Jul 262012
Eating Good in the Neighborhood -- Restaurant Group That Is

WINE & DINE COLUMN My latest Wine and Dine column was published by WashingtonExec yesterday. It focuses on the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which operates a number of quality restaurants in this area. The location Gabriele and I enjoyed most recently was Columbia Firehouse in Old Town Alexandria. I also discuss an excellent Pinot Noir we […]

May 062012

My Wine and Dine column on WashingtonExec has been taking up the majority of my wine posts lately. So it’s time for a post on some good wines I’ve enjoyed this spring. As readers of the blog know, I look for a balance of value and experience in a wine. With more earth under cultivation […]

Oct 152010
A Few Off The Beaten Path Reds

It’s been all BMW all week, thanks to my very popular interview with BMW authority Mike Miller. So I thought I’d end the week with some less typical reds Gabriele and I have sampled recently. All these wines were enjoyable, but I wouldn’t say we loved them. But I don’t want to only write about […]

Jan 312010
Columbia Firehouse -- Another NRG Success Story

Last Saturday Gabriele and I enjoyed a nice dinner at Columbia Firehouse in Alexandria, on the site of the long-time Portners and the very short-lived Bookbinders. It was our second meal there, and it’s obvious that the Firehouse is another success in the expanding Neighborhood Restaurant Group (NRG). A lot of the links on their […]