2023 Spring Wine Fling here in Washington

New participants include LuLu’s Winegarden, Moon Rabbit, Ophelia’s Fish House, Yume Sushi

The 2023 Spring Wine Fling, organized by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), is taking place across Washington. This event aligns with the arrival of spring and helps promote local restaurant food and drink. The Spring Wine Fling will last through Sunday, March 31.

Diners can enjoy two-course dinners, paired with wines at restaurants across the DMV.

Participating restaurants began offering a $55 prix fixe dinner menu. The special meals include an appetizer, entree and two wine pairings. First-time participants in Washington include Circa Foggy Bottom and Navy Yard, Convivial, The Delegate, il Canale, Laos in Town, Le Desales, LuLu’s Winegarden, matchbox Capitol Hill, Cathedral Commons, and Penn Quarter.

More newbies in DC include Moon Rabbit, New Heights, Ophelia’s Fish House, Perry’s, Quattro Osteria, Silver New American Brasserie, and Vagabond.


In Maryland and Virginia, these are the new participants:

  • Alta Strada Mosaic
  • Circa Clarendon & The Boro
  • Hamrock’s Restaurant
  • Matchbox McLean, One Loudoun, Pentagon City, and Reston Station
  • Osteria da Nino
  • Spice Kraft Indian Bistro
  • Yume Sushi
  • J. Hollinger’s Waterman’s Chophouse
  • matchbox Bethesda, Rockville, and Silver Spring
  • Silver New American Brasserie Bethesda

A full list of participating locations and their prix fixe offerings and pairings can be found at wineflingdc.com.

The major Spring Wine Fling sponsor, Michael Lavelle Wines, stands as a Black-owned luxury private wine label. It launched in June 2020—founded by Howard University alum Aaron “Michael” Coad and Terrence “Lavelle” Low. Coad works with his partners, sommelier Devin M. Kennedy and Brandon L. Crump.


Not surprisingly, these entrepreneurs are the youngest Black-owned wine company owners. They got their start through a zealous curiosity about wine and its history. One of their biggest coups is their ability to recognize the opportunity of marketing toward Millennials and minority audiences. Consequently, they created a disruptive brand.

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