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Talk about a perfect pairing. Famed French crystal manufacturer Saint Louis (oldest in Europe) launches their new "Twist 1586" collection of hand-blown stemware at Consider It Done and Red Hen co-owner /sommelier Sebastian Zutant is pouring! Moët, that is.
Look for Zutant's latest culinary venture to open this month. All Purpose (after the flour) is his new "casual cool" Roman Tratorria at 9th & N Streets NW. And nominated for a James Beard award too. More reasons to raise our Saint Louis stems.
And what's so special about the "Twist 1856" champagne glass?
"Reinventing the iconic Venetian stripe, the twist pattern, clearly visible when empty, disappears when wine is poured, rendering the glass transparent, acting as a magnifying glass to show off the bubbles," Consiter It Done owner, Timothy Albrecht explains.
Albrecht's special guests had a chance to be the first in the city to sip with a "Twist" and peruse the latest from Bernardaud (including Jeff Koons' limited edition Yellow 'Balloon Dog' and 'Sol', a cheery and luminous collection featuring a new shape of plate call Astre), Versace, Seguso, Baccarat, Moser, and more ... all nestled among antique porcelain figurines, original oil paintings and hand-painted mosaics.
Every visit to Consider It Done is a world-class museum walk where the treasures can come home with you.
Consider It Done is located at 7806 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, MD. Tel: 301.654.8690
“The thing I love most about wine,” says Beverage Director Andrew Wooldridge, “is the story it tells about the people, the farmers, who make it.” For a new wine bar (next to Chez Billy Sud) Bar à Vin looks decidedly old in the most authentically charming of ways. Standing empty for 15 years, the building has been brilliantly transformed by Joe Rezas.
The eclectic, French-leaning wine list represents “champions of people and place,” continues the (soon to be) level 3 sommelier. It also represents, shared Woodbridge, “a culmination of years of work, and assurance that I’ve chosen the right career path."
I knew I’d found my one true watering hole in a place with a category called “White Burgundy Forever.” Woodbridge explained the inspiration for the name. At L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Paris, when a Texan asked, ”Is that CharDONnay?”, an indignant sommelier screamed across the room, “White Burgundy Forever!”
Because “in the Burgundy tradition, taste red before white," my first flight included three wines (different producers, different years) from Chambolle-Musigny, a small village in the heart of Burgundy’s famed Côte de Nuits region. The youngest, Frederic Magniun (2013) had fragrant, aromatic notes of sour cherries, wild strawberries, violets, and sweet spice. The older wines, Jean-Michel Guillon (2004) and the very robust Laurent Roumier (1998) showed notes of earth, mushroom, leather, and black tea. With a little bread and the Champignons Marinés, each sip revealed distinctive, layers of flavor.
For the Chablis flight, three terroirs from winemaker Patrick Piuzze were showcased: Découverte, Chichiee and de Fye. Same vintage, same region, same winemaker, same grape –terroir being the only difference. For this delightful tasting, the Plat du Fromage was the perfect pairing, a French collection of cheeses, courtesy of three cows, one sheep, and a goat.
My self-imposed two flight limit precluded sampling selections from "Mediterranean","Orange" or "Sparkling." Next time.
Bar à Vin is located at 1035 31st Street in Georgetown. Tel: 202.965.2606
Ever wonder what those high-end 3D laser printers can actually build? Stop by the new MYKITA eyewear shop in Georgetown and find out.
First, you'll want to admire the sleek all-white walls with perforated steel angle beads reinvented from their traditional function as heavy-duty shelving supports to showcase the eyewear collections. Out-of-service flight attendant trolleys cleverly store additional models. Recycling never looked so chic.
Now comes the really cool part. "We've been working with MYKITA in the eyewear business for awhile," says managing director Pierce Voorthuis. Along with his siter Juliette, Pierce is clearly enthused. "MYKITA is a modern 13-year old manufacturer based in Berlin. Other companies use R&D and new technology, but lack the technical ability and emphasis on innovation that are the hallmarks of MYKITA."
Each pair of glasses is handmade using a patented hingeless construction with no screws or welded joints. In addition to partnering with various designers including Maison Margiela, the company also has a Mylon line, created using laser-sintered technology.
More important than cutting- edge technology and high fashion is lense quality. World-renowned optical solutions specialist Carl Zeiss is behind the brand's integrated “Relaxed Vision Center,” a special lab where the in-house optometrist is able to generate a customized optical profile and perfectly adapt the frame and lens for each customer’s face.
The Georgetown location, MYKITA's eleventh shop worldwide, (second in the US) in an historic Federal row house with all the charm of warm wooden floorboards, creates a beautiful contrast to the clean and modern MYKITA aesthetic.
MYKITA is located at 3001 M Street in Georgetown. Tel: 202.808.2070