Salud from the Roof Terrace of the Kennedy Center

Photo by Judith Beermann
John Coco pours Paso a Paso Verdejo
John Coco pours Paso a Paso Verdejo
Location location location. Bar none, there’s no more spectacular, romantic, elegant, spacious venue in all of Washington from which to enjoy a glass of wine than the Roof Terrace of the Kennedy Center ... especially if it’s a Bodegas Tarima, the brand new creation of wine pioneer and importer Jorge Ordonez.
Wine on Washington's terrace (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Wine on Washington's terrace

Wednesday evening marked the launch of a monthly series of Roof Terrace wine and food celebrations.

Over 100 of the city’s wine connoisseurs and Kennedy Center patrons joined the socially savvy who simply couldn’t resist spending an autumn evening out, Spanish-style.

Welcomed by John Coco, Kennedy Center Food & Beverage Manager, and Michael Windle, wine consultant from Country Vintner, accompanied by the gentle Flamenco guitar strumming of brothers Jose and Caesar Oretta, guests enjoyed a delicioso buffet of tapas and desserts prepared by chef Ben McCormick.
Jose and Caesar Oretta play Flamenco guitar (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jose and Caesar Oretta play Flamenco guitar

Pastry chef Ben McCormick delectables (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Pastry chef Ben McCormick delectables

With a portfolio of 130 wines from over 40 wineries, narrowing Jorge Ordonez’s selections down to eight (and all under $20!) for the evening’s tasting was a task expertly accomplished by John Coco and Michael Windle.
Stephanie Clifford, Carie Shaffer and Daniel Vickers (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Stephanie Clifford, Carie Shaffer and Daniel Vickers

Carie Shaffer brought her friends along, after hearing about the event from a wine shop in McLean. While Carie has been enjoying regular Kennedy Center  Sunday brunches, for Nebraska native Stephanie Clifford, this was her first visit to the Kennedy Center.
Olga Kalashnikova and Tino Angelov (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Olga Kalashnikova and Tino Angelov

Recent Berkeley graduate and crisis management professional, Olga Kalashnikova and Tino Angelov, philanthropist, art lover, and Dish fan, this was a  pre-“Shear Madness” performance cocktail hour.
John Coco pours Vina Godeval (Photo by: Judith Beermann) John Coco pours Vina Godeval

First in line: Vina Godeval, 2007, the star grape from the revival of the Valderras Vineyards was a clean firm white with pear, pine and anise notes.

Next, Paso a Paso Verdejo, 2007 , another white with a nose of spicy lemon and lime and a strong mineral undertone.

Adding a touch of pink to the table, Muga Rosado , Rioja 2009, a “Calerete” fruity rose from Garnacha vines.

Bodegas Ateca, 2008, from 100 year old Garnacha vines offered a floral bouquet with scents of black raspberry, lavender, Indian spices and white pepper.
Michael Windle with  Bodegas Tarima (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Michael Windle with Bodegas Tarima

The first vintage of a joint venture between Jorge Ordonez and the Gil family, Bodegas Tarima, 2009, a 100% Monastrell grape with aromas of blueberries, was fruity and firm on the plate.

Can Blau, Catalonia-Montsant, 2008, a blend of Carinena, Syrah, and Garnacha, had a ruby red bouquet of mineral, smoke, black cherry, and plum.
Wade Hampton, Danielle Holyoke, Sara Dunard, John Coco, Hayley Smith, Christina Wilson and Laura Hampton (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Wade Hampton, Danielle Holyoke, Sara Dunard, John Coco, Hayley Smith, Christina Wilson and Laura Hampton

And my personal favorite, Triton Tor, 2008, a full-bodied ripe fruity Tempronella with aromas of cocoa and a hint of dark chocolate for a long finish.
Enjoying a private moment at the bar (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Enjoying a private moment at the bar

Save these dates: Friday October 22nd for Harvest Celebration  featuring wines from Alsace, Mosel and Rheingau & November 15th for Drink Local! Taste the best of Old Dominion wines.

To reserve space for upcoming wine events, call  (202) 416-8555 or reserve through OpenTable.com

0 Comments For This Article

Olga Kalashnikova

It was a great event. Fantastic food, wine and music. The location is well chosen as well - the view from the Terrace is amazing. Thanks, Judith, for this wonderful column. I am sharing it with my friends, and definitely attending Harvest Celebration on Oct. 22nd.

Judith Beermann

Thank you, Olga. It was wonderful meeting you and Tino, and look forward to seeing you again on the 22nd.

Anonymous

Coco never met a drink he didn't like, or was that Winston? Probably both, right brotha!