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Glover Park welcomes yet another gastro-watering hole, this time with a focus on vino: Slate Wine Bar & Bistro started filling glasses in the former Kitchen space this weekend.
Some 15 vinos by the glass, plus a bottle list and craft beers, will be backed with a smart eclectic moderately priced menu that ranges from samplers of mezze, antipasta and pixtos (Spanish little bites) and cheese plates to some original salads, a burger, steak frites, roast chicken and vegetarian options like paella.
this is the kind of small, understated place you’ll go if you want to remain undiscovered—and do some discovery of your own in the form of Greek, Lebanese and South African wines (you’re a one-worlder when it comes to the grape).
While searching the Twittersphere tonight for “wine dc” I came across a most exciting handle: @SlateWineBar.
Elizabeth had been getting her feet wet in the industry for years by forming a consulting company specializing in wine-themed parties and working in the tasting room at Sunset Hills Vineyard.
Cheers to Elizabeth Banker on her latest endeavor. Be sure to stop by Slate in mid-August to sample specialty wines that will be sold by the glass. No pregaming on gallon-sized wine jugs necessary!
In preparation, Banker spent two years traveling to wineries around the world. She learned French, started a wine club and worked at Sunset Hills Vineyard in Purcellville.
Once Slate opens, Banker said she plans to host wine seminars, winemaker dinners and other events at the bar.
‘Consumer education is really the most important thing for me,’ she said. ‘I want to tell the personal stories behind wine.’
Banker explains that the wine list will feature both Old and New World wines, emphasizing small producers with sustainable farming practices, and non-interventionalist winemaking. Along with the usual programming — daily specials, pairing advice, educational wine events, wine maker dinners, and tasting seminars — Slate Wine Bar will provide a wider range of services, extending to wine clubs, and escorted trips to wine regions. And of course, for those who are not grape lovers, the bar will include a selection of craft beers and cocktails.
General manager Mark Krieger, a veteran of Chef Geoff’s (3201 New Mexico Ave.), is developing the menu with the advice of various chefs,” Banker adds. “The food will be American, drawing on various global influences and flavors, since our wines will be from around the world.