Every once in a while on a weekend, I am just not up for making the trek up to DC for dinner (and as it turns out, my husband is never up for that trip). So it's good to have a few options closer by that aren't a chain restaurants plagued by mediocre food and loud, noisy tables.
The Wine House is now one of those local restaurant spots that I would definitely frequent again. The wine selection is fantastic, the menu options are good (think standard dinner options like steak, crab cakes, lamb with a few twists such as eggplant risotto and paella), and the atmosphere is relaxing and quaint.
We visited on a Saturday night and the dining room was full. We selected a wine from the racks around the room (added plus for fun wine experience) and started with the cheese and charcuterie plate. I selected the F-Bomb wine, a small batch red wine blend (which admittedly, I selected based on name alone) and it was nice bodied wine with dinner.
For dinner, I opted for the paella which was a special for the evening. It was rich and full of fish, chorizo and tomatoes. It was tasty, but a little lighter than I'm used to in a paella dish.
Dessert is a must - we had the white chocolate and sun dried cherry bread budding. It was doughy, sweet and delicious. The service was friendly and attentive, with some hiccups when the restaurant filled up but overall, well done.
It was a fantastic evening at The Wine House - solid food, and great wine without the hassle of going downtown to a crowded wine bar.