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Virginia Wines - More than Perfumed Viogniers
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Virginia wines seem to be improving every year. As the vines planted 5, 10, 15 years ago reach full maturity and as the vintners hone their craft, it is hard to not be impressed. Bull Run Winery is a 30-45 minute drive from DC (barring I-66 traffic). They offer several easy drinking wines, from Norton and Cabernet Franc and from Riesling to Chardonnay (and yes, there is a Viognier too).
The Lyon Hall Negroni
Featuring Citadelle Gin, Cocchi Rouge, Aperol, and Orange Fire. This classy presentation from Lyon Hall provides the excess pour in an attractive sidecar ice bath. Perfect for warmer weather.
Interesting fact: delirium tremens is actually a health condition (confusion, shakes, nightmares, hallucinations) caused by withdrawal from alcohol. It is also a delicious beer from Belgium. A final fact: so long as you keep drinking the beer, you are less likely to suffer withdrawal symptoms. And the large goblet adorned with pink elephants looks cool.
Julius Meinl has only three coffee shops in the USA, all of which are on the north side of Chicago. Fortunately, Café Leopold in Georgetown (Washington, DC) carries their coffee, along with amazing pastries. #1 place in DC for "kaffee-kuchen."
Pickles, olives, spicy. This recovery potion comes was served during brunch at The Bristol on Damen.
The Armani Café Negroni
The Negroni is a refreshing (and strong) cocktail that I prefer in hot weather. A good Italian friend bought me my first Negroni, and it's been love ever since. This American-sized cocktail was served in Paris at Moscow prices.
Champaign made its first appearance on canvas in 1735 (see Le Déjeuner d'Huîtres- The Oyster Luncheon), which is proof that this beautiful bubbly beverage has been dispensing hangovers for at least 300 years.