If you love wine and food pairings, then you MUST come here.
ENO Wine Bar located in the beautiful Georgetown area of Washington, D.C next to the Four Seasons.
The bar is a very intimate setting and the smell of the food being made will keep your senses running wild. Think cheese.
NV Santhomas “Santome” Prosecco, Veneto, Italy
2013 Mauritson Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley, California
2011 Porter Creek Carignan, Mendocino, California
2013 Azienda Agricola Panzanello Chinati Classico, Tuscany, Italy
2013 Raats Family “Red Jasper”, Stellenbosch, South Africa
I will start off first by saying that I do not really like white wine. In general I do not buy it and it is very seldom I find one that I like. I am a true red wine drinker. That being said, I did enjoy the 2 white wines served at this tasting. They were paired with a deviled egg that has sriracha on it. I can tell you with absolute certainty that this will become a staple item I serve when guests come over. I preferred the Prosecco with the deviled eggs. The combination will blow your taste buds away.
My favorite food item that was paired with a red wine, the chianti, was bruschetta. This was no ordinary bruschetta though. This had a combination of goat cheese and creme fraiche on it. I have never had it that way and the wine complimented it very well. In addition, the tomatoes were flavorful and were accompanied by fresh mint.
We also sampled a chicken and cheddar flat bread with the Jasper. It wasn’t a sharp cheddar, which is what I was expecting. Instead it was softer and went very well with the wine. I find that two powerful flavors sometimes don’t mesh well together. So I was happy to see that the cheddar was not very sharp.
At the end we tried two chocolates. One was like a baklava and the other had ganache and ginger paired together. If I am being honest, I don’t like ginger. This chocolate paired with the prosecco was fantastic though.
Roberto, the sommelier is very knowledgeable and answered everyone’s questions without skipping a beat. I was personally impressed with his knowledge base and the various regions of wine. He was very kind to answer questions about wines that were not even presented.
I would not call myself a connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination. I had a great evening and even learned how to pair a few more foods with different wines.
Tips for attending a wine tasting/pairing:
- You don’t have to know anything about wine to attend. We attend these functions because they are fun and knowledgeable. I’ve been drinking wine for over 10 years and still enjoy learning about new wines.
- Even if you know a lot about wine, you can still attend. I walked away with very valuable tips from the class, things I may not have ever known. I am telling you – the deviled eggs are going to be a show stopper at your next get together with the paired prosecco.
- Come with an open mind. I said upfront that I don’t generally like white wine. However, I will still try it and from time to time my mind is changed. Even if you don’t prefer a certain wine, still try it. You never know what your palate might say.
- Make sure and swirl your glass around a few times after it is poured. It has been airtight in a bottle for however long. It needs to breathe.
- Smell the wine before you drink it. There are a variety of aromas on the nose from each wine poured.
- Sip the wine. This isn’t the type of event you would really want to drink heavily at, wine tastings aren’t designed that way. Have fun but also learn about what you are drinking.
- Write down notes about how you feel about the wine. The tastes, aromas, how did you like it, etc. If you really enjoy a wine you are presented with, you may want to purchase a bottle in the future. Having the notes will help you remember how you felt about the wine and the name of it.
- Have fun. Enjoy the company of the others attending. Everyone is there for the same reason. You never know, you just might meet a new friend
- Lastly, just go! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. New wines, food pairings, friends, and experiences.
Please join ENO to ring in the new year with wine and food pairings. See below for information on this event.
An ENOrmous New Year’s Eve Celebration at ENO Wine Bar
CONTACT: Liliana Baldassari, Director of Public Relations
Wine Down 2015 and Ring in the New Year with Champagnes from around the world
WHO: Georgetown’s neighborhood wine bar is hosting an ENOrmous New Year’s Eve Celebration to toast to 2016. Specializing in local wine, cheese, chocolate and charcuterie, ENO Wine Bar invites wine lovers to start the evening with vino and end with bubbly.
WHAT: On New Year’s Eve, ENO will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party from 9pm to 12:30 am. This ticketed celebration includes:
- A wine flight, choose from a variety of options
- A champagne toast at midnight
- Choice of a bruschetta flight including Prosciutto di Parma, Cherry Tomato, Mushroom and Bean & Kale or stuffed mushrooms filled with rich, cheesy goodness
- Choice of a cheese flight or a Margherita or BBQ chicken flatbread
- Live acoustic music from Guitarist, Paul Tewksbury
- The Cellar game room actives including a shuffle board and viewing of New Year’s eve festivities and fireworks around the globe including New York city’s ball drop.
Space is limited and reservations are suggested. Tickets are priced at $65 per person including tax and gratuity before December 30 or $70 on New Year’s Eve Day. To purchase pre-sale tickets visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-enormous-new-year-at-eno-wine-bar-tickets-19893790864?aff=es2
ENO Wine Bar will also offer a carefully crafted list of champagnes from around the world staring at 6pm to midnight paired with ENO’s signature food offerings. Champagne bottles are 20% off for the evening and the selection of ENO bites are half priced. The list includes:
- 6pm – A toast to France: 2009 Domaine Maison Pere & Fils Cremant, Loire Valley, France paired with French style cheese such as the triple bypass, camembert and green hill.
- 7pm – A toast to England: NV Ridgeview “Bloomsbury” Cuvee Brut, England paired with ENO grilled cheese sandwiches.
- 8pm- A toast to Italy: NV Santhomas Santome, Veneto, Italy accompanied with Italian cheeses such as Langhe Robiola, Boscchettoal Tartufo, Taleggio.
- 9pm – A toast to Virginia and midnight approaching: Thibaut Janison Blanc de Chardonnay, Monticello, Virginia accompanied by ENO’s chocolate flight.
- 10pm – A toast to Argentina: Alma Negra “Brut Nature” from Mendoza, Argentina paired with olives and black truffle almonds.
- 11pm – A toast to the Big Apple! Bedell cellars, Sparkling Rose, Long Island, NY paired with Apple Tartines.
- Midnight – A toast to the USA and the New Year: NV M. Lawrence “ENO Cuvee” of Pinot Noir, Rose, Michigan and California paired with ENO Adventure chocolate flight.
WHERE: ENO Wine Bar
2810 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW in Georgetown www.enowinerooms.com/hotspots/georgetown-d.c
WHEN: Thursday, December 31, 2015
5 PM – 1 AM
Disclaimer: A special thank you to the Four Seasons and ENO for hosting me. I was not paid for my opinion. All opinions are my own.