festival of Lights’ - is one of India’s most celebrated Hindu festivals signifying the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on rooftops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed.

$24 Per Person

tandoor roasted eggplant cooked with onions, tomato & spices

spinach & corn kernels cooked with fenugreek leaves & spices

potatoes cooked with onions and tomatoes

cubes of homemade cheese in a flavorful tomato based gravy

black lentils cooked with tomatoes, ginger, garlic & spices

homemade yogurt with cucumber & roasted cumin

basmati rice



$26 Per Person

marinated boneless pieces of chicken cooked in tandoor & finished with a flavorful tomato based gravy

an exotic lamb curry cooked with an assortment of spices & tomatoes

green peas, carrots, cauliflower, corn, chickpeas cooked with ginger, chili, mustard seeds, and onions

spinach & corn kernels cooked with fenugreek leaves & spices

yellow lentils tempered with mustard seeds, cumin seeds, ginger, garlic, tomatoes

homemade yogurt with cucumber & roasted cumin

basmati rice



Indique is located at
3512-14 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008;

SHAW: A Week Long Halloween Event at Lost & Found - Starts Monday 24th

There will be a week long Halloween takeover and transformation at the alley (Blagden Alley) bar at Lost & Found starting next Monday 24thfeaturing 5 new specialty cocktails with some terrifying touches, an all fall themed beer lineup and we'll be showing the classic horror movies all night long. On Wednesday October 26 we are doing a full tap takeover with Distillery Lane (Jefferson, MD) hard ciders AND a special Witches Brew cocktail with their 2016 farm cider.
The weeks events start on Monday 24th and continue till Monday 31st, as you would expect costumes are welcome. Lost and Found is one of Shaw's true neighborhood bars, if you haven't been, then this is the perfect opportunity to check them out.
Lost & Found is located at
1240 9th St NW. Washington, DC 20001

WASHINGTON DC: Astro Doughnuts Halloween and Election Menu Specials

Photo: Rachel Lyn Photography
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken will offer a Halloween Mini Box of doughnuts, available on October 28, 29 and 31 at both their Downtown DC and Falls Church locations. They will also be available on October 30, via preorder only. They are $22 each and include: 2 Crème Brûlée mini doughnuts, 2 Candy Apple mini doughnuts, 2 Chocolate glazed mini doughnuts with Halloween sprinkles, candy corn and marshmallow pumpkins, 3 Vanilla glazed mini doughnuts (with Halloween sprinkles, candy corn and marshmallow pumpkins) and 3 Pumpkin glazed mini doughnuts (with Halloween sprinkles, candy corn and marshmallow pumpkins). 
Photo: Rachel Lyn Photography
Immediately after Halloween, Astro will add special edition election doughnuts** to their menu, available between November 1 and 8. The flavors are inspired by foods enjoyed by both candidates and include a Spicy Hot Chocolate doughnut in honor of Hillary Clinton, who is known to be a fan of chocolate and reportedly eats a hot pepper every day. The Spicy Hot Chocolate is a chocolate cake doughnut with chocolate Chipotle glaze and a “D” piped on top, available for $2.85. It has been reported that Donald Trump enjoys cherry vanilla ice cream and Diet Coke, and Astro will offer the Vanilla Cherry Coke doughnut: a pillow yeast doughnut filled with cherry compote and Cherry Vanilla Coke glaze, with an “R” piped on top. It will be available for $3.10. 

1308 G Street NW
Washington DC 20005

7511 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043

Food Truck
Locations available on Twitter and Instagram

 **I will post photos of both election doughnuts next week.

LOGAN: Halloween Bash at Black Jack and Superman Party at Tilt Side Bar - Oct 29

Tilt Side Bar and Black Jack 
are throwing a party next Friday to celebrate Halloween
Celebrate the spooky season with specialty cocktails, costumed bartenders and live music
Tilt Side Bar, the re-imagined bar within a bar, and Black Jack will host an epic Halloween party on 14th Street. Guests can expect a fully decked out Black Jack and a superhero themed costume party at Tilt with drink specials, and a photo booth. While costumes are not required, they will unlock the door to a free drink ticket. Libations include:
  • Pumpkin Spice Slushy ($8) Bailey’s Pumpkin Spice liqueur, cream, whiskey, coffee and sugar
  • Smoking Cauldron perfect for sharing ($20)
This Happens on Saturday, October 29 - 5pm to Close
At Black Jack & Tilt Side Bar (Behind Black Jack, through the Red Door)
1612 14th St NW