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Arlington may not house any vineyards, but there is no doubt that our Urban Villages make up a vital part of the Virginia wine experience. Serving award-winning local and international wines, Arlington’s wine bars each offer a different variety and atmosphere.
Make Virginia wines a part of your visit experience without ever leaving the city.
In the mood to sip and snack? Visit Arlington’s premiere cheese boutique in the urban village of Shirlington. Sample as many cheeses and wines as is necessary to find the perfect flavor combination. Swing by on Saturday and Sunday for pairings from 1:00 -4:00 p.m., where an associate will offer their expertly matched selections, or during the week for a food tasting trio. Half-retail, half-restaurant, it’s hard to leave here without hands full and stomachs satisfied.
With a Café open at 7:30 a.m. and a full service restaurant in the evening, The Curious Grape is open for business at any time of day. Their main attraction is a series of seminars offered Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. Lasting an hour and a half, each seminar features an informative presentation, extremely useful handouts, charts, and maps (as appropriate), and a guided tasting of 7 wines paired with cheese, chocolate, and other small bites. Located in Arlington urban village of Shirlington.
Offering over 40 wines by the glass and a dozen craft beers, you will always find something new to try at Screwtop in Clarendon. Until 6:00 p.m. they offer 6 glasses of wine for $6.00, but be forewarned that you’re likely to find standing room only during that time. To ensure a seat, visit weeknights after 9:00 p.m. or midday Saturday or for Sunday brunch. Coming with a party of 5 or more? You can also reserve one of their tables in advance. For a little wine education, enroll in one of their monthly flight nights. Each one has an emphasis on wines and beers from a different geographic region.
Vintage Crystal Events
In September the urban village of Crystal City invites you to their wine-themed events in the Vintage Crystal series. Every Friday evening enjoy Wine in the Water Park featuring great music, delicious tastes and fantastic wines in the beautiful Crystal City Water Park. On September 16 at A Taste of Wine and Jazz, you can soothe your ears and palate with wine tasting classes from the Washington Wine Academy and tastings of Spanish and South American wine provided by Jaleo. In addition there will be tempting tapas from local restaurants and free dancing lessons from The Salsa Room and Trio Caliente.
Twisted Vines Bottleshop & Bistro owners Sybil and Josh Robinson are long time residents of Arlington’s Columbia Pike urban village who have a shared a vision to create an affordable, casually elegant place. Their events certainly speak to that ideal. Every other month they host a Stroller Happy Hour with toys and snacks for kids, while parents enjoy happy hour specials. This year they kick off the 1st Annual Backyard BBQ & Wine Bash, where 18 wines from around the world are featured with locally made BBQ. With a full brunch and dinner menu featuring favorites like “Not Your Mama’s Mac & Cheese” alongside traditional wine shop fare of cheese and charcuterie, Twisted Vines certainly offers a little something extra.
Nestled by a fountain in a courtyard in Arlington’s urban village of Ballston, Grand Cru offers a European style wine and dine experience. When tasting, choose from international and domestic flights including The World of Whites, California, A World of Reds, and The Grand Crew Flight. An assorted menu of tapas, entrées and specialty dishes including Wild Mushroom Strudel, Foie Gras Terrine and Pâté, and even Chocolate Fondue are all available, all at remarkably considerable prices.
Zen Bistro is an Asian tapas venue in Arlington's urban village of Pentagon City that encourages patrons to enjoy their small plated delicacies with a good wine or cocktail. On Wednesday evenings, Carol Gaylor & Bruce Katsu’s acoustic guitar and soft vocals make for a great mellow evening out. On the weekend, things tend to pick up with a live music on Thursday and more local patronage throughout the weekend.
Author: Courtney Cacatian