DC Champagne Week is Almost Here!

The election isn't the only thing on Washington's radar- Jess Hagadorn and Alison Marriott and bringing the first ever Champagne Week to DC, starting November 6! To get your bubbly fix check out the events below! The events will feature a curated mix of larger houses with small, family run growers that will focus on the breadth and diversity of different Champagne styles. 

Champagne Houses:


Pol Roger

Pierre Gimonnet & Fils

Pierre Paillard

Charles Heidseick

AR Lenoble


J. de Telmont

Domaine La Borderie

Marc Hebrart

Check out the events here:

Launch Party:

Sunday, November 6, 6-9pm, Proof,  775 G St NW, Washington, DC

Join us as 4 custom Champagne Week flights are unveiled at Proof, to be sold for the duration of the week!

The Grand Tasting:

Wednesday, November 9, 5-8pm, DAR O'Byrne Gallery, 1776 D St, NW

VIP hour 5-6pm General Admin 6-8pm

9 champagne producers presenting 3 cuvées each and passed hors d'oeuvres. Also, meet DC-based wine writer, David White, author of "But First, Champagne" who will be on site signing copies of his new book!

Use Discount code "champagne" for $10 off ticket prices to this event!

Champagne Pairing Dinner at Ripple

Thursday, November 10, 6:30pm, 3417 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC

An exclusive and indulgent 7 course champagne dinner pairing event. Executive Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley and Chef de Cuisine Sam Molavi will be preparing a seven course dinner paired with some of the top champagne cuvées in the world.  Five superlative champagnes will be featured and paired with a custom menu featuring the season's freshest ingredients. Tickets are $250 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. We can't wait to celebrate with you and toast the night away!

Masterclass on Terroir: 

Friday, November 11, 1:00-3:00pm, Ripple, 3417 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 

Extremely limited seating! Come taste interesting cuvées- some that will be exclusively imported for this event. Taste and explore the role of terroir in Champagne. Taught by leading champagne expert, Carl Edmund Sherman. 


Commemorate the inaugural year with your very own Champagne Week tshirt! Check out the design and purchase online here.

DC's Best Rooftops for Rosé Drinkers + NightOwl $250 Giveaway!

Two summer essentials for Young Winos are 1) great rosés and 2) rooftop bars, and one plus the other equals perfection.

On a summer day in DC, there’s nothing more satisfying than sippin' a cool glass of rosé on a breezy rooftop, high above the steamy streets.

With so many rooftop bar options in our fair city these days, we have it made you a list of our top picks. 

Roofers Union


PS- You can check out other best-of lists that we have created on NightOwl. NightOwl is a new app that we are excited to be partnering with! With limitless possibilities for how to spend your night, NightOwl was built to help you explore it the nightlife around you. 

For a chance to win, just go to the entry link  here . Each time you take an action listed– following a blogger, downloading the app, signing up for a newsletter – you’ll get additional entries, increasing your chances of winning! You must be a US resident and 21 or older.  Good luck!!

For a chance to win, just go to the entry link here. Each time you take an action listed– following a blogger, downloading the app, signing up for a newsletter – you’ll get additional entries, increasing your chances of winning! You must be a US resident and 21 or older. Good luck!!

In celebration of the launch of NightOwl 3.0 we’ve teamed up with an incredible roster of bloggers and nightlife luminaries that you’ll want to know and follow; be sure to visit their sites: John Romard of The Boston Attitude, Dara Pollak of The Skinny Pig NYC, Ryan Shea of Manhattan Digest, Terry Dagrosa ofSeduction Meals, G-LO of It’s Just the Booze Dancing, Tara Fougner of Thirsty NYC, Jane Ko of A Taste of KoKo, Nicholas Feris of The Rum Collective, and Bella Magazine.

Isaac Fernandez Wine Dinner at SER

On Wednesday, May 11th, SER Restaurant is thrilled to announce that they will be hosting one of Spain’s most prolific winemakers, - Isaac Fernandez - for an exclusive 6-course wine tasting dinner featuring some of the notable winemakers most prized wines from Spain.

Priced at $110 per person (all inclusive – tax and tip), this one-of-a-kind 6-course wine dinner by Executive Chef and Co-Owner Josu Zubikarai will begin at 6:30pm with a reception, followed by a seated dinner at 7:00pm featuring Spanish-inspired fare and wine pairings from Isaac Fernandez including Verduras Confitadas, Vieiras Templadas y Vinagreta de Yozu - Confit Tender Vegetables, Warm Scallops, Citrus Vinaigrette – paired with Adras Godello 2013, Revuelto de Setas y Foie - Wild Mushrooms, Salt Cured Egg, and Shaved Duck Foie - paired with Pingao 2013, and Carrilleras de Ternera Guisadas - Braised Veal Cheeks, Caramelized Baby Carrots, Parsley Juice Cloud – paired with Arrocal Selection 2011, just to highlight a few.

SER owners Javier Candon and Executive Chef Josu Zubikarai are excited and honored to have the opportunity to welcome Fernandez - one of Spain’s most prolific winemakers of the Ribera del Duero region - to present a collaborative dining experience, merging multiple elements from Spain’s diverse food and wine culture together.  Reservations are required. For additional information or to make a reservation, please call (703) 746-9822, visit www.SER-Restaurant.com, or purchase tickets using the Eventbrite link below.


6-Course Isaac Fernandez Wine Tasting Menu


Biutiful Brut Nature

Croquetas de jamon y pollo. Croquetas chicken and Serrano ham

Croquetas de espinacas. Spinach croquettes

Brocheta de pulpo a  feira. Octopus skewers gallega style

Piquillos con caballa. Spanish mackerel and piquillo pepper foam


Verduras confitadas, vieiras templadas y vinagreta de yozu. Confit tender vegetables, warm scallops, citrus vinaigrette

Adras Godello 2013


Revuelto de setas y foie. Wild mushrooms, salt cured egg, shaved duck foie

Pingao 2013


Bacalao al ajoarriero con gambas. Salted cod mule driver's style, tomato, shrimp

Bovale 2014


Carrilleras de ternera guisadas. Braised veal cheeks, caramelized baby carrots, parsley juice cloud

Arrocal Selection 2011


Goxua Cold layered dessert, strawberries, cream, sponge cake, custard

Biutiful Rose



Opened in Ballston, VA in March 2015, SER serves traditional Spanish cuisine featuring dishes and drinks inspired by co-owners Javier Candon and Executive Chef Josu Zubikarai’s families in an upscale, yet casual setting that evokes the feeling of being at home in Spain. SER means "to be" in Spanish and also defines the team’s vision and mission:  to be Simple, Easy, and Real. SER has received critical acclaim since its opening in Spring 2015 and was recently named as a 100 Very Best Restaurant in Washingtonian Magazine's 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016 issue, a 50 Best Restaurant in Northern Virginia Magazine's 50 Best Restaurants issue, as well as being highlighted in Eater DC's 38 Essential Restaurants in DC in Spring 2016, to name a few. For additional information on SER, please visit www.SER-Restaurant.com or on Twitter @SERRestaurant.


Isaac Fernandez began exploring the world of Spanish wines in the late 1970s at Bodegas Mauro, working alongside his uncle, Mariano Garcia - former winemaker at Vega Sicilia - to produce some of the finest wines in the region. He then transitioned into a successful career of consulting for many prestigious wineries with the goal of being able to produce wines using indigenous grapes throughout Spain. Isaac Fernandez He seeks to respect the identity of each vineyard and to nurture wines that balance power, finesse and purity with the capacity to age. He produces a range of red, white and sparkling wines from 6 Denominations of Origin, including some of Spain’s most famous regions; Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Rueda and Cava.