Weekend Wine Getaway? Try Bluemont Vineyard near the Blue Ridge Mountains

Bluemont Vineyard

If you have an itch for a weekend wine getaway, now is the perfect time to hit the local wine trail. With Loudon County berries and peaches at peak, many wineries are showcasing some delicious dessert blends that will keep the taste of summer going well into fall.

Blue Ridge Blends

Grapes at Bluemont Vineyard

Bluemont Vineyard sign

We opted for the short drive to Loundon County to explore Bluemont Vineyard on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The view from the deck alone is worth the drive, but the custom blends with local fruits are just as exciting.

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Truckeroo hits a homerun! Where to grab a drink near Nationals Park.

Take me out to the ballgame! With the Nats on a roll, we’ve all been spending more time around the Navy Yard. But where to go for those post-game celebrations?  Glassified DC went to check out what was going on around National’s Park.

Half Street Fairgrounds, Truckeroo, by Glassified DC

We timed our visit with last week’s Truckeroo, something we highly recommend. While we were expecting the domestic divas to dominate this game, we were happy to see a wide selection of beers to match the diverse food truck palette. (Note: The next Truckeroo event is set for August 10.)

Rooftop Roundup: Drinks with a view

Still cursing the summer “derecho”? Downed power lines got you down? Or just searching for a fun place to watch the fireworks? We have the answer to it all: rooftop bars. Name your drink, and guaranteed it just tastes better in an alfresco atmosphere.

DC9 rooftop deck, courtesy: Kevin H., Flickr

Glassified DC has done our best to roundup a rooftop list worthy of any wait. Now, if you could only find a place to set your drink…

Here’s a look at what WaPo dubs “the best” rooftop bars. In the “Editor’s picks,” El Centro D.F., DC9, and the W Hotel’s P.O.V Roof Terrace and Lounge rank among the top spots to take in a drink with a view. We think P.O.V. also has THE best spot for watching District fireworks.

The WaPo’s Going Out Guide is a much awaited summer staple and offers a larger list of rooftop bars and reviews. Making the cut, a Glassifed DC favorite: the rooftop bar at Whitlow’s on Wilson. But, don’t forget about those long happy hour lines! Especially for the Fourth, we suggest camping out at most of these rooftop locations early.

Back in April, Washingtonian put out “Outdoor Drinking Spots in Washington: Our Favorites,” and it’s still a good guide for D.C.‘s rooftop hot spots. Biergarten Haus on H Street, Donovan House, and Nellie’s on U Street rank high on this comprehensive list of outdoor food and drink summer must do’s.

The W hotel also comes in as the top roof spot in the Washington City Paper’s Best Of Reader’s poll. Local 16 comes in second and is followed by the ever popular Nellie’s Sports Bar.

So now that you have some choices, take it straight to the top for this Fourth of July. Just be sure to give a shout of thanks down to those crews working hard to clean-up the mess!

Test your knowledge at D.C.’s top wine schools

If you’re looking to take your wine tasting or food pairing knowledge to the next level there are several D.C. area wine schools that can help.

Wine Tasting, Courtesy: Context Travel, Flickr

Check out the Capital Wine School if you are looking for “sommelier status” or even if you just want the wine basics.

Their “Introduction to Wine Basics” is listed as a two-hour course for $75 that covers everything from matching and tasting to serving and storing. Want to go beyond the basics? Check out the “Focus Tasting” courses to go deeper into specific wines and regions. They offer  “Wines of the Rhone Valley-France” and “Secret Spain” as some of the upcoming regional courses. But call to confirm dates, as they are listed as TBD on the site.

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Summer Infusions: Try using local organics to flavor cocktails and spirits

Photo by GlassifiedDC

If you thought the “farm-to-table” movement ended at your plate, think again. The D.C. drink mixers are in the midst of a full-swing fusion with the area’s organic abundance. Next time you’re at the market, pick up garden treasures you can toss into a cocktail and you’ll wonder why you didn’t start “infusing” earlier.

The best part? The drinks are super easy and the possible combos are endless to create inspired infusions.

Glassified recently stopped by Estadio in Logan Circle, where they told us about the heavenly things they’re doing with herbal infusions.

Photo by GlassifiedDC

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Plan a pub crawl to remember …

Do you have summer visitors, or are you just looking to plan the ultimate “staycation?”

If you can only take so many monuments before you “filibuster,” calm down. Glassifed DC suggests taking guests on a pub crawl. Before you get bachelor party flashbacks, think a real “pub crawl” where you can sample drinks from historic bars and pubs. Plus, you learn more about the history of your favorite DC neighborhoods. Check out this one by DC Metro Food Tours. Your guests will thank you for the peek at DC drinking history and everyone enjoys the drinks! You can customize the DC Metro Food “Pub Crawl” to include Old Town, Capitol Hill, U Street or Georgetown. Just be sure to book ahead for large groups.