Nestled in "DC's Wine Country", Cooper's Hawk has recently opened; serving a vast selection of their own wines and top notch food. This Illinois-based chain has been producing and pouring their own labels for over 10 years.
Upon arrival, you walk into a large tasting room with an expansive bar, retail store, and even a chocolate bakery display. Step up to the tasting bar to sample the monthly rotating flights of wine. With a selection of over 30 wines plus Sangria, there is something for everyone.
The wines that stood out to me were on the drier side. I enjoyed the Sparkling rosé, Lux Pinot Noir, which we later had with dinner, and the Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah blend. Easily approachable wines and of course, food-friendly. All of the wines are non-vintage, which insures consistency across the years so you know what you're getting visit after visit.
Don't miss out on dinner though! Service, food and atmosphere makes for the perfect date night. Our servers and maitre d were exceptional. We were intrigued by the unique decanter that was brought to the table with our bottle of Lux Pinot Noir:
The menu had a lot of great options for meat lovers, vegetarians and those looking for lighter fare. They also make it easy to pair the wines with dishes by labeling the Bin number of the wine next to the item on the menu. Of course, the staff was knowledgeable and can guide you to food and wine pairings as well. We enjoyed the Asian pork belly tostados, short rib risotto, trio of medallions and the banana caramel ice cream sandwich. Divine!
All around a fantastic evening. This makes for a great stop in Loudoun County while visiting DC's Wine Country. Looking forward to enjoying their outdoor patio next time!