Morning Rundown

Potomac Phil, D.C.’s Own Groundhog, Predicts Early Spring — Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring this morning when he didn’t see his shadow, as did Potomac Phil, D.C.’s own Groundhog Day mascot, who didn’t see his shadow either this morning in Dupont Circle. [Borderstan]

Zoning Filings Show First Images of Winery Slated for Yards Park — Early renderings show plans for a new Yard Park building expected to house District Winery, a small-batch winery, restaurant and event space planned for the corner of 4th and Water streets SE. [JDLand]

Developers Expected to Submit Plans for Mixed-Use Residential, Arts Space in Southwest — Developers behind The Bard, a planned residential building that will include office space, rehearsal space and a costume design shop for Shakespeare Theatre Company, are expected to file plans soon for the building at 501 I St. SW. [SWTLQTC]


Morning Rundown

NoMA BID Art Mural

Mixed-Use Building With Apartments, Movie Theater Approved for NoMa — The District Board of Zoning Adjustment approved a planned development at the intersection of N and 1st streets NE that will include office and retail space, 210 apartments and a seven screen movie theater. [Urban Turf]

Help Decorate the Canal Park Christmas Tree Saturday — Canal Park in Navgy Yard will light it’s Christmas tree on Saturday night, but first it needs help decorating. Residents are asked to bring an ornament and a donation for a canned food drive to the park on Saturday. [JDLand]

Visiting Italian Winemaker to Hold Tasting at Eastern Market’s Radici Market — Italian winemaker Sandro Tasoniero will host wine tastings at Radici Market in Eastern Market this weekend. [Hill Rag]


Brooklyn Winery glasses (Photo via Instagram/Brooklyn Winery)

A boutique winery in New York is planning to open an outpost at The Yards in Navy Yard by fall 2017, the area’s developer announced today.

Brooklyn Winery, which bills itself as an “urban winery that crafts boutique small batch wine and seasonal eats,” is scheduled to start construction of a 16,000-square-foot location at Water and 4th streets SE this spring, according to developer Forest City Washington.

The winery’s D.C. branch, which will be called District Winery, is the first business of its kind in the city. It will make wine on site and have a tasting room, full-service restaurant, an outdoor terrace and space for weddings and other private events.

The Washington Business Journal reported in May that Brooklyn Winery was looking to open in Navy Yard. But a lease wasn’t signed at the time. The winery has since signed a lease for a new building that is set to occupy a now-vacant lot.

“We are very excited to make Washington, D.C., our new home,” Brooklyn Winery co-founder Brian Leventhal said in a statement. “The Yards is the perfect location for District Winery, and we look forward to being a part of this thriving neighborhood for years to come.”

Photo via Instagram/Brooklyn Winery


ABV glass (Photo via Twitter/ABVinDC)Beer, wine and a “Banned in DC” cocktail will be on tap this Saturday in Navy Yard for a day of outdoor imbibing.

ABV, which bills itself as an “epic outdoor drink festival,” is scheduled to take over Canal Park at 200 M St. SE from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which owns Bluejacket, is organizing the event. Dozens of different drinks will be offered, including Weissenohe Unfiltered Pilsner, Gournier Rosé and Fuentesca 9 Year Tequila.

The festival will feature 38 beers, 25 white wines and rosés, and eight cocktails — including the Banned in DC, which contains Del Maguey Mezcal. There also will be pours of tequila and other spirits.

Live music, lawn games and food from Red Apron will be on hand, too.

A five-pour pass with a glass costs $35 on the event’s website, while a 10-pour pass with a glass is $65 online.

Drink tickets also can be purchased at ABV, after a $20 admission fee.

A single ticket costs $1 at the festival. The drinks typically require five to 10 tickets.

Photo via Twitter/ABVinDC


DCanter (Photo via Facebook/DCanter Wines)A Barracks Row wine shop wants to figure out what kind of vino you like and send it home to you.

The 545 8th St. SE store DCanter launched a “wine concierge” service yesterday (Wednesday), they announced. Participants sign up to receive 6 or 12 bottles a month, consult with store staff about budget and preferences, and then the bottles are delivered home.

“We can help people discover certain wine styles,” co-owner Michelle Warner told Roll Call. “[Participants] don’t really need to know a lot about wine.”

Customers can skip months when needed and cancel at any time, and there are no membership or delivery fees.

“DCanter is thrilled to offer this service purely for your convenience,” the company’s website says.

The shop that opened in July 2013 is a finalist for a Hilly Award, in the New Business of the Year category.

Photo via Facebook/DCanter Wines


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