We round up the stories, blog posts, tweets and going-out scuttlebutt that have us talking.
The Virgina wine bubble just got a little more, um, inflated last week when the recession-wracked Kluge Estate vineyards were reopened as Trump Winery — as in Donald Trump, TBD reported. Trump bought the winery in April, but officially marked its opening just this month. For all its vanity appeal, Trump Winery (which you can conveniently find at www.klugeestate.com) doesn’t seem to have a single sign of the Donald online; instead, it’s his son Eric Trump whose privilged mug is prominently featured. And for now, the winery’s wines aren’t even (yet?) labeled “Trump”: They’re still bear the Kluge name. But the Donald is shilling for Virginia wines. [TBD]
Finally D.C. has bested New York. Okay, so it’s not exactly in the quality of bagels or pizza, but in the percentage of the population that isn’t married. Yeah, we’re single, and ready to mingle. DCist digs up the numbers that “a whopping 58.9 percent of D.C. men and 55.8 percent of D.C. women have never been married” — topping NYC’s 46.7 percent and 41.7 percent respectively.
Speaking of finally getting some respect around here, Esquire has included a D.C. resto on its list of best new restaurants from across the country. Penn Quarter’s Fiola made the cut, thanks to its chef Fabio Trabocchi’s new focus on mixing the traditional with, as Esquire puts it, “the sublime.” Reminds us a little of when the mag named a certain D.C. band the best-dressed band at the CMJ music festival. [Washington City Paper]
And finally, Alexandria’s Del Ray is an adorable neighborhood, but hasn’t seen much movement in its restaurant scene in the past couple of years; that’s about to change, reports Washingtonian, with the arrival of a trio of restaurants that will, oddly, share a prep kitchen. Pork Barrel BBQ and a pair of Asian-themed restaurants, Dragon and Chop Chop, will all open soon; Pork Barrel is the most complete. [Washingtonian]