There’s nothing like a challenge…

The restaurant where the pairing magic happens. Photograph by Curious Grape.

…to put a little spice in your summer. The Curious Grape agrees, which is why the wine shop began taking its pairing suggestions seriously.

After the shop moved to its current location in Shirlington, the owners added a cafe and bar that serve food paired with their wine. And they’re not taking their job lightly.

Instead of typical wine and food pairings, the Curious Grape has tackled difficult food with complex tastes — things like artichokes and asparagus.

The Tasting Table has more information on which wines they paired. But your taste buds will also need convincing, and a visit to the shop isn’t hard on the wallet, either…