Winter is not my favorite, and I’m not too big on the holidays. That said, I’ve nearly wrapped up my Christmas shopping and I’ve listened to the She & Him holiday album about a hundred times. So I’m trying my best to get into the spirit.
I’ll be more excited once I get home next week and see my family, but until then I have I have entered hibernation mode, only emerging from my cozy den to go to work and the gym and, on occasion, feed myself.
In short, no matter what I’m doing, I’d probably rather be on my couch in sweat pants. But where there’s wine, there’s a way…
Last night Tom and I went to The Pursuit Wine Bar on H Street, which opened this past summer. In case you haven’t noticed, I love a good wine bar. I had also heard nothing but good things about this place, including several mentions about its affordability. We walked in and grabbed the last two seats at the end of the bar downstairs and were promptly greeted by the bartender and handed menus.
Along with a very lengthy list of affordable wines by the glass, he pointed out a bunch of wines on a chalk board listed at 25% percent off regular price, available until the open bottles were emptied. The wine prices were already more than reasonable, so the extra discount was a bonus. I ordered a medium-bodied Italian red that was just my style.
For dinner, I went with the choose your own grilled cheese option with challah bread, muenster cheese, garlic aioli and sun-dried tomtato spread with a small bowl of tomato soup.
Tom had the food special for the night, fettuccine bolognese.
Both dishes were the perfect comfort food for a chilly night. The Pursuit also offers cheese and charcuterie plates as well as small bites if you’re in between meals and just need something to munch on.
They also offer dessert, and after seeing a sea salt gelato cake listed on the menu, I had to order it.
We shared a glass of Sauternes ice wine with the gelato as well, because it’s not that often you see ice wine available by the glass.
The Pursuit has a great vibe, energetic but quiet enough to carry on a conversation easily. It also has a great neighborhood feel to it, and even though we don’t live in the area I imagine we’ll be back many times in the future to try more grilled cheese combinations and wines by the glass.