Much to my dismay, the days are getting steadily cooler. As much as I hate winter, I have to admit that the cold weather makes a glass of red wine taste even better. So lately, that’s where my mind’s at – luscious reds and comfort food.
Best At-Home Pairing
A delicious home cooked example is this French blend paired with these slow cooker Asian short ribs.
Slow cooked Sunday suppers are becoming a highlight of our weekends. We got the short ribs during our marathon eat-fest at Union Market and they turned into such a special meal. The wine was recommended to us at Cordial Wines in Union Market after we told the owner about our dinner plans. I’d never had wine from this appellation before (at least not to my knowledge) and I found it to be very pleasant and approachable with a berry and cherry flavors and a hint of black pepper on the finish. I kind of wish I could eat/drink this exact combination once a week.
Best Restaurant Pairing
The real food + wine win lately, though, definitely happened when we visited Sona Creamery in Eastern Market.
This has long been one of my favorite places to drink wine and eat cheese in the district, but the by-the-glass prices are just a tad too pricey for regular visits. To stay on budget, visiting during happy hour is clutch. It’s offered from 4 to 8 on weekdays and from 3 to 8 on weekends, which is a real rarity in DC. They offer deals on beer and cocktails, but most importantly $2 off all wines by the glass. Not an incredible discount, but it certainly helps when some of the glasses run up to $18 (we didn’t order those, sadly).
Every time I’ve been to Sona we have received excellent customer service, and this visit was no exception. We sat at the bar, and our bartender was very involved in helping us choose our wines, offering sample tastes before we made our final decision. We tasted three wines before finally deciding – Tom on a Lemberger from Washington State and me a Monastrell (Mourvedre) from Spain. Both were very fruit-forward, the Lemberger being lighter in body, both very delicious.
To go with our wine choices, we had an order of curry “poutine” fries with Sona’s cheese curds, half smoke sausage and curry sauce.
I’d had a hard workout earlier that morning and we’d spent the rest of the day walking around the city, so we decided more food was definitely in order. A trio of turkey sliders, topped with three different kinds of cheese, hit the spot.
The standout star of the trio was definitely the pimento cheese burger (far left), which was spicy and almost reminded me of a queso dip. The other burgers were topped with blue cheese and a Tillamook cheddar. Tom and I shared a glass of silky Merlot with the sliders, before sliding out the door and on home before our spending (and eating) got out of hand.
Other Food + Wine Wins on the Web
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