Mount Rainier’s new wine bar pairs lesser-known dishes with global dishes


A refreshing new wine bar located just beyond the DC border invites budding, bona fide connoisseurs to taste grapes from oppressed regions.

Era Wine Bar (3300 Rhode Island Avenue) adds to an ever-growing food scene in Mount Rainier, Md. That features year-old American comfort food at Pennyroyal Station on the same block. . Era is from first-time restaurateurs Michelle and Ka-ton Grant, a well-traveled duo who have lived in Mount Rainier since 2018.

“We already see regulars coming a few times a week. We are happy and feel validated by our choice to stay in our community, ”said Michelle, technology consultant turned certified sommelier.

Their planned corner luminaire framed in bricks offers 45 wines by the glass (and more than 100 by the bottle). The wines come in 3, 6 or 9 ounce servings to allow drinkers to taste everything from Croatian grapes to “beautiful” Malbecs from Spain and full-bodied reds from Turkey and the Middle East, she says. Lesser-known North American grapes are also part of the mix.

“There is good Riesling from New York and Cab Francs from Mexico,” she notes.

The wines pair well with small global platters and a program of cheeses and cold meats that she describes as “crazy”. An Italian board features rare finds like truffle salami, lambrusco wine jelly and imported smoked mozzarella.

Era Wine Bar‘s cheese and charcuterie boards “celebrate the best of France, Italy and the United States,” Grant says.
Michelle Grant / official photo

A tasting room cellar tucked below the main dining level is fitted with temperature-controlled wine racks for members, a cosmopolitan touch in the historically sleepy neighborhood turned dining destination. Customers come for pre-dinner drinks at the Pennyroyal or vice versa, she notes.

Era’s hours of operation are Tuesday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and until 11 p.m. Friday to Sunday. Weekend brunch from noon to 2:30 p.m. brings steak and eggs, French toast and planks of salmon to the table.

A wall of wine at the Era Wine Bar.

The retail section of the Era Wine Bar is stocked with over 100 bottles for dine in or take out.
Michelle Grant / official photo

A photo of the main dining room of the Era Wine Bar.

The Era Wine Bar has a dining room and bar, an underground tasting room and a large patio.
Michelle Grant / official photo

Much of the opening list highlights small-scale producers, organic and biodynamic styles, and female-owned wineries, along with a splurge-worthy bottle section carefully poured with a Coravin wine tool.

“People are thrilled to hear these stories and spend time with our team to find out what their favorites are,” she says. Customers linger an average of two hours, she says.

Even the cocktails loop in the wine, like a garnished Shiraz riff on a New York Sour with rye, lemon and simple syrup.

A photo of a yellow and red cocktail at the Era Wine Bar.

The lemony Continental Sour is crowned with a Shiraz float.
Michelle Grant / official photo

Instead of hiring a chef, Grant put his culinary skills to work from home and created recipes that reflect the couple’s heritage and their many travels around the world.

“We have spent time in almost 40, even 45 countries [combined] and we drank a lot of wine along the way, ”she told Eater this spring.

A row of lamb sliders at the Era Wine Bar.

Lamb sliders show love for Greece.
Michelle Grant / Era Wine Bar

Small plates draw flavors from India (tandoori chicken wings), Middle East (dates stuffed with goat cheese), East Africa (Swahili samosas stuffed with ground beef, green onions , potatoes, peas and cumin), Spain (Catalan chickpeas with smoked paprika and minced garlic) and Greece (lamb turnovers topped with tzatziki).

“Half of my family is from southern Africa and the other half from southwest India, but I also grew up in the Washington area,” she says. “So on our table you saw curries, vegetables, stews, salads, burgers and pasta. “

Era’s New Years Eve plans include a four-course dinner with live entertainment for $ 100 per person or $ 150 with food and wine pairing.


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