Food & Dining

04/14/2017 - 9:11am
Spring is a transitional season for wines. When the weather gets warmer and the mercury in the thermometer starts to climb, we start sipping on the patio and dining alfresco looking for light, elegant, and fresh wine styles.  Look to zesty, dry, high-acid whites like Albariño, Txakolina, and Gruner Veltliner for a refreshing culinary treat.  These tart and crisp whites are low-alcohol and are incredibly versatile and food-friendly.  Pretty pink rosé, especially the... >>more
04/14/2017 - 9:11am
Spring is a transitional season for wines. When the weather gets warmer and the mercury in the thermometer starts to climb, we start sipping on the patio and dining alfresco looking for light, elegant, and fresh wine styles.  Look to zesty, dry, high-acid whites like Albariño, Txakolina, and Gruner Veltliner for a refreshing culinary treat.  These tart and crisp whites are low-alcohol and are incredibly versatile and food-friendly.  Pretty pink rosé, especially the... >>more
04/12/2017 - 10:12am
Coming Soon This spring, watch for The Salt Line, at 79 Potomac Ave. SE, a New England-style fish house on the waterfront across from Nationals Park. Sprawled in the Dock 79 development, the 3,500-square space will have an expansive dining room, outdoor seating, private party space, and riverfront bar. Inspired by New England cuisine, executive chef Kyle Bailey's menu will showcase seafood charcuterie, crudos, and raw bar selections. The cocktail and craft beer list draws heavily from... >>more
03/15/2017 - 10:10am
The Piedmont region of Northwestern Italy, or Piemonte in Italian, can literally be translated to “at the foot of the mountains,” as it’s located at the base of the Alps.  The food of Piedmont is earthier than cuisine in southern Italy, with rich cheeses, pastas, meats, and truffles. The region is admired and loved around the world for producing Barolos and Barbarescos, the king and queen of wines.  Barolo tends to be masculine and powerful with dark fruit and grippy... >>more
03/14/2017 - 10:12am
I need to confess something up front: I love tapas. I love Spanish food. I am biased toward the cuisine. I took a trip to Madrid last summer and fell in love with the Mercado de San Miguel, a bustling food market replete with all the best things you’d expect – huge glass carafes of sangria, a hundred different kinds of olives, some stuffed with roasted red peppers or cheeses, a calamarescounter, varieties of steaming paella, a sherry bar, hefty legs of jamon Iberico affixed across... >>more
02/09/2017 - 12:18pm
Baby, it’s still cold outside. But despite the gloomy days and colder temperatures, there are plenty of seasonal delights to enjoy. In fact, beautiful root vegetables like beets, parsnips, and celery root are so delicious when roasted with olive oil, sea salt, and fresh pepper, they should not be relegated to mere side dishes. These veggies make gorgeous ingredients for your main course as well. Pairing wine with winter vegetable dishes can be tricky, but there are a few pairings that... >>more
02/08/2017 - 11:12am
!Viva Espana! Wow, what a classy intro! The eagerly awaited Joselito Casa de Comidas arrived early last month at 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. We enjoyed a sneak preview featuring an elegant reception and sit-down dinner. After nibbling hors d’oeuvres and sipping oloroso sherry, we dined on richly appointed tables as oversize mirrors gleamed over the marble-topped bar. Spanish tiles, vintage posters, and family photos enhanced the warm ambience. “We did not have the budget for an... >>more
01/23/2017 - 11:12am
Customers ask me all the time what regions offer the best values in wine. It’s an easy answer: cheap (and delicious) wines are produced all over the planet. Old and New World regions can offer terrific value if you know where to look. A wine sales associate can help navigate the many options. At Schneider’s we strive to provide interesting wines of impeccable quality at the lowest prices. We look to Old World regions like Italy, France, and Spain that offer diversity from esoteric... >>more
01/17/2017 - 11:27am
Capitol Hill’s eagerly awaited Spanish restaurant, Joselito: Casa de Comidas, is set to open any day at 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Created by Javier Chandon and wife Christiana Campos (who also operate SER in Arlington), Joselito is named after Javier’s late father, Jose Chandon Perez. Headed by executive chef David Sierra, the kitchen will turn out traditional Spanish fare – with some innovative twists – for lunch and dinner. At press time, Sierra and Chandon were fine-... >>more