Holiday Time at the Wineries

By Doug Fabbioli Holiday Time at the Wineries Underground tips to enjoying the wineries in the holiday season: • Early December quiets down on the weekends at most wineries. If you can make the time, it’s a great time to do a tasting tour. Less crowds and better parking. • Many wineries will have music, […]

Hand-crafted Wines for the Holidays

Hand-crafted Wines for the Holidays by Mary Ann Dancisin, Certified Specialist of Wine Giving a gift of fine wine for the holidays is a time-honored tradition. In fact, the months leading up to Christmas are always the heaviest selling season for wines and spirits. But: not at our local wineries. Visits to wineries in the beautiful […]

Loudoun County Wine Awards 2018 – Fabbioli Cellars Gets Top Honors

By Nancy Bauer Loudoun County Wine Awards 2018 – Fabbioli Cellars Gets Top Honors   I stopped going to the mega summer wine festivals many years ago. Back then, I loved the energy, the crowds, and the novelty. Now, they just make me grumpy. The sweaty scrum pushing for tiny pours, the blasting sun and […]

A Vinter’s Job is Neverending!

A Vinter’s Job is Neverending! By Doug Fabbioli There always seems to be a sense of relief once the first hard frost comes that knocks our grape leaves to the ground. The high priority of tending to those vines over the past seven months drops like the leaves themselves. The fruit has long been in […]

Behind the Bar: Andy Gillies

Andy Gillies Public House Bar & Restaurant 199 Fleet Street National Harbor 240-493-6120 Publichousenationlharbor.com   Andy is behind the bar Monday through Friday days.   How did you get started in the bartending business?   I got started out in the business through my Dad – best known as “Russian Mike”. He owned a few […]

Masters of Cuisine: Chef Oscar Ordonez

Masters of Cuisine Chef Oscar Ordonez LaTasca 607 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-299-9810 Latascausa.com Chef Oscar presents the popular Spanish Gambas al Ajillo – Fresh prawns, fresh garlic, olive oil, dried Guindilla peppers & fresh parsley. Chef Oscar began his education in Honduras, assisting the Instituto Nacional de Formacion Profesional in his home town. […]

Harvesting Through a Hurricane

By Doug Fabbioli Harvesting Through a Hurricane This game of grape growing and winemaking in the Mid-Atlantic region has its ups and downs. For the record, I believe this has been the hardest growing season I have encountered of my 22 seasons in Virginia. The rains, the heat, the humidity, the rain, the lack of […]

Brick Wood Fired Bistro Spicy Mussels

Brick Wood Fired Bistro Spicy Mussels Recipe:  (Serves 5-6) 5 lbs PEI Mussels 1 lb Cooked Mexican style chorizo 5 tblsp Chopped garlic 5 tsp Red chile flake 1/2 Cup blended oil Fish Broth (see recipe) 2 Cups diced tomatoes For Garnish (optional) Grated parmesan Fresh chopped parsley & oregano Fresh baguette or other crusty […]

Augie’s Mussel House

By the Gastronomes Augie’s Mussel House This Dining Out is going to be a little bit different than the norm. Consider it more of a teaser of bigger things to come than a showcase. Augie’s Mussel House recently opened in the old space that we affectionately knew for many years as Le Gaulois at 1106 […]

Behind the Bar: Kerry Nagle

Kerry Nagle Pirates Cove Dock Bar 4817 Riverside Drive Galesville, MD 410-867-2300 piratescovemd.com           Kerry mixes up a couple of West River shots! Coconut rum, fresh squeezed OJ, a splash of blue curaçao and topped with prosecco. How did you get started in the bartending business? I have been in the […]