The Wine Kitchen!

The wine kitchenRecently, while visiting Virginia Wine Country, I had the pleasure of visiting Leesburg and dining at The Wine Kitchen. This quaint restaurant serves up some outstanding farm to table cuisine that you will devour!

The Wine Kitchen is well known, with multiple locations across VA. This restaurant is truly farm to table fresh, so much so that while visiting the Leesburg location, the farmers were walking in with the produce during lunch hour, and that absolutely made me feel really great about the food I was enjoying here.

The wine kitchenThis spot is known for their wine flights. From bubbly flights to white wine ones, as well as red, there’s a flight for everyone. I chose the Virginia Wine Flight; because, when in VA Wine Country… enjoy VA wine!

I must say from three years ago when I visited Loudon County, until now, I really have grown to appreciate and enjoy some wines from Virginia. The wine kitchenIf you’re on the east coast and are seeking a mini get away that’s drive-able (within a few hours from NYC), this is a great state to visit for food and wine.

For my flight, I enjoyed Breaux Vineyards, Jolie Blonde Seyval Blanc from Purceville. This white wine is bright and refreshing with a lot of mineral notes and a clean finish. Alongside was a glass of Fabbioli Cellars Chambourcin, and a The wine kitchenLong-bomb VII Tarara Winery Cabernet Sauvignon. All of the wines were “very VA wine country” in style, but I quite enjoyed them, especially with my farm to table cuisine.

For starters, Executive Chef Tim Rowley brought out Chicken Pot Pie Puff Pastry Spheres, the Local Strawberry Salad, and the WK Leesburg Crab Cake with charred romaine, bacon jam, and Longstone Farm duck egg. The puff pastry spheres were delicious and adorable, which brought back memories of when I was a kid and used to make my mother make pot pie; although these were certainly much more of an adult version. The strawberry salad is a must for a share-able plate, and is full of fresh flavors. The crab cake however, certainly stole the show. Chef uses shrimp mousse when making these creamy seafood “dream cakes” which makes it lighter and when paired with the bacon jam, charred romaine, and duck egg… you will be in heaven!

Some other dishes that I fell in love with and I recommend trying are the Carrot Ginger Soup and the Curry Gnocchi. The soup is comforting, flavorful and absolutely hits the spot if you’re a soup fan. The gnocchi however, was like nothing I have tasted before. It had a mild curry flavor, lovely texture, and when paired with the wines, it was delightful. I really enjoyed the complexity, flavor combination, and texture of the gnocchi and absolutely recommend ordering it when you visit. 

After all that delicious food, I couldn’t resist trying dessert. I tried the Olive Oil Cake with Blood Orange Sorbet and Grapefruit along with the Flourless Chocolate Cake with Espresso Whipped Cream. The olive oil cake is moist and light and paired beautifully with the sorbet and grapefruit chunks. The flourless chocolate cake however, is sensual and perfect for chocolate and coffee lovers! 

Visiting Virginia is always a wonderful experience and whether or not you’re there for the day, or spending the weekend in wine country, make sure one of your stops is The Wine Kitchen in Leesburg, VA! 

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

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