Wine

Winter Whites in Season at Oceanaire Seafood Room

At Oceanaire Seafood Room (1201 F Street NW, 20004), winter whites are not only encouraged, they are a staple. Now through March 9th, guests can create their own white wine flight of four vintage tastes from 15 sommelier-selected vintages from around the world. Even though it's cold outside, Oceanaire's goal is to remind guests that white wines are as extraordinary as reds in winter months.

The restaurant team has chosen some safe (wine) bets, but also new wines that patrons may not be as familiar with. Wines on the menu are typical in flavor profiles in the regions they're from. If you're looking for a classic wine pairing, order oysters with Château de la Ragotière, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine from Loire, France. It enhances the flavor of the food and creates a balance on your palate. 

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Other choices include Trimbach, Pinot Blanc, Alsace, France; Château Beaulieu, Rosé, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, France; La Caña, Albariño, Rías Baixas, Spain; J Vineyards, Pinot Gris, California, USA; Chehalem, "Ridgecrest Vineyards," Grüner Veltliner, Ribbon Ridge, Oregon, USA; Robert Weil, “Tradition,” Riesling, Rheingau, Germany; Tozai, “Snow Maiden,” Junmai Nigori, Sake, Kyoto, Japan; Gabbiano, “Promessa,” Pinot Grigio, delle Venezie IGT, Italy; Domaine de la Perrière, Sancerre, (Sauvignon Blanc), Loire, France; Giesen, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand; Butter Block, Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley, USA; Castello della Sala, "Bramito del Cervo," Chardonnay, Umbria IGT, Italy; Vietti, Moscato d’Asti DOCG, Italy and St. Supéry, Moscato, Napa Valley, USA.

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The flights are priced at $19.  Additional flight tastes above the four can be added at $5 each. Give winter whites a chance during happy hour or dinner at Oceanaire and tell them we sent you! Visit www.theoceanaire.com for more information.

Cocktail of the Month: Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

Thanksgiving is approaching quickly! Hopefully you have everything you need to serve Thanksgiving dinner (or at least sturdy plastic containers to take with you when you visit other people's homes!). But don't forget our favorite food group: the cocktails! This Sparkling Pomegranate Punch is perfect to serve for Turkey Day.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 oranges, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 3/4 cup late-harvest white wine, chilled
  • Two 750-milliliter bottles sparkling wine, chilled
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • Ice cubes, for serving

Instructions:

  1. In a punch bowl, dissolve the sugar in the pomegranate juice, stirring vigorously.
  2. Add the sparkling wine and late-harvest white wine, then add the orange slices, diced pineapple and pomegranate seeds.
  3. Serve the sparkling pomegranate punch over ice cubes.

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!

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