The Wine House was completely full on the Saturday evening that our foursome visited, so we were glad to have made the single reservation possible, for a 6:00 pm seating. Patrons might generally know that the Wine House is a very good retail wine store that also offers meals. As such, bottles are offered at cost plus a $10 corkage fee. Patrons can select from the wide selection on the shelves, but the menu also lists certain bottles with the corkage fee included, which are also available by the glass.
The Wine House is conveniently located in the center of Fairfax, in a complex that provides free parking and includes other restaurants, such as Bollywood Bistro and Asian Bistro. I suspect The Wine House is the best of the lot. It has a sophisticated urban ambience, with a spare, business-like interior evident in butcher-block tables with stools. The youngish crowd seemed quite chic, and so I could have easily imagined that I was in DC, rather than 20 miles away in Fairfax.
The Wine House offers a thoughtfully assembled “cheese and charcuterie board,” allowing patrons to select from a list of cheeses and meats with a choice of four costing $16 and six for $24. We selected a sopressata (an Italian dried salami), prosciutto, and the house pate, plus three cheeses. The selection arrived with a baguette, slices of brown bread, two types of biscuits (one of which was Carr’s), seedless grapes, and thinly sliced green apples. It arrived quickly, and, all in all, it was the perfect starter for our meal.
Our main courses were artfully prepared. I had the beef tenderloin (at $25, the most expensive dish on the menu), while others had a salmon filet with asparagus, boneless short ribs with chipotle and cumin, and pork belly. The beef tenderloin was cooked to perfection, and the accompanying green beans practically snapped when bitten. The one minor quibble was that the sauce that accompanied the short ribs (which were quite tender) was unexpectedly sweet. We also shared a bottle of Dom Pere Caboche from Cotes du Rhone. The wine was a bit thin, but had a complex aftertaste, probably a better complement to the salmon and pork belly rather than my tenderloin.
Altogether, with tip, our tab was $170. I will definitely be back, especially since the restaurant is just two miles from my house.
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