Monthly Archives: August 2012

Coming Soon to Glover Park

While searching the Twittersphere tonight for “wine dc” I came across a most exciting handle: @SlateWineBar.  I have been scouting out wine bars in the area for years and had never seen this one so I immediately followed the link to Slate’s full profile which led me to their blog.

Slate Wine Bar is set to open some time THIS MONTH in Glover Park, just north of Georgetown.  This new wine bar will be moving into Kitchen‘s recently-vacated building at 2404 Wisconsin, NW.  According to Hyper Local Glover Park, “An investment group headed by a wine-loving lawyer bought Kitchen 2404 … Along with daily wine specials, tasting seminars, and winemaker’s dinners, Slate will feature cheese plates, charcuterie, a rotating seasonal menu, and daily and weekly food specials made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, [Elizabeth] Banker says. General manager Mark Krieger, a veteran of Chef Geoff’s (3201 New Mexico Ave.), is “developing the menu with the advice of various chefs,” Banker adds. “The food will be American, drawing on various global influences and flavors, since our wines will be from around the world.”

I’m very excited about potential wine-tasting classes and clubs mentioned in some of the recent press that has come out since Slate purchased Kitchen in mid July.

Image created by eater dc, July 11

Slate is going right to the top of my list and I will be pacing the sidewalk outside their door until they let me in.  I will keep you posted as to when that happens!

Salute! Mariesa

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Out of the Bucket Part II

To continue this week’s tour of Chinatown and Penn Quarter, and to keep going down the list, we’ll visit one of my other favorite places.  As promised, this is my spot for wine when I find myself anywhere close to the Verizon center.

Welcome to Proof

The wine Bar at Proof – photo from

Nice atmosphere + good wine = Proof you should add this to your list

I found myself Proof’  for the first time a few years ago when I had just missed getting into the National Portrait Gallery, one of my all-time favorite DC museums, and Proof was right around the corner.  I sat at the bar, pictured above, and to my great delight, the current exhibition from the Portrait Gallery was on display via the four flat screens above!  Not only could I view the art I’d intended to see, but I could do it in the company of big, jammy glass of red poured for me by elegant staff into even more elegant stemware.

If Benjamin Franklin said it, there must be something to it! 

As posted on Proof’s Website

In true wine bar fashion, Proof has over 40 wines by the glass.  Their selection of over 1,000 bottles includes both Old World wines from Europe and Mediterranean basin and New World wines from Australia and New Zealand, to the Americas.  The food menu is also worth a gander and I can vouch for its cheese and charcuterie selections which boast a number of my Italian favorites like cured meets bresaola and finocchiona as well as uber-delicious cheeses morbier and gorgonzola dolce, to name only a few of many.

Need I say more? Andiamo!

Salute, Mariesa

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Out of the Bucket

I was thinking about my DC Bucket list.  Full disclosure, there are all sorts of things I’d like to do in this wonderful city, but I can’t say I actually have a list.

I’m hoping to pull a few good ideas out the bucket this week and next to explore some new ‘hoods along with some old favorites.  One of the things I like best about our Capital is how different each neighborhood feels.  I’ve lived in the metro area for four years now and have had the pleasure of getting a “new DC life” each time I’ve moved or changed jobs.  Living or working in a new area is the best way to get to know the city.  Since I can’t possibly live everywhere, it’s time to go on a day trip to another part of the city and lose track of time for a while.

This week, it’s No Time O’Clock in China Town and Penn Quarter!

The bustle and throng of China Town and Penn Quarter is exciting and fun with its diverse mix of restaurants, theaters, tourists, museums and federal buildings.

China Town Arch – Photo compliments of

There are two places I LOVE in this neighborhood — one on either side of the Verizon Center, around which this neighborhood is centered.  The the first has great food, the second has great wine.  Walk between and around the two and you’re bound to check off a few items on your bucket list, too!

1. Graffiato

Chef Mike Isabella cutting hand-made pasta raviolli

Graffiato is located in Penn Quarter at
707 6th St NW Map.7b3d4bf
Washington, DC 20001

Chef Isabella is truly gifted.  I consider myself a real snob when it come to anything Italian (I blame my family heritage as well as the year and half I spent living in Italy’s gastronomic capital city, Bologna).  The food here is fantastic, the open kitchen is great to watch and the wood fires in the huge pizza oven are always hot.  They’ve also got a good little wine and beer list that changes regularly.  If you’ve not been, you’ll want to make a date with Graffiato.

Tune in next week for my second recommendation especially for wine and let me know what you think about Graffiato.


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