Thursday, September 30, 2010

Screwtop Wine Bar Is A Neighborhood Gem

Last night I checked out a small wine bar in Clarendon with a few friends.  It's tucked away on Fillmore Street, and not close to the restaurant row on Wilson and Clarendon Boulevards.  Perhaps that's part of its charm.  Screwtop Wine Bar has a lovely selection of cheese and bottles of wine for purchase as well as to enjoy in their wine bar.
  truffled popcorn 
 Small and cozy with a row of tables for four next to the windows. 
Tables are seat yourself, and luckily one of our group arrived early enough to find an empty one. 
 Small bar with stools for smaller groups.
We tried a Pinot Grigio and a lovely Spanish Albarino.
 Bread basket for the cheese plate. The nutty flatbread was my favorite.
 3 Cheese Platter ($17).  Tillamook Cheddar from Oregon, Taleggio from Italy and a Danish Blue from Denmark.  The plum chutney from Virginia Chutney Company really complemented the blue cheese ($3.50) and is a highly recommended add-on.
 Selection of cheese for purchase.
 They also have a wide selection of charcuterie.
Retail wall of wine.
Screwtop has a monthly wine club that I'm very tempted to join.  $39.99 per month for 2 bottles and a cheese pairing with additional discounts.  The owner stopped by our table and was very helpful in suggesting a third bottle.  We ended up enjoying a lovely South American red with a lightness of body akin to a pinot noir.  If you haven't tried out this wine bar in Clarendon yet, you definitely should. 

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