kelly magyarics

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


Grape Vs. Grain at Columbia Firehouse

cf On Saturday, July 24th from 3-5 PM at Columbia Firehouse (109 South St. Asaph Street in Alexandria, 703-683-1776), yin and yang beverages beer and wine will meet each other in a final showdown to determine whose pairing reigns supreme. Priced at $45 per person, guests at the Beer-Wine Throwdown will try six small plates, each with complementary wine and beer pairings, and will determine which pairing they prefer.

Neighborhood Restaurant Group Wine Director Juliana Santos and Beer Director Greg Engert will pick the pairings for the battle and will be on hand to explain and sway the vote.   Juliana adds Spanish flair to a Tomato and watermelon salad with a crisp Treixadura, Godella and Albarino blend from Bodegas O’Ventosela Vina Leirina from Ribeiro, while Greg pairs the salad with Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle, a Belgium dark ale with a touch of acidity.   If the escalating levels of trash talk are any indication, both remain confident in their drink of choice to bring home the crown. “When they start making beer that deserves to be cellared for five years, tell Greg to call me,” says Juliana.   “Beer kills because, unlike wine, it doesn't need to be aged to be palatable. The only thing beer needs or deserves is to be drank and enjoyed, ” counters Greg.

Oooo..loving the smackdown already! May the best beverage win!