Eno Wine Room is a welcome addition to Georgetown's food scene, and the only of its kind in Georgetown. A real feast for the senses. Upon entering, I felt a cozy, warm atmosphere. Situated between the Four Seasons - Eno Wine Room's partner - and Bridge Street Books, just a few blocks' walk from my Georgetown home, it felt exciting to have a new and inviting wine room to visit on a cold winter day.
I was lucky enough to snag a window seat with a friend, while we watched the first snow flakes of the season and the rustling of the leaves outside. And, as Ray Charles sang... baby, it was cold outside, it was delectably warm inside. The smiling and helpful servers, chic diners of all ages, exceptional wine, cheese and accompaniments pleased the soul and the palate in a way that felt exilarating for a neighborhood haunt.
We chose two flights of wine - 3 small servings each in beautiful glassware - labeled with a name and description when served. It was a delight to gain an understanding of domestic and foreign wines and to try three each - sharing six altogether between the two of us. My favorite being a 2010 Dusted Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, WA.
A flight of cheeses was also labeled, my favorite being a ripe and creamy stlyle, Langhe Robiola, with perfectly matched jam and Eno's amazing "pickled grapes" (see recipe below). Raisin bread and crusty bagettes were served on the rustic yet elegant wooden cheese boards.
Eno Wine Room's Pickled Grapes
2 quarts red grapes
1 quart champagne vinegar
1/2 cup mustard seeds
3 cups water
sugar to taste
Place water, vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon stick and black peppercorns in a pot. Bring mixture to a boil. Alow mixture to cool then pour over grapes. Allow grapes to pickle for 24 hours before using.
Since Citronelle closed, I sorely missed its casual cafe upstairs, the cozy and comfortable room where I could enjoy excellent wine with small plates, and perfect service. I'm thrilled to say Eno Wine Room is a fine substitute, and my new home-away-from-home!
Wednesday night, Washington VIPs and style-setters were treated to an exclusive glimpse of the United Colors of Benetton Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at the Georgetown flagship store. Washington's fashionable and their families - many attired in Benetton looks - mingled with Benetton USA President & CEO Ari Hoffman, who flew in from New York for the occasion. Benetton-clad honorees included Washington Redskin Reed Doughty, Top Chef's Spike Mendelsohn, BET Network EVP & CFO Michael Pickrum, Washingtonian's Kate Bennett, Washington personality Susanna Quinn, author Helena Andrews, and Gilt City's Marissa Schneider were among those honored at the event.
Hoffman was thrilled to honor the historic location: "We're deeply rooted here in Washington. We've been here for over 20 years, and obviously we have this amazing location which is really the cornerstone of Georgetown retail. We bought the building because we believe so much in this location."
"I love Georgetown," Hoffman told me. "It feels like a mix between Europe and Manhattan; if I moved to Washington, this is where I'd live!"
In addition to complimentary Ketel One cocktails, prosecco, wine and light hors d'oeuvres, guests got an early jump on their trick-or-treating at a full-fledged candy bar.
Attendees took home gift bags - outfitted with Benetton headphones and catalogues - and enjoyed an exclusive VIP discount on Autumn/Winter 2013 merchandise. Noting the fashionable vibe, Hoffman said "It's amazing when you see customers - old and new - wearing Benetton, and how beautiful they really look. I'm very proud because I see the clothes in the stores and on the hangers, but here they really come to life with this good-looking crowd."