On Friday, Wine Enthusiast Magazine hosted Toast of the Town, bringing international wineries and local restaurants to the National Building Museum. Live jazz from David Bach kept created a smooth beat as guests tasted some exceptional wines from South Africa, Napa, Virginia, and France to name a few.
Restaurants like 1789, Urbana, Morton’s Steakhouse, Fourth Estate and ACKC Cocoa Bar all paired well with the wine tastings. Urbana’s Chad Smith served up duck meatballs on an airy polenta topped with Parmesan cheese.
J. Lohr, Argentina’s Nieto Senetiner, Clean Slate, Hogue, and Virginia’s Rappahannock Cellars brought their best bottles and vintages.
Margie Healy of Korbel proudly shared their new “Sweet Sparkling,” a blend designed to have very bright fruit flavors and aromas. Their mature “Natural” Brut was very smooth, and Old Ebbitt pairs this with their oysters. This was very crisp, dry, delicate fruit forward champagne using grapes from the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County.
This was a fun event and I’m sure you will see many of these great wineries presented at your favorite DC restaurants.