Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ripple - A Brand New Wine Bar | Washington, DC

Ripple - A Brand New Wine Bar Washington, DC

Tonight the new wine bar Ripple will be opening its doors. The venue features a linen-lined, rear dining room and a huge tiled bar with large mirrors. Ripple's is large very spacous bar which is airy by choice. The beige-walled winer n' diner is housed in the same space that was previously occupied by one of DC's last remaining smoking lounges. The former venue who just couldn't hold on to the lease after the new smoking policies were inacted.

With close to 50 international wines in stock, stored in a walk-in glass fridge and served by the glass (plus six in $6 6oz pours. This one place you won't want to leave, you can also sip on first-rate beers with 16 bottles (from Val-Dieu Triple to Geary's Wee Heavy), and taps like Allagash White, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, and Caracole Saxo Blonde Ale .

The food's equally top-shelf, with locally sourced small plates like Saba glazed pork belly with tuna/spinach/toasted sesame, spring lamb confit with Sea Island red peas & baby turnips, grass-fed rib eye with sauteed dandelion & red wine sauce, and the unique, creme fraiche-accompanied "Stinging Nettle Soup" (Poison Ivy Consomme coming soon!). You can find a wide assortment of charcuterie from Jamon Iberico to chicken liver mousse and cheeses like sheep, cow, blue, wash rind, and goat)including standouts like Holland's Midnight Moon Gouda.

3417 Connecticut Ave NW;
Cleveland Park