What’s Happening in Washington, DC: November 9, 2015

Sip bubbly streams of Basque cider, nibble on amazing antipasto, and try out new private label wines from Virginia across the Di

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There are a myriad of wines to sip and enjoy around the DMV.

Fall is the perfect time for pumpkin pie, a bubbly glass of fine cider, or a wine dinner that celebrates Italian cuisine, and our local restaurateurs and purveyors have things covered. Petworth is a neighborhood that’s finally getting some much needed redevelopment and despite its constant mistaken labeling as Brightwood Park, it’s up and coming as a place for future food and drink projects. Keep your eyes peeled for more in the DMV this week.

Anxo Basque Cidery & Pintxos Bar to Open at 300 Florida
Now that beer, wine, and spirits are local treats, it’s time to welcome D.C.’s latest addition to the libation launch list: cider, and in this case, Basque-style cider. Sam Fitz, one of the partners behind the Anxo Basque Cidery & Pintxos Bar has signed two commercial leases: one in Petworth at 711 Kennedy Street NW for a cidery and a second lease in Truxton Circle at 300 Florida Avenue NW for the restaurant. If Fitz’s name sounds familiar, he was the bar manager at Pizzeria Paradiso and Meridian Pint and is joined by: his sister Rachel Fitz, former assistant general manager at Meridian Pint; and co-founding partners Tim Prendergast; Boundary Road beverage director; Cooper Sheehan, beverage director at The Big Stick; and Brad Walker, chef/co-owner at Boundary Road. Look for Basque food and ciders from around the globe.

Bistro du Soleil to Host Italian Dinner
Bistro du Soleil chef/owner, Samir Labriny, is a master of Mediterranean food and on Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m., you can enjoy a superb five-course Italian meal paired with Italian wines for only $55 per person. The restaurant, located in Old Town Alexandria will feature a fresh antipasto, classic pasta faggioli, veal scaloppini, mushroom risotto, and tiramisu. Call (571) 594-3737 or email to reserve a spot because seats are limited.

DC Coast to Close
After nearly 20 years, DC Coast will serve its last meal on the last day of 2015.

ENO Wine Bar Launches Three New Custom Label Wines
Wednesday, November 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. ENO Wine Bar’s Enoversity guests will be some of the first in the DMV to taste Meritage, a new private label, Virginia-crafted wine made in collaboration by the ENO wine team and Heather Munden, renowned winemaker at Breaux Vineyards in Virginia. Munden will be on hand to pour the Meritage, which is a smooth mix of 40 percent cabernet sauvignon, 25 percent cabernet Franc, and 20 percent merlot. The Meritage was finalized this June and has since aged in barrel and bottle and will be served with local cheese, chocolate, and charcuterie. In addition to Meritage, the wine bar will also introduce two new ENO brand wines highlighting flavors from France and Chile that include Chateau de Rougerie AC Bordeaux Superiore – 100 percent merlot (France) and Maipo Valley Red Blend – 60 percent carmenere, 30 perscent syrah, and 10 percent malbec (Chile).

Food and Friends Slice of Life Program Sells Pies and Saves Lives
This Thanksgiving Washingtonians can buy handcrafted pies that will warm their hearts and help neighbors in need. It’s part of local charity Food and Friends holiday feeding program called Slice of Life. This life-saving organization provides “healthy, home-delivered meals to a child or adult battling HIV/AIDS, cancer or another life-challenging illness. With these meals, you will provide vital nourishment, hope and comfort in their time of need.” This year, Slice of Life’s goal is to sell 9,000 pies for holiday season meals and the choice of pies includes:

  • Homemade apple pie: $25.00
  • Spiced pumpkin pie: $25.00
  • Oh so sweet potato pie: $25.00
  • Nutty pecan pie: $35.00
  • American Airlines sky pie: $45.00

You may place your order online but hurry because sales close Thursday, November 19.

Summer Whitford is the D.C. Editor and a food, drink and travel writer at The Daily Meal. In addition to lifestyle topics, Summer also writes about culture and the arts at Woman Around Town. You can follow her on Twitter @FoodandWineDiva and on Instagram at thefoodandwinediva.

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