Snag Dinner Deals with Wine Pairings During RAMW ‘Spring Wine Fling’

The latest DMV dining industry promo brings two-course dinners with wine pairings for $55 to these area restaurants, March 20-31. 🍷
Osteria Da Nino Pan Seared Salmon

Pan-seared salmon at Osteria da Nino in Shirlington (Photo courtesy of Osteria da Nino)

Life is better with wine, and so is dinner—particularly when your seasonal dish of choice is accompanied by the perfect pairing. Enter Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s Spring Wine Fling. From March 20-31, participating restaurants will serve two-course dinners paired with two glasses of featured wines for $55 per person. The event is sponsored by Michael Lavelle, a Black-owned wine label founded by Howard University alums whose owners are considered the youngest people to run a Black-owned wine brand. Here’s who’s pouring in and around Arlington:

Alta Strada Mosiac Img 2699

A first course at Alta Strada (Photo courtesy of Alta Strada)

Alta Strada

The folks at this Italian restaurant from James Beard Award winner Michael Schlow have already hand-picked each menu item and wine pairing for you. For your first course, savor truffle-ricotta crostini with a glass of 2018 Tenute Neirano Barolo. Then, dig into pappardelle with wild boar ragù, accompanied by a glass of 2020 Broccardo nebbiolo. (We dare you not to add a third course in the form of cannoli.) // 2911 District Ave., #150, Fairfax (Mosaic)

Scallops Circa

Seared scallops with herb risotto at Circa (Photo courtesy of Circa/Metropolitan Hospitality Group)


Choose from four wines at this bustling bistro with locations in Clarendon and Tysons: A Dashwood sauvignon blanc (New Zealand), Remhoogte chenin blanc (South Africa), Meiomi pinot noir (California) and Les Abeilles Côtes du Rhône (France).  They’re meant to complement dishes such as shotgun shrimp (sweet chili sauce, red bell pepper, broccolini, jicama slaw), parmesan kale salad (toasted sunflower seeds, carrots, crushed crostini), chicken paillard (wilted spinach, prosciutto, macerated saltanas) and a handful of seafood-centric selections. // 3010 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington (Clarendon); 1675 Silver Hill Drive, Tysons

Spring Wine Fling

French wines at La Cote d’Or in Arlington (Photo courtesy of La Cote d’Or)

La Côte D’Or Café

Take your pick of three food and wine options for each course at this charming French cafe in East Falls Church. For starters, consider French onion soup, classic escargots in puff pastry, or the Belgian endive salad (smoked salmon, roasted pine nuts, apple). Main options include sea scallops Basquaise (bell peppers, tomato wine sauce, basil), rockfish filet Dieppoise (mussels, baby shrimp, bay scallops, mushroom, cream sauce), or ribeye (bacon, onion, parmesan, Bordelaise sauce). Accompany any dish with a glass of chardonnay Burgundy Domaine Petit or Morgon cru beaujolais Domaine de Leyre-Loup. // 6875 Langston Blvd., Arlington (East Falls Church)

Osteria Da Nino Mancini Spaghetti Carbonara

The menu options at Osteria da Nino in Shirlington include a host of fresh, house-made pastas. (Photo courtesy of Osteria da Nino)

Osteria da Nino

If you’re looking for choices, this Italian trattoria in Shirlington Village has plenty. First-course selections include arancini (stuffed with beef, pork, veal ragu, mozzarella, peas), mussels Messinese (white wine, fennel pollen) served with grilled bread, and tuna tartare with olives and fried capers. Il secondo? Dig into gnocchi mozzarella, tagliatelle Bolognese, salmone Livornese (tomato, caper, olive sauce, crispy polenta, spinach), or a host of additional dishes. The vino choices include a house-selected pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, chianti, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo or pinot noir. // 2900 S. Quincy St., Arlington (Village at Shirlington)

Spice Kraft Turmeric Cumin Grilled Tiger Shrimp W Sula Indian Sauv Blan Wine

Grilled tiger prawns with turmeric and cumin at Spice Kraft in Clarendon (Photo courtesy of Spice Kraft)

Spice Kraft

Its Spring Wine Fling menu is still in the works, but this modern Indian restaurant in Clarendon says it will focus on matching Indian wines with a selection of curated dishes suited to the occasion. “With this pairing, you can discover the hidden notes and nuances of Indian wines, all while enjoying a delicious meal,” say the owners. For what it’s worth, the regular menu features tantalizing options like samosas with tamarind and mint chutney; mango and ginger crispy chicken; salmon tikka pineapple and dozens of other flavorful and shareable dishes. // 1135 N. Highland St., Arlington (Clarendon)

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