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After you’re done voting come learn all about Virginia Cider from Blue Bee Cider’s Kelley Deegan and taste through pairings with Virginia cheeses! From bone dry to dessert sweet Blue Bee makes amazing ciders for every palate and every season. Cheers! Tuesday, November 4, 6-7:30pm. Must be 21 or older at attend. (No paper tickets are issued–just show up!)


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Join us as we welcome back Mel Sisaithong of Williams Corner Wine for a class perfect for ushering in Autumn! Beaujolais encompasses WAY MORE than “nouveau” — from the light & quaffable to bold, serious Crus & even whites! At Secco we can often be heard to call ‘Boo-Juice’ the most food friendly wine in the world (next to Riesling, of course). Come taste why! Thursday, October 9th, 6-7:30pm. Must be 21 or older at attend.
(No paper tickets are issued–just show up!)


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ALS Benefit for Hollister Lindley

Hollister benefit

Monday, August 11th 6-9pm: Benefit party for Hollister Lindley. Join us for a cocktail party kicking off Julia Child week in honor of our favorite 6-foot tall redhead, the inimitable Hollister Lindley. Hollister-inspired heavy hors d’douevres (5-7 courses) plus wine pairings. $100 per person all-inclusive, 50% of which is a tax-deductable donation to the Richard R. Dart ALS Clinic at the University of Virginia.

Saucisson with Manchego
Goat Cheese Tart with Pickled Mushroom
Summer Melon with Prosciutto & Mint
Rock Shrimp with Polenta & Pickled Tomato Puree
Blue Cheese Gallettes
Country Pork Pate with House Cornichons & Mustard
Crostini with 3 Spreads: Smoked Salmon, Kalamata Tapenade, Basil-Chickpea
Jean-Claude Thevenet NV Blanc de Blancs de Chardonnay Brut
Vincent Dampt 2012 Chablis Premier Cru ‘Cote de Lechet’
Lucien Crochet 2013 Sancerre Pinot Rose
Edmond Cornu 2010 Vieilles Vignes Ladoix (Bourgogne)



Tuesday, August 12th-Sunday, August 17th: WWJD? Our 3rd annual salute to Julia Child. Chef Mike offers three dishes a la carte from Mastering the Art of French Cooking, paired with three French wines selected by “the other Julia” (available by the glass or as a flight). Dishes and wine pairings are available 3-10pm daily, and the proceeds will go to the Dart ALS clinic in Hollister Lindley’s name.


Bouillabaisse- Light seafood tomato stew w/ mussels, shrimp, salmon, bass and octopus

Pan-roasted Bone In Pork Chop- with local potatoes, braised leeks and mustard cream

Peach Tart- with Chantilly cream


Lucien Crochet 2013 Sancerre Pinot Rose

Edmond Cornu 2010 Vielles Vignes Ladoix

Domaine Bordenave Juracon Harmonie

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Mulit-Chef Tomato Dinner Thursday July 31st 6:30PM-9PM

Secco executive chef Mike Braune welcomes

Adam Hall of  Saison
Brittany Anderson of  Metzger
Jason Lucy of Lucy’s
Bryan McClure of Pasture

For a celebration of the most beloved of Summer’s offerings, the tomato!

5 courses + wine pairings!

$70 (all inclusive)


1st course (Mike Braune of Secco Wine Bar)
grilled peaches, marinated tomatoes, blue cheese, basil, verjus

2nd course (Adam Hall of Saison)
frog-huitlacoche sausage, pickled okra & tomato, harissa

3rd course (Brittany Anderson of Metzger)
tomato oil-poached halibut, summer vegetable tian, charred tomato vinaigrette, nasturtium

4th course (Jason Lucy of Lucy’s)
braised Monrovia Farms oxtail, tomato demi glacé, cauliflower & potato purée, tomato concasse

5th course (Bryan McClure of Pasture)
yellow tomato cake, candied tomato, sweet corn, lime, mint


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image courtesy of Feast!

image courtesy of Feast!

That’s right,– we’re getting the band back together for one night only!

Join Sara Aducci–River City Cellars Cheese Monger Emeritus– and Julia as they taste through American artisanal cheeses paired with classic French wines (it’s right after Bastille Day after all).

Be sure to congratulate Sara on her placing as a finalist in the 5th Cheesemongers Invitational last weekend in NYC! She crushed it!

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Riesling Class Tuesday June 24 6pm-7:30pm

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Riesling Class Tuesday June 24th 6pm-7:30PM $35

Attention Army of AcidHounds!

It is with unbridled excitement, nay, a veritable St. Vitus’ Dance of euphoria, that we announce THE SUMMER OF RIESLING VII! Starting Saturday, June 21st, we kick off 94 days of celebration of The Most Noble Grape. From dry to sweet, bubbly to sticky, always racy & provocative, we are freaking crazy for all things Riesling! We know you are, too–or will be with our special brand of proselytizing. (Special in that it involves drinking rather than sermons.) Starting Saturday we’ll have ten Rieslings from available by the glass, Riesling Flights & pairings all summer long! In addition we’ll kick things off Tuesday, June 24th with a Riesling Class 6-7:30 taught by David Witkowsky of Potomac Selections–come taste & learn about a wild variety of this most food-friendly of grapes from Germany, Austria & France. Also there will be swag (who doesn’t want a temporary RIESLING tattoo???)

Tickets available  here:


Sadly the awesome folks at Terroir NYC (the organizers of this international event) have announced this is the last SoR, so let’s go out with a bang!

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Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for…

Thursday, June 5th, 5:30-10:00pm:


Please join us Thursday, June 5th, as our pink-clad posse marches through the streets of the Museum District and Carytown to sample dozens of roses and special snacks prepared by our like-minded pink-pushers!

The scope of this crawl is a “bit” more ambitious this year* than last, so we are posting times at each stop if you’d prefer to truncate/personalize your tour. The best part is that this year we will finish in The Room at Secco (former River City Cellars space, now our event room) with THIRTEEN roses (for the 2013 vintage) and a special guest DJ. That’s right: Pink Partayyy!

We’ll meet at the Bar at Acacia Midtown at 5:30pm, with bar manager and human extraordinaire Danny McDermott.

Then we’ll make our way north on Boulevard to Amuse at the VMFA at 6:15pm, where we’ll see the inimitable Kali Strain (Style’s State of the Plate’s Favorite Server 2013).


Next up is the lovely Lili & the patio at C-Street in Carytown at 7:30pm for pink drinks with a cool breeze. You will love the people watching here!

8:15–(The Room) SECCO
And…the ULTIMATE stop: The Room at Secco 8:15pm (ish)! Cassie & Virginia will option-paralyze you with THIRTEEN ROSES & delicious little bites, while very special RVA DJ Lightening’s Girl spins sweet sweet vinyl for your recently-limbered limbs!

THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS EVENT (just pay for what you drink).

<<<Timeliness is next to godliness, so Chop Chop!>>>

*Leave your pith helmet behind, but wear comfortable clothes & shoes because your feet are the only part of your body that’ll be working harder than your liver on this rose safari!


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