Just the Bottle

One woman's adventure in beer, food, wine and spirits

What to do this week and next

Among some of my online readings, I tend to follow Brightest Young ThingsDCist, Greg’s List, Washingtonian, Washington Post Going Out Guide, Washington City Paper and Taste DC. These sites all give you what to do, reviews of food, what’s going on in DC and more.

Taste DC is a newer site that has everything you would like to know about upcoming food and wine events. You can search by the type of event (cooking class, tasting, dinner) and date. It’s a great way to find date ideas, learn new recipes or cooking styles and/or plan a wonderful wine dinner.

I was recently looking over Taste DC and trying to plan out my Google calendar. Yes, it makes me sound like either a pompous jerk or a nerd, but it’s the only way to not forget things you paid for and stay in touch with friends.

Gluttony Beer Dinner: Seven Deadly Sins  Series

Tuesday, February 19th

Granville Moore’s is having a beer dinner tomorrow (Tuesday, February 19th). I am not sure if I can make the one tomorrow, but they should be having another dinner next week or the week after. They also have one coming up on March 27th.

The menu is online here. One of the courses includes quail egg.


I think the photo properly exemplifies how I feel about quail egg.

South African Wine Tasting

Wednesday, February 20th

Young Winos of DC is having a wine tasting at Cordial Wine & Spirits at Union Market. The focus will be South African wines with two whites and two reds being tasted. I am most excited for Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc Constantia WO 2011 as I really enjoy crisp Sauvignon Blancs.

4-Course Miner Family Winery Wine Dinner

Tuesday, February 26th

The Capital Wine Festival 2013 is a ten week festival that combines a passion for food and wine. I attended the Grand Reception a few weeks ago. I was able to sample many amazing wines including some local favorites like Boxwood Vineyards. Another component is semi-private dinners paired with wines from a specific winery. Chef Ferrier has designed each course to be in perfect harmony with each wine.

I would love to go to at least one (if not more) of the dinners.

I am really interested in Miner Family Winery’s Wild Yeast Chardonnay and how it will pair with the first course. I also know the difficulty in using wild yeast and am curious as the flavor profile that will happen.

Cooking of Umbria

Thursday, February 28th

Casa Italiana has a wide range of events and classes related to Italy and Italian culture. Umbria (near Tuscany) has great wine (mostly white varietals like Trebbiano) and rustic food. I am really interested in improving my culinary skills and I am sure this will be a great way to do so. If not, I can make everyone laugh at my failure. Win/win.

DC Donut Fest

Saturday, March 2nd

Brightest Young Things is having a party at Penn Social Saturday, March 2nd 12:00pm (noon) until 4:00pm. There will be doughnuts, Saturday morning cartoons, booze, games and dancing. Did I mention there would be doughnuts? These doughnuts are going to be AH-MUZING. Some of the new doughnut shops will be featuring their new creations as well as some old favorites. I can’t even…doughnuts and booze.

and doughnuts.

Only problem will be keeping up the energy (and funds) to keep going all day and all night. Day drinking and partying is a lot harder as you get older.

That’s just some of the fun and trouble I am hoping to get into over the next couple weeks. You should join in too.