Barrymore Wines are the ideal way to add a little drama to your fall.
Actress Drew Barrymore has entered the wine business. She launched Barrymore Wines in 2010, and recently she partnered with Carmel Road Winery to release a new Pinot Grigio. “It’s been a perennial favorite because it’s vibrant and complements such a variety of situations and foods,” says Barrymore, whose 2013 vintage has notes of lemon drop, Asian pear, and honeydew melon, along with the unique “wet stone” minerality characteristic of grapes grown in the rocky vineyards of California’s Monterey region, where Carmel Road is located. According to Kris Kato, the winemaker who worked with Barrymore, “This wine highlights the lively fruit flavors and bright acidity that only this area can offer.”
While the taste of the wine was paramount, Barrymore was also looking to partner with a vineyard that was committed to sustainable farming. “It’s a huge benefit,” she says, “especially with what’s happening in Los Angeles with the water conservancy programs.”
New this season is a Pinot Noir, which was inspired by Barrymore’s love of Beaujolais, among other wines. “It’s floral and fruit-forward without being too acidic or sweet,” she says. And what’s next for the company? “We’re working on our third varietal as we speak, which should be out next spring,” the actress says. “We’re prolific little rabbits over there.” Available at Harris Teeter, 1631 Kalorama Road NW, 202-986-1415
Raising money for the March of Dimes, the Signature Chefs Gala at the Ritz-Carlton honors chef Victor Albisu of Taco Bamba and the South American steakhouse Del Campo, along with Westend Bistro, Lupo Verde, and Dino’s Grotto. Expect a trove of high-end auction items, including a luxury Tory Burch handbag and a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience at Jiffy Lube Live. November 17 at 6 PM. 1150 22nd St. NW
Gourmet Pop-Tarts are, well, popping up all over—and they’re not just for breakfast anymore. Ted’s Bulletin (1818 14th St. NW, 202-265-8337) puts its stamp on the trend with flavors such as blueberry cheesecake, salted caramel, and an autumnal brown sugar and cinnamon. Bourbon Steak (2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-944-2026) takes a savory approach, wrapping pulled pork dressed with mustardy barbecue sauce in puff pastry. And the team at Provision No. 14 (2100 14th St. NW, 202-827-4530) offers a Hot Pocket–style tart packed with braised lamb.
A Moveable Feast
Put down the turkey baster! Thanksgiving revelers across the District are heeding the call of posh prix-fixe menus, where the only thing to worry about is making a reservation.
Jonathan Dearden, newly appointed executive chef of Ardeo+Bardeo (3311 Connecticut Ave., 202- 244-6550), is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu of the classics—such as roasted turkey breast, sweet potato gnocchi, and pumpkin and ginger cheesecake—and other favorites, like shrimp and grits, seafood, and steak (noon–8 PM; $45 for adults, $22.50 for children under 10).
At Founding Farmers (1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-822-8783), diners can dig into an all-American spread, including roast turkey, Southern fried chicken, butternut squash soup, sweet potatoes with sticky pecan dried fig streusel, cornbread stuffing, maple orange roasted vegetables, and pumpkin pie (noon–8 PM; $35 per person, $20 for children under 12).
Accompanied by live music, the four-course feast at Fyve Restaurant Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City (1250 S. Hayes St., Arlington, 703-412-2762) begins with complimentary bourbon jam cocktails and braised turkey leg croquettes topped with bourbon-spiked sour cherries, before moving on to classic holiday eats (6–10 PM; $79 for adults, $30 for children aged 4–12).