kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Vinifera Wine Bar celebrates VA wine month

Reston's Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro is taking guests on a tasting tour of Virginia’s best vintages throughout the month of October to celebrate “Virginia Wine Month.”

Vinifera, named after the vine species that produces almost all of the world’s wines today, is offering half-priced wine flights designed to showcase the best of Virginia during the entire month. Two new flights featuring three white or red Virginia wine varietals will be priced starting at $12.00. “Since we are located at the gateway of the Virginia wine country, it is only fitting that we celebrate ‘Virginia Wine Month,’” said Sami Zeitoun, General Manager of Vinifera. “Our local wineries are producing numerous award-wining and highly regarded wines, and this is a great opportunity for our guests to come in and try some new local products without traveling very far.”

While dining at Vinifera, guests can explore the ‘terroir’ and flavor profiles of the area’s most highly regarded wineries, including Loudoun Valley Winery, Chrysalis Winery, Barboursville Vineyards, Fabbioli Cellars, Doukenie Winery, Tarara Winery and more.

Vinifera’s staff will be available to help guests pair their chosen Virginia wine flight with Executive Chef Seth Eldridge’s seasonal, local and sustainable menu which features dishes like Seared Sea Scallops with Pea Puree and Chili Oil, Eastern Shore Rockfish with Fava Beans and Seared Natural Lamb with Lime Risotto, Pomegranate Glaze and Muscat Marmalade. Guests can also choose from the restaurant’s wine list, which features over 300 local, domestic and international wines by the bottle and more than 30 wines available by the glass and half glass. In addition to the main dining room, dining options include a seasonal outdoor patio that seats 70 as well as private dining.

Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro is open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Hours of operation are: 6:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (breakfast), 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (lunch), 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. (dinner). The restaurant is located in the Westin Reston Heights at 11750 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191. Dress is casual chic. For more information, or to make reservations, please visit or call 703.234.3550.