Sunday, February 17, 2013

Uncorked: The Tasting Room Wine Bar and Shop

Initial Thoughts:
  • Design and Decor: Simple, functional and intimate - great for mingling! 
  • Food: Small snacks and tasty bites - from the classic sweet or savory wine paring snacks of various cheeses, olives, bread, fruit, almonds, etc., to slightly more filling salads or paninis, not to mention dessert!
  • Drinks: Although owned by Boxwood Winery in Middleburg, VA, the extensive selection of wine, including sparkling and dessert, comes from all over the world.  They also offer a selection of local (DE, MD, OH) beers and of course non-alcoholic drinks (coffee/soft drinks).
  • Service: Great.  Although there is the option of self-service from the wine Enomatic machine, glasses and bottles are available from the bar.
  • Would I go back? Definitely!

Finally someone has figured out how to bring the winery tasting experience to your neighborhood!  The Boxwood Winery has created The Tasting Room Wine Bar and Shop (four locations: Middleburg, Reston, National Harbor, and Chevy Chase, MD) where you can sample 1-, 3-, or 5-oz. pours from 24 of the wines on the menu from the self-serve Enomatic machine, or 'carousel' as I like to call it.  Prices range from $2.00/1-oz. pour to $15/5-oz. pour.  Flights and full bottles* are also available from the full menu.  Thanks to The Tasting Room, not only can you discover yet another very drinkable Virginia wine (the number is constantly growing!), but you can sample wines from around the world one sip at a time.

Tucked away from the busy intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Western Avenue, The Tasting Room at Chevy Chase offers an intimate setting in which to relax and unwind with friends while searching for that perfect vintage.  The menu offers a nice selection of things to share such as bruchetta and hummus, as well as two cheese plates with charcuterie.

As if that weren't enough to have you rethink your plans, they offer Happy Hour Monday - Thursday 4 PM - 7 PM, 1/2 priced bottles Wednesdays 5 PM - 9 PM and BOTTOMLESS (a word we love) Mimosas Sundays 12 PM - 2 PM!

The Tasting Room Wine Bar and Shop is located at Wisconsin Place, 5330A Western Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD and is situated a short walk from the Friendship Heights metro entrance accessible on the red line. The Tasting Room hours are Monday through Thursday from 4 PM to 11 PM, Friday and Saturday from 12 PM to Midnight, and Sunday 12 PM to 10 PM. Live music is offered Thursday and Saturday from 8 PM to 10 PM. For additional information please call (301) 664-9494 or visit

*$10 off Bottles of Wine purchased TO GO
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